Boston is ready for a revolution, ready to fire an education shot heard round the world, and ready to move from incremental to positively disruptive exponential change. That’s the goal of the Boston Opportunity Agenda and in collaboration with all of you, we can make that goal a reality.

Rev. Dr. Ray A. Hammond, Chair, Boston Opportunity Agenda


About the Boston Opportunity Agenda

Boston Opportunity Agenda fullThe Boston Opportunity Agenda is a public/private partnership among the City of Boston, the Boston Public Schools, the city’s leading public charities and many local foundations to ensure that all Boston residents have access to the education necessary for upward economic mobility, civic engagement, and lifelong learning for themselves and their families. We fervently believe that by combining our resources, expertise and influence around a single agenda, we will have a greater impact on Boston’s cradle-to-career educational pipeline.

Three Guiding Principles

BOA Boston After School and Beyond 1Keeping key performance measures in public view is critical to driving change. Accurate and timely data is a call to action and an accountability mechanism. Through our annual report card, forums, evaluations and community dialogues, we aim to educate ourselves and the Greater Boston community on our challenges, progress and collective impact.

Our investments must produce immediate gains and long-term systems change. BOA investments are designed to expedite the positive educational outcomes for underserved individuals currently in the education pipeline while surfacing the long-term changes that must be made in our systems to ensure success for all. Our investments also focus on building networks and delivery systems rather than increasing the capacity of a single organization or program.

Collective impact is required to achieve our goals. Only by mobilizing the nonprofit, philanthropic, business and governmental communities to align resources and increase efficiency and effectiveness will we ensure the overall success of Boston’s educational pipeline. We have created multiple ways for others to join us:

Investing Partners contribute financial and human resources to BOA priority initiatives.

Philanthropic Partners align their education investments to support BOA priority initiatives or advance BOA goals. They share common data collection, tools and analysis.

Community Partners join one of the priority investment networks and align one or more of their education programs in support of BOA goals. They share common data collection, tools and analysis as well as participate in continuous improvement work.

Get Involved

Our current partners and investors are identified below. To learn more about becoming a Boston Opportunity Agenda partner or investor at any level please contact Kristin McSwain at

BOA Partners

Barr Foundation    The Beal Companies City of Boston  TBF logo
Boston Public Schools Catholic Charities Combined Jewish Philanthropies Robert and Myra Kraft Family Foundation
Nellie Mae Education Foundation New Profit logo UMass Boston United Way of Mass Bay 

BOA Investors

These generous investors have made the Boston Opportunity Agenda’s accomplishments possible:

Angell Foundation
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Paul & Edith Babson Foundation
The Beal Companies, LLP
BOA Boston After School and Beyond 2Blue Cross Blue Shield
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Public Health Commission
Boston Rising
Margaret A. Bush
Deloitte LLP
Eastern Charitable Foundation
Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust
Ford Foundation
Frieze Family Foundation
Hamilton Company Charitable Foundation
John Hancock Financial Services
The Hayden Foundation
Hildreth Stewart Fund
Nancy R. Karp
Klarman Family Foundation
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Robert & Myra Kraft Family Foundation
Marjorie L. and James M. Lober Fund
Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
Herman & Frieda L. Miller Foundation
The National Summer Learning Association
Partners HealthCare
Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust
Charles S. and Zena A. Scimeca Charitable Fund
W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation
Matthew J. & Gilda F. Strazzula Foundation
Sunrise Fund
Sally Suttenfield Webb Fund
Verizon Foundation
The Wallace Foundation
Charles A. Walsh, III

BOA Board

Reverend Ray Hammond, Chair
Mayor Martin Walsh, City of Boston
Angel Roberson Daniels, Angell Foundation

Jim Canales, Barr Foundation
Robert Beal, The Beal Companies, LLP
Paul S. Grogan, The Boston Foundation
Dr. Tommy Chang, Boston Public Schools
Debbie Rambo, Catholic Charities
Rahn Dorsey, City of Boston
Barry Shrage, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Nick Donohue, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
Alex Cortez, New Profit Inc.
Mike Durkin, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
Chancellor Keith Motley, University of Massachusetts Boston

BOA Community Partners

The Boston Opportunity agenda works with a variety of community partners in each of its four priority initiatives:

A Strong Educational Foundation

Boston Plan for Excellence
Boston Partners in Education
Boston Public Library
Boston Public Schools
City Year Boston
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative 
Education Development Corporation
Family Nurturing Center
Foundation for Children’s Books
Friends of the Library
Generations Incorporated
Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy
Hill for Literacy 
Inquillinos Boricuas en Acción
Jump-Start for Young Children
Raising a Reader
Reach Out and Read
Wheelock College
YMCA of Greater Boston

On Track for High School Graduation

Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL)
Boston Area Health Education Center
Boston Family Boat Builders
Boston Private Industry Council
Boston University
Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Camp Harbor View
Community Music Center of Boston
Crossroads for Kids
  Courageous Sailing
Dorchester House
Freedom House
Hale Reservation
Horizons at Dedham Country Day School
Hyde Square Task Force
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA)
Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center
MIT Office of Engineering
  Phillips Brooks House Association
Piers Park Sailing Center
Sociedad Latina
Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center
Steppingstone Foundation
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
UMass Boston
USS Constitution Museum
YMCA of Greater Boston


High School Completion

ABCD Ostiguy High School
Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation
American Student Assistance (ASA)
Asian American Civic Association
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Bird Street Community Center
Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston
Boston Asian Youth Essential Service
Boston Centers for Youth & Families / City of Boston
Boston Day & Evening Academy
Boston Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Boston Youth Service Network (BYSN)
B-PEACE for Jorge
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Bunker Hill Community College
Center for Teen Empowerment
Data Sharing Project
Charlestown High School Diploma Plus
City of Boston
College & Career Readiness
Massachusetts College Bound Dorchester
Committee for Public Counsel Services
  Commonwealth Corporation
Community Work Services
Department of Youth Services (DYS)
Diamond Educators Mentoring Inc.
Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation
Dorchester Youth Collaborative
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI)
ESAC Boston
Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Freedom House
Health Resources in Action
Higher Ground-Boston
Hull Lifesaving Museum
Hyde Square Task Force
InnerCity Weightlifting
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA)
Jewish Vocational Service (JVS)
Justice Resource Institute (JRI)
Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN)
Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Relations
Mayor’s Office of Jobs and Community Services (City of Boston)
Mayor’s Youth Council Boston Youth Fund–Youth Employment Program
More than Words
Multicultural Dropout Outreach Collaborative
  New England Center for Arts and Technology (NECAT)
New Profit, Inc.
Partnerships Advancing Communities Together (PACT)
Promise Neighborhoods
US Department of Education
Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps
Roca, Inc.
Root Cause
Roxbury Community College
Roxbury Youthworks, Inc.
Sociedad Latina
State Street Corp.
Trinity Boston Foundation
Urban College of Boston
X-Cel Education
Year Up Boston
YouthBuild Boston
YouthBuild Just-a-Star
Youth on Board
Youth Options Unlimited Boston (YOU Boston)
Youth Voice Project
Youth Violence Prevention Funder Learning Collaborative


Post-Secondary Attainment

Babson College
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (Benjamin Franklin)
Bentley College
Berklee College
Boston Architectural College (BAC)
Boston College (BC)
Boston University (BU)
Brandeis University
Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC)
Emerson College
Emmanuel College
Framingham State University (FSU)
  Harvard University
Laboure College
Lasell College
Lesley University
Massachusetts Bay Community College (MBCC)
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)
Mount Ida College
New England Conservatory
Newbury College
Northeastern University
Pine Manor College
  Regis College
Roxbury Community College (RCC)
Salem State University (SSU)
Simmons College
Suffolk University
Tufts University
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Boston
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Urban College of Boston
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wheelock College


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Please direct inquiries to:

Kristin McSwain
Executive Director
The Boston Opportunity Agenda
420 Boylston Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-1620

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