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May 17, 2021
Pathways for Children Names Eric Mitchell as President, CEO
Eric Mitchell
Eric Mitchell

January 12, 2021 — Pathways for Children, a Gloucester nonprofit that provides education and care programs on the North Shore, yesterday announced that Eric Mitchell has become the organization’s new president and CEO.

Mitchell assumed the role Jan. 1, succeeding Sue Todd, who retired after leading Pathways for Children for 40 years.

Mitchell joined Pathways for Children in 2017 as vice president and chief operations officer.

Board chair Thomas Zarrella said, “I am pleased that the board unanimously selected Eric Mitchell to become president and CEO. I have a great deal of respect and appreciation for the work Eric has brought to Pathways already, and am confident in his ability to lead the organization to new heights in the future.”

The organization spent much of 2020 preparing for the leadership transition, which Todd described as “the best [transition plan ] I’ve ever known of in my forty years with child welfare.

Mitchell has more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles across nonprofit agencies focused on at-risk children and families. Prior to Pathways for Children, he was deputy field director at Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), which serves more than 100,000 low-income people in Boston and the Mystic Valley annually.

Earlier, he served as director for ABCD’s Dorchester and South End Neighborhood Service Centers.

Mitchell holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in political science from Tufts University, and a Master in Public Administration degree and a Master of Science degree in professional politics from Suffolk University. He is a board member of Roxbury Youthworks.

Founded in 1967, Pathways for Children today serves 500 children, from birth to age13, from 14 communities at sites located in Gloucester, Beverly, and Salem. Its services include educational programming, nutrition assessment, health and developmental screenings, referrals for special education services, family support, enrichment programs, and transportation when necessary.

For the year ending June30, 2019, Pathways for Children reported $8.2 million in revenue, of which $8.0 million came from contributions and grants, and $8.3 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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