New Executive Director for BHCA

MaryLee Halpin

MaryLee Halpin, a South End resident experienced in both corporate and nonprofit work, will assume the position of executive director of the Beacon Hill Civic Association on May 29.

With her long roots in Boston and relevant professional and volunteer experiences, MaryLee will bring great talent to the BHCA, said President Steve Young when introducing her to the board of directors at its monthly meeting last night. Prior to assuming her duties, she will attend the May 21 Annual Meeting, begin meeting individually with each of the current board members, and work with Suzanne Besser, the current executive director, to ensure a smooth transition.

Her professional career in the financial services industry focused on the integration of her M.B.A. in strategic planning and her B.S. in accounting.  Her most recent corporate work was with State Street Bank as the senior vice president, State Street Global Markets. Prior positions were with J.P. Morgan and major accounting firms.  Her volunteer work with non-profit organizations has involved financial management, strategic planning, fundraising, membership drives, leadership and mentoring.   Junior Achievement and Friends of Fenway Studios are among a number of non-profit groups that have benefited from her collaborative approach of engaging board members, volunteers, communities and other stake-holder groups.

“MaryLee’s background, talents, and interests along with her living in downtown Boston, make her ideally suited for joining us at the BHCA,” said Young. “I very much look forward to introducing her to the neighborhood and to working with her. We are most fortunate to have MaryLee as our next executive director.”

Halpin joins the BHCA as it moves into its 90th year as an organization with continued focus on the six major aspirations in the Plan for the Neighborhood. “I am honored to be joining the BHCA,” she said. “I look forward to supporting the work that will continue and enhance its strong commitment to the quality of life on Beacon Hill.”

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