Everybody Wins! Metro Boston is pleased to announce the appointment of Darcy Madden as Executive Director of the organization. Ms. Madden takes over the position from Olivia Mathews, an employee and advocate of Everybody Wins! for over 10 years who launched the Boston chapter of the organization in 2002.
“We are thrilled to have Darcy assume the Executive Director position for Everybody Wins! Metro Boston,” said Joel Collins, co-chair of the EW!MB board of directors. “Darcy’s depth of experience in the non-profit sector, as well as her passion for literature and children’s literacy, made her the right choice to provide the dynamic management and execution that our organization needs at this important time in its development.”
This year EW!MB launched its Power Lunch programs at four schools in the Boston area, adding to its existing programs in Billerica, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, and Waltham. The organization plans to grow from serving 216 children with reading mentors in 2006 to an expected 350 children by the end of 2007. “I am honored to have been selected for this post and I am pleased to have the opportunity to help the organization in achieving its goals. There is tremendous potential for Everybody Wins! Metro Boston and the communities it serves. I look forward to being part of the future of the organization and bringing the joy of reading to many more children,” said Madden.
Madden’s part-time involvement with Everybody Wins! began in 2003, acting as an intern for the organization while earning her masters degree in Language and Literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Psychology from Dartmouth College. Madden was previously the Community Development Manager for First Book in Washington, DC, as well as the Manager of Member Services and Special Events for Boston Cares. She also acts as a children’s literature consultant for a research team at the University of Washington.
About Everybody Wins!
Everybody Wins! (everybodywins.org) is a national non-profit literacy and mentoring organization dedicated to encouraging positive attitudes about reading in elementary school children. Founded in New York City in 1991, the organization presently has over 6,000 volunteers in cities around the country. Power Lunch, the organization’s primary program, pairs elementary school children with reading mentors for weekly reading sessions over the course of an entire school year.