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Mary Lassen

Center for Community Change

Mary Lassen has been the managing director of the Center for Community Change since 2008. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Lassen served as the Center’s board chair.

She also served as president and CEO of The Women’s Union from 1994-2005. In 2006, Mary Lassen was a senior fellow at the Boston Foundation, focusing on issues of workforce development and higher education. After distinguished work in community organizing, Ms. Lassen served from 1984-1993 as executive director of the Committee for Boston Public Housing, an organization which piloted early childhood, anti-violence and community building programs in several of Boston’s public housing developments. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Radcliffe College, Harvard University and a featured speaker on such topics as women’s economic security, family support initiatives, and strategic positioning for organizations.

Ms. Lassen, who served as an NCRP board member from 1999 to 2002 and as NCRP’s interim executive director in 2006, served on the OMB Watch Board and the Washington Area Advisory Council for Women’s Economic Security Coalition.