After more than three years on the job, Samantha Goudreau stepped down today as assistant to the executive director of the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) to assume the role of public programs and events coordinator for the Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy.
Goudreau, a 26-year-old native of Richmond, Vt., graduated from the University of Vermont in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in community and international development before relocating to Boston to join the BHCA staff.
“Because I studied community development in college, I really liked the idea of working on Beacon Hill and supporting the community,” Goudreau said. “One of my favorite parts of the neighborhood is its sense of a small community located in the City of Boston.”
Between meeting different visitors to the office and attending a wide range of BHCA committee meetings, Goudreau encountered what she describes as a “new adventure every day” in the role.
“My favorite part of the job was that no two days were ever the same,” Goudreau said. “Every day when I came in, it was always something different, and that’s what I really loved about position.”
Goudreau cites planning the annual Neighborhood Block Party as perhaps her favorite work duty during her tenure with the BHCA.
“I love that we have an event that welcomes everyone back to the community at end of the summer,” Goudreau said. “It’s a really fun way to connect with neighbors.”
Keeta Gilmore, president of the BHCA board of directors, described Goudreau in an e-mail to the Times as a “wonderful part of the Beacon Hill Civic Association.”
“She has a kind and gracious demeanor that is evident whether you speak to her on the phone or in person,” Gilmore wrote. “She has made many friends on Beacon Hill, and we wish her all the best as she advances in her career.”
MaryLee Halpin, executive director of the BHCA, said Beacon Hill residents and businesses alike were fortunate to have Goudreau’s assistance over the past three and a half years.
“She has touched so many people in so many ways and made the BHCA a true resource for the neighborhood,” Halpin wrote in an e-mail to the Times. “Our loss is the Rose Kennedy Greenway’s gain.”
Ania Camargo, past chair of the BHCA board, also said the community would miss Goudreau, just as the Greenway Conservancy is lucky to have her.
“Sam is a terrific person, and has been great at the BHCA,” Camargo wrote. “Not only is she smart, talented and good at getting things done – she has a warm, friendly personality that allows her to work well with anyone.”
Meanwhile, Goudreau said she is looking forward to the “new opportunities and growth” that her new position will offer, but admits she is already lamenting leaving the Hill behind.
“I want to thank the residents of Beacon Hill for welcoming me into their community,” Goudreau said. “It has been a pleasure to get to know and work with so many of you through BHCA events, committees and membership. Beacon Hill will always hold a special place in my heart.”