Boston Main Streets Foundation
The dynamic and volunteer-led Boston Main Streets Foundation (BMSF or Foundation) seeks an inaugural Executive Director to build on the momentum of the last decade and intentionally scale their impact across Boston’s 20 resilient business districts. BMSF has partnered with the City of Boston to revitalize and sustain economic centers by inspiring philanthropic partners and leveraging the knowledge and expertise in neighborhoods. Today, with assets of more than a half million, and annual grantmaking exceeding $150,000 to small business owners and local Main Streets districts, the Foundation plays an increasingly prominent leadership role as a trusted resource.
In 1980, the National Trust for Historic Preservation established the Main Streets program to revitalize older and historic commercial districts emblematic of a community's heart-and-soul. Boston became the first urban pilot for the national program. In 2007, following enthusiastic political and economic support, the City of Boston established the Boston Main Streets Foundation to bolster and complement the national program. Since then, the BMSF has been a driving force behind revitalizing the city’s 20 neighborhood commercial districts granting more than $4 million. The unique public-private partnership facilitates and leverages knowledge, expertise, and resources across Greater Boston to profoundly impact and sustain the economic vitality of the City’s twenty economic centers.
Reporting to the 13-member Board of Directors, the Executive Director of the Boston Main Streets Foundation will work closely with each of the business districts, the City of Boston, and a growing community of donors to ensure Boston is home to thriving and vibrant centers of commerce and community. The inaugural role calls for an inspiring individual to serve as the executive leader of the organization as well as the chief fundraiser, who will be both comfortable and compelling in telling the story of the BMSF and sharing its vision with the business districts, donors, and civic leaders. The visible leader will value a consultative approach and skillfully navigate the politics of relationships, diplomatically advocating for historically marginalized communities across the city. At a time when there is both significant and growing wealth in the region and profound community needs, the Foundation is poised to play an ever more vital and transformational leadership role. The Executive Director must chart the path forward and operationalize a plan to take BMSF to the next level, in service to the City of Boston.
Isaacson, Miller is an international executive search firm assisting the Boston Main Streets Foundation in this recruitment. Inquiries, nominations, and applications (including resumes and a letter of interest in response to the broad objectives outlined above) should be sent electronically to:
Donna Cramer and Berlinda Mojica
Applications will be held in strict confidence.