Lily Mendez Named New President of Mass Mentoring Partnership

Mass Mentoring Partnership’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Lily Mendez as the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 13. She was selected after an extensive national search.

Lily comes to MMP with over 25 years in service to Massachusetts communities through her work in government, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.  Most recently she served as Regional Chief Operating Officer of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts where among her other responsibilities she oversaw volunteer and youth programs as well as the largest food pantry in New England.

“On behalf of the board, we are so excited that Lily will be joining us to lead the team to the next chapter for MMP,” said George Neble, MMP Governing Board Chair. “The board’s search committee engaged in an extraordinary and thoughtful process to make sure that our next CEO was passionate about our mission. Lily impressed all of us with her experience, skills and vision that combine to make her uniquely suited to lead MMP forward.”

“I also want to thank Beth Fraster for stepping in as interim CEO to lead the team during this transition period. The amazing contributions that she and the entire MMP team made over the past several months ensured that our work continued across the state,” Neble said. 

“I am excited for the opportunity to lead Mass Mentoring. I believe in the powerful impact positive role models can have in helping young people achieve their full potential. I look forward to continuing and deepening the work of Mass Mentoring in support of efforts committed to creating the conditions that enable young people to thrive,” Mendez said.

Prior to joining the Red Cross she held a variety of senior level positions Including serving in the Patrick administration as the Governor’s Senior Director of Appointments and Civic Engagement where she advised the Governor on appointments to the state’s Boards and Commission as well as critical personnel decisions across the executive branch. She also served as Deputy Secretary of Transportation where she was responsible for the Office of Transition Management which monitored the consolidation of several of the state’s transportation agencies. 

Lily brings over 10 years of experience in the philanthropic sector where she served as Executive Director of the Access Strategies Fund, a foundation which supports Massachusetts underserved communities efforts to improve their lives by engaging in the electoral process.  She is currently a Trustee of the Hyams Foundation which is committed to increasing economic, racial and social justice and power within low-income communities in Boston and Chelsea.

Lily graduated with a BS in Communications from Emerson College and earned her MPA from the McCormack Institute at UMass Boston.