BOSTON — Rebuilding Together Boston’s Board of Directors (RTB) announced that Janice Daue Walker is the organization’s full-time executive director. The RTB Board of Directors also announced the appointment of three new board members: Carolyn McGee, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation; Douglas Smith, Mortgage Network; and Nick Starusky, Gilbane Building Company.
Rebuilding Together Boston recently celebrated its 30th anniversary as Boston’s only nonprofit to provide essential service projects free of charge to area homeowners and organizations.
“We are proud to announce that Janice Walker will lead Rebuilding Together Boston. She brings experience, energy, innovation and a strong commitment to collaborating and making a difference for Boston homeowners in need. She is a welcome addition to Rebuilding Together Boston,” said RTB Board Co-Chair Neil McCullagh.
Walker has more than 30 years of experience in corporate, financial and digital communications as well as leading non-profit organizations. Janice served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for the United States Postal Service in Washington, D.C., held various communications positions with Fannie Mae, and founded her own consulting firm providing communications services to businesses and organizations. non-profit organizations of all sizes. Walker served as co-chair of the Rebuilding Together Boston Board of Trustees from 2013 to 2017, served on the Rebuilding Together National Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2010, and served on a subcommittee of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. She is a member of the Boston Club and is a trustee of the Board of Visitors and Governors of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, from which she received her BA.
“The demand for Rebuilding Together Boston’s services is growing. We are seeing an increased need from landlords and other nonprofits, and we are fortunate to benefit from Janice’s experience and leadership,” said Jeff Bonner, Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of RTB. “In
Additionally, we are thrilled to have Carolyn, Doug and Nick join our board. Each brings unique and necessary qualifications to Rebuilding Together Boston through their understanding of the finances and needs of our communities and their experience in the construction industry. We are excited about the impact Janice and the new board members will have on RTB. »
Carolyn McGee has been a HUD Certified Housing Counselor with Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation for 6½ years. She has over 25 years in the financial sector. She is a community service professional with a strong background in providing financial services, education, and empowerment tools for Boston area residents. Carolyn is also the main steward of Ellington Street Food Forest Garden in Dorchester, MA. Under his leadership, the garden has been a focal point in helping to eliminate food injustice in and around the Four Corner area. Carolyn was featured in the Edible Magazine Boston edition for her work in helping transform the garden from a vacant lock to a beautiful open space. Alternative for Community and Environment (ACE), recognized Carolyn as Volunteer of the Year for her environmental justice work with youth. Most recently, she was recently highlighted in the Neighborworks.America Annual Report as a strong leader in their growth and mentorship program. Carolyn studied economics at Boston University and received numerous certifications.
Douglas N. Smith is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Mortgage Network, Inc. Douglas is a mortgage bank finance attorney with more than 20 years of experience building departments and functions, including the compliance and legal. Douglas is admitted in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and in the Federal District Court, First Circuit. He was appointed by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Banks to serve as a member of the Boston Metropolitan Mortgage Review Board. Most recently, Douglas served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers (MMBA) Foundation, a philanthropic organization that provides grants to non-profit organizations to promote affordable housing within the Commonwealth. He also served on the MMBA’s Compliance Committee and previously served on the MMBA’s Board of Directors. Douglas is on the Massachusetts Community & Banking Council’s CRA for Mortgage Lenders Task Force and has served as a panelist on various industry topics. Douglas is a graduate of Emerson College and received his Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law.
Nick is Chief General Superintendent at Gilbane Building Company. Nick started in the business 28 years ago as a carpenter, laborer and operator and now holds a dozen construction-related licenses. Many of the projects he has worked on have received national recognition. Most recently, Nick led Gilbane’s completion of 225 Wyman, a 500,000 square foot Class A office and laboratory development with 1,500 car parking in Waltham. Nick joins the Rebuilding Together Boston board of directors, where he previously served from 2013-2019 and led the program committee. He started working with RTB in 2000. Nick earned his BS from Wentworth Institute of Technology where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a Fellow of the Engineering Honor Society.
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