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
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 
- Bentley University, Waltham Gloria Cordes Larson, president 
- Boston Childrens Hospital, Boston Sandra L. Fenwick, president and CEO 
- Boston Medical Center, Boston Kathleen E. Walsh, CEO and president 
- Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, Boston Susan Coakley, president 
- Brigham and Womens Health Care, Boston Elizabeth G. Nabel, president 
- Carleton-Willard Village, Bedford Barbara A. Doyle, president and CEO 
- Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston, Boston Deborah Kincade Rambo, president 
- The Childrens Trust, Boston Suzin Bartley, executive director 
- Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester Sandra Cotterell, CEO 
- The Dimock Center, Roxbury Myechia Minter-Jordan, president and CEO 
- DYouville Life & Wellness Community, Lowell Naomi Prendergast, president and CEO 
- The Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston Catherine DAmato, president and CEO 
- Harvard University, Cambridge Drew Gilpin Faust, president 
- Hebrew SeniorLife Health Care Services and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston Mary K. Moscato, president 
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood director 
- Jewish Family & Childrens Service, Waltham Rimma Zelfand, CEO 
- Lynn Community Health Center, Lynn Lori Abrams Berry, CEO 
- May Institute, Randolph Lauren C. Solotar, president and CEO 
- Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Boston Joanne K. Hilferty, president and CEO 
- Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge Jeanette G. Clough, president and CEO 
- New England Aquarium, Boston Nigella Hillgarth, president and CEO 
- New England Baptist Hospital, Boston Trish Hannon, president and CEO 
- Norwell Visiting Nurse Association, Norwell Meg Doherty, CEO 
- Partners Community Physicians Organization, Needham Lynn Malloy Stofer, president 
- Salem State University, Salem Patricia Maguire Meservey, president 
- Simmons College, Boston Helen Drinan, president 
- The Trustees of Reservations, Boston Barbara Erickson, president and CEO 
- Toward Independent Living and Learning, Dedham Dafna Krouk-Gordon, founder and president 
- Whittier Street Health Center, Boston Frederica M. Williams, president and CEO 
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester Laurie Leshin, president 
- YouthBuild USA, Somerville Dorothy Stoneman, founder and CEO 
Since the list is based on voluntary input, it may not reflect the full range of nonprofit women leaders in Massachusetts.