April 26, 2019
TSNE MissionWorks Appoints Elaine Ng as Next CEO

Elaine Ng
May 3, 2018 — TSNE MissionWorks, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides management support and capacity building services to nonprofits in Massachusetts and across the country, today announced that Elaine Ng will be its new chief executive officer.

She succeeds Lee Swislow, who has been serving as interim CEO since Jonathan Spack, who retired in 2016 after 34 years at the helm of TSNE MissionWorks, during which time it was known as Third Sector New England.

Ng has been serving as interim director of operations for TSNE MissionWorks for the last two years. She'll take up her new duties next month.

“The board of directors was looking for someone who could position TSNE MissionWorks as a catalyst for extraordinary progress in the nonprofit sector,” said TSNE MissionWorks board president Tammy Dowley-Blackman. “Building on our outstanding programmatic and operational support and what we have learned through our research, Elaine has the skills and experience to inspire and challenge our sector to continue to reach for excellence and lead us into the future.”

Ng's appointment followed a nationwide search that narrowed 350 prospects to three finalists.

A 25-year veteran of the nonprofit and education sectors, Ng most recently served as strategic planning director for special education for the Boston Public Schools and executive director of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.

In addition, Ng has worked with TSNE MissionWorks as a client and consultant, which provided her with perspective on the role and impact the organization has on the nonprofit community.

“It is a privilege to assume leadership of TSNE MissionWorks at a time of such exciting growth and possibility for the organization,” said Ng. “I believe deeply in our mission of strengthening organizations and leadership in the nonprofit sector. For the groups we work closely with that means developing practices that allow our clients to become more adaptable, resilient and inclusive as we build towards equity.”

Ng earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and Asian American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and a master's degree in public policy from Tufts University. She is a board member of the Chinatown Community Land Trust.

Founded 60 years ago, TSNE MissionWorks operates the NonProfit Center in Boston, provides fiscal sponsorship for more than 80 nonprofits across the country, and offers consulting and trainings that serve a wide range of nonprofits pursuing organizational excellence. TSNE MissionWorks also has several grant-making programs aimed at building diverse and inclusive organizations and communities.

In addition, the organization has published several groundbreaking original research projects, including Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce compensation studies (2017, 2014 and 2010), Opportunity in Change (2017, with The Boston Foundation), Leadership New England study (2015), Funding Learning Networks for Community Impact (2013), Step-by-Step: A Guide to Achieving Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace (2010), and the Executive Directors Guide (2002, 2010, new edition coming in 2018).

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