(April 6, 2017) SOMERVILLE, MA\\– Parenting Journey (formerly The Family Center) is pleased to announce its recent hire of Imari Paris Jeffries, who will join the Parenting Journey team as Managing Partner, working out of the headquarters in Somerville, MA.
Paris Jeffries has a long professional history of public, national, and nonprofit service, including leadership positions at Jumpstart, Boston Rising, Friends of the Children-Boston, the Massachusetts Service Alliance, the BELL Foundation, and most recently as CEO of Italian Home.
“We are excited to have Imari joining our team. He is tasked with helping us to drive our culture as we scale and ensure that our impact is seen throughout the community. I look forward to working with Imari to help advance the essential work we do here at Parenting Journey,” said Ty Bellitti, Managing Partner at Parenting Journey. “Parenting Journey offers so much to families in Massachusetts and our aim is to expand our care to reach individuals through excellent programs.”
Paris Jeffries’ public service experience began in the US Armed Services during the First Gulf War. He has served on the boards of the African American Federation of Greater Boston, Save the Harbor, Save the Bay, the Elizabeth Peabody House, Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership, The Edward Brooke Charter School, and Third Sector New England. Imari currently serves as a Board member of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Recently Imari was appointed by Governor Baker as a Trustee of the University of Massachusetts System and the African American Advisory Commission. A 2012 recipient of the Rosoff Award Champion of Change, Paris Jeffries has always been an advocate of social justice. He is also the co-founder of the Community Fellows Program at the Institute of Non-profit Practice at Tufts, a program dedicated to diversity and minority leadership development.
A longtime resident of Boston with his three children, Paris Jeffries is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a BA, MEd, and MA. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education.
“Parenting Journey offers so much to families in Massachusetts, bringing critical resources to some of our most vulnerable children and families,” said Paris Jeffries. “Our aim is to expand the number of families we care for through our high-quality programs to meet the increasing demand for our services. I look forward to this opportunity and to working with an amazing team to help Parenting Journey advance our important work.”
ABOUT PARENTING JOURNEY
Parenting Journey, a multi-service family support agency headquartered in Somerville, MA, offers powerful programs that help parents build safer, stronger families and trains professionals nationwide to implement its high-impact approach. More than 2,000 facilitators have received training and 52,000 parents raising almost 151,000 children have benefited from Parenting Journey’s unique curriculum. Parenting Journey programs have been replicated in nearly 500 locations throughout Greater Boston, New York, Florida, New Hampshire, and Washington, D.C.
For more information, visit www.parentingjourney.org.