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June 25, 2022
New England Aquarium brings on new VP; Greater Lowell Community Foundation adds new board member
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Brian Walsh

June 14, 2022 — The New England Aquarium recently hired Brian Walsh as Vice President of Finance Planning and Analysis; the Greater Lowell Community Foundation elects Cherrice Lattimore to Board of Directors; Women’s Collective Giving Group awards $250,000 to Boston nonprofits.

New England Aquarium hires Walsh as VP of Finance Planning

The New England Aquarium recently hired Brian Walsh as Vice President of Finance Planning and Analysis. Most recently, he was a finance executive at National Fire Protection Association, a non-profit organization based in Quincy that is dedicated to eliminating injury, death, and financial losses due to fire and electrical related hazards.

With 30 years of financial management experience, Walsh has built his career on supporting mission-based nonprofits with strategic business planning and financial acumen while championing the vision and mission of organizations.

“We are thrilled that Brian has joined our team,” said Vikki N. Spruill, President and CEO of the New England Aquarium. “He brings deep financial management and executive leadership experience at an important time for the Aquarium as we build back from two years of disrupted operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic."

Throughout his career, Walsh has done financial modeling, forecasting, accounting operations, budget development, audit preparation, and business performance management. Working with executive leadership and corporate boards, he uses a data-driven approach to manage strategic financial planning to help shape corporate strategy. From the leadership side, he brings 20 years of experience leading teams as well as being part of organizational executive teams.

“As a lifelong New Englander, it is a privilege to be working at the iconic New England Aquarium. I look forward to making my mark on this beloved cultural institution as we emerge from the pandemic,” Walsh said.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stonehill College and a Master of Business degree from Suffolk University. In his spare time, he enjoys long-distance runs as well as boot camp workouts. He has run four marathons and now rides a bike. He grew up in Needham, now lives in Roslindale, and is a Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.

Greater Lowell Community Foundation Elects Lattimore to Board of Directors

At the Greater Lowell Community Foundation Annual Board Meeting on June 2, the Board of Directors unanimously approved the election of Cherrice Lattimore to the Board.

Cherrice Lattimore, of Chelmsford, is a mentor, advocate, mother, philanthropist, and businesswoman. For over 40 years, she has been a trailblazer in the sales industry and a leader in Greater Lowell.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Cherrice began her career with Kellogg Company. In 1988, she relocated to Chelmsford, Massachusetts to work for Merck Pharmaceutical Company. Cherrice was awarded Merck’s 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award and is a four-time winner of Merck’s Vice President’s Club. She was inducted into Merck’s Hall of Fame in 2012, voted District’s Most Valuable Player Award 14-times by her peers in 2011 and 2010, and has the Northeast Vaccine Region Award.

“I am very pleased to welcome Cherrice Lattimore as the newest member of our Board,” said GLCF President and CEO Jay Linnehan. “Her commitment to equity, justice, and community support is an asset for GLCF and we look forward to working with her to further our mission.”

“I am so excited about joining the GLCF Board. I have been very intentional about making sure what I commit to aligns with my core values and deeper sense of purpose,” said Lattimore. “GLCF’s mission and goals fall right into the many things I am eager to do in Greater Lowell. I am so ready to get started.”

Women’s Collective Giving Group Awards $250,000 to Boston Nonprofits

The Philanthropy Connection (TPC) awarded grants to 10 Boston-area nonprofit organizations, giving a total of $250,000. TPC’s members each contributed to the grant pool. In its tenth year, TPC is pleased to announce that it has awarded more than $2.1 million to exceptional nonprofits in Massachusetts.

The organizations receiving TPC grants are:

Cambridge Camping Association has served children from under-resourced families by providing exceptional summer camp and out of school time programs.

Lawyers Clearinghouse improves the lives of those facing social and economic hardship by engaging the legal community in pro bono service to nonprofit organizations and their homeless and low-resource clients.

MA Adoption Resource Exchange finds adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care, targeting those without a family member or identified resource that can offer a permanent home.

Minds Matter connects driven and determined students from low-resource families with the people, preparation, and possibilities to succeed in college, create their future, and change the world.

Mothers for Justice and Equality is working to end neighborhood violence by empowering mothers and youth to challenge the normalization of violence and become effective catalysts for change in their homes, schools, and communities.

Neighbors in Need provides food, formula, diapers, and infant supplies to at-risk and food-insecure families in the Greater Lawrence area. Through its distribution network of 13 food pantries, it serves 900 families in the area each week.

Partakers provides opportunities and support to incarcerated women and men enrolled in college prison education programs and gives support and resources to those recently released from prison.

RESPOND, Inc. is New England’s first domestic violence agency and the second oldest in the nation. This organization has been a pioneer in the movement to end domestic violence.

RIA, Inc. stands with and supports women and women-identifying individuals seeking to exit the commercial sex trade and its associated exploitation, trafficking, and prostitution by providing a range of community-based services.

Young Man With a Plan creates a culture of brotherhood, respect, and achievement among young men of color in Boston in order to improve their college, career, and life outcomes.

The idea behind TPC is simple: Members make either a $300, $600, $1,200, or $2,500 donation, which is pooled and awarded each year to eligible nonprofits. TPC focuses on small organizations with annual revenue under $2 million that serve the Greater Boston area. Together, members decide which nonprofits are awarded grants. TPC’s stringent grant evaluation process takes a large part of the risk out of giving, and by combining member donations women are able to have a significantly larger impact than they could have had on their own.

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