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Michael A. Vance

Chief Executive Officer

November 5th, 2018, Michael A. Vance was appointed CEO by the Board of Directors of Central Boston Elder Services (CBES). CBES is one of 26 Statewide Aging Services Access Points (ASAP) agencies, serving Elders and individuals with disabilities. ASAP’s are tasked with helping seniors and consumers with disabilities age in place safely and support their caregiver network. CBES is an official Adult Protective Services Agency, serving as the investigative and support entity for elder abuse cases in the City of Boston. CBES has 200 employees and operates with an annual budget of 62 Million dollars.

Mr. Vance previously held the position of Vice President for Field Operations at Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD). ABCD is the largest non-profit organization serving low-income residents in Boston and greater New England. The organization had an annual budget of $162 million in 2016.

Mr. Vance was responsible for oversight of 15 neighborhood centers providing social services to the city’s diverse communities, including senior programs, food pantries, Head Start programs, fuel assistance, job readiness, and other programs designed for the stabilization of individuals and families. In addition, Mr. Vance supervised and supported the Housing and Homelessness Department and the Legislative Liaison.

A recognized community leader, Mr. Vance has spent 25 years in non-profit management with ABCD, beginning as the Deputy Director of Mattapan’s Family Services Center. He moved on to direct the Career Ladder project, a federally funded demonstration program for at-risk black and Latino males. After completion of the Career Ladder Project, Mr. Vance was promoted to Director of Community Coordination, directly responsible for the operation of 15 sites throughout the City of Boston, which has direct contact with close to 100 thousand residents each year.

Mr. Vance is an active contributor to the development of the Boston community through his many volunteer projects. He was the founding president of Boston Connects Inc. (BCI), a federally funded non-profit organization created by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. BCI was entrusted with the role of disbursing 100 million dollars for human services to community-based organizations with in the city’s Empowerment Zone. Also, the board was responsible for monitoring construction development projects, including approving EZ Bond financing.

Mr. Vance holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tufts University, with a certificate in Community Health and a master’s in management from Lesley University.

Mr. Vance has served on several boards throughout Boston, including the Yawkey Club of Roxbury (formerly known as the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club of Boston), The Roxbury YMCA, A trustee of the Urban College of Boston, Noble and Greenough School Alumni Council and trustee, Bedford High School Site Council, Bedford METCO Parent Advisory Board and 4 HUD 202 Elderly Housing Boards. He was appointed to the Boston Industrial Development Financing Authority (BIDFA), as well as the Boston Loan and Development Corporation (BLDC) board by Mayor Thomas Menino.

Mr. Vance is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Prince Hall Masons of MA, and IAABO 27 basketball officials.


Central Boston Elder Services, Inc.
2315 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02119
Telephone: (617) 383-3606

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