February 19, 2019
Erin McAleer Named President of Project Bread

Erin McAleer
October 15, 2017 — Project Bread, a nonprofit based in East Boston, which is the only statewide anti-hunger organization in Massachusetts and a national leader in developing solutions for hunger relief and prevention, this week announced that Erin McAleer has been named president.

She succeeds Ellen Parker, who stepped down in June as executive director of Project Bread for the past 21 years.

Ronald E. Kleinman, board chair of Project Bread, said, “Erin’s extraordinary background has been shaped by a social work framework and an unwavering commitment to social justice. That, coupled with her unique experiences in public policy and advocacy, will bring a compassionate and innovative perspective to Project Bread.

“Her passion for our mission and strength in strategic and operational leadership, coalition building, and organizational growth experience is exactly what Project Bread needs to continue its success in bringing more supportive services to our community.”

The organization said McAleer will focus on building upon Project Bread’s legacy of innovative programming to develop new community-informed strategies that affect change, which may involve grassroots engagement and movement building, bringing together organizations to work collaboratively and strategically, policy advocacy, or taking to scale impactful programs. She will also oversee Project Bread’s 50th Walk for Hunger, to be held next May.

“I have long been impressed with Project Bread’s systems change approach, and am excited about the opportunity to ensure that the organization continues to be impactful, innovative, and strategic, with a statewide focus,” said McAleer. “We know that no single organization can do this work alone. We will cultivate existing partnerships while developing new ones, and continue to leverage the grassroots engagement of individuals, all towards the ultimate goal of reducing hunger and food insecurity here in Massachusetts.”

Prior to Project Bread, McAleer worked at Be The Change, serving as director of Opportunity Boston, an initiative focused on developing a comprehensive strategy to improve opportunity for children living in poverty in Boston.

Previously, she was director of cabinet affairs for Gov. Deval Patrick. She also served as legislative director for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services; chief of staff at the Department of Transitional Assistance; senior associate and government affairs consultant at Charles Group Consulting; fiscal policy analyst in the Executive Office of Administration & Finance; and research analyst for the state legislature’s Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

McAleer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College.

During her years leading Project Bread, Parker transformed the organization from a narrowly focused anti-hunger organization to a national model that seeks to develop comprehensive solutions for hunger relief and prevention, and raised more than $100 million to feed hungry children and families in Massachusetts.

Project Bread funds local food initiatives, community supported agriculture programs, urban agriculture, subsidized markets in at-risk neighborhoods, emergency food activities, and childhood nutrition programs. It also engages in research and works closely with government and industry to develop anti-hunger stratagems.

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