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Birgitta S. Damon,
Chief Executive Officer

Birgitta S. Damon began working as CEO of LEO in 2014. For the past 8 years, she has been engaged in all aspects of agency operations, and in the critical social services that improve the lives of 10,000+ individuals in 5,000 households annually.

Birgitta served as the Deputy Commissioner for the MA Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), overseeing operations for federal and state funded programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as well as domestic violence, employment, and job skills training programs. Earlier in her career, Birgitta served as the Director of Rental Assistance at the Metropolitan Housing Partnership, responsible for the oversight of state and federally funded housing subsidies.

Birgitta serves as the Past President of MASSCAP (Massachusetts Association for Community Action), and as the President of the Lynn Continuum of Care (CoC). She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Early Education & Care (MADCA), is a member of the Department of Transitional Assistance North Shore Advisory Board, and serves as an advisory member of the Lynn Education District. Most recently, Birgitta was named a Fellow for the LEADS program at Harvard Business School. LEADS is an economic and leadership development program that fundamentally changes the prospects of communities by investing in their civic infrastructure.

Birgitta holds a BA in Political Science from Boston University.

Birgitta is a long-time resident of the North Shore. For the past fourteen years, she has resided in Marblehead with her husband and daughters.

Carolyn Cortes

 Assistant Director of Community Services

Richard Garcia

Maintenance Director

Andrew Gilroy

Director of Community Services

Mary Ellen Jenkins

Program Director of Early Childhood Development

Diann Lloyd-Dennis

Chief of Staff

Jennifer Mauche

Director of Human Resources

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Lisa McFadden

Director of Development and Communications

Kara Murphy

Chief Financial Officer

Marilyn Perry

Director of Health and Nutrition

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Lilian Romero

Chief Program Officer

Cassie Shackleton

Accounting Director

Board Members

James Higgs


Pastor PoSan Ung

Vice President

Jim Low


Kimberly Rowe-Cummings


Chris Bendicksen

Assistant Clerk

Paola Colunga

Jacqueline Gallo

Eddie Gomez

Jane Lavoie

Adriana Moschella

Diane Perez

Joyce M. Reen