After an extensive search process, the Board of Boston CASA is proud to announce its new Executive Director, Nicole M. Stewart. For more than 20 years, Nicole has worked with Boston’s low-income communities and has been a fierce advocate for underserved and vulnerable families. Nicole’s personal experiences growing up gave her the passion for working with children in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services. She understands their challenges and knows the many psychological, educational, and service-based solutions that can help to ensure a brighter future for them.
Nicole served as an educational leader for almost two decades in the Lincoln-Sudbury and Boston Public School systems, where she championed the opportunity of quality education for all children. Her commitment to addressing the root causes surrounding the low achievement rates of some of her most vulnerable students compelled her to focus on the education and empowerment of families, communities, and local officials to create positive changes to support children. She transitioned to work in the non-profit sector and served respectively in the roles of Executive Director of the Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club of Boston; Program Director for Bridge Home Starr Program, a short-term residential stabilization program for children in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCF); and Turnaround CEO for Homes for Families, a statewide policy advocacy organization for Emergency Assistance Shelters committed to ending family homelessness. She is also the principal and founder of Possibilities Here, Inc., a non-profit founded in 2014 out of a labor of love and a mission to break the cycles of poverty and abuse experienced by young women in and from the foster care system. In 2021, she created the Young Women’s Leadership Development program and partnered with Community Work Services to broaden its reach and expand young women’s opportunities to become self-sufficient.
A licensed school principal and clinical social worker, Nicole holds a Master of Educational Leadership from Boston College and a Master of Social Work from Simmons College.
We believe Nicole will be an outstanding Executive Director, a compelling spokesperson and advocate, and an exceptional role model and inspiration for the vulnerable children and youth served by Boston CASA. The Board also wishes to extend considerable thanks to Interim Executive Director Anne Silver, for her capable, compassionate leadership and many years of service to the program.
For further information, please contact Board President Lauren Sampson at 617-988-0609 or Director of Development Karen Solomon at 617-714-9430.