Nonprofit Leaders Among Most Powerful in Central Mass.
May 29, 2020 — Eighteen nonprofit leaders earlier this week were named among the 50 most powerful leaders in central Massachusetts, people who wield influence in the region's economy, according to a newly published report.
The Worcester Business Journal's "annual Power 50 issue gives us an opportunity to really examine who wields influence in the Central Massachusetts economy, understand who is making power moves and their reasoning for doing so," the publication noted.
It added that "by understanding who is exerting their influence, we can see how the region is being shaped now and for the future."
Among the top most influential leaders were the following:
Kola A. Akindele, assistant vice chancellor for city & community relations, UMass Medical School
Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, president, College of the Holy Cross
Christine Cassidy chief communications officer, Fallon Health
Linda Cavaioli, executive director, YWCA Central Massachusetts
Michael F. Collins, chancellor, UMass Medical School
Eric W. Dickson, president and CEO, UMass Memorial Health Care
Juliet Feibel, executive director, ArtsWorcester
Barbara G. Fields, board chair, Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Pattie Hallberg, CEO, Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts
Meredith Harris, executive director, Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Michelle Jones-Johnson, vice president for talent and inclusion, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
David A. Jordan, DHA president, Seven Hills Foundation & Affiliates
Laurie Leshin, president, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Luis G. Pedraja, president, Quinsigamond Community College
Anh Vu Sawyer, executive director, Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts
Carolyn J. Stempler, president, Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Vincent Strully founder and CEO, New England Center for Children
Monica M. Thomas-Bonnick, executive director, Webster Five Foundation
Seven of this year's honorees from the nonprofit sector previously have been on the list, first introduced in 2013. They include Boroughs, Collins, Dickson, Harris, Jordan, Leshin, and Pedraja.
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