Boston Cares Names Sara Hamilton as Next Exec. Director

Sara Hamilton
December 27, 2018 — Boston Cares, a Boston-based nonprofit that mobilizes and trains individual and corporate volunteers who strengthen communities and improve the lives of people in need, recently announced Sara Hamilton will be its next executive director.

Hamilton, deputy director of Boston Cares, will succeed Patrice Keegan, who became executive director in 2002.

Keegan will expand her senior fellow role with Boston University’s Nonprofit Management & Leadership Program, where she has led a practice seminar for the past few years, and also will continue to support area nonprofits as an interim executive director.

Rob Jeffers, board chair of Boston Cares, said, "Over 15+ years Patrice has built Boston Cares into a strong and trusted organization that has delivered over a million hours of volunteer impact for nonprofits and schools that rely on us to help fulfill their missions,

"Her leadership has been a game‐changer for how people volunteer on their own time and with their companies, which has made an enormous difference for the thousands of people in need who’ve been served by those volunteers.”

Keegan said, “It’s been the honor of a lifetime to build up Boston Cares and, in doing so, to ramp up volunteerism in our region and contribute to a larger volunteer movement across the country. Our mission driven staff, volunteers, and partners are magnificent; and the difference they make year after year to thousands of Greater Bostonians is breathtaking.

"Sara Hamilton has been a huge part of our success and I am excited to pass the baton to her as Boston Cares’ next leader.”

Hamilton joined Boston Cares 2010 and has more than 15 years of experience in the volunteer engagement field. She began her career with fellow Points of Light affiliate, Chicago Cares, after developing a passion for volunteerism as a student at Boston University.

After Hurricane Katrina, Hamilton headed to Biloxi, Mississippi to build programs, oversee volunteer housing operations, and launch a major AmeriCorps initiative for HandsOn Gulf Coast, a disaster response program of Points of Light.

She also managed co-curricular service programming at Northeastern University, where she earned a master’s degree in nonprofit management.

At Boston Cares, Hamilton expanded the organization’s corporate engagement programs, piloted new strategies for hard-to-fill volunteer needs such as ESOL tutoring; and launched initiatives to expand youth and family volunteerism, recognize the accomplishments of foreign-born volunteers, and engage volunteers around unique challenges such as building beds for families transitioning from shelters.

“When I first moved to Boston almost 20 years ago, I got to know the city by volunteering, and found a passion I’ve been fortunate to build into a career. I’m thrilled to be named Executive Director for an organization that is an innovative leader in volunteerism, and an integral part of Boston’s rich social sector. I’m excited to continue working with our Board, staff, volunteers, and partners to grow Boston Cares’ impact and lead the organization in its continued service to the Greater Boston community.”

Founded in 1991, Boston Cares annually engages 11,000 adults, children, teens, and corporate partners who annually serve 70,000 hours at nearly 200 schools and nonprofits primarily in Greater Boston and eastern Massachusetts communities.