40 Under Forty: Michael Alden, 35


Vice president of business development
Ascentria Care Alliance, Worcester

Lives: Westborough

Birthplace: Worcester

Colleges: University of Massachusetts, University of Virginia, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Stanford University

Alden had a job in midtown Manhattan in corporate restructuring – making strategic and financial assessments of underperforming firms and defending clients in litigation – when he decided to take a career detour into human services. At Ascentria, Alden has made his mark on its Language Bank, an interpretation and translation service based in New Hampshire and since expanded into Massachusetts, securing a major pro-bono contract with Community Action Partners, a program of the Harvard Business School Association of Boston. Alden has executed strategic transactions of Ascentria's largest business units, managed the purchase of two senior-living communities, refocused its sales and marketing strategies, and developed analysis capabilities to help grow key business. Through his help, Ascentria has grown, providing interpretation and translation in more than 60 languages, in-home health care, children and family services, and mental health and and disability services, as well as elderly facilities in West Brookfield, Boston and two locations in Connecticut. He taught economics and entrepreneurship in Ghana while in a study-abroad program, and he is a pastoral council member at St. Luke's Church and does startup consulting work.

From 40 Under Forty judge Milka Njoroge: “Michael's achievements by expanding the Language Bank Program highlight the role that organizations play in reducing social and economic inequalities.”

What is your proudest accomplishment? My kids

What movie character is most like you? Cooper from “Interstellar.” I would travel through space to save my family.
Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.