Trinity Church in the City of Boston
July 31, 2019

Dear Trinity Church and friends:

With gratitude and joy, Trinity Boston Foundation today announced Charmane Higgins as its new Executive Director , succeeding founding Executive Director, Louise Burnham Packard. Charmane will formally start on August 14, and Louise, who announced her upcoming retirement earlier this year, will assist with the transition into early fall.

When sharing the exciting news of this leadership transition, TBF also announced the change of its name to Trinity Boston Connects (TBC). This change – recognizing the organization’s work of connecting stakeholders from across greater Boston to collaborate and change the odds for youth of color in our city – has been in the works for months and takes effect immediately.

(More details about Charmane and TBC can be found in the release following this letter.)

As we celebrate these announcements, we hope you will join us on Copley Square for this Saturday’s TEEP (Trinity Education for Excellence Program) graduation and 20th anniversary fête. Both Charmane and Louise will be present, joining TEEP’s founder, the Rev. William Barnwell, and the program’s first Director, Paul Bowen, as part of the anniversary celebration. Graduation will begin at 11:00AM in the church, with a noon picnic to follow on the square.

Trinity Boston Connects expresses Trinity Church’s commitments to justice and equity in our city. The broader TBC organization grew out of our parish’s TEEP and TBCC (Trinity Boston Counseling Center) programs, and now impacts individuals, families, and organizations across our city. Our congregation’s connections with TBC remain deep and meaningful, and we daily seek to strengthen our shared witness and work. So many parishioners, past and present, bring us to this moment, and for all of you, we give thanks to God.

In that spirit and as we welcome Charmane, we also give thanks for the hard-working staff of Trinity Boston Connects whose gifts and graces she will inherit. Everyday, these leaders labor faithfully to confront the bitter legacy and persisting reality of racism in our culture and community. This is urgent work – Gospel work – and the hope and intensity with which TBC pursues it will be there to see and hear, loud and clear, on Saturday. Again, we encourage you to come and share in this powerful witness of which you are so vitally a part.


Mark Morrow
Senior Warden

The Rev. Morgan S. Allen
Trinity Boston Foundation Announces Charmane Higgins as New Executive Director
and Unveils New Name as Trinity Boston Connects
These changes reinforce Trinity Boston Connects’ missionto unlock opportunity and change the odds for youth of color in Boston. 
Boston – July 31, 2019 –  Trinity Boston Foundation announced today that it has appointed Charmane Higgins as its new Executive Director effective August 14, 2019. It is also changing its name to Trinity Boston Connects (TBC).
Mike Parker, Chair of TBC’s Board of Directors added, “The entire Board of TBC is delighted that Charmane has agreed to take on this role. With her lifelong connection to the City of Boston, broad management experience and demonstrated commitment to youth of color, we are confident that Charmane possesses the skills, passion and vision to lead our organization in its next chapter of service to the Boston community.”

Higgins, who succeeds the retiring current executive director and founder Louise Burnham Packard, served as Executive Director of STRIVE, a social justice nonprofit focused on young adults in Boston, from 2008-2017, during which time she transitioned the organization to become a part of Justice Resource Institute. She has most recently been a consultant to nonprofit organizations and has been a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Non-Profit Practice since 2010 where she mentors a cohort of emerging nonprofit leaders of color.
In accepting her new role, Higgins stated, “I am both humbled and honored to receive the baton of leadership for Trinity Boston Connects from its founding Executive Director, Louise Burnham Packard. Under her focused leadership and the strategic guidance of the board of directors, TBC has breathed new life into thousands of Boston’s youth and youth-serving organizations for nearly two decades.

“While the challenges facing our young people are more complex and daunting than in years past, I believe the passion, commitment and tenacity of this great organization will make a significant impact in this generation and those to come.”

Higgins attended Boston Public Schools and graduated from Boston Latin School. She earned a BA in Classical Civilization from Wellesley College, an MA in Latin from the University of Texas and an MBA from Simmons College. She has served as Past Chair and current member of the Board of Trustees of Boston Latin School Alumni Association and just completed a six-year term on the board of the ACLU in Boston. She is a current Board member of the Mass Nonprofit Network and is an adjunct faculty member at Boston College School of Social Work.
About Trinity Boston Connects

Founded in 2007, Trinity Boston Connects grew out of Trinity Church Boston’s social justice mission. The 30-person organization engages a diverse set of stakeholders from across the greater Boston region to accomplish its mission.

Trinity Boston Foundation’s name change to Trinity Boston Connects reinforces its mission to unlock opportunity and change the odds for the youth of color of Boston. Through connections and partnerships, Trinity Boston Connects builds communities that: affirm, inspire, and empower youth and their families; offer holistic support for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being; and strengthen community health and cohesion across Boston.
Trinity Boston Connects Programs

The organization’s expertise lies in the integration of three Community Practices deemed essential for effective youth programming and organizational development: Trauma Inclusion, Restorative Justice, and Racial Equity.  TBC’s direct-service programs aim to develop Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills in more than 600 young people per year, skills that research shows lead to academic, career, and life success. The organization also offers professional training, counseling and consulting services, and works collaboratively within schools, government agencies, and community organizations across Boston to help them more equitably and effectively serve over 15,000 young people.

Sole Train: Boston Runs Together connects 400 students in grades 4-12 with 131 adult volunteers at 21 schools across Boston. Sole Train is a community building and mentoring program that uses running as a vehicle for setting and achieving seemingly impossible goals. 

Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP) connects 120 middle- and high-school students to a values-based enrichment curriculum that centralizes personal and community growth through a six-year peer mentorship pipeline program. Youth are empowered to pursue excellence through academic enrichment and support, cultural and career exploration, and character and leadership development.

Trinity@McCormack connects students and staff at the McCormack Middle School in Dorchester to support the school in becoming a healing and inclusive educational community. The collaborative partnership creates an environment that understands, embraces, and supports the holistic needs of each student – specifically the needs of students dealing with trauma and toxic stress.

Organizational Equity Practice (OEP) connects individuals and organizations committed to racial equity to dynamic and holistic learning opportunities. OEP pursues the dismantling of systemic racism, a fundamental barrier to the success and well-being of youth of color, with multiple workstreams including community trainings, cohort-based workshops and organizational consulting and training for youth-serving non-profits.

For more information on how to get involved with Trinity Boston Connects, please visit our website at Trinity Boston Connects
Trinity Boston Connects
206 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-0944

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