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January 18, 2021
 
Foundation for MetroWest Names Jay Kim as Exec. Director
Jay Kim
Jay Kim

January 4, 2021 — The Foundation for MetroWest, based in Natick, today announced that Jay Kim, who as its chief operating officer for the last three and a half years was responsible for day-to-day operations, has been named executive director.

Kim, who assumed his new role on Jan. 1, succeeds Judy Salerno, who retired after serving 15 years as executive director of the Foundation for MetroWest.

The foundation said Salerno will continue to serve the organization in a part-time capacity and help with the leadership transition, which, it said, had been planned for several years.

Louis Crosier, board of trustees chair of the foundation, said, “Over the last several years, Jay has successfully overseen the day-to-day operations of the foundation, worked hard to gain the confidence of the staff, trustees, and MetroWest organizations, and demonstrated his devotion to the future success of the foundation. There is no better person to lead the foundation into a new era.”

“The Foundation for MetroWest has been a critical connector and partner for the cities and towns that comprise our region for the past 25 years, and I am passionate about ensuring our communities have a strong community foundation,” Kim said. “While I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to lead this remarkable organization, I am indebted to Judy for her steadfast leadership, vision, and determination, which have molded the foundation into the essential resource that it is today. We are committed to improving the quality of life for everyone in our area and will continue to advance that important mission.”

The foundation said Kim will “build on the foundation’s recent momentum and solidify its role as the go-to organization for anyone who wants to support and strengthen the region…[and] work to ensure that the foundation lifts up the area’s most vulnerable populations through partnerships with nonprofit organizations, municipalities, businesses, and more.”

Kim also plans to expand Impact MetroWest, the foundation’s interactive website featuring data specific to the region’s communities.

Salerno noted, “As chief operating officer, Jay maximized the impact of our donors’ giving, positioned our community foundation as a valuable resource for local nonprofit organizations, and improved the quality of life for MetroWest residents. While I am deeply proud of my work with the foundation and will profoundly miss leading the organization, I am eager to help support Jay in his new role and to watch him make his own imprint on our foundation and our region.”

Prior to joining the foundation in 2017, Kim led fundraising and development work for nonprofit organizations in the Greater Boston area, including serving as vice president of development and strategic philanthropy at Crossroads and senior director of philanthropic partnerships for The Boston Foundation. He also worked in corporate philanthropy at Target Corporation.

In addition, Kim earlier managed homelessness initiatives at the Fannie Mae Foundation and worked for Public Allies, a national AmeriCorps program. He began his career as a Corps Member at City Year Boston.

Kim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Brandeis University.

Established in 1995, the Foundation for MetroWest currently has assets of $26 million and serves 700,000 residents from Westborough to Waltham and Acton to Walpole. Last year, the foundation’s emergency relief grantmaking led to the distribution of more than $4 million in funding.

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