Pathways for Children Welcomes Eric Mitchell as new President & CEO

Portrait of Suffolk University alumni Eric Mitchell.

Gloucester, Massachusetts – Pathways for Children is pleased to welcome Eric Mitchell as the new President & CEO, effective January 1, 2021. Mr. Mitchell joined Pathways for Children in 2017 as Vice President and  Chief Operations Officer (COO).

Eric Mitchell brings more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles across not-for-profit agencies focusing on at-risk children and families. Prior to Pathways for Children, Mr. Mitchell was the Deputy Field Director at Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), which serves more than 100,000 low-income people in Boston and the Mystic Valley annually. Mr. Mitchell holds various board appointments, including Roxbury Youthworks.

“I am pleased that the board unanimously selected Eric Mitchell to become President and CEO,” said Thomas Zarrella, Pathways for Children’s Chairman of the Board.  “I have a great deal of respect and appreciation for the work Eric has brought to Pathways already, and am confident in his ability to lead the organization to new heights in the future.”

Pathways for Children’s previous President & CEO, Sue Todd, retired after forty years with the organization, with 34  of those years at the helm. The leadership transition was announced in February of 2020, providing ample time for a smooth transfer of power.

“Our succession and transition plan is the best I’ve ever known of in my forty years with child welfare,” said Sue Todd. “(Eric is) ambitious and eager to learn. He’s ready. I see great things for Pathways in the future.”

Mr. Mitchell holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Tufts University, and a Master in Public Administration and a Master of Science in Professional Politics from Suffolk University

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