"Extraordinary Year, Extraordinary People"

Kate Barrand named on BBJ’s 2020 Power 50 list

Kate Barrand named on BBJ’s 2020 Power 50 list

BOSTON (November 4, 2020) — The Boston Business Journal has named Kate Barrand, President and CEO of Horizons for Homeless Children, an honoree to its prestigious “Extraordinary Year, Extraordinary People: Boston Business Journal’s Power 50” list.

Within the Greater Boston business community, there are many extraordinary leaders who have met the extraordinary challenges of this year head on.

“This year, our Power 50 is less about power for its own sake, and much more about identifying those extraordinary Bostonians who are quietly helping change our city and our region for the better,” said Carolyn Jones, Boston Business Journal Market President and Publisher. “That’s something we can all aspire to emulate.”

Honorees include biotech professionals racing to create a vaccine that can safely protect billions from the Covid-19 virus and health care professionals helping to treat the sick, bankers hastening to connect small businesses with federal aid and community and higher education leaders leading the charge on a reenergized movement toward equality.

Under Kate’s leadership, Horizons for Homeless Children successfully supported families experiencing homelessness during the pandemic and continued work to counter systemic racism with practices, policies and thinking aimed at building a more equitable future for all. Kate’s dedication, determination and commitment to serving the homeless community was evident as Horizons pivoted into disaster relief mode helping families gain access to food and other personal essentials when the quarantine period began in March. A completely online program was launched to support children in the shelter system, while the organization developed plans to reopen early-learning centers.  Those centers successful reopened in July, enabling families to return to work, building a better future for themselves and their children. At the same time, Kate partnered with legislative and industry leaders to bring a voice to families and advocate for appropriate resources to support them.

“I am grateful to have been included as one of the honorees on this prestigious list, especially as it helps raise the profile of Horizon’s important mission,” said Kate. “2020 has been a challenging year for everybody, but significantly harder on children and their families experiencing homelessness. This year has shown how vital our work is supporting these families during times of crises and providing viable options for our children’s learning and development. Our team at Horizons has embraced innovation to serve children and families in fun and inspiring ways, allowing parents to do the work they need to do to get their families back on their feet and provide the opportunity for children to do the work of children ─ playing and learning.”

“Kate has assembled the deepest senior team in the 30-year history of Horizons, and clearly one of the strongest non-profit leadership teams in the City of Boston,” said Michael R. Eisenson, Managing Director and Co-Chairman of Charlesbank Capital Partners. “She is a talented strategist with a clear-eyed view of financial realities and a true talent for collaboration, and she has successfully navigated the organization through very challenging times, positioning Horizons to be able to provide their critical services to children and families for decades to come.”

An online-only event honoring the Power 50 is set for Nov. 4.

The list of honorees can be found online here.

About Horizons for Homeless Children
Horizons for Homeless Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families. Horizons provides high-quality early education, comprehensive family support services and opportunities for play to children living in shelter.




Media Contact:

Ellen Miles
V2 Communications for Horizons for Homeless Children

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