Chief Executive Officer, Family Independence Initiative
Jesús Gerena joined Family Independence Initiative (FII) in 2010 as executive director of Boston, where he grew FII to include 800 families across the city. He assumed the position of CEO in 2017. Prior to joining FII, Gerena worked for the Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), where he served as deputy director and worked on the Youth First project that helped lay the groundwork for a proposed $250 million urban development project. In 2008, the HSTF team organized and designed a youth-led comprehensive Civics curriculum in Boston Public Schools, currently being piloted in three high schools with the hope that it becomes a mandatory requirement for all BPS graduates in two years. Gerena has held numerous board leadership positions across New England and currently sits on the boards of The Community Builder and English for New Bostonians. He is also a co-founder of the Community Fellows Program at the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership affiliated with Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. In 2016, the Boston-based Barr Foundation awarded Gerena a Barr Fellowship for his contributions to the city and his potential to drive positive change.