As we come to the end of our celebration of Mass Mentoring Partnership’s 25th year, we also prepare to say goodbye to our longtime leader. Marty Martinez, our President and CEO, has decided to depart MMP in December to take on an exciting new challenge as the Chief of Health & Human Services for Mayor Marty Walsh and the City of Boston.
Marty first joined MMP in 2007 and served as Chief Program Officer prior to being named CEO in 2012. Through his passion, commitment and expertise, he has led MMP to unprecedented growth, including a 50% increase in MMP’s full-time staff and 15% growth in operating budget. With his leadership, MMP has expanded its mission to bring the organization’s expertise and support to more youth-serving organizations where relationships with young people are happening every day. This includes important partnerships with school systems in Boston and Holyoke to support students through empowering youth-adult relationships. Marty also brought an increased focus on diversity and cultural responsiveness both to MMP and to the mentoring field by elevating this work as an organizational goal and diversifying staff and volunteers. He sharpened MMP’s focus on public policy and issues affecting young people, including co-sponsoring legislation on the role relationships can play in dropout prevention for students. This advocacy work led to a 30% increase in state budget funds devoted to mentoring during his tenure. He leaves MMP in terrific shape and poised for even greater things in the future.
This is a bittersweet moment for my fellow board members and the entire staff at MMP. We wish Marty nothing but the best in his new endeavor and we know that we have a strong advocate for empowering youth-adult relationships working at Boston’s City Hall.
We are fortunate that we have such a strong team in place at MMP to help us continue our work as we transition from Marty’s leadership. I’m excited to announce that Beth Fraster, our Vice President and Chief Program Officer, will serve as interim CEO while the board conducts a search for Marty’s successor.
Please join me in saying thank you to Marty for all of his great work at MMP and to his success in the future.
MMP Board Chair