Twelve Greater Boston Nonprofit Leaders Named Barr Fellows
July 24, 2017 The Barr Foundation, the largest private foundation in Massachusetts, recently named 12 Greater Boston nonprofit leaders as Barr Fellows, which includes grants of up to $100,000 to their organizations.
Members of the sixth class of Barr Fellows will participate in a two-year program that includes a group learning journey, a three-month sabbatical, and facilitated retreats with their cohort. The grants will support leadership and organizational development and in exploratory projects.
The following leaders were named 2017 Barr fellows:
- Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center: Giles Li, executive director
- Boston Mayors Office of New Urban Mechanics: Nigel Jacob, co-founder and co-chair
- BUILD Greater Boston: Ayele Shakur, regional executive director
- Community Labor United: Darlene Lombos, executive director
- Community Servings: David Waters, chief executive officer
- Epiphany School: Rev. John Finley, co-founder and head of school
- Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center: Yusufi Vali, executive director
- Louis D. Brown Peace Institute: Clementina Chéry, co-founder, president, and CEO
- Margarita Muñiz Academy: Dania Vázquez, headmaster
- Mass Mentoring Partnership: Marty Martinez, president and chief executive officer
- Phoenix Charter Academy Network: Beth Anderson, founder and chief executive officer
- Silver Lining Mentoring: Colby Swettberg, chief executive officer
In addition to recognizing and rewarding accomplished leaders, the fellowships aim to strengthen organizations by providing resources to develop and enhance leadership across fellows organizations and build civic leadership for the region by fostering a strong network of leaders.
It is our privilege to recognize and support this exceptional group of leaders, said Roger Nozaki, Barr Foundation
vice president. Since the Foundation inaugurated the Barr Fellowship in 2005, Barr Fellows have built a remarkable legacy of service and impact in Boston and beyond. We look forward to working with and investing in this newest classand to seeing what emerges from their individual and collective leadership.
Members of this sixth class of Barr Fellows will participate in a two-year program that includes a group learning journey, a three-month sabbatical, and facilitated retreats with their cohort. fellows organizations will also receive grants of up to $100,000 from the foundation to invest in leadership and organizational development and in exploratory projects.
Each new class of Fellows is nominated through a confidential process; there is no application. This years selection process began in January with confidential nominations invited from more than 200 individuals, including foundation staff, alumni of the Barr fellowship network, and others who have strong knowledge of the diverse leaders working in Greater Boston. An eight-member selection committee, including three foundation trustees and five civic leaders, select finalists.
Earlier this year, Nozaki announced a number of changes for this new class of fellows. They included a significant increase in the amount of grant support provided to each fellows organization and enriched professional development offerings, e.g., a greater focus on systems change and cross-sector collaboration.