Boston, Mass. - The Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) Board of Directors elected Jacqueline Conrad, Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Public Relations at Cambridge College, Chair of the Board during the September meeting. Conrad has served on the board for seven years and takes the helm from George Neble, formerly a managing partner at EY.
“I am deeply honored to be the first person of color to chair the board in its 28 year history. I believe deeply in the mission and vision of Mass Mentoring Partnership as it strengthens the network of youth-serving organizations across the commonwealth,” said Conrad.
MMP is a statewide organization that partners with corporate, public, and philanthropic entities to drive critical resources to a network of more than 370 mentoring and youth serving organizations, representing more than 50,000 young people.
"I applaud the MMP board for electing Jacqui Conrad as its chair, a highly respected leader who shares my commitment to working towards a more just and equitable society. I look forward to working with her and the board to move MMP towards becoming an even more effective advocate for young people," shared Lily Mendez, President and CEO of Mass Mentoring Partnership.
Conrad has over twenty seven years of experience in the field of strategic marketing and communications, public relations, community relations, and event management. As Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Public Relations at Cambridge College, she is responsible for the development and implementation of a broad range of public relations activities that support the strategic positioning of the College as a 49-year old pioneer in adult learning.
“The MMP board, who unanimously and enthusiastically elected Jacqui as the new board chair, is excited about her vision for the organization,” George Neble said. “She brings strong leadership and management skills, as well as a profound commitment to mentoring and its role in helping young people achieve their full potential.” Earlier this year, MMP elected its two newest board members, Dr. Yves Solomon Fernandez, president of Greenfield Community College and Tracey West, Director of Equity and Inclusion at WilmerHale.
Prior to joining Cambridge College, Conrad was the President and Founder of delaCruz Communications, a consulting firm that specialized in multicultural marketing and communications, ethnic media relations, community relations, fundraising and event management. Conrad also served as the Executive Director for the Latino Professional Network where she significantly increased sponsorship allocations and community engagement by seventy percent through online engagement, rebranding, high profile events, and corporate sponsorships that supported college scholarships for Latino high school students.
Conrad also serves on the Board of Directors of Jane Doe, Inc. Previous board affiliations include Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA), the Massachusetts Health & Educational Facilities Authority (MHEFA) where she was appointed by former Governor Deval Patrick; ROCA; and the Dimock Community Health Center. El Planeta Newspaper named her one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the Latino Community,” and she is Co-Chair of the State of Black Boston, a research and community development initiative that analyzes the social and economic issues affecting Boston’s Black population. Conrad holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Sociology from Suffolk University and a Masters of Science in Communications Management from Simmons College Graduate School of Management.
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