The Office of External Affairs emphasizes the strength of relationships and the importance of transparency, accountability and the equitable distribution of resources across our school district.
Meet Our Team
Makeeba McCreary, EdD
Managing Director & Sr. Advisor
Makeeba McCreary, Managing Director & Sr. Advisor of External Affairs
As the leader of the Office of External Affairs, Makeeba oversees all efforts to help BPS students achieve greater success by connecting their schools with the funding, talent, and time that is best suited to their needs. Makeeba’s focus on corporate donors and major donor management has a direct impact on the district’s ability to source new opportunities for its students and staff.
As the department expands both private and public philanthropic partnerships across the district, Makeeba also focuses on the complete build-out of internal systems, data infrastructure, individual and institutional partnership analysis, relational course-correction, and strategic planning.
Director of InvestBPS
Tess Atkinson, Director of InvestBPS
In order to best serve our community, we must understand the needs of our schools, students, and their leaders. Tess manages this process, weighing school needs by time, talent, and treasure, and then connecting those schools with the most beneficial programs and partners. Through ongoing communications with school leaders and analysis of program impact, Tess is able to ensure needs are fulfilled in a timely manner and with fidelity.
Corporate & Community Engagement Manager
Nadia Harden, Corporate & Community Engagement Manager
The landscape of philanthropic partnerships is always evolving, and managing those relationships requires an eager, resourceful, and strategic worker. Nadia serves as the departmental representative in this space, building and fostering new relationships with both individual and major donors across the community, and assessing how to most effectively align corporate investment with school needs. Ultimately, Nadia’s efforts eliminate opportunity gaps by supporting the engagement of corporate partners under the InvestBPS umbrella.
Manager of Foundation & Corporate Relations
Russell Hansen, Manager of Foundation & Corporate Relations
Equity distribution is the cornerstone of improving our students’ educational experiences, but there is no equity without solid foundational and corporate relationships. Thanks to Russell, we are able to secure and strengthen those relationships by strategically and effectively creating proposals, securing grants, and staying ahead of the curve on philanthropic opportunities.
Communications, Events, & CRM Coordinator
Maureen Azor, Communications, Events, & CRM Coordinator
With so many programs and partnerships underway at any given time, clear and concise communication with the community is paramount to maintaining the department’s mission to celebrate all of the good things happening in our schools. Maureen manages these communications through the department’s digital platforms, and keeps a constant pulse on all-things OEA, allowing her to also oversee the coordination of all internal events and the tracking of all donor engagements.
Vertex Grant Coordinator
Sonia DePina, Vertex Grant Coordinator
Understanding the intricacies of large-scale partnerships, managing those relationships, and coordinating the needs of each party involved is a crucial element of the work we do. That’s why Sonia is dedicated to fostering the partnership between Boston Schools and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Through project management, program development, and feedback analysis, she positions Vertex to fulfill its promise to make STEM more accessible to Boston students.
Generously Sponsored by
Sara Mejias Gonzalez
Coordinator of STEM Investments
Sara Mejias Gonzalez, Coordinator of STEM Investments
Boston Public Schools students need the hard and soft skills required to work in the STEM workforce. As part of the vision to have BPS became the premier school district for STEM education, Sara project manages the rollout of The BPS STEM Factor, a program made possible by the GE Foundation. She plans, budgets, and oversees all aspects of the project; ensuring that project partners are all on track to meet the goals and expectations of The BPS STEM Factor. She communicates with partner schools regularly and comprehensively documents project metrics. Sara also supports in other projects related to bringing more in-depth STEM education to BPS.
About the Office of External Affairs
The Office of External Affairs (OEA) is designed to ensure the district is able to bring philanthropic resources to its 56,000 students, families, teachers and administrators. Our core belief is that equity is at the cornerstone of transforming education. Together.
The OEA supports system-level priorities that will bring equity, coherence and innovation to our schools. We anticipate that, with intensely coordinated investment, there will be a direct impact on the quality of instruction, professional development, and community engagement ensuring fully-enfranchised graduates of the Boston Public Schools.
The OEA emphasizes the strength of relationships, transparency and accountability. Investment into our district is valued no matter if it is financial, service-related, or skills-based volunteering. We know that time, treasure and talent are what will bring our students into the City of Boston and the city into our classrooms. The City of Boston is our Classroom.
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The Office of External Affairs (OEA) is designed to ensure the district is able to bring philanthropic resources to its 56,000 students, families, teachers and administrators. Our core belief is that equity is at the cornerstone of transforming education. Our work maximizes BPS student outcomes by matching external funding, talent, and time with school needs.
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