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December 3, 2021
Beverly Main Streets Names Rachel Borgatti as Exec. Director
Rachel Borgatti
Rachel Borgatti

October 15, 2021 — Beverly Main Streets, a Beverly nonprofit that promotes the city’s downtown economic vitality, cultural and historic resources, and quality of life, recently announced that it named Rachel Borgatti as executive director.

Borgatti succeeded Gin Wallace, who retired in September after 14 years leading the organization.

“Rachel is a pragmatic leader full of energy and enthusiasm. Her love of community and collaboration will prove to be an asset to the organization as we move forward with the Downtown 2030 strategic plan made in partnership with the Beverly community.” said Brenda Murphy, board chair of Beverly Main Streets. “The board looks forward to working with Rachel as our new executive director and is confident that Beverly Main Streets will be well-positioned under her guidance for years to come.”

Borgatti most recently served as an independent consultant focused on fundraising, marketing and strategic plans, new project development, community engagement, facilitation, and interim executive and development support for nonprofit and social impact organizations.

Earlier, she was executive director of Friends of Fort Point Channel in Boston and senior program manager for Earthwatch Institute, also based in Boston.

“I’ve long been intrigued by the intersection of art, environment, community and place, making Beverly, with its vibrant downtown life, thriving arts community and access to the ocean, the perfect place, “ Borgatti said. “Authentic place-based work cannot be done alone and I’m excited to collaborate with the board, the City of Beverly and community stakeholders to continue to ensure that Beverly’s main streets and the arts district continue to be vibrant, inclusive, and thriving places.”

Borgatti earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental and biological sciences from Antioch College, a Master of Arts degree in nonprofit leadership and management from the University of San Diego, and a Master of Science degree in marine, estuarine, and environmental sciences from the University of Maryland College Park.

She previously served as Conservation Commission Chair for the City of Somerville, and as a steering committee member of the Boston Harbor Ecosystem Network.

Beverly Main Streets was founded in 2002 by business and property owners concerned that small, locally-owned small businesses might be pushed out by chain stores,. The organization adopted the national Main Street model, which centers around following a focused, deliberate path to revitalizing or strengthening a downtown, leveraging the district’s unique cultural, educational and historic assets to set it apart.

Photo by Jessica Grant

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