November 14, 2018
 
Lily Mendez Is New President of Mass Mentoring Partnership

Lily Mendez
August 12, 2018 — Mass Mentoring Partnership, a Boston-based statewide nonprofit that supports and advances youth-adult relationships, recently announced that Lily Mendez has been appointed as the organization’s president and chief executive officer.

Mendez succeeds Marty Martinez, who stepped down last December to become chief of health and human services for the City of Boston. Beth Fraster, vice president and chief program officer of Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) had been serving as interim president and CEO.

Mendez takes up her new duties tomorrow.

George Neble, MMP board chair, said, “The board’s search committee engaged in an extraordinary and thoughtful process to make sure that our next CEO was passionate about our mission. Lily impressed all of us with her experience, skills and vision that combine to make her uniquely suited to lead MMP forward.”

Mendez, who most recently served as regional chief operating Officer of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts, was identified following what MMP described as an extensive national search. At the Red Cross, she oversaw volunteer and youth programs as well as the largest food pantry in New England.

“I am excited for the opportunity to lead Mass Mentoring. I believe in the powerful impact positive role models can have in helping young people achieve their full potential. I look forward to continuing and deepening the work of Mass Mentoring in support of efforts committed to creating the conditions that enable young people to thrive,” Mendez said.

Prior to joining the Red Cross she held a variety of senior level positions, including serving in the Patrick administration as the Governor’s senior director of appointments and civic engagement where she advised the Patrick on appointments to the state’s boards and commission, as well as critical personnel decisions across the executive branch.

She also served as deputy secretary of transportation where she was responsible for the Office of Transition Management which monitored the consolidation of several of the state’s transportation agencies.

Mendez brings more than a decade of experience in the philanthropic sector where she served as executive director of the Access Strategies Fund, a foundation that supports Massachusetts underserved communities' efforts to improve their lives by engaging in the electoral process.

She is currently a trustee of the Hyams Foundation, which focuses its work on increasing economic, racial, and social justice and power within low-income communities in Boston and Chelsea.

Mendez graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Emerson College and earned her Master of Public Administration degree from the McCormack Institute at UMass Boston.

MMP traces its roots back to 1992 when an organization called Greater Boston One-to-One, a local affiliate of a national organization, was established to provide mentoring opportunities for youth. MMP today serves more than 250 mentoring programs and youth development organizations In Massachusetts that support 33,000 youth annually. To date, MMP has impacted more than 250,000 youth.

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