Boston Foundation Names New Director of Public Relations: David E. Trueblood to Oversee the Foundation's Media Relations

July 6, 2005

Boston - The Boston Foundation has announced that David E. Trueblood has been named Director of Public Relations, effective July 5th, 2005. In this new position, Trueblood will be responsible for the Foundation's relationships with all print and electronic media. He succeeds Ann Crane, who served as Director of Public Relations for more than 10 years, and contributed to an increase in public awareness of the Boston Foundation and its grantmaking, special initiatives, and civic leadership.

"We are very fortunate to have an individual with David Trueblood's expertise and knowledge of the Greater Boston community to fill this important role at the Boston Foundation," said Boston Foundation Vice President Mary Jo Meisner. "David has a strong background in communications and media relations in the nonprofit sector, which will serve him well as he tells the story of the Boston Foundation."

In his new position at the Boston Foundation, Trueblood will be maintaining and strengthening media relations for the Foundation by providing newspapers, radio, and television stations, locally and nationally, with stories about the Foundation's grantmaking, special initiatives and increasing role as a civic leader for Greater Boston. He will also be helping to provide the media with data and information on the key issues facing the Boston region.

Trueblood has a long history of Boston media experience. He began his career as an editor for area newspapers that came to be affiliated with Community Newspaper Company (now Herald Media, inc.), including the Lexington Minuteman, North Shore Weeklies, and the Mansfield News. He created the Allston-Brighton TAB, a community newspaper that exceeded financial goals and earned regional honors for the quality of its design and content. He also managed the redesign merger of the Wellesley Townsman and the Wellesley TAB.

In 1997, he became Managing Editor of Community Newspaper Company, overseeing 30 acquisitions of regional newspapers in four years, including four locally branded daily newspapers, 88 weeklies, 10 specialty publications, and a regional news website in a parent company with no regional identity. He also designed and directed a series of public forums connecting community residents with policymakers at the state level.

In 2001, he joined Trinity Church as Director of Communications, designing and executing communications strategies for a successful $68 million capital campaign. He built a positive press profile in regional and electronic media for Trinity, created new electronic and print vehicles, and gained national attention for the church's restoration as an environmentally sensitive project.

While at Community Newspaper Company, Trueblood worked closely with Meisner, who was the company's Editor and Vice Chairman. "Having worked with him in the past, I know that he will make great contributions to our goal of encouraging the press to cover not only the Boston Foundation, but the entire nonprofit sector in Greater Boston."

Trueblood has a Bachelor's Degree with high honors from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's Degree in Intellectual History, from Harvard University. He is also a Graduate of the American Press Institute.

"This is an very exciting time to join the Boston Foundation, " said Trueblood. "The Foundation is a vital civic resource and its programs touch every aspect of life in a great city. Paul Grogan and Mary Jo Meisner are leading a great team, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to join it. "


The Boston Foundation, one of the nation's oldest and largest community foundations, has an endowment of almost $675 million. In 2004, the Foundation made $51 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, and received gifts of $41 million. The Boston Foundation is made up of 750 separate charitable funds, which have been established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes. The Boston Foundation also serves as a civic leader, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives designed to build community. For more information about the Boston Foundation and its grant making, visit , or call 617-338-1700.