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Updated: May 2, 2022 / The Power 50 for 2022

2022 Power 50: Liz Hamilton

Photo | Courtesy of Boys & Girls Club of Worcester Liz Hamilton, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
Liz Hamilton Title Executive director Organization Boys & Girls Club of Worcester  Residence Worcester Colleges Regis University, Boston University Read all the 2020 Power 50 profiles here
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As Worcester’s economy and population have grown, Liz Hamilton is a leader in ensuring that development is equitable and inclusive.

The Boys & Girls Club offers vital resources to first responders and essential workers who, through the COVID pandemic, relied on its free childcare, food security, and educational programs to continue working. The club hosted vaccination clinics, vaccinating roughly 1,000 residents, mostly children.

Hamilton is pushing for labor reforms within her own industry. She has partnered with other advocacy groups to work toward increasing wages for childcare and youth workers, and is developing a four-day workweek program for the club’s direct service workers. Throughout the pandemic, the club never closed its doors or laid off staff. In the fall, Hamilton kicked off the first-ever endowment campaign in the club’s 133-year history, Foundation For the Future, with the goal of raising $10 million in the first five years. She manages a $3.5-million budget, 92% of which is funded by donations and grants.

Along with Linda Cavaioli, the former YWCA Central Massachusetts executive director and Hamilton’s mentor, she teaches a Clark University class on nonprofit management.

What sets the Central Mass. business community apart from the rest of the world? My friends from other states have been in awe of what we as a business community have accomplished. I tell them about the Worcester Together group, which the first meeting was held two years ago at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester, and how different industries, agencies, and individuals from all over came together to address not only the pandemic, but other issues that were amplified such as housing, food, and racial inequities.

Baller: I used to be a pretty darn good basketball player, a shooting guard. Yes, even at 5 ft. 1 in.

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