Cambridge School Volunteers Appoints Meg Ramsdell as ED

Meg Ramsdell
November 7, 2019 — Cambridge School Volunteers, a Cambridge-based nonprofit that provides free tutoring, college mentoring, and in-class support for local public school children, recently announced that Meg Ramsdell has been appointed executive director.

Ramsdell appointment follows a four-month search following Jennifer Fries’ decision to step down after nine years as executive director of Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV).

“We are excited that Meg Ramsdell has accepted the position of Executive Director at CSV,” said Anya Alexandra Bear, CSV board president. “Meg brings an unshakable passion for our work and the board of directors is looking forward to working with Meg and utilizing her deep experience in volunteerism, education, and community building.”

Ramsdell most recently served as the director of NetPals, CSV’s STEM mentoring program serving all seventh-graders in three public middle schools in Cambridge. She also coordinated a Grade 6”“8 CSV Learning Center at Putnam Avenue Upper School.

Ramsdell previously taught English and social studies at the middle and high school level at schools in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She is president of the board of directors of Waltham Fields Community Farm and was a 10-year board member of the Friends of Amigos School.

Ramsdell expressed confidence that CSV’s volunteers would continue to provide the extra time and attention many children need to succeed academically regardless of grade level. By the time students enter Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, the city’s one comprehensive high school, the familiarity and trust from previous experiences with CSV volunteers and staff holds significant value.

“It is always a thrill to run into a former Learning Center student at CRLS. We both are happy to see a friendly face, and it serves as a reminder that CSV is here for them even after they graduate from middle school,” she said.

Ramsdell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and art history from Wellesley College and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Brown University.

Fries, who also served as executive director at CSV from 2002 to 2004, during her recent tenure oversaw engagement with several corporate partners, including Audible, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University; Google; Oracle; Neon Therapeutics; and Philips Research.

In addition, under Fries' leadership, CSV won several awards, including the Massachusetts Service Alliance’s 2017 Excellence in Collaboration Award; the 2018 Excellence in Environmental Education award from the Massachusetts Department of Energy & Environmental Affairs; and the Guidestar Gold transparency award.

Established in 1966, CSV today employs 14 full- and part-time professionals, who oversee programs and are also responsible for the placement of approximately 900 tutors and mentors annually working in the 12 elementary schools, four middle schools, and the high school.