Last night Boston Partners in Education’s  Executive Director, Pamela Civins was one of four honorees to be awarded the first-ever Extraordinary Community Leaders Award by the Boston Business Journal.

The evening began with an energetic panel discussion featuring Alan Khazei, Callie Crossley, and Andrea Silbert discussing the changing landscape of community involvement.  The panel discussion quickly turned into a conversation with active audience participation.


Pamela was bestowed this honor for her work driving change in the Boston Public Schools (BPS), not only as the Executive Director of Boston Partners in Education, but also because of her personal commitment to the students in BPS.


An active volunteer since her days in the Peace Corps, Pamela currently volunteers at the Holland School in Dorchester, and shared a story from that experience with the crowd.
“It comes down to the kids in the classrooms,” she said.   “They keep me doing what I’m doing.”

She went on to talk about the importance of everyone being active members of the community, urging the audience to get involved, no matter what the issue.  Whether poverty, the environment, civil rights, or education – anyone can make a difference if they follow their passion.

She left the audience with this message: “Be involved.  Be the change.”

Also honored were: Lynn Margherio from Cradles to Crayons, Monalisa Smith from Mothers for Justice and Equality and George A. Russell Jr. from State Street Corporation.