Executive Director Transition
Hello Greater Boston PFLAG family,
Today we are issuing the attached press release announcing Val Frias as the new Executive Director of our organization, effective Aug. 1. Val’s hiring comes at the end of a thorough search, with many outstanding candidates, and we are thrilled to have found our perfect match. Val has a tremendous background in government policy work and non-profit leadership, and has a strong personal connection to the mission of PFLAG.
Of course, Val’s hiring means we are also saying goodbye to our current Executive Director, Tom Bourdon. Tom has been a wonderful ambassador for our organization in his 2 ½ years in the role, and with the support of the board, built the current staff structure and hired our terrific staff. The organization is in great shape thanks in no small part to the relationships Tom has continued to cultivate and nurture across the community and our base of supporters. During Tom’s tenure, Greater Boston PFLAG’s voice was heard often in the public square, always shining a positive light on our mission and our volunteer supporters. Tom has been upfront with the board on his desire to pursue a different direction, and his professionalism and continued hard work during our search process and Val’s onboarding will enable a smooth transition to a new director.
On Aug 9th, as previously communicated, we are having our first ever summer fun-raiser boat cruise on Boston Harbor. With this new announcement, the board would like to use this opportunity to thank and celebrate Tom for his service to the organization, as well as welcome and introduce Val to our community. If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets, please consider joining us for an even more special cruise than we already promised!
Board Chair, Greater Boston PFLAG
NAMED NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF
GREATER BOSTON PFLAG
— Frias to focus on the strategic growth of leading organization in the LGBTQ community–
Boston, MA (July 26, 2016) — The Board of Directors of Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer people) has announced the appointment of Valerie Frias as Executive Director of the organization. Greater Boston PFLAG is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to working with parents, students and the community to create safe school and family environments for LGBTQ youth.
“Greater Boston PFLAG is thrilled to have Val lead the organization at a time when demand for our services is growing,” said Mark Mettler, Greater Boston PFLAG Board Chair. “We continue to see a tremendous need for our services, particularly when it comes to supporting parents of transgender youth and providing training and programming centered on the complicated topic of gender identity to school faculties, corporations, and healthcare providers.”
According to Mettler, Frias will work closely with Greater Boston PFLAG Programming Director Kyle Megrath, to continue to evolve the organization’s services and offerings, as well as work with the board to build the capacity to support further expansion of those services. “Our mission is broad, and support can take so many shapes and forms, the possibilities for us are endless,” said Mettler. “Val brings critical thinking skills developed in her experiences working for the federal senate, municipal and state government, as well as the non-profit sector.”
Most recently Frias was associate director of the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation (CDC), where her focus was on building public-private coalitions to serve the community. “Much of Val’s policy work has been in healthcare and housing, two critical issues for the LGBTQ community Greater Boston PFLAG serves,” commented Mettler.
In addition to her work at the Allston Brighton CDC, Frias served as Policy Director for Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, Senior Health Policy Analyst for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, General Counsel for Massachusetts State Senator Mark Montigny, and several other legislative support assignments and private law practice experience over the course of her career. Frias earned her Juris Doctor degree at Northeastern University School of Law in 1999.
“Val understands the unique challenges and circumstances that members of the Greater Boston LGBTQ community face, and she has the compassion and experience to be a strong advocate on their behalf,” said Attorney General Maura Healey. “She has worked hard for many years on important issues of equality and I congratulate her on her appointment as Executive Director of this important organization.”
“I am truly honored to take on the role of Executive Director at Greater Boston PFLAG,” said Frias. “I have a deep personal connection to the mission of GBPFLAG, and I look forward to leading the organization into its next phase of growth and opportunity.”