Terry Lane to step down as Vice President for Program at the Boston Foundation

July 26, 2007

Boston – Terry Saunders Lane will retire from the Boston Foundation June 30 after serving as Vice President for Program since 2003. In that role, she has managed discretionary grantmaking for the Foundation, the largest public foundation in New England, which distributed $70 million to area nonprofits organizations last year.

As Vice President, Lane oversaw the creation and implementation of the Foundation’s programmatic initiatives in areas of education, workforce development, housing and community development, community safety, civic engagement, arts and culture, the urban environment and health and human services. She supervised a staff of 18, using discretionary grants to translate the foundation’s strategic priorities into high-impact grants in the region.

 “The people of Greater Boston have been very well served by Terry Lane during a critical time in the history of the region—and the Foundation,” said Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. “She brought deep familiarity with the region, a shrewd understanding about how to make the most of opportunities for for collaboration and support, and a thoughtful and principled point of view to the Foundation’s senior management team, to this institution, and to Greater Boston. She will be much missed for her counsel and insight.”

In her absence, Angel Bermudez, Senior Director of Grantmaking and Special Projects, has been named as Acting Vice President.

“It is very hard to leave an organization with the history and impact of the Boston Foundation,” said Lane. “I am grateful for the opportunities the Foundation has provided me—above all to get to know so many extraordinary people and organizations in the region. Greater Boston is truly well served by so many people who are committed to making life better here, to making this historic city and region a model of inclusive civic vitality.”

Lane first joined the Boston Foundation as Director of Policy, Research and Evaluation in 2000. Before that, she played a leading role at the Boston University School of Social Work, where she served as Associate Dean for Professional Education and Sponsored Projects from 1991 until 2000. At Boston University, she played a key role in a range of programs, including the university’s partnership with the Chelsea Public Schools; the Alcohol and Drug Institute for Policy, Training and Research; and with professional and continuing education programs.

Over the years, Lane has been associated with a number of state agencies and programs. She directed a project to design and evaluate of training programs for supervisors and direct care staff in agencies providing services to people with HIV/AIDS; to evaluate consumer advisory boards; and to evaluate the integration of traditional Cambodian healing practices with western health services, among many other projects. She also taught as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Boston University.

Before her association with Boston University, she was a Senior Analyst at Abt Associates, working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in a housing voucher program, in the course of which she helped to train public housing authority leaders in 20 cities.

“This is an opportunity for me to stop, take a breath, spend time with my family and ponder the next chapter of my life,” said Lane.


The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation, with assets of over $830 million.  In 2006, the Foundation and its donors made more than $70 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of $71 million.  The Foundation is made up of some 850 separate charitable funds established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes.  The Boston Foundation also serves as a major civic leader, provider of information, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives designed to address the community’s and region’s most pressing challenges.  For more information about the Boston Foundation, visit www.tbf.org   or call 617-338-1700.