Executive Director | The Hyams Foundation

Executive Director
Boston, MA

The Hyams Foundation announced on April 24, 2020 that it has launched its search for an executive director, in partnership with the national recruitment firm Isaacson, Miller (IM). IM specializes in leadership searches for civic and non-profit institutions. The search will be led by a board committee and involve staff and community partners. 

“2020 is a critical and exciting time for Hyams,” said Board Chair Penn Loh. “We remain firmly committed to dismantling persistent racialized economic disparities in our community. Our next leader will amplify and extend our commitment to build community power and to be part of social justice movements in Boston, Chelsea, and beyond.” 

Within this last year, Hyams has partnered with 90 organizations, providing funding and capacity building support for grassroots organizing and advocacy groups. Several examples of the efforts Hyams has supported include: the Boston Jobs Coalition, which led collaborative efforts among communities of color and women to secure more jobs through an expanded Boston Residents Jobs Policy Ordinance; local and state coalitions of parent and youth activists and educational advocates who led the successful passage of the landmark Massachusetts Education Funding Bill of 2019; and the Boston Ujima Project which brings together residents from Boston’s low-income communities of color to democratically invest in a local economy that upholds justice over profit.

“Hyams occupies a critical space in the local philanthropic community,” said David Moy, Interim Executive Director. “We focus entirely on economic, racial, and social justice in Boston and Chelsea by providing sustained support for front line community groups that work with and are led by those most impacted. And we are deepening partnerships with those in the philanthropic sector who share our mission.” 

Hyams is pleased to once again work with IM, which has provided support to Hyams for trustee and executive searches over the last decade. Rebecca Swartz, IM partner based in Boston, will be leading the effort for Hyams. She brings extensive experience working with foundations and civic non-profit organizations committed to social, racial and economic justice. To learn more about this leadership opportunity, please contact IM at: www.imsearch.com/7464