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Josh Kraft

Josh started with Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston nearly 30 years ago at the Edgerley Family South Boston Club, where he developed a passion for working with children. After graduating from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Josh returned to BGCB, running the Chelsea afterschool programming in the basement of a housing development. As Founding Executive Director, he spearheaded the construction of today’s state-of-the-art Gerald and Darlene Jordan Boys & Girls Club. During his 15-year tenure in Chelsea, Josh worked tirelessly to engage the community and build trust within the city. Today, as Nicholas President & CEO, Josh continues to do this for the 14,000 youth BGCB serves each year.

Under Josh’s leadership, BGCB’s budget has grown from $14.8 Million to $25.7 million. From 2012-2017, Josh led the organization through a five-year, $125 million Opening Doors campaign which raised nearly $132 million. BGCB has added two shared space Clubs and Mattapan Teen Center, as well as expanded the South Boston Club for present and future members. With these accomplishments BGCB has broadened its reach and deepened impact—Club membership has doubled and BGCB has fostered a community of 200 program partners throughout Boston and Chelsea.

Josh serves on the boards of Brandeis University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Camp Harbor View Foundation, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. He is a co-chair of the Hate Crimes Task Force for Massachusetts and as well as an Overseer for Lasell College.

Concurrently, Josh is the President of New England Patriots Charitable Foundation where he oversees numerous initiatives, such as Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership, the Community MVP Awards, and Celebrate Volunteerism.

He received his Bachelor’s from Williams College, and his Master’s in Education and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.