11/27/2015, 6 a.m.
The Board of Directors for Children’s Services of Roxbury has appointed Sandra McCroom as President and Chief Executive Officer for the non-profit human services agency.
“Over the past ten years the Agency has been fortunate to have outstanding leadership in the person of Pamela Ogletree. With the hiring of our new dynamic CEO, Sandra McCroom, we believe that we have the person who can successfully take this Agency into the future,” said Board Chair, Phil Hillman.
McCroom has an extensive history of cross-sector executive management experience and involvement in the Boston community that has prepared her to oversee Children’s Services of Roxbury. CSR is one of the largest, minority operated human services providers in Massachusetts, serving more than 6,000 people annually. CSR’s employs 400 people providing high quality service to economically disadvantaged children, youth, families, and individuals in four cities across the Commonwealth.
“I could not be more excited to work with such a dynamic team of professionals and continue to build on this agency’s legacy of excellence.” said McCroom.
McCroom spent the past seven years of her career in state service. In 2010, Governor Deval Patrick tapped her to serve as Undersecretary for Criminal Justice in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Her portfolio included the Department of Correction, the Sex Offender Registry Board and the Parole Board, with a combined 6000 employees and $550 million annual budget. She also served as the administration’s Executive Director for the Office of Grants and Research administering state and federal grant funds of more than $150 million for public safety.
McCroom has deep familiarity with the non-profit sector. For 8 years, she led Roxbury Youthworks Inc. as its Executive Director serving system-involved youth and their families. In the mid 1990s, she was the Senior Development Coordinator of the Safe Neighborhood Initiative under Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger. Her career in Boston began as a youth worker following three years as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand.
McCroom is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where she graduated with a bachelors degree in pyschology. She was raised in Ohio.