Petro Plans to Step Up Volunteer Work on Hill After Retirement

When Donna Petro retires from her post as vice president of the Cambridge Trust Company at the end of December, she won’t be leaving Beacon Hill, but instead intends to step up her philanthropic efforts in the neighborhood.

“I’ve had relationships with non-profits, and now, I’m thrilled to be doing volunteer work with them,” said Petro, a Waltham native who came to the Beacon Street branch of the Cambridge Trust Company on July 1, 2002.

Petro has already pledged to volunteer for the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA), lending her financial know-how to help renegotiate fees for online payments to the organization, among other tasks. And she is planning a presentation on stores that sell locally made goods with BHCA board member Joan Berndt.

“We love Donna as a banker and really look forward to being able to utilize as a banker and really look forward to being able to utilize some of her knowledge and expertise to help the Civic Association,” BHCA Executive Director MaryLee Halpin said.

Petro will also volunteer with Beacon Hill Village, where she hopes to spearhead a lecture series with neighborhood merchants.

“Donna brings a high level of energy and commitment to help Beacon Hill Village create stronger relationships with the business community on Beacon Hill,” said Laura Connors, executive director of the non-profit that assists Boston residents ages 50 and above. “She has some great ideas on how we can do that.” Furthermore, Petro will stay on as a board member of the Friends of the Public Garden and board member and treasurer of the Beacon Hill Business Association (BHBA). She will continue to plan programming on the Boston Common for the Friends group, as well as organize the BHBA’s annual Concierge Stroll.

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