Appoints Five Boston-Area Business and Nonprofit Leaders to Board of Directors
ROXBURY, MA (June 27, 2017) – Horizons for Homeless Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families, today announced that Chip Hazard has been named as Chair of the Board of Directors. A longtime Horizons board member, Hazard will help Horizons extend the reach of its services and cutting-edge programs designed to mitigate the trauma of homelessness.
The former Chair of Horizons’ Finance Committee, Hazard has served on the board since 2008 and is poised to lead efforts to expand its early education program in Boston, deepen its work with homeless parents as well as broaden the relationship with shelters partners who host the Playspace Program. Hazard will also continue to support Horizons’ outreach while working to attract, recruit and cultivate the next generation of volunteers and donors.
In addition to Hazard’s appointment, Horizons has named Michael Roberge, the President/CEO and Chief Investment Officer at MFS Investment Management, as the Vice Chair. The organization also welcomes five new board members with diverse and impressive backgrounds – all of whom will serve to spread awareness of and drive change for the local community of homeless children and their families. The new board members include: Orlando Watkins, VP of Programs for The Boston Foundation; Sue O’Connell, Partner at Wellington Management; Kate Lubin, Director of Donor Engagement at United Way of Mass. Bay; Scott Haig, Managing Director at The Baupost Group, L.L.C.; and Princell Hair, General Manager of CSN New England.
“There are more than 16,000 homeless children in Massachusetts, yet research shows if you support this underserved population early on, it can have a lasting and significant impact. Guidance from our board is more important now than ever as we embark on significantly expanding our early education and preschool programs and deepening our engagement with parents. We have seen successful outcomes achieved through a two generation model,” said Kate Barrand, President and CEO of Horizons for Homeless Children. “We’re incredibly grateful for Chip’s contributions to Horizons over the last 10 years, and will continue to rely on his unique understanding of building lasting and innovative organizations as he takes on the Chair of the Board position. We’re also pleased with Mike’s appointment to Vice Chair and to welcome such a strong class of new board members and we look forward to their contributions.”
Hazard is currently a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, a seed and early-stage venture capital firm with offices in Boston and New York City whose mission is to partner with talented entrepreneurs to build exceptional and valuable technology companies. Prior to co-founding Flybridge, Hazard was a General Partner with Greylock Partners, where he participated in numerous successful investments in the technology sector.
“The quality of services that Horizons provides to children and families in need is what drew me to the organization, and I’m passionate about raising awareness for the issue of homelessness in Massachusetts – something few realize exists to the extent it does,” said Hazard. “I’m thrilled to be deepening my level of engagement as the new Board Chair, and look forward to working alongside Kate and the rest of the team as we continue to close the achievement gap for children who experience homelessness.”
Hazard succeeds Matt Epstein, who has been a board member for 27 years and served as chair of the board since 2010, playing a pivotal role in leading the organization through tremendous growth. In addition to serving as the Chair of the Board, Epstein also was integral in expanding Horizons’ educational centers from one location to three.
- Michael Roberge, the President/CEO and Chief Investment Officer at MFS Investment Management: “Horizons has the power to transform the lives of children and families in need through access to high-quality early education, opportunities for play and holistic family support services. I’m really pleased to extend my role within Horizons’ board as the new Vice Chair, using my previous experience and my diverse background to continue building on the success of this incredibly impactful organization.”
- Orlando Watkins, VP of Programs for The Boston Foundation: “Horizons for Homeless Children takes a comprehensive approach to ensure homeless children and their families have access to education, support and safe spaces – and an opportunity to escape the cycle of homelessness. I look forward to using my experience in education and in philanthropy to help Horizons grow and enrich more lives.”
- Sue O’Connell, Partner at Wellington Management: “Too few people understand that childhood homelessness is a pervasive issue in Massachusetts. Horizons’ work is mission-critical to solving this problem, and since I learned about the organization I’ve been captivated by the quality of its results.”
- Kate Lubin, Director of Donor Engagement at United Way of Mass. Bay: “As a former Horizons Playspace volunteer, I’ve long understood the importance of the work Horizons is accomplishing for the world’s most vulnerable population, and am thrilled to be joining this distinguished board to help the agency navigate the next generation of philanthropists.”
- Scott Haig, Managing Director at The Baupost Group, L.L.C: “As someone with children of my own, I am deeply touched by Horizons’ mission and I’m excited to support the continued efforts to curb child homelessness through innovative and dynamic services.”
- Princell Hair, General Manager of CSN New England: “For the past five years, CSN New England and the Boston Celtics have partnered with Horizons, and over those years, we’ve been thrilled to use our network to highlight the importance of early education for homeless children. As a board member, I look forward to continuing to raise awareness for this issue and advance the mission.”