Aileen joined Friends of the Children in October of 2021 and has over twenty years of experience in nonprofits. Starting out at Boston Children’s Museum, planning public events and working with external outreach led to her designing arts programming for a number of Boston After School Programs. Her experience working at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood House and Hyde Square Task Force allowed Aileen to enrich and improve children’s out of school lives, as well as instilling the belief in her that focusing on the youth and building their skills/personal resources creates positive change for both the kids and their neighborhoods. After leaving the sector for 16 years to work in retail management, her desire to come back to her roots was strong. Becoming Chief of Staff at a dynamic organization like Friends of the Children allows Aileen to utilize her community and youth building skills, along with her management skills, to focus on providing the best support for the organization and the dedicated staff at Friends of the Children Boston.