Matt Pritchard is the President and Executive Director of HomeStart. Matt’s commitment of serving Greater Boston’s most vulnerable neighbors began in the late 90’s when, while leading the social enterprises and training programs within a Boston-based homeless shelter, Matt moved into the bunks of the shelter for 12 months to better understand the path and challenges associated with homelessness. Since that time, Matt has worked in leadership and operational roles within the social sector with a focus on social innovation and scaling social impact.
“HomeStart is the most proficient organization in New England at placing and stabilizing homeless families and individuals into permanent housing, and our innovative work in preventing homelessness is stunning. HomeStart’s unique, three-prong approach of prevention, housing placement, and stabilization is showing that a net-negative growth rate of homelessness is possible. We are on the path to permanently end homelessness, and that work could not be more thrilling!”
Prior to joining HomeStart, Matt served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Victory Programs, Inc., a Boston-based nonprofit organization with 18 programs dedicated to helping homeless individuals and families with varying disabilities and chronic health issues. Matt also worked with REDF, a San Francisco-based venture philanthropist that launches social-cause business ventures, a Cambridge, MA-based family foundation where he led consulting engagements with clients across the arenas of homeless services, education, and community organizing, and Youth Villages, an innovative child welfare organization that strengthens youth who are aging out of the foster care system and restores families who are otherwise likely to be disrupted by residential treatment.
Matt holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Business from Wheaton College (IL) and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He lives with his family in Dorchester, MA, and is involved in foster care advocacy as well as supporting social entrepreneurs in Boston and various other community building activities including consulting to a Social Innovation Award recipient with Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum.
John Hussey is the East Coast Regional Relationship Manager for DoubleLine Group LP. John enjoyed an eighteen year career with PIMCO, and is no stranger to commitment. John joined HomeStart’s board in July of 2011 and has already demonstrated enthusiastic dedication to the organization and its mission to end homelessness.
“I saw a need in the community and felt that HomeStart was addressing that need better than other organizations; the need of ending homelessness. I like that HomeStart tries to end homelessness by finding actual homes, and not by simply putting those in need in a shelter. That’s not a home.”
In addition to his work with HomeStart, John is involved with the American Cancer Society as well as his local church, St. John the Evangelist, in the town of Hingham. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his wife and coaching youth sports for his three children.
Marianne Ajemian is a partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP in the Real Estate and Finance Department. Her practice is focused on the representation of clients locally and nationally in complex transactional matters. She represents financing institutions, real estate investment funds, developers, real estate investors and advisors, pension fund advisors and their institutional investors, REITs, healthcare and senior housing companies, and nonprofit institutions.
William Boynton is Senior Vice President for Morgan Stanley. After fifteen years as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the New England Region of the American Diabetes Association, Bill was looking for a new organization to become involved with. That’s where HomeStart came in. Initially, Bill discovered HomeStart while working out at Fitness International. He saw signs for HomeStart’s annual ICycle event and immediately loved the concept and signed up. Bill believes HomeStart is one of the few organizations that could realistically end homelessness.
Bill has been on the board for the past 9 years, and is a strong asset to the organization. As a member of the Development Committee he leads HomeStart’s fundraising efforts in expanding HomeStart’s collaboration with the private sector.
“I’m a strong believer in giving back, that’s one of my strongest passions, to give back to society, and this is one of the best ways for me to do so, because I truly believe in [HomeStart’s] mission.”
Mary is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel at Tufts Health Plan, a nonprofit managed care company in the Boston area. Since joining Tufts Health Plan in 1995, Mary has served as counsel to numerous areas of the company. She was previously deputy general counsel, responsible for the day-to-day management of the legal department and all its functions. Along with her responsibilities for all legal issues involving the company, Mary provides legal guidance to the company’s board of directors and management on corporate governance and transactions, and financial and tax matters, and oversees the fraud prevention and recovery unit and the compliance department.
Mary received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco and her B.S. in nursing and philosophy from the University of Scranton, where she was a graduate of the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program. Mary also previously served as a director and board chair of A Place To Turn, an emergency food pantry that serves the Metrowest region of Boston.
Mary currently resides in Sherborn with her husband and their three children. Mary was introduced to the great work of HomeStart many years ago through the Winter Walk, from Sherborn to Holliston. “I am excited bring the skills and experience from working with A Place To Turn and as counsel to a nonprofit to HomeStart. HomeStart is a wonderful organization which changes lives every day, and is poised to really solve the problem of homelessness.”
Kate Trevor is a resident of Boston and is Vice President at Income Research + Management, a Boston based investment management firm. Kate serves as chairperson of IR+M’s Community Outreach Group. The group provides a unified strategy for community outreach and charitable endeavors by incorporating the firm’s cultural values.
Kate has been involved with HomeStart’s ICycle event since its inception in 2006 and has participated in the event annually. Kate’s involvement with ICycle afforded her the opportunity to learn more about HomeStart’s mission and she chose to become involved because of the impact homelessness prevention has in her community.
Prior to his appointment as Vice President and Senior Counsel at State Street in 2013, Christopher Powell had been an Associate at Ropes & Gray LLP and practiced at Foley and Hoag, LLP. As a resident of Melrose, Massachusetts, Chris enjoys living in the Boston area with his husband, Tim, and their three children. Performing a great deal of pro bono work for a variety of non-profits in Massachusetts in the areas of education and social services, Chris certainly goes above and beyond as a caring member of his community.
“I think that the work that HomeStart does is extremely important and innovative. I appreciate that it puts housing first and seeks to keep people in housing, rather than simply dealing with homelessness with “band-aid” approaches.”
On the board of HomeStart since September of 2010, Chris believes that HomeStart is doing the right thing for the community. Chris believes that HomeStart’s focus on the long term solution to avoiding, and preventing homelessness is what makes the organization so successful.
William Sobo has played a variety of roles at HomeStart. He first became involved with HomeStart as a walk-in volunteer for over a year. He became a member of the board in January of 2010. As a board member, William assisted the accounting department and was appointed Treasurer in June of that year.
“The passion and caring that the HomeStart employees bring to work each day is really amazing and the relationships they build with their clients are truly lifelines to a better life.”
William is currently the Chief Financial Officer at BlueSnap; prior to that he served as VP of Finance at PAREXEL International Corp. He is a CPA/MBA and has spent most of his professional career as a CFO/COO of venture capital backed companies. He is married with two adult children.
Leslie Bos has over 20 years of affordable housing, commercial and community development experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She is currently the Director of Real Estate for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation where she oversees asset management, acquisition, planning, financial feasibility, financing, design and construction for residential, commercial and mixed-use properties in a community based setting.
Prior to this she worked for Recap Real Estate Advisors, a Boston-based firm that recapitalizes and preserves existing affordable housing via innovative financial transactions. Her past experience also includes originating, underwriting and closing permanent financing as a loan officer for the Massachusetts Housing Partnership Fund and implementing programs to assist public housing authorities with mixed-finance, private affordable housing and non-residential development as Director of Mixed Finance Programs at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
Leslie previously served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and as a Commissioner on the City of Boston Employment Commission, which monitors hiring goals for large scale construction projects. HomeStart is grateful for Leslie’s depth of knowledge regarding the affordable housing sector in the city of Boston!
Nancy Ludwig is the President of ICON Architecture, a Boston-based architectural firm. With clients including non-profit and market developers, she is able to understand the need for unique and functional housing for the low-income market. Her professional goal is to create communities where residents can thrive … so joining with HomeStart to help provide housing to those in need is a natural fit.
“HomeStart’s focus – working to keep families in their homes – is unique. The organizations ability to search out housing choices and place families is amazing.”
Nancy joined the board of HomeStart in September 2011. She also co-chairs the Urban Land Institute Housing and Economic Development Product Council in Boston. She sits on the boards of her neighborhood’s Design Review and the Visitors for the Learning Project Elementary School where she also supports their August Scholars Program.
Christopher Sherman is a Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor at UBS in Boston. For over 30 years he has served as the primary source of investment advice and wealth management for his clients. However, there is more to Chris than his success in the financial industry. He is an active volunteer in his town of Duxbury, as Vice President of the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society, Regional Co-Chairperson for the Fresh Air Fund of New York City, a lector at Holy Family Parish as well as being the former announcer at high school football and lacrosse games.
Eight years ago, after hearing one of many success stories from a HomeStart client, Chris joined the board and has been an active member ever since contributing on the Governance and Development Committees as well. Chris’s enthusiasm has led to the recruitment of three more members since joining the Board.
“Homelessness is all around us, it’s not simply the people you see in Boston who are only 10 percent of the homeless population, there are homeless people or people about to be homeless in Plymouth, Cambridge, even in suburbs like Duxbury. If HomeStart is successful, it is a model that can be implemented nationally and put an end to homelessness.”
Valerie Yarashus is an attorney and partner at the Boston law firm Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, PC, where she concentrates in helping people who have been seriously injured, and families of people who have been killed as a result of someone else’s negligence or misconduct.
Valerie is a past president of both the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. She has been selected numerous times as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Massachusetts and Top 50 Women Lawyers in Massachusetts. She has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America from 2005 to the present.
Valerie has cared about issues of homelessness ever since attending college in the District of Columbia many years ago. Valerie learned about HomeStart through her involvement in the Winter Walks to End Homelessness sponsored by her church over the years, and also through knowing people at a soup kitchen in Boston (where she volunteered) who spoke about their HomeStart experiences so favorably. She is excited to be on the Board of Directors because HomeStart offers the most successful and dynamic model she has seen for ending homelessness. She loves spending time with her four children, who are in elementary school, high school and college. She enjoys mentoring aspiring students and new lawyers, particularly women and people of color. Valerie is also very involved in working for safety-related changes to prevent injuries and deaths in the future for the kinds of cases that she handles.
William Boynton (Director)
Senior Vice President, The Boynton Group, Morgan Stanley
CEO (EMEA), State Street Corporation
Partner, Goodwin Procter
President, Alliance Consulting Group
Executive Director, Financial Advisor, Family Wealth Director, Morgan Stanley
Partner, Ropes & Gray
Senior Mortgage Partner, Guaranteed Rate; Host, Real Estate Radio CBS/WBZ
President, Harbor View Associates
Former Massachusetts State Representative
Joe J. Corcoran
President, Corcoran Jennison Associates
Chairman & CEO, Eastern Bank
CEO & Founder, Micronotes
Senior Vice President, Safety, Health, and Environmental Affairs, Cabot Corporation
Director, Regional Executive Alex. Brown
President, Meredith Management Corporation
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