The Irish Pastoral Center recently welcomed Megan Carroll as their new Executive Director. Carroll brings with her a wealth of experience to the non-profit Irish organization which she has accumulated from her many years of working at a variety of business, law and non-profit organizations. More recently, Carroll was well known for her role as Director of Intern Placements for the J-1 Irish Work and Travel Program at the Irish International Immigrant Center.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’m delighted to welcome Megan Carroll to the IPC” said Sheila Gleeson, Chairperson of the Board. “I’m confident she will continue the organizations mission and help strengthen the role the IPC plays in our community so that we can continue to serve a population whom we care deeply about.”
As Executive Director, Carroll responsibilities will include overseeing the day to day operations, help the development and growth of the center and lead the future direction of the IPC.
“I am excited about this opportunity because I live and breathe the mission. The IPC is such a natural place for me because I have so many common connections between my personal and professional life” Carroll said about her new appointment as Executive Director.
A native of Massachusetts, Megan attended Boston College and Boston College Law School before going on to start her own practice. As an arts attorney for Carroll Associates, a law and nonprofit consulting firm that she founded 20 years ago, Megan served the arts community in Boston and internationally, offering legal, development, marketing, management, and education services.
She also taught for 13 years at Boston College and New England School of Law, namely” Copyright Law,” Law, Ethics, and the Arts,” and “Business Law.” She served as an Executive Director for the Greg Rice Foundation for Parkinson’s research before working as Director of Intern Placements for the J-1 Irish Work and Travel Program at the IIIC.
Carroll has served on a variety of development boards and capital campaigns over the last 25 years, some of which include Boston College, The Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble (where she also performed for 15 years) and The Cardinal Cushing School for special needs children.
The mother of two has strong links to Ireland and the Irish abroad, in part to her family’s involvement with the American Ireland Fund (“AIF”).
Megan’s grandfather, Wallace Carroll, was a founding Director of the American Irish Foundation with Eamonn DeValera, John F Kennedy, and Tip O’Neill, which eventually consolidated with the Ireland Fund to become the AIF.
Her father’s role as a National Secretary of the AIF both before and after the organizations’ consolidations meant Carroll had the opportunity to travel a lot with her parents to Ireland on AIF trips.
In addition to the AIF, Megan serves as board member and Treasurer of the Charitable Irish Society, as a member of Irish Network Boston, and of the Boston Irish Business Association (“BIBA”). She looks forward to serving the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (“CIIC”).
“Working as Executive Director at the Irish Pastoral Center aligns my interests and commitment to making a difference in social services, education, legal services, fundraising, health and wellness, Ireland, and the Catholic Church” Carroll said.
Speaking about her first days at the IPC, Carroll remarked “I have to say that I couldn’t do this without the fabulous staff and dedicated board. They have made the transition so much easier for me, especially Kathleen Rohan who has been my right hand and a Godsend. I credit her for holding the operation together during a long period where there was no Executive Director.”
During her tenure as Executive Director, Carroll plans to use her experience and knowledge to elevate a comprehensive advancement program of fundraising, communications/marketing events, and donor engagement.
“I’m looking forward to increasing awareness of the center in the community, building and strengthening its many programs” Carroll said. “The IPC will continue to be a welcome resource for those Irish who’ve just arrived in this country as well as to those Irish-Americans who’ve been here for generations. On behalf of the IPC, rooted in the best of what it means to be Irish, I look forward to serving ‘the stranger among us.’
The Irish Pastoral Centre was founded in 1987 in response to a large increase in the numbers of young Irish arriving into the Boston area. It offers multiple programs for the Irish and Irish American community that includes Senior Citizen Outreach, Immigration & U.S. Citizen Assistance, Social & Family Outreach, Irish Prisoner Advocacy & Support, Employment & Housing Resource Assistance, Bereavement Support Group, and Pastoral Outreach.
To contact Megan or to find out more about the Irish Pastoral Center please visit www.ipcboston.org or call 617.265.5300