The Boston-based Barr Foundation has announced its newest class of Barr Fellows.
The annual fellowship program recognizes exemplary leaders from diverse backgrounds, organizations, and fields in the greater Boston area and is focused on three goals: rewarding accomplished leaders by providing them with an opportunity for personal and professional rejuvenation; strengthening organizations by providing resources designed to further develop and enhance fellows' leadership; and building civic leadership in the region by fostering a strong network of leaders. Candidates for the fellowship are nominated confidentially.
Members of the sixth class of Barr Fellows will participate in a two-year program that includes a group learning journey, a three-month sabbatical, and facilitated retreats with members of their class. In addition, fellows' organizations will receive up to $100,000 to invest in leadership and organizational development.
The 2017 Barr Fellows are Beth Anderson, CEO and founder of the Phoenix Charter Academy Network; Clementina Chéry, co-founder, president, and CEO of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute; Rev. John Finley, co-founder and head of school at the Epiphany School; Nigel Jacob, co-founder and co-chair of the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics; Giles Li, executive director of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center; Darlene Lombos, executive director of Community Labor United; Marty Martinez, president and CEO of the Mass Mentoring Partnership; Ayele Shakur, regional executive director of BUILD Greater Boston; Colby Swettberg, CEO of Silver Lining Mentoring; Yusufi Vali, executive director of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center; Dania Vázquez, headmaster of the Margarita Muñiz Academy; and David Waters, CEO of Community Servings.
"It is our privilege to recognize and support this exceptional group of leaders," said Barr Foundation vice president Roger Nozaki. "Since the foundation inaugurated the Barr Fellowship in 2005, Barr Fellows have built a remarkable legacy of service and impact in Boston and beyond. We look forward to working with and investing in this newest class — and to seeing what emerges from their individual and collective leadership."