Mary Jo Meisner Elizabeth Najjar New Board Members

Mary Jo Meisner (left) and Liz Najjar (right)

College Bound Dorchester announces the addition of two members to its Board of Directors for the 2016 fiscal year. Both are active in the Boston nonprofit sector and bring years of communication and business expertise to their new appointments.

Joining the Board are Mary Jo Meisner, Vice President of Communications, Community Relations and Public Affairs at The Boston Foundation, and Elizabeth Najjar, Director of Boston Operations at the Lewis Family Foundation.
“Both Liz and Mary Jo embody our core values of accountability, growth and community,” said Mark Culliton, CEO of College Bound. “We are excited to have their passion and dedication as we continue to strengthen our intervention model and equip more of the most disruptive young people in our communities for college success.”

In her current role, Meisner is responsible for all communications, media and government relations, and civic leadership activities at The Boston Foundation. Previously, she worked in the newspaper industry for more than 25 years, holding editorial positions with several publications including The Washington Post, San Jose Mercury News and Philadelphia Daily News. Meisner serves as a board member with the Greater Boston Food Bank, ACCESS Scholarship Program, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. She is also a member of the Advisory Boards of WBUR and Harvard University’s Rappaport Institute of Greater Boston.

Najjar carries more than 15 years of nonprofit leadership and evaluation experience. In her current position with the Lewis Family Foundation, she has created systems of reporting and evaluation to help partner with organizations and schools that support youth and families in the communities of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. Prior to this, Najjar held a teaching role at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, was an administrator of the Community Charter School of Cambridge and has led strategic planning and systems development efforts and participated on School Quality Review teams.

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About College Bound Dorchester: College Bound equips students with the attitude, skills and experience to graduate from college. Serving nearly 1,000 students each year, College Bound provides the College Connections intervention model to the furthest off-track and proven-risk youth as well as Early Education and Out-of-School Time prevention programs. The vision of College Bound’s community-based model is to transform low-income urban neighborhoods through education.