Andrea Swain, Chief Impact Officer, oversees the development, integration, and execution of services that support and enhance the effectiveness and impact of all Clubs and YouthConnect operations to youth across Boston and Chelsea.
Andrea joined BGCB as the Roxbury Boys & Girls Club Executive Director in March 2001 and oversaw the 2006 expansion and renovation of the Club. When it reopened as a state-of-the-art facility in fall 2006, it was renamed the Yawkey Club.
Andrea came to BGCB from Peabody Properties, where she had been a Property Manager. Previously, she spent 10 years with the Boston Housing Authority in a variety of roles related to providing services to families and children within the Mission Main and Orchard Estates Housing Developments. She also previously worked part-time in the Roxbury Club in the Teen-Time Program.
Andrea received the 2009 Executive of the Year Award from the Yankee Chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs Professional Association, in recognition of her outstanding leadership at the Club during the past eight years, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 2009 Northeast Region’s Contribution to the Profession award, for her significant contribution towards the advancement of the Boys & Girls Club Movement during the course of her career.
Fun Fact: Andrea grew up in Roxbury during the 1970s, back when the Club was a place for boys only. Andrea and her sister, Lisa, advocated for girls to have membership to the Club and eventually girls were given access to specific programs. Thanks to strong advocates on its Board, in 1981, Boys Clubs of Boston officially changed its name to Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston—the first Clubs in the nation to do so—and girls were admitted as full members.