ABCD Luminary Awards
ABCD marks a rare collaboration in honoring five 50-year partnerships that have served millions of low-income people in Greater Boston.
At the 2019 ABCD Community Heroes Celebration, ABCD will pay tribute to Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Boston Public Schools, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Greater Boston Labor Council & Massachusetts AFL-CIO, and the NAACP, Boston Branch.
Each of these organizations has had a seat and an important voice on the ABCD Board of Directors since 1969.
“The 60s and 70s – those were inspiring but challenging days. The City of Boston faced an uncertain economic outlook, racial tension, and all the social stresses of that era. In joining ABCD’s Board of Directors, these five dedicated organizations committed to a shared vision of Boston’s future that would provide opportunity for all. The historic partnership has become stronger as it has evolved, and it remains a vital collaboration to this day.”
– John J. Drew
ABCD President / CEO
Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM)
John Regan, President & CEO
Focused on economic opportunity and job growth, AIM is the state’s preeminent employer association, serving the needs of all types of employers through public policy advocacy, resources and community. In 1969, J. Thomas Cathcart served as its first ABCD Board member.
Over the years, illustrious representatives have included Gilbert Richter, Brian Gilmore, and the late Mark Nuccio. Today, Celia Grant serves with distinction.
Boston Public Schools
Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Superintendent
Chamber of Commerce
James E. Rooney, President & CEO
An independent nonprofit organization that is the convener, voice and advocate for the region’s business community, the GBCC’s mission centers on helping its members and Greater Boston succeed. Robert H. Gardiner and Frederick A. Ritchie were exemplary representatives on the ABCD Board.
Over the years, illustrious representatives have included Paul La Camera, Ronald A. Homer, and Ernest F. Stockwell. Today, Patricia Washington serves with distinction as board treasurer.
Labor Council & Massachusetts AFL-CIO
Louis Mandarini, Jr., President & Steven A. Tolman, President
Chartered by the National AFL-CIO, the Greater Boston Labor Council’s mission is to improve the lives of working families within the 24 communities in its jurisdiction. The organization advocates for working family issues and seeks to advance the cause of economic justice. In 1969, Matthew F. Ryan served as its first ABCD Board member.
Over the years, illustrious representatives have included leaders from the taxi and painters unions. Today, Collique Williams serves with distinction.
NAACP, Boston Branch
Tanisha Sullivan, Esq, President
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) works to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality and rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and discrimination. In 1969, Kenneth Guscott served as its first ABCD Board member. Over the years, illustrious representatives have included David Hinds, Mel King, Leon Nelson, and former Tuskegee Airman Vernon K. Sport. Today, Marvin Venay serves with distinction.