May 25, 2018
Lee Swislow Named Interim CEO at Third Sector New England

Lee Swislow
January 3, 2017 — Third Sector New England, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides management resources to other nonprofits, today announced that Lee Swislow has been named interim chief executive officer.

Swislow takes over from Jonathan Spack, who retired last week after 34 years of service to Third Sector New England (TSNE).

“After conducting an extensive search for candidates for the position, we are thrilled to welcome Lee to Third Sector New England. TSNE is a robust organization with large projects and many stakeholders. Lee has the experience TSNE needs to guide our organization through the transition process,” says Tammy Dowley-Blackman, Third Sector New England Board President.

TSNE said the board has hired Management Assistance Group to assist with the transition by developing a job description, conducting an organizational assessment, meeting with external stakeholders, and hiring an executive search firm to conduct a national search.

Swislow has extensive experience as an executive director and an interim executive, with expertise in strategic planning, financial management, organizational development and program development.

She served for five years as vice president at JRI Health, providing a variety of services to people with HIV/AIDS as well as LGBTQ youth, and nine years as executive director of Gay & Lesbian Defenders and Advocates.

Swislow served as interim executive director of the Cambridge Camping Association from February to July of last year.

When TSNE announced Spack's retirement last summer, Dowley-Blackman said, "The local and national nonprofit field has benefitted from Jonathan’s expertise and collegial generosity. The TSNE staff, board and our many partners feel privileged to have worked with Jonathan and are enormously grateful to him for his many contributions."

Founded in 1959 as the Massachusetts Health Research Institute, TSNE today provides management and leadership resources to nonprofits and serves as a fiscal sponsor, convener, consultant, and grant maker, offering capacity-building programs and services focused on strengthening nonprofits.

Its Inclusion Initiative grant program promotes cross-sector networks in communities working to address the root causes of poverty in five main areas: education, healthcare, environmental justice, community and economic development, and youth development.

In 2004, TSNE purchased a 110,000-square-foot office building in downtown Boston, now known as the NonProfit Center, which serves as its headquarters as well as home to 43 Boston-based nonprofit organizations.

For the year ending June 30, 2015, TSNE reported $36.6 million in revenue, of which $19.6 million came from contributions and grants, and $33.3 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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