Board of Directors
Kathryn Jones currently serves as Managing Director, Birth to Three Educational Services LLC and Senior Director, Community Engagement at Boston Children’s Museum; she also serves as a Professional Development Specialist for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Professional Credentialing Program of the Council for Professional Recognition.
Kathryn has held direct service and leadership positions at a range of institutions including: Boston Children’s Museum, Cambridge Public Schools, ABCD Head Start & Children’s Services and Dimock Early Intervention. Her work has focused on directing and delivering programs to meet the needs of our youngest children and their families. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University and Wheelock College.
Kathryn’s community involvement has included serving on the Consulting Resource Panel on Linguistic and Cultural Diversity of NAEYC, member of the Boston Affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute and serving as a board member of the State of Young Black Boston. As a Wheelock College alumni Kathryn has served as a planning committee member of the Annual Community Dialogue on Early Education and Care; Chair of the Continuing Education Committee, member of the Alumni Association Endowment Fund Committee and President of the Alumni Association Board. She is a founding member of the Lucy’s Legacy Foundation.
A lifelong Boston resident, Kathryn completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and received her Master’s Degree from Wheelock College. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree and Concordia University Chicago.
Alison Carter Marlow was born in Boston, MA and raised in Hartford, CT. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Black Studies. After college Alison became a substitute teacher in the Boston Public School system while working part-time as both a mentor with Matchpoint and a youth counselor with Boston Youth Fellowship – two small, Christian non-profits. An assignment to sub for a 12th grade science class at Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) alternative high school led to an eighteen year-long career with one of largest community action agencies in New England. Her first full-time job was that of G.E.D. teacher in a Ford Foundation-funded pilot program serving underemployed/non-credentialed Black and brown young men.
For eight years Alison served as director of two ABCD neighborhood service centers in Boston’s Mission Hill and Codman Square neighborhoods and later directed the Claybourne St. Head Start – winning accreditation for the small two classroom center and spearheading a capital campaign to rebuild after a fire destroyed the entire Dorchester Neighborhood Service Center in 2004. Alison led a federally funded welfare-to-work program and other pilots at ABCD’s central office and in neighborhoods like South Boston but wrestled with what approaches would truly disrupt poverty. After earning a graduate certificate in a transformative Suffolk University Public Management program in 2012, choosing different work felt like the right, next move.
YouthBuild Boston was a smaller organization whose mission promoted vocational and educational credential attainment for Boston youth. Alison worked at YBB as its Director of Programs and Operations - overseeing the organization’s public grants, reports and compliance requirements as well as strategic partnerships which piloted new initiatives – for six years. Approached by Jeremiah in the summer of 2020, Alison was excited by the proposition of leading a data-driven organization seeking to partner with moms and their children. It has opened tremendous opportunity to grow professionally and answer career-long questions about what really builds wealth for BIPOC communities.
Alison lives with her mom and husband in Randolph and is the proud mother of a Worcester Polytechnic Institute senior and an American University freshwoman