Boston Foundation Board of Directors bids farewell to longtime Chair and appoints new Chair and Vice Chair

June 16, 2016

BOSTON – The Boston Foundation’s Board of Directors announced Thursday that Sandra Edgerley will be its new Chair, effective June 30, when the current Chair Michael Keating retires from the Board.  The Board, which consists of 17 full members and Boston Foundation President and CEO Paul S. Grogan as an ex officio member, also announced that Linda Mason will be the new Vice Chair.

“Mike Keating has been the consummate board chair,” said Boston Foundation President and CEO Paul S. Grogan.  “He has led this organization with skill and grace through a time of remarkable change and growing impact.”  Grogan announced that the Boston Foundation is establishing a $1 million Michael B. Keating Fund for Justice and Social Equity in Keating’s honor, a flexible fund within the Foundation’s endowment the Permanent Fund for Boston, which supports all of the Foundation’s work in the Greater Boston area. “I am confident that under the leadership of Sandy Edgerley and Linda Mason, our Board of Directors will guide this organization into a new era of growth and strength,” added Grogan. The Foundation celebrated its Centennial in 2015 and recently announced “Vision 2020,” a new strategic focus for the next five years. 

Edgerley, a former consultant, manager, and director at Bain & Company, is one of the most hard-working and committed members of Greater Boston’s nonprofit community.  She served for five years as the Chair of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and has been on numerous other boards, including City’s Year’s and the board of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Horizons for Homeless Children and Be The Change, Inc.  She joined the board of the Boston Foundation in 2010.

“While I have been both a volunteer and a leader across Greater Boston’s philanthropic sector for a number of years, it has been an especially fulfilling experience to serve on the Boston Foundation’s Board,” Edgerley said. “I am grateful that my Board colleagues chose me to lead our team, and I look forward to working with Paul Grogan and the Foundation’s leadership team on behalf of the Greater Boston community.”  Edgerley lives in Brookline with her husband, Paul Edgerley, and their four children.

Linda Mason will be the new Vice Chair of the Boston Foundation’s Board, succeeding WBUR’s Paul La Camera, who is retiring from the board after 11 years of service.  Mason is the chair and co-founder of Bright Horizons, the largest worldwide provider of worksite childcare and early education. A respected author, she also co-founded Horizons for Homeless Children and was a founding member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts State Department of Early Education and Care.

Retiring board Chair Michael Keating, who has served on the Boston Foundation board since 2004, is a partner at the Boston law firm of Foley Hoag, where he is the principal trial attorney and Chairman of the Litigation Department.  He is also a past president of the Boston Bar Association and has a substantial pro bono practice.

“My service as Chair of the Boston Foundation has been among the most satisfying experiences of my life,” said Keating.  “I take great pride in the support of my colleagues on the Board, the extraordinary work of our staff, and the invaluable service the Foundation provides to this community. I know that Sandy Edgerley and Linda Mason will be wonderful stewards of this great organization and that under their leadership it will continue to play a major leadership role in the Greater Boston community.”

In addition to Keating and La Camera, Jane Mendillo, former President and CEO of Harvard Management Company, is also departing the Foundation’s Board this month.  Joining the Board are Andrew G. Arnott, President and CEO of John Hancock Investments, and Brian Conway, Managing Director and Chairman of TA Associates.


About the Boston Foundation | The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of some $1 billion. In 2015, the Foundation and its donors paid $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of $123 million. In celebration of its Centennial in 2015, the Boston Foundation launched the Campaign for Boston to strengthen the Permanent Fund for Boston, the only endowment fund focused on the most pressing needs of Greater Boston. The Foundation is proud to be a partner in philanthropy, with more than 1,000 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, think tank and advocacy organization, commissioning research into the most critical issues of our time and helping to shape public policy designed to advance opportunity for everyone in Greater Boston. The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), an operating unit of the Foundation, designs and implements customized philanthropic strategies for families, foundations and corporations around the globe. For more information about the Boston Foundation and TPI, visit or call 617-338-1700.