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Throughout my career, I have been passionate about serving and helping the nonprofit sector. I currently teach courses focused on nonprofit management and board governance to both graduate and undergraduate students in the Public Administration program at Suffolk University's Institute for Public Service, and through Duke University's Continuing Studies Division. I also have served on many nonprofit and higher education boards throughout the region.

My background includes 20 years as a senior leader at prominent nonprofit institutions in Massachusetts. As Executive Vice President at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, my responsibilities included identifying strategic priorities to advance the mission while ensuring impact—and supporting this through financial stability and effective governance. Previously, as a Vice President at Merrimack College, I provided strategic direction for policies and operations, incorporating sound fiscal management and stewardship of resources, including tuition rate setting, tuition discounting, revenue generation, and institutional productivity. 


Additionally, for 10 years at MassDevelopment, I managed the economic development agency’s bond financing and lending programs, with a particular focus on consulting for a wide range of nonprofit institution clients, including colleges and universities, independent schools, cultural organizations, and human service & elder care providers. Personally managing over $1 billion of bond underwritings, my work included analyzing clients’ finances to provide them with structuring options, advocating on their behalf throughout the financing process, and acting as key liaison among attorneys, bankers, and other parties. 

I balance my endeavors with creative pursuits as well, in particular as a pastel artist, photographer and writer. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and my Master of Public Administration from Suffolk University in Boston, MA.

Trish Gannon
Trish Gannon

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