ESC Announces New Board Members and Positions

Empower Success Corps is pleased to announce new officers for the board of directors as well as the appointment of four new members: David Ellis, Maggie Ford, Imran Khalid-Khan and Neil Golden.

“Our newest Board members embody the spirit of community and bring their time, talent and treasure to the table. We are quite fortunate to have them as we continue to strengthen nonprofits across New England,” said Julie Crockford, Executive Director of ESC. “We are grateful for their membership and look forward to their contributions.”

David Ellis joins the Empower Success board after previously serving as a board member and consultant for Executive Service Corps of Northern New England. He was the President of Lafayette College and held various positions at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining ESC, David was the President and Director of the Museum of Science from 1990 through 2012.  This was followed by interim directorships at the Boston Children’s Museum and the Harvard Museum of Natural History for about two years each.

Maggie Ford also served as a board member and consultant for Executive Service Corps of Northern New England. She managed her own consulting firm, serving nonprofits throughout New England. Maggie also served throughout the collegiate school system as the chief development officer at the University of Hartford and University of New Haven, and was the chief advancement officer at Connecticut State Technical College System and Eastern Connecticut State University. She also held marketing and government relations positions at her alma mater, the University of New Hampshire.

Imran Khan joined ESC as a consultant in 2016 and has collaborated on strategic planning projects for agencies focused on human rights, transportation and commuter options advocacy. He has been with Fidelity Investments for the last ten years and currently serves as vice president in the corporate treasury department with oversight of the firm’s capital structure and liquidity and providing analytical decision support to senior management. Imran is also a member of the board’s finance committee.

Neil Golden has been an ESC consultant since 2002 and has worked with a number of nonprofit clients in the areas of marketing, organizational change, board development and strategic management. He served as the interim COO of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston and held senior roles at three high-tech start-up companies. Neil also worked at ADE, Teradyne, Instron and Texas Instruments in a variety of worldwide roles. Neil also serves on the program committee for the board.

Bonnie Clendenning was elected to succeed Ashok Boghani as the chair of the Board of Directors. While chair, Boghani led the strategic planning initiative which resulting in the rebranding of ESC to Empower Success Corps. “I greatly appreciate Ashok’s service and I counted on him for strategic advice and feedback. His insight and knowledge have been invaluable as we continue to expand our programs and grow geographically,” said Crockford.

Bonnie Clendenning, the new board chair, has been a consultant with ESC since 2012 and joined the board in 2015. She has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and external relations. Bonnie previously served as Executive Director and Trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America and Dean for External Relations at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Miles Robinson and Barbara Michaelsen are both taking on leadership roles on the board. Miles is the new vice chair and Barbara will serve as secretary. The two replace Wendy Weiss and Andy Littleford, respectively, who have graciously served on the board for several years. “I thank both Wendy and Andy for their service. Their dedication and contributions to ESC have been above and beyond,” said Crockford.

Miles Robinson, the new vice chair, has been a consultant with ESC since 2011 and became a board member in 2013. He has experience leading teams, building complex systems, running projects and analyzing business practices and processes across both the private and public sectors. Miles is currently a managing partner at IT consulting firm Cosenta LLC. In addition to his role as vice chair, Miles is serving on the finance and governance committees as well as the diversity and inclusion task force.

Barabara Michaelsen brings over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, previously working as the marketing director at Fidelity and currently at Santander with customer acquisition. She served as an ESC consultant from 2001 to 2008 and joined the board in 2014.  Barbara also serves on the board’s marketing and events committee.