January 22, 2019
Erin McGrath Appointed ED of Boston Partners in Education

Erin McGrath
December 25, 2017 — Boston Partners in Education, a nonprofit that supports students in the Boston Public Schools through in-classroom academic mentoring services, recently announced that Erin McGrath has been appointed executive director.

McGrath succeeds Pamela Civins, who retired after 11 years as executive director to pursue new opportunities. McGrath will assume her new duties on Jan. 1.

“The entire team at Boston Partners is excited to welcome Erin into this position to continue building on the successes we’ve had for over 50 years,” said Michael McKenna, board chair of Boston Partners in Education. “Erin brings a true passion for educating Boston’s youth that has informed her vision for our nonprofit’s future.”

McGrath has volunteered with Boston Partners in Education since 2001, and in 2006 she joined the organization as Power Lunch program manager. Since 2008, she has been Boston Partners’ program director, overseeing volunteer programs by designing and implementing processes to improve match quality and building the organization’s capacity to serve more students.

“Sixteen years ago, I fell in love with the mission and work of Boston Partners in Education. It is a personal and professional honor to have been chosen to lead this phenomenal organization,” said McGrath. “I am excited to continue working with the board, our management and staff, corporate partners, and donors to deepen our school partnerships, engage more volunteers, and ultimately serve more students in the Boston Public Schools.”

Before joining Boston Partners, McGrath served as accreditations program coordinator at Hay Group, Inc., a global management consulting firm ,in Boston, where she maintained the accredited trainer network and enrolled clients and assisted in post-program orders. She has 15 years of experience as an English second language tutor for Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts and a lead English tutor at Boston Latin School’s Saturday Success School.

McGrath earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in writing from Hartwick College. She is an of the Boston Center for Community and Justice’s LeadBoston program, and in 2016 she received a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.

Founded in 1966 as School Volunteers for Boston, before assuming its current identity in 1988, Boston Partners in Education worked with 517 volunteers who serve 3,741 students in 58 Boston Public Schools during the 2016-17 school year.

Its trained academic mentors work with students in the classroom during the school day for at least an hour each week to help student fill academic gaps and build the self-confidence necessary to achieve their goals. Forty-four percent of the students speak a language other than English as their first language, and 78% come from low-income households.

For the year ending Aug. 31, 2016 Boston Partners in Education reported $1.1 million in revenue, all from contributions and grants, and $1.1 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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