Dr. Joan Wallace-Benjamin Named to PMC's Board of Trustees

Dr. Joan Wallace-Benjamin, President and CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, has been named to the Board of Trustees of Pine Manor College. Dr. Wallace-Benjamin is widely recognized for her commitment to Boston's youth.

"Dr. Wallace-Benjamin's extensive experience in the field of education and public policy, as well as her dedication to the youth of Boston will make her a valued and integral member of our board," said Gloria Nemerowicz, President of Pine Manor College. "We believe her wide ranging involvements will strengthen and enrich Pine Manor College's relationships with Boston communities.

Prior to joining the Urban League, Dr. Wallace-Benjamin was Director of Operations for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, and deputy Director of ABCD's Head Start Program. From 1988-93, she served on the Massachusetts State Board of Education, becoming Vice Chairperson of the Board in her final year. She has also been active on the boards of the Citywide Educational Coalition, Facing History and Ourselves, the Children's Museum and the New England Aquarium. In 1994, Mayor Menino appointed Dr. Wallace-Benjamin co-chair of the Community Learning Centers' Blue Ribbon Commission. In 1997, she joined a delegation representing the City of Boston in the Mayor's City-to-City Commission to Atlanta.

A graduate of Wellesley College, Dr. Wallace-Benjamin holds a doctoral degree from Brandeis University's Florence Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare. She has received numerous awards including a 1993 honorary doctoral degree in Public Service from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.