MARCH 11, 2019/Boston, MA – The Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts (LWVMA) is pleased to announce that Michelle Kweder has been named Executive Director. Kweder brings two decades of non-profit, public sector, academic and political experience, as well as a commitment and passion for the League’s non-partisan work to encourage the active and informed participation of citizens in their government through education and advocacy.
“We are very pleased to welcome Michelle and look forward to working with her,” said Mary Ann Ashton, LWVMA President. “Michelle’s wealth of experience with non-profit operations and missions will help us continue to build our impact throughout the Commonwealth.”
For the past 11 years Kweder has had her own consulting practice focused on comprehensive resource development services; partnerships and strategic alliances; board development; succession planning; strategic planning; and facilitation and training. Clients include numerous non-profit organizations in the Greater Boston area, including Boston Public Schools, Boston’s Citywide Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity, College Visions, Discover Roxbury, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Tufts University, and YW Boston. She has held positions at both Simmons University and Harvard Law School, and has previously worked in both the public and nonprofit sector. Kweder is a resident of Somerville.
Kweder commented, “Throughout my academic and professional career, I have worked for fair and just policies at the local, state, and federal levels. I am inspired by LWVMA’s commitment to building a diverse community of informed and active citizens in the Commonwealth. I look forward to continuing, amplifying, and growing LWVMA’s membership, visibility, and influence at all levels of government. The work of LWVMA is relevant and essential to democracy at this critical moment in our history.”
Kweder holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Hamilton College, an MBA from Simmons College, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration, Organizations and Social Change from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
About the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts
Since its founding in 1920, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has been a respected and trusted voice for citizen participation in our democracy. With 46 local Leagues throughout the state and over 3,000 members, LWVMA has been at the forefront of efforts to empower and educate Massachusetts voters and effect change on a wide variety of issues, including election laws and campaign finance, natural resources and the environment, women’s health, children’s issues, and public education. Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages. For more information about the League of Women Voters, please visit www.lwvma.org.