Joe Kriesberg

Joe Kriesberg, a longtime leader of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, plans to leave his post at the end of the year to become CEO of MassINC, a Boston-based think tank that plays a leading role in the political life of the state.

Kriesberg had joined the community development membership organization in 1993 and became president and CEO in 2002.

“As you can imagine, I did not make this decision lightly,” Kriesberg said in an emailed statement. “I absolutely loved my time at the MACDC and remain a total believer in the power of community development to change lives, change communities and change the world.”

Kriesberg, in the statement, noted some of MACDC’s accomplishments during his tenure, including legislative campaigns to support economic opportunity and equity and the CDC sector, such as the Community Investment Tax Credit. . He also highlighted the creation of several institutions, including the Mass. Growth Capital Corp., the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations, the Coalition for a Fair Economy and the Mel King Institute for Community Building.

“I came to MACDC and stayed because I wanted to make a positive impact and I believe these results have indeed improved the lives of thousands of people across the Commonwealth,” Kriesberg said. “At the same time, what has often supported me in this work are the wonderful colleagues across the state and country that I have had the privilege of working with.”

In a message included in Kriesberg’s statement, Angie Liou, chair of the MACDC board, expressed her gratitude for Kriesberg’s leadership and said the board would begin looking for a new chair. Liou said the board is working with Kriesberg and MACDC staff on a draft leadership plan “to ensure MACDC continues to deliver high-quality programs and services to our members while pursuing our political agenda. with the Legislative Assembly and the new Governor”.

Kriesberg will replace Lauren Louison Grogan, who retired from MassINC earlier this year. Kriesberg said he was thrilled to have the opportunity to lead an organization that provides nonpartisan research, reporting, analysis and civic engagement.

“Given the state of the world today, I cannot think of a more important task than fostering civic vitality and inclusive economic opportunity,” he said.