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ECCF announces new trustees

ECCF announces new trustees
Press release
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Danvers, MA— The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that Robert P. Goldman and Richard Yagjian have been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.

ECCF trustees are selected for their strong ties to Essex County, record of charitable service and fiscal responsibility. Goldman and Yagjian are joining ECCF as it enters the first phase of Impact Essex County, a vital community leadership project that will help move the needle on key issues facing Essex County. The project is a major component of the Foundation’s strategic plan and its new vision of seeing all of the County’s 34 cities and towns thrive.

“Both Bob and Rich have extensive nonprofit board experience that will greatly benefit the Foundation during this crucial time in our 18-year history,” said Jonathan Payson, chair of ECCF’s board of trustees. “We are looking forward to the impact that they will have on the Board and on our plans to raise the quality of life for all of Essex County’s residents.”

Robert P. Goldman

Bob Goldman has over 30 years of experience as a nonprofit board member, with a focus on organizations supporting youth at risk. Currently, he is on the board of Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead, where he also served as president from 2012-2014. He is a board member of the North Shore Alliance for GLBT Youth and is the founder and volunteer legal counsel of Friends of Yemin Orde, a supporting organization of Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel. Bob is also a former member of the steering committee of the New England chapter of the Human Rights Campaign.

“I have had the fun and challenge of forming charitable organizations that fit with my passions for supporting youth at risk,” said Goldman. “Some of these have gone on to be extremely successful and have outgrown me and my kitchen table. And, not to brag, but I’ve also created charitable organizations to support our local community that have been complete failures, so I have some good experiences from which to draw.”

Goldman also currently serves on ECCF’s Professional Advisors Committee and served on the same committee at The Boston Foundation.

“I am particularly excited about the work that ECCF does, and is planning to expand, in Lawrence and Lynn,” said Goldman, who has lived in Lynn for 15 years. “As an active member of the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, I am having a great time helping the organization serve teenagers and young adults all across the North Shore. ECCF’s programs and vision are a great fit for where I am philanthropically, and I can’t wait to get started on the board.”

Goldman is managing partner of Bob Goldman Law LLP, a tax and estate planning firm with offices in Salem and Boston that concentrates on sophisticated wealth transfer strategies and advising clients on charitable giving. He has been practicing law since 1986.

“ECCF will benefit greatly from Bob’s nonprofit experience, his professional work and his strong knowledge of Essex County, particularly at a time when the Foundation is expanding its leadership role in the community,” said ECCF President and CEO Dave Edwards. “We are grateful to have him on board.”

Richard Yagjian

Rich Yagjian has nearly 20 years of experience serving on nonprofit boards, the majority of which are right here in Essex County. Yagjian currently serves on the board of trustees at the Griffin Museum of Photography and at Montserrat College of Art. He is on the board of directors of North Shore Bank and serves as chairman of the City of Peabody retirement board. He is President Emeritus of the Essex National Heritage Commission and past chair of the board of trustees at North Shore Community College, where he was instrumental in the selection of Patricia Gentile as the college’s next president. Yagjian is also a past president of the Foundation Board at the college.

“Contributing to the greater good is among the most satisfying forms of personal gratification one can experience,” said Yagjian. “It expands the potential to impact the lives of those in need here in Essex County. In my view, ECCF is the cornerstone of that collective engagement. I am humbled and elated to be joining such an instrumental organization.”

Giving back is an act that Yagjian and his wife, Cheryl, passed on to their children. In 2012, Yagjian’s son, Jared, established the Danielle Holmes Yagjian Foundation – a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their families – in memory of his late wife who lost her battle to cancer when their first-born son was just 14 months old.

Yagjian, who resides in Peabody, is executive vice president and chief operating officer at Melrose-based Hunt’s Photo & Video, and has over 40 years of retail leadership experience at the sales, management and executive levels.

“ECCF is very fortunate to have Rich join our board of trustees,” said Edwards. “His leadership experience, both in the nonprofit sector and on the corporate side, will be put to good use as the Foundation increases its visibility and expands its outreach to other local leaders.”

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