OUT MetroWest’s new Executive Director: Mel Pace (they/she)!

Please welcome Mel Pace as our Executive Director

It’s my sincere pleasure to announce that Mel Pace (they/she) has started as our new Executive Director! Mel brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit management. Their most recent role was as the Projects + Grants Manager at Love Your Labels

I hope you will all join me in welcoming Mel as they transition to lead us into the next chapter of OUT MetroWest’s history. As we have planned as a Board, Mel’s accession to the Executive Director role will overlap with Whitney’s tenure as Interim Executive Director. This period of on-boarding will help ensure a smooth and successful transition, and will include some formal introductions to community members and partners.

Here is a snippet of what two references had to say about Mel:

“…all this and more speaks to Mel’s skills as a visionary and their ability to motivate peers and colleagues at any level to buy into the mission… Mel is a skilled and professional ED who considers care, liberation, and thriving at every level for everyone.”

“Mel’s strength is in being a visionary, in their collaboration skills and ability to help co-create spaces with others. Mel is a strong leader, and is able to come up with really incredible ideas and also follow through on those ideas. Mel as a leader works to uplift the voices, strengths, and abilities of all people in the room.”

We are thrilled to welcome Mel into the OUT community, where LGBTQ+ youth thrive

Octavio R. González, PhD (he/él)

Chair, Board of Directors

A Message from Mel

I am so honored to join the OUT MetroWest team as the organization’s next Executive Director!

OUT MetroWest’s commitment to building communities where LGBTQ+ youth thrive is inspiring, and I am excited to build on this awesome legacy. To this role I bring experience in nonprofit leadership, community building, LGBTQ+ program management, and DEIB consulting work. I am passionate about co-creating community and providing spaces and opportunities for LGBTQ+ people to flourish.

I am excited to meet you and learn together as we continue to build a brighter future for LGBTQ+ youth. I will be at multiple Pride events throughout June, and I hope to connect with you in person at our annual “OUT on the Block” celebration on June 23rd, from 2pm-5pm at 160 Hollis Street!

Mel Pace (pronounced pah-chay) (they/she)

Executive Director

Connect with me at mel.pace@outmetrowest.org

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