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ABCD’s John Drew, tireless champion of the poor, is signing off

John Drew is probably one of the most influential Bostonians you don’t know much about. Which is a shame because — at the tender age of 84 — he is stepping down as the CEO of Action for Boston Community Development, better known as ABCD. It’s the city’s biggest and most durable antipoverty agency, a Swiss Army knife of social…

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John Drew, Longtime President and CEO of ABCD, set to retire

For decades Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) partner site at the Putnam Community Center in Jamaica Plain has been an oasis of help and hope for countless families in the neighborhood.        Social service programs like ABCD’s Fuel Assistance have helped low-income residents and fixed income seniors heat their homes throughout the winter without having to worry if they…

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In their words: what’s in your nonprofit’s strategic plan?

As part of the Business Journal’s special feature on the Future of Nonprofits, we asked a number of Boston nonprofit leaders about the view in their looking glass — their current priorities, how the public and private sectors can help, and how fundraising has changed in the Covid era. Here’s what they told us: What’s the most important item on your…

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People on the Move: Jennifer Williams

ABCD has hired Jennifer Williams as General Counsel. In 2012, Jennifer joined the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families as a Presidential Management Fellow. In 2015, she moved to HHS’s Office of General Counsel, litigating Medicare, Medicaid, Federally Qualified Health Center, Head Start & employment matters. Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude from DePaul University…

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People on the Move: James Collins

ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) has named James P. Collins IV to lead the newly renamed Climate Equity & Impact Department as its director. James has more than 10 years of experience implementing large-scale energy efficiency programs, renewable energy and new technologies in the affordable housing sector at ABCD. James will oversee program delivery, policy and strategy. He holds…

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People on the Move: Flossy Calderon

ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) has promoted Flossy Calderón to Director, ABCD Head Start & Children’s Services. Flossy is a board member of the Massachusetts Head Start Association and a member of the Head Start Regional Training and Technical Assistance Advisory Committee. Born in the Dominican Republic, she holds a BS from UMass Boston, a Master of Education degree…

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Longtime ABCD leader John Drew to retire

John J. Drew, who has held leadership positions at the human services nonprofit Action for Boston Community Development, will retire next month after 13 years as president and CEO. Drew will be succeeded by ABCD’s executive vice president and COO, Sharon Scott-Chandler, who the nonprofit said will be its first female Black leader in its six-decade history. Drew will retire…

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Charlestown Native and Longtime President and CEO of ABCD John Drew Set To Retire

For decades Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) John F. Kennedy Family Service Center office has been an oasis of help and hope for countless families in the neighborhood. Social service programs like ABCD’s Fuel Assistance have helped low-income residents and fixed income seniors heat their homes throughout the winter without having to worry if they would have enough money…

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Wraparound Services Spotlighted for Community Action Month

May is Community Action Month, and Community Action Agencies in Massachusetts are raising awareness about the wraparound services they provide to low-income residents. Community Action was started in 1964 by the Johnson administration to fight poverty, and agencies have been working ever since to help folks – both in crisis situations and with economic empowerment. Sharon Scott-Chandler, executive vice president…

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People on the Move: Shayla Nazaire

ABCD has promoted Shayla Nazaire to the position of Controller. Shayla holds a B.S. in accounting and information systems from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, She spent 5 years with KPMG, LLP as an audit senior associate where she specialized in not-for-profit accounting and Uniform Guidance Audits. In 2014, she joined ABCD as budget manager. Along with the organization’s budget…

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