Interim Director; ED to Resign; Partnership to Boost Job Access

May 14, 2019 — Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition names interim director... Executive director of The Second Step to resign... Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts forms partnership, launches job site.

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition Names Interim Director

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), a Boston-based nonprofit that works to end discrimination and oppression on the basis of gender identity and gender expression, recently announced that Ev Evnen has been named interim director.

“I am thrilled to have Ev involved as MTPC enters a new chapter of leadership and direction” said Mason Dunn, outgoing executive director, who served in the post for the last nine years before becoming director of advocacy at Keshet in Peabody. “Their familiarity with the work and the organization makes them a perfect match to carry us forward.”

MTPC said it will establish a search committee to hire a new director..

Evnen comes most recently worked at MaeBright Group, an LGBTQ+ policy and training consulting firm, which collaborates with state agencies and service providers to increase cultural competence when working with queer and trans populations.

Evnen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from Wesleyan University and Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration degrees from PP and MBA from Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management.

Executive Director of The Second Step to Resign

The Second Step, a Newton nonprofit that provides comprehensive support services to survivors of domestic violence, recently announced that Matthew Swoveland, its executive director for the last five years, will resign from the post to relocate to the West Coast to be closer to family.

TSS said that its board of directors has started a search for Swoveland's successor.

"All of us at TSS are truly grateful to Matt for his steady yet visionary leadership, which has rejuvenated the agency’s mission and programs," the organization said in a message posted on its website. "He leaves the agency in excellent financial and operational condition, and will be actively involved in facilitating the transition to new leadership. Matt will be greatly missed by all, and our entire community wishes Matt only the best as he begins a new chapter in his life."

Founded in 1992, TSS provides free services to 800 adult and child survivors of domestic violence each year via residential, community, legal services, and youth and prevention programs.

Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts Forms Partnership, Launches Job Site

The Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (ULEM), a nonprofit based in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston that engages employers to diversify the workforce, today announced the formation of a partnership with Jobcase and the launch of a new, joint online job portal to increase access to jobs and career support for Boston residents.

The new portal, donated by Jobcase and developed jointly with ULEM, supports residents, employers, and ULEM:

“Partnering with Jobcase on this employment portal project is critical for the marketplace,” said Darnell L. Williams, ULEM president and CEO. “It helps us directly to achieve our ultimate goal. That objective is to bring a diverse and inclusive talent pool into the workforce. Companies have relied on us to meet their hiring needs for 100 years. Our partnership with Jobcase allows the Urban League to use technology to connect the community and our employer partners in a significant way.”

In addition to donating the development of the portal to ULEM, Jobcase is also processing employer sponsorships for ULEM, thus creating a new, sustainable source of support for their programs.