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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Catholic Charities Boston Appoints Kelley Tuthill, Ed.D., as President & CEO

Catholic Charities Boston (CCAB) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelley Tuthill, Ed.D., as President and CEO beginning January 2024.

Related Media Coverage:
People on the Move: Kelley Tuthill (Boston Business Journal)
Catholic Charities Boston Appoints Kelley Tuthill New President & CEO (Boston Pilot)
Catholic Charities Names Tuthill President, CEO Beginning January 2024 (Dorchester Reporter)

Tuthill has served as Chief Operating Officer since 2021, working closely with the Board and the Leadership Team in developing the future vision for CCAB. She has been instrumental in helping implement the Agency’s restructuring as well as increasing fundraising efforts and brand visibility. She will transition into the President’s role this summer before assuming the CEO role.

“The Board is proud to appoint Kelley Tuthill as our next President and CEO,” said Mark B. Kerwin, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are confident that her dynamic professional experience in leadership roles here at Catholic Charities and Regis College as well as her time as a respected journalist will position our organization for success as we continue to be a model of excellence in service to those who seek our help.”

Tuthill succeeds Kevin M. MacKenzie, the former Board Chair who assumed the role of President and CEO in January 2020 and led the Agency through the challenges of delivering crucial services during the pandemic and the restructuring of the organization. “We are thankful for Kevin’s leadership as Board Chair and CEO and pleased that he will continue in an advisory capacity after he steps down as CEO,” said Kerwin.

In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Tuthill has worked closely with the Board and the Leadership Team in developing the future vision for CCAB and been instrumental in helping implement the Agency’s restructuring, while also focusing on increasing fundraising efforts and brand visibility. “We are grateful for Kelley’s leadership and commitment to Catholic Charities mission during these challenging times as so many in our communities are struggling,” said Cardinal Séan P. O’Malley, OFM Cap. “It is our collective responsibility to act and advance the social justice mission of the Church and we are pleased that Kelley will lead the Agency in these efforts.” The Cardinal also expressed his gratitude to MacKenzie for leading Catholic Charities and his deep commitment to its mission. “Kevin has been an outstanding President and CEO of Catholic Charities and will leave the Agency in a strong position to continue to meet the needs of those most in need.”

“It has been an honor to serve as the COO of Catholic Charities and work closely with Kevin to create a strategic vision for the future of one of Massachusetts’ largest social service agencies,” said Tuthill. “I am honored the Board has the confidence in me to continue this important work and I look forward to working with them and all of our partners, donors and incredibly dedicated staff and volunteers to continue a great legacy of empowering our neighbors in need with dignity and compassion.”

Tuthill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where she serves as a member of the College of Arts and Letters Advisory Council. She also serves on the advisory boards of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Bakes for Breast Cancer. Tuthill holds a Doctorate in Education from Regis College, where she previously served as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and worked for more than two decades as a journalist, most notably as a reporter and anchor at WCVB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Boston. Tuthill received the Jimmy Award, which honors celebrities who have committed themselves to the mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. She has been recognized as a “Hero Among Us” by the Boston Celtics, a “40 Under 40” by the Boston Business Journal and featured in the book Boston: Inspirational Women for her work on behalf of local and national breast cancer organizations.


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