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May 17, 2023

Girls Inc. names interim CEO in effort to restore suspended programming

PHOTO | Courtesy of Google Maps Girls Inc. of Worcester at 125 Providence Street

Girls Inc. of Worcester has named an interim CEO in an effort to restore its programming that was suspended when its CEO and COO were placed on administrative leave amid allegations of racial discrimination.

PHOTO | Courtesy of Girls Inc. of Worcester
Myran Parker-Brass, interim CEO at Girls Inc. of Worcester

Myran Parker-Brass, a consultant from Interim Executive Solutions in Newton, has been selected by the board of directors to fill the interim role, according to a Wednesday statement from Board President Pamela Daly.

Parker-Brass has served as interim CEO for a number of nonprofits while at Interim Executive Solutions, according to the Girls Inc. statement. On her LinkedIn profile, she is listed as serving as interim CEO at Health Care Without Walls in Wellesley and the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition. She was also executive director for the arts at Boston Public Schools.

“We know that Myran has the skills needed to lead the organization during these challenging times and her first priority will be finding a way to resume programming in the near term, even if on a limited basis. She has our full confidence and support,” Daly said in the Wednesday statement.

Myran also serves as a nonprofit strategic planning consultant and on her LinkedIn profile says she is now working at Music Worcester, the Fitchburg Art Museum, and the Arlington Center for the Arts.

In announcing Myran as interim CEO, Girls Inc. did not specify further details on the nonprofit’s plan to restore programming, but listed that and organizational stability as reasons for enstating an interim CEO. 

On May 5, Girls Inc. announced it was suspending its programming because it didn’t have the staff in place to provide the services. In the same announcement, the Worcester nonprofit said CEO Victoria Waterman and Chief Operating Officer Allison James were being placed on administrative leave while an external investigation is conducted into concerns raised by employees around workplace equity issues.

An online petition with 156 signatures as of Wednesday morning calls for the removal of both Waterman and James and details allegations of racial discrimination at the nonprofit. Girls Inc. and Waterman were sued in January 2022 in an ongoing lawsuit from a former executive claiming discriminatory treatment of Black employees.

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