Former Boston Mayoral Candidate Joins Tufts Health Plan Fundation Board

Charlotte Golar Richie Brings Public Service and Civic Engagement Expertise to Foundation’s Healthy Aging Initiatives

Charlotte Golar Richie

Charlotte Golar Richie

WATERTOWN, MA – March 25, 2014 – The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced today that Dorchester-resident Charlotte Golar Richie, former Boston Mayoral candidate and former co-chair of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s transition team, has joined its board of directors. Ms. Golar Richie will help counsel the foundation in matters of grantmaking, policy initiatives and overall strategic direction.

“Charlotte is a proven leader who knows our Massachusetts communities and has strong ties to diverse constituencies,” said Thomas P. O’Neill, III, chairman of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation board. “Her experience in public service and civic engagement will be invaluable to our board as the foundation embarks on its sixth year focusing on healthy aging.”

Prior to launching her mayoral campaign, Ms. Golar Richie served as senior vice president for public policy, advocacy and government relations for YouthBuild USA. In that role, she oversaw national and state advocacy for public funds, constituency development and government relations, and led the national campaign to preserve federal funding for 273 YouthBuild programs operating in 46 states.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to work closely with members of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation board to make a difference in the lives of older adults in our communities,” said Ms. Golar Richie. “I look forward to using my experience working with youth to help build the foundation’s intergenerational programs and engage youth in all the wisdom older adults have to offer.”

A former state representative for Dorchester and Roxbury’s Fifth Suffolk District, and chair of the legislature’s joint committee on housing and urban development, Ms. Golar Richie has extensive experience in state and city government. As Governor Deval Patrick’s senior advisor for federal, state and community affairs, she worked in support of the Governor’s legislative agenda; supported programs and policies relative to economic development, education, public safety and civic engagement; oversaw the opening and operations of the Governor’s Western Massachusetts office; and was instrumental in establishing the Governor’s Statewide Youth Council and the state’s Office of Access and Opportunity.

As chief of housing and director of the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND), Ms. Golar Richie served for eight years in Mayor Thomas Menino’s Cabinet, and advised him on city policy, legislation and community relations. She managed a 200-person department with a $100 million budget, including federal grants which funded housing, economic development and human service programs.

Throughout her career, Ms. Golar Richie has opened doors to women in politics, advocated for support for Haiti, and worked for stronger, safer communities in Boston. She is an external advisory board member of the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, a member of the Haiti Fund Advisory Council at the Boston Foundation, an advisor to Mothers for Justice & Equality, and a founding board member and former chair of Boston’s Higher Ground, a Roxbury-based nonprofit.

Ms. Golar Richie earned an M.B.A from Suffolk University, an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. from Rutgers University. She is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, having served in Kenya, East Africa. She is married to Winston Richie, an executive at John Hancock Financial Services, and they have two adult daughters, Leigh and Kara.

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