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June 1, 2020
 
Ben Hires Is New CEO at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Ben Hires
Ben Hires
May 14, 2020 — The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides education and family services to Asian immigrants and the Asian American community of Greater Boston, this week announced Ben Hires has been named chief executive officer.

Hires, who will start in the job June 1, succeeds Giles Li, who stepped down from the position last December after six years to become a senior program officer for arts and creativity at the Barr Foundation.

“Ben brings with him significant leadership experience from the non-profit sector,” said Eugene Mahr, board president of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC). “We are confident that his collaborative, innovative, and strategic approach will strengthen BCNC’s impact and reach in empowering Asian and new immigrant families.”

“Ben brings with him significant leadership experience from the non-profit sector,” said BCNC Board President, Eugene Mahr. “We are confident that his collaborative, innovative, and strategic approach will strengthen BCNC’s impact and reach in empowering Asian and new immigrant families.”

Hires has served serving young people and families throughout his career, starting with his first job as a youth counselor at a therapeutic program.

He has held leadership positions in programs, strategy, and external relations at the Boston Children's Chorus, where he played a key role in elevating the choir’s social justice mission to bring diverse young people and their families together.

Currently, Hires is the director of strategic partnerships at the Boston Public Library, where he has established and maintained strong relationships across education, cultural, and civic engagement sectors to advance the library's mission of providing educational and cultural enrichment free to all Boston residents.

“It is an honor and privilege to be named the new CEO of BCNC,” said Hires. “I am inspired by the organization’s commitment to the most vulnerable children and families in Greater Boston, and I am excited to bring my decades of community building experience to support the work of the organization’s exceptional educators and staff. Together we will continue to expand and evolve BCNC’s ability to offer opportunity and effect positive change within the community.”

Hires earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and political science, a Master of Theological Studies degree, and a Master of Science degree in arts administration, all from Boston University.

Since 1969, BCNC has supported the growing Asian immigrant and Asian American community of Greater Boston, working to ensure that the children, youth, and families it serves have the resources to achieve greater economic success and social wellbeing. Its programs, at sites in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood and Quincy, focus on early education and care, after school programs, adult education, family child care and family services, and recreation and fitness.

For the year ending June 30, 2018, BCNC reported $6.16 million in revenue, of which $5.22 million came from contributions and grants, and $5.32 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.
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