Joan Wallace-Benjamin, Ph.D. enjoyed a 37-year career as a senior executive, 27 of them as a CEO in the non-profit human services community. With two additional sojourns into the field of executive search and state government, Joan has a varied set of experiences and perspectives that have guided and informed her leadership. She has been recognized as an exceptional executive leader, speaker, organizational consultant, and executive coach.
In her executive roles, she has taken on challenging assignments that changed the way services were provided at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, and the Home for Little Wanderers; how staff adapted their service delivery practices, strengthened the infrastructure and improved organizational policies, and advocated on behalf of children and families with city, state, and local governments and institutions.
Joan has received awards too numerous to list in full, but a sampling includes receiving the Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award (2020); the Distinguished Bostonian Award from the Boston Chamber of Commerce (2018);CEO of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Human Services Providers Council (2017); the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Non-Profit Network (2017);one of Boston magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women, February 2011; the Henry L. Shattuck Public Service City Champion Award, October 2010; Urban League Civil Rights Award, April 2007; Pinnacle Award, Achievement in Management Non-Profit from the Boston Chamber of Commerce, January 2005.
She holds 8 Honorary Doctorates from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1993), Newbury College, Chestnut Hill, MA (2005), and Curry College, Milton, MA (2009) and Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA (in May 2011) New England School of Law, Boston (May,2013), William James College, Newton, MA (May 2016), Cambridge College, Boston, MA (May 2017), Simmons College, Boston, MA (May 2018).
Joan served on the Board of Directors of Bridgewater State University, Trustee at Wellesley College, Pine Manor College and the Heller School at Brandeis University. She is currently the chair of the Advisory Board for the Wellesley Centers of Women at Wellesley College, on the board of the WBUR Advisory Committee; and was a board member at Scholar Athletes. She is currently on the board of the Chase Corporation, a specialty chemicals public company. She graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Psychology and received her Ph.D. from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.