Executive Director Non-Profit COO in Boston MA Resume Bruce Blaisdell by BruceBlaisdell


Bruce Blaisdell has provided Executive leadership in several community-based non-profit organizations through periods of transition and/or crisis.

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           Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 ~ (617) 233-8269 ~ bfblaisdell@hotmail.com
                 Energetic, enthusiastic team-oriented leader.
              Unusually broad & diverse experience & skill sets.
       Wisdom & experience to know what’s right, necessary, and feasible.
          Courage & ability to make and implement difficult decisions.
                       Strategic, out-of-the-box thinker.
Kennedy School of Government, Senior Management Program                      Certificate
Boston University School of Law                                            Juris Doctor
S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook, Magna cum Laude                                 B.A., Fine Arts
Executive leadership in several community-based non-profit organizations
through periods of transition and/or crisis.
YWCA Haverhill – 2011 – Interim Executive Director
Conducted organizational assessment, developed short-& long-term strategic agenda.
Stabilized environment after eight months of confusion and chaos.
Identified and resolved complex, difficult personnel matter, and audit issue.
Started professional, organized development campaign, hired Development Director.
Vietnamese American Initiative for Development - 2009 – 2010 – Executive Director
Helped negotiate federal contract terms to start a significant new youth program.
Rebuilt relationships with constituencies, brought together conflicting factions.
Raised agency’s public profile.
Lena Park CDC - 2008 – 2009 – Interim Executive Director
Conducted organizational assessment, reforecasted agency financial position,
  successfully avoiding further financial crisis, possible collapse.
Secured renewal of critical state contract despite state agency reluctance.
Led process of initiating and developing Strategic Alliance with another agency.
Roxbury Youthworks - 2005 – 2008 – Chief Operating Officer
Oversaw all administrative operations (finance, budget, human relations, etc.).
Participated in all agency development activities.
Sited new youth criminal justice program despite NIMBY concerns.
Urban Ministry, First Church of Roxbury - 2002 – 2005 – Interim Exec. Dir., COO
Rebuilt relationships with constituencies, brought clarity to significant events.
Successfully resolved long-standing, difficult personnel matter.
Oversaw, participated in various successful development efforts.
Provided agency leadership in construction of new Education & Justice Center.
Hattie B. Cooper Community Center - 1997 – 2001 – Executive Director
Rebuilt relationships with constituencies, avoided termination of funding sources.
Grew budget by 70% ($1M-$1.7M), led qualification for highest state rate.
Led successful effort to address the digital divide.
Led significant enhancements in early childhood education program quality, physical
         Experienced in oversight of a very wide range of programming.
    Resume of Bruce F. Blaisdell, Esq. ~ 617-233-8269 ~ bfblaisdell@hotmail.com ~ Page Two
SENIOR GOVERNMENT POSITIONS                                                  1982 - 1995
Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, 1982 – 1992
Legal/management advisor to Cabinet-level state official.
Director of all Commonwealth Human Services Contracting - 1990 - 1992;
Director of EOHHS Auditing Unit - 1986 - 1990; and
Deputy General Counsel - 1982 – 1986.
 Oversaw 16-agency $1.4B contracting system of 6,500 contracts, 1,500 vendors.
 Supervised auditing of private providers, recovered $2M.
 Helped develop, test, and manage statewide contracting system.
 Legal analysis of annual budget, statutes, regulations, drafted contract terms.
City of Boston Law Department - Managing Attorney - 1992 – 1995
Assisted with management of 80-attorney, multi-agency municipal legal office.
 Significantly increased numbers of women/minority attorneys and support staff.
 Participated in discussions of City-wide legal policy.
 Law Department representative on award-winning Risk Management Team.
CONSULTING POSITIONS                                        At various times 1995 - 2012
Principal, BFB Management Consulting Services, at various times, 1997 - 2012
Results-oriented consulting services for community-based social service/health
care/community development organizations, government agencies. Raised funds,
increased capacity, and added value. Clients included:
  East Boston Social Centers;                   Dudley Square Main Streets;
  Mattapan Comm. Health Center;                 Greater Grove Hall Main Streets;
  City of Cambridge, Office of Human            Whittier St. Comm. Health Center;
    Services Contracting;                        Mass. Youth Advocacy Department.
  Lena Park Comm. Dev. Corp.;
Manager, Management Consulting Services, Daniel Dennis & Co., 1995 – 1997
Created a management consulting practice in N.E.’s largest minority CPA firm.
 Facilitated merger of substance abuse agency and community health center.
 Conducted an in-depth assessment, commissioned by the Legislature, of the
  Commonwealth’s public defender agency, CPCS, for the Inspector General’s Office.
 Conducted assessment of statewide educational trade organization.
 Conducted assessment of Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Grant Revenue system.
PRIVATE LEGAL PRACTICE                                                         1975 - 1982
Founding partner of community-based law office, Dorchester, MA         1975 – 1980
~Helped racially diverse low-income clients achieve racial, social and economic justice.
Associate in other firms in Hopkinton and Boston, MA                   1980 - 1982
   Playspace Activity Leader (PAL), Horizons for Homeless Children - 2012
   Director, Center for Community Health Education Research & Service - 2012
   Treasurer, Associated Early Care and Education, 2003 - present
   Treasurer, Youth Advocacy Foundation, 2005 - present
   Fellow, Eureka Communities Program, 2000 - 2002
   Director, Massachusetts Council of Human Services Providers, 1996 - 2003
   Member of Massachusetts Bar, 1975 - present

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