Susannah Thomas Named MBF Executive Director

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The MBF Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that Susannah Thomas will re-join the MBF on Sept. 16, as its new Executive Director. Thomas will take over for Beth Lynch who stepped down in August to become Executive Director of the Cabot Family Foundation.

Thomas, who served as MBF Development Director from 2005-2011, has spent the last 8 years as Executive Director of Neville Communities, Inc. (NCI) a nonprofit organization in Cambridge that provides assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services to seniors. Prior to her roles at NCI and the MBF, Thomas held various nonprofit leadership positions in the mental health, housing and healthcare sectors. Though her varied experiences, Thomas has honed her skills as a nonprofit administrator, community builder, strategic thinker and dynamic leader. She received her undergraduate degree from UMass Amherst and her Masters in Social Work from Boston University.

The MBF Search Committee received applications from an extraordinarily talented and impressive pool of candidates. According to MBF President, Harvey Weiner of Peabody & Arnold, "Thomas was an ideal candidate for the job, given her prior success at the MBF, her varied experiences as a nonprofit executive, and her career-long dedication to social justice. She is also a very conscientious, positive and enthusiastic individual and we know all of our constituents will enjoy working with her."

"I loved my prior work at the MBF," Thomas explains "largely due to the connection I felt to the mission and the relationships made with the MBF Grantees, Fellows, the Bar Association and the legal community as a whole. I have great affinity and respect for the social justice aspirations of the Foundation, and I am honored and excited to once again be a part of carrying that vision forward."