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July 9, 2018

The Power 50: Jill C. Dagilis


Executive director

Worcester Community Action Council, Worcester

Residence: Worcester

Colleges: Worcester State University, Clark University

If you've ever served on a volunteer nonprofit board in Central Massachusetts, you've probably met Dagilis, serving right along aside you. In her day job, Dagilis leads a nonprofit with a $22-million annual budget, more than 100 employees and 75,000 clients served through energy, early childhood, youth education, employment and asset development programs. WCAC does everything from helping first-time parents raise newborns to providing heat for seniors' homes. Aside from those duties, Dagilis is the chairwoman of the Worcester Business Development Corp. and vice-chairwoman for the Massachusetts Community Action Parner, and has served on the boards for Worcester State University Foundation, Worcester Regional Research Bureau, Massachusetts Education & Career Opportunities, Inc., the Worcester Redevelopment Authority citizens advisory committee, Dress for Success, and United Way of Central Massachusetts.

What advice would you give up-and-comers? When stress gets to you, do kickboxing – or something that pushes it out of you. I like to mow the lawn and trim my trees and hedges!

Woman of many talents: I love construction, using power tools, scuba diving, and my three grandchildren.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly implied Dagilis was a member of the Worcester Redevelopment Authority board. She did not serve on the formal board but on its citizens advisory committee.

Read about the WBJ’s 2018 Power Players:


Harry Kokkinis, Table Talk Pies

Steve Rotman, Rotman’s Furniture & Vystar

Ernie Herrman, TJX Cos.

Michael Dundas, Sira Naturals

Ralph Crowley Jr., Polar Corp.

Christopher Baldwin, BJ’s Wholesale Club

Amy Lynn Chase, Crompton Collective & Haberdash

Food & Culture

Robb & Madeline Ahlquist, Worcester Restaurant Group

Troy Siebels, The Hanover Theatre

Karim El-Gamal, Rail Trail Flatbread Co., New City Microcreamery, Less Than Greater Than

Eric, Sam & Jack Hendler, Jack’s Abby Brewing

Lynn Cheney, Lettuce Be Local

Sandy Dunn, DCU Center

Higher Education & Nonprofits

Ann T. Lisi, Greater Worcester Community Foundation

Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, College of the Holy Cross

Javier Cevallos, Framingham State University

Michael F. Collins, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Jill Dagilis, Worcester Community Action Council

Dr. David A. Jordan, Seven Hills Foundation

Laurie Leshin, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Corner Office

Kate Sharry, Group Benefits Strategies

Tina M. Sbrega, GFA Federal Credit Union

John C. Roche, The Hanover Insurance Group

Elaine Osgood, Atlas Travel

Michael P. Angelini, Bowdtich & Dewey

Susan Mailman, Coghlin Electrical Contractors

Edward F. Manzi Jr., Fidelity Bank


Dinesh Wadhwani, ThinkLite

Ravi Vig, Allegro Microsystems

Nobuhiko Tamura, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals

Daniel McGahn, AMSC

Michael Mahoney, Boston Scientific

Jeannie Hebert, Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce

Valentin Gapontsev, IPG Photonics

Chris Coghlin, Coghlin Cos.

Health care

Kevin O’Sullivan, Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives

Kurt Isaacson, Spectrum Health Systems

Tarek Elsawy, Reliant Medical Group

Jeffrey M. Welch, Saint Vincent Hospital

Eric Dickson, UMass Memorial Health Care

Holly Chaffee, VNA Care

Richard P. Burke, Fallon Health

Economic Development

Ann K. Tripp, Opus Investment Management

Robert Walker, RA Ventures

Yvonne Spicer, City of Framingham

Cliff Rucker, Worcester Railers Hockey Club

Sherri Greene Pitcher, Fidelity Bank

Timothy P. Murray, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Anthony Consigli, Consigli Construction Co.

Jennie Lee Colosi, E. T. & L. Corp.

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