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May 18, 2022
Cambridge Camping Association Names Sean Effel as Co-ED

January 7, 2022 — The Cambridge Camping Association, a nonprofit based in Cambridge that offers summer day camp and after-school programs to children from under-resourced families, this week announced that Sean Effel has been appointed to the newly created position of co-executive director.

Sean Effel and Sharon Zimmerman

Effel joins Sharon Zimmerman, who has served as executive director of the Cambridge Camping Association (CCA) since 2017.

CCA said the new shared leadership model will enable the 128-year-old organization to continue to grow and expand programming, reach more children and families from under-served circumstances, and forge deeper ties in the community.

“When the board began this search process, we embraced the co-leadership approach as it will bring two great minds together to collaborate, work as thought partners, and ultimately deepen the impact of the organization,” said Sonia Turek, president of the CCA board. “We conducted a nation-wide search, and we are so fortunate to have found Sean, a person with deep and meaningful connections to the Cambridge community and who is widely respected in the city.”

For the last two decades, Effel served as associate director and then deputy director at Cambridge Community Access Television. Previously, he had his own consulting practice, providing software and development training for nonprofit organizations.

He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in film, video, and photography from Ithaca College.

“I am thrilled to join Cambridge Camping as co-executive director and look forward to working with Sharon as our organization embarks on this co-leadership model,” said Effel. “This co-leadership model will enable us to reach even more children and families with a broader array of inclusive, accessible programming.”

Added Zimmerman, “I am confident that Sean is the right person to join Cambridge Camping so we can double down on our mission and continue to build our camp programs and expand our reach. We plan to lead collaboratively, and I think the co-leadership model will serve our campers and community well.”

Before she joined CCA, Zimmerman served as deputy director for Women’s Action for New Directions. She has been an adjunct instructor for graduate social work students studying online at Boston University. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in social work from Anna Maria College and a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University.

Founded in 1893, CCA today serves more than 500 campers annually through summer day camp programs, referral and scholarship services with partner camps, in-person and online after-school and school-year weekend programming, school vacation camps, and workshops for parents and other providers.

For the year ending Dec. 31, 2020, CCA reported $718,000 in revenue, of which $627,000 came from contributions and grants, and $449,000 in expenses, according to its most recently available federal financial information filing.

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