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June 25, 2022
ABCD’s Sharon Scott-Chandler to Succeed President/CEO John Drew
John Drew
John Drew

May 29, 2022 — Action for Boston Community Development, a Boston-based nonprofit human services agency that helps low-income residents in Greater Boston to transition out of poverty, recently announced that John Drew, its president and chief executive officer since 2009, will retire, to be succeeded by chief operating officer Sharon Scott-Chandler.

Drew, now 85, who joined Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) in 1971, said, “I have had a long run supporting ABCD and its many all-important programs, as well as playing a role in significant national, state and local initiatives to combat poverty and provide opportunities for those who are low-income and disadvantaged to get on the escalator to a better life. I came in when ABCD was a start-up, something new, an organization dedicated to combating poverty during tumultuous times.”

Sean Daughtry, board chair of ABCD, cited Drew as “a tireless advocate, champion and warrior for all those needing a hand up in our city, state and nation.”

He added, “John is determined, tenacious, and relentless in pursuing goals that give people in need opportunities to build a better life for themselves and their children, and live with dignity. His leadership at ABCD has been a force for good for all concerned and he leaves the organization stronger than ever.”

Since the 1960s, ABCD has built a number of local institutions, including the community health center movement, the Women, Infants & Children program, the Roxbury Multi-Service Center, and Urban College of Boston.

Today, ABCD serves more than 100,000 low-income people annually, providing programs and services to support individuals, families, seniors, those with disabilities, and others in need.

Scott-Chandler to Succeed Drew

Sharon Scott-Chandler

ABCD announced that Scott-Chandler, currently executive vice president and chief operating officer of the organization, will succeed Drew when he steps down June 30.

“Sharon has the experience, expertise, and commitment to take ABCD to the next level,” Drew said. “I am proud and privileged to pass the baton to her, the first African-American woman to lead this extraordinary organization.”

Scott-Chandler joined ABCD in 199 after serving with as assistant attorney general for Massachusetts.

Prior to her current ABCD role, she served as vice president of ABCD Head Start and Children’s Services, managing the ABCD citywide Head Start program that supports 2,400 young children and their families in early care and education centers across Boston. She also directed ABCD’s Child Care Choices of Boston (CCCB) – the designated Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCRRA) in Greater Boston communities.

Scott-Chandler has held statewide leadership positions in various areas, including 10 years as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Early Education & Care, serving four years as chair. She currently is an appointee to the Massachusetts Governor’s Black Advisory Council, as well as the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation. She is also a trustee of the Urban College of Boston, and a board member of MADCA, MASSCAP, and the Cradles to Crayons Chairman’s Council.

Scott-Chandler received her law degree from Northeastern University Law School and an undergraduate degree from Tufts University.

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