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Meet Our New Board Vice Chair, Melissa Tearney!

Introducing Melissa Tearney (she/her), the new Vice Chair of the Boston Women’s Fund’s Board! Melissa sits on the board of several community organizations providing a variety of services throughout Greater Boston, including Greater Boston Legal Services, serving low-income clients. She’s also active on the board of several Jewish organizations, including Hebrew SeniorLife and Camp Bauercrest. She’s looking forward to growing BWF and reaching more women, girls and gender-expansive individuals. Learn more about Melissa in our Q&A!

What initially drew you to the Boston Women’s Fund?

“Natanja and I have known each other for over 35 years. I am inspired by her leadership. When she took on the Executive Director role of this remarkable organization, I knew I had to get involved. BWF’s mission and vision truly speak to me. I am so grateful to now serve on the BWF board.”

What are you most looking forward to in your new role as Vice Chair?

"Learning more about the grassroots organizations BWF supports and helping to build BWF so its mission can reach a greater audience."

If you could snap your fingers and change one thing about philanthropy, what would it be?

“To make it accessible to everyone. We need to drive home the message that everyone can be involved at whatever level.”

What are two fun facts about you?

“One of my dreams is to run a marathon, though I am not sure I will make it. Microwave popcorn is my dinner of choice (and also the only meal I can make).”

What’s one quote that gives you life?

“‘A woman is like a teabag…you never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.’” —Eleanor Roosevelt


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