The Essex County Community Foundation has announced that John D. Colucci, director of the Corporate Department of the law firm of McLane Middleton and manager of the firm’s Woburn office, has been elected to the Foundation’s board of trustees.
Colucci is joining the Foundation at a critical time, as ECCF strives to achieve the goals of its strategic plan, which include growing its charitable assets, widening its grantmaking impact and bringing about social change through its community leadership initiatives: Impact Essex County and NextGen Philanthropy.
This fall, ECCF completed the first phase of Impact Essex County, which resulted in a new interactive data website that tracks the quality of life in our region (www.impactessexcounty.org) through 100 key indicators. The second phase – analysis of the indicators that illustrate the top three social issues in the County – is underway. Phase three, a $10 million endowment campaign that will mobilize sustainable, long-term funding to address Essex County’s high-priority needs, will begin in 2017.
“We are very fortunate to have John as part of the ECCF team,” said Jon Payson, ECCF’s board chair. “John’s extensive community service will no doubt prove to be very valuable to the Foundation, especially now as we elevate our status as a regional convener.”
Colucci, who has a dual background as both an attorney and CPA, is a trustee of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, a member of the Corporate Committee of the Peabody Essex Museum, a director of both the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and the Massachusetts Society of Public Accountants, and the immediate past chair of the Montserrat College of Art Board of Trustees. He is also the past president of the Greater Beverly YMCA, the Beverly Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club of Beverly and the North Shore Technology Council. In 2011, Colucci received a Distinguished Citizen Awards from the Yankee Clipper Council of Boy Scouts of America.
“Clearly John has the skills the Foundation needs to help advance our mission and have a significant impact on the 34 cities and towns in Essex County,” said ECCF President and CEO Dave Edwards. “The Board and the staff will rely on his expertise and strategic thinking as we strive to grow the Foundation.”
At McLane Middleton, Colucci specializes in business and tax law, estate and business succession planning and real estate, with focuses in corporate and small business law, healthcare law and nonprofit work, among others.
“As someone who values philanthropic engagement and community service, I see ECCF’s work as vital to the health of Essex County,” said Colucci. “I am looking forward to being a part of the positive energy ECCF has created in the region over the last year and contributing in any way I can to the success of the organization.”
Colucci, who graduated from Bentley University and Suffolk University, lives in Wenham with his wife, Lisa, and their two teenage sons.