MNN Announces New Board Chair

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is pleased to announce that Jim Ayres has been elected as the next Chair of the Network’s Board of Directors. Ayres will succeed David Shapiro, CEO of Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership, who has chaired the MNN board since 2011.

“I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to guide this important and dynamic organization,” Ayres said. “The state’s nonprofit sector is a critical social and economic engine that impacts each and every resident of Massachusetts. I look forward to working with nonprofit, business, and government leaders across the state to support the sector and, ultimately, help build a better Commonwealth.”

“We are thrilled to have Jim Ayres chairing our board as MNN enters its second decade,” said Jim Klocke, MNN’s CEO. “He is an exceptional leader, who has extensive nonprofit programming and policy experience. Jim has been a valuable member of our board for the last three years, and we cannot wait to work more closely with him.”

Ayres, who joined MNN’s board in 2014, will assume the role of President and CEO of the United Way of Pioneer Valley, based in Springfield, later this month. For the last six years, he has served as the Executive Director of the United Way of Hampshire County. Under his leadership, the organization received widespread recognition for its innovative approaches to grant making, resource development, public messaging, and creating positive change in the community.

Prior to joining United Way, Ayres led the Northampton-based Center for New Americans, an education and resource center for immigrants and refugees, for 12 years. He holds a BA from Hampshire College, an MBA from UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management, and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In addition to MNN, Ayres serves on the boards of the Institute for Training and Development and the Hampshire County Council of Social Agencies.

MNN is extremely thankful for all that Shapiro has done to support the organization, and the state’s nonprofit sector, during his tenure as Chair. In recognition of this, MNN’s Governance Committee has decided to appoint him as a Director Emeritus, with his term beginning in June.