New Beginnings – What’s Changing at the BPS Office of External Affairs
A letter from Makeeba McCreary, Managing Director & Sr. Advisor of External Affairs, Boston Public Schools:
I have always been a believer that it is through service to others and to our community that we truly find our purpose and make a lasting impact on the world around us.
I came to BPS four years ago as chief of staff. That year, we held the first-ever, district-wide open house, inviting all of our external communities into the BPS headquarters for an open dialogue with parents, teachers, students, partners, funders, and school and central office leaders. It was through those inspiring conversations that we realized how important it was to launch the BPS Office of External Affairs – building strong links between all of our stakeholders in order to bring resources to our schools and students.
As the managing director and senior advisor of external affairs I have been privileged to work alongside some of the most dynamic, hardworking, and hilarious women and men. We have laughed a lot!
My team has focused our efforts on expanding BPS’ public and private partnerships, philanthropic investment, and amplifying the amazing work of our school leaders, teachers and students – and I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished. We’ve achieved so much since we began…
Although my work at the office of external affairs has kept me motivated day in and day out, I am writing this letter to say my farewell. In the new year I will be leaving BPS to begin a new role at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) here in Boston, where I will oversee education, public programs, and civic engagement opportunities as the Patti and Jonathan Kraft Chief of Learning and Community Engagement.
I leave our work in the more-than-capable hands of Tess Atkinson (school connections), Nadia Harden (corporate partnerships), Russell Hansen (foundation investment), Maureen Azor (communications), Sonia Depina (Vertex partnership), and Sara Mejias (GE partnership).
In the coming months you can expect to see a variety of incredible programs and partnerships designed to improve our community, including an app to address food insecurity to support our homeless students, the 15th year of Principal Partners, grant workshops, and so much more.
Though it is not easy to say goodbye, I am excited to provide service to the people of Boston in a new way, and I know this role will present me with powerful opportunities to partner with the BPS community in the near future.
I want to extend my sincerest gratitude and thanks to everyone who has helped the Office of External Affairs flourish in my time here – I know your commitment to the students, staff, and families of the BPS community will help see continued growth and improvement across the district.
All my best,