May 25, 2018
Women Nonprofit Leaders Cited Among Most Influential in Mass.

November 24, 2016 — Women who lead nonprofits are among the most powerful people in the state's business community, and account for 32 of the top 100 women-led organizations in Massachusetts, according to two recently published listings.

Seven women who lead Massachusetts nonprofits were named among the Power 50 Game Changers, a listing compiled and published by the Boston Business Journal. They are:
  • Kathy Abbott, president and CEO of Boston Harbor Now, Boston, which stewards the waterfront, harbor, and islands to ensure the economic, social, and environmental of the city and region.

  • Sandra Fenwick, president and CEO of Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, one of the top children's hospitals in the country.

  • Eileen McAnneny, president of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Boston, a non-partisan provider of unbiased research on state spending, tax policies, and the economy.

  • Christine McSherry, founder of Jett Foundation, Kingston, which raises awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and funds to research a cure.

  • Trish Hannon, president and CEO of New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, an adult medical-surgical hospital.

  • Jo Ann Simons, CEO of Northeast Arc, Danvers, which provides support for people with disabilities.

  • Frederica William, president and CEO of Whittier Health Center, Roxbury, which provides primary care and support services for area residents.
Also named to the Power 50 Game Changers was Robert Lewis, Jr., president of The Base, a Roxbury nonprofit that uses sports to help urban youth reach their fullest potential.

Nonprofits Boost Share of 100 Women-Led Organizations in Massachusetts

Nonprofits constitute 32% of the 100 top women-led organizations in Massachusetts, up from 25% last year, all of which were cited for forging innovative practices and workplace diversity, according to an annual listing compiled by The Commonwealth Institute (TCI).

This was the second year that nonprofits were included in the annual listing, which was published in The Boston Globe. This marked the 15th year that TCI compiled the ranking.

TCI, a Boston nonprofit that looks to advance businesswomen in leadership positions, created the list by inviting nonprofit and for-profit organizations to submit information on, among other factors, budget, number of full-time employees in the state, and workplace and management diversity. The ranking was based on a proprietary analysis.

Following are the nonprofits on this year's list, along with the names of the women leading them. Rankings are shown in square brackets.
  • Ascentria Care Alliance, Worcester – Angela Bovill, president and CEO [30]
  • Bentley University, Waltham – Gloria Cordes Larson, president [44]
  • Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston – Sandra L. Fenwick, president and CEO [5]
  • Boston Medical Center, Boston – Kathleen E. Walsh, CEO and president [4]
  • Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, Boston – Susan Coakley, president [2]
  • Brigham and Women’s Health Care, Boston – Elizabeth G. Nabel, president [1]
  • Carleton-Willard Village, Bedford – Barbara A. Doyle, president and CEO [51]
  • Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston, Boston – Deborah Kincade Rambo, president [38]
  • The Children’s Trust, Boston – Suzin Bartley, executive director [78]
  • Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester – Sandra Cotterell, CEO [39]
  • The Dimock Center, Roxbury – Myechia Minter-Jordan, president and CEO [43]
  • D’Youville Life & Wellness Community, Lowell – Naomi Prendergast, president and CEO [47]
  • The Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston – Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO [15]
  • Harvard University, Cambridge – Drew Gilpin Faust, president [24]
  • Hebrew SeniorLife Health Care Services and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston – Mary K. Moscato, president [13]
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston – Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood director [86]
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Waltham – Rimma Zelfand, CEO [57]
  • Lynn Community Health Center, Lynn – Lori Abrams Berry, CEO [12]
  • May Institute, Randolph – Lauren C. Solotar, president and CEO [26]
  • Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Boston – Joanne K. Hilferty, president and CEO [59]
  • Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge – Jeanette G. Clough, president and CEO [8]
  • New England Aquarium, Boston – Nigella Hillgarth, president and CEO [69]
  • New England Baptist Hospital, Boston – Trish Hannon, president and CEO [9]
  • Norwell Visiting Nurse Association, Norwell – Meg Doherty, CEO [40]
  • Partners Community Physicians Organization, Needham – Lynn Malloy Stofer, president [23]
  • Salem State University, Salem – Patricia Maguire Meservey, president [36]
  • Simmons College, Boston – Helen Drinan, president [31]
  • The Trustees of Reservations, Boston – Barbara Erickson, president and CEO [64]
  • Toward Independent Living and Learning, Dedham – Dafna Krouk-Gordon, founder and president [34]
  • Whittier Street Health Center, Boston – Frederica M. Williams, president and CEO [56]
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester – Laurie Leshin, president [19]
  • YouthBuild USA, Somerville – Dorothy Stoneman, founder and CEO [60]
Since the list is based on voluntary input, it may not reflect the full range of nonprofit women leaders in Massachusetts.

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