NLN45: Leadership Transitions as an Opportunity with Jennifer Aronson

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Jennifer Aronson explores key issues from the Boston Foundation’s recently published report, “Opportunity in Change.” Key points include:

  • Leadership Changes are Happening Across Generations
  • Transition Times Can Be an Opportunity to Make Structural Changes
  • The Importance of Avoiding the Temptations of the Frankenstein Model of Nonprofits
  • Seeing Transition Times as an Opportunity to Address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Deciding to Make Time for Long-Term Thinking and Planning


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About the Speaker:

Jennifer W. Aronson is the Associate Vice President for Programs at the Boston Foundation. She leads key initiatives to enhance the impact of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector.  Jennifer’s portfolio includes capacity building, leadership development, and structural innovation strategies and programs for grantee and non-grantee organizations, collaborations and networks.

Prior to running the Nonprofit Effectiveness Group, Jennifer oversaw the implementation and year-one operations of StreetSafe Boston, the Boston Foundation’s 5-year, $20 million initiative to prevent and intervene in gang activity in a subset of Boston neighborhoods disproportionately and persistently affected by high rates of violent crime.

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