Friends of the Children-Boston announces Yi-Chin Chen as the organization’s new executive director. Yi-Chin succeeds Michelle Harrington, who will continue to contribute her skills and expertise in her new role as the director of Administration and Community Partnerships. As the executive director, Chen oversees the daily operations, fundraising efforts, and the strategic growth of the organization. She joins the organization as the group prepares to celebrate its first class of high school graduates since its inception in 2004.
“We are very pleased to have Yi-Chin join as the new Executive Director,” said John Simon, co-chair of board of directors. “Yi-Chin has proven leadership and operational skills that will insure the future growth and success of the organization. She brings tremendous energy, optimism and a can-do attitude to the team and to the Boston families and communities that we serve.”
Before joining Friends-Boston, Chen served as the interim executive director of Hyde Square Task Force, an award-winning organization with the mission of developing the skills of youth and their families so they can enhance their own lives and create a safe and vibrant urban community. Chen served in a variety of positions at Hyde Square Task Force during her 12-year tenure there, including three years as deputy director.
“I am honored to join this incredible organization,” said Yi-Chin. “I am very impressed by the commitment made to every youth who walks through its doors and the results it has demonstrated in the last 12 years. The work of supporting youth in their journey to lifelong success is not only relevant but urgent. The future of our city depends on it. Together with a committed board and a team of high-capacity staff, we can help change the future outcomes of these children and ultimately create a better city for everyone.”
“Yi-Chin’s successful career working with at-risk teens will enhance our work since the most challenging time for our Achievers is their successful navigation through high school,” said Simon. “We look forward to working closely with her to further strengthen the organization and increase the number of children who benefit from the life-changing mentoring relationships through Friends-Boston.”