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In the News Wayne Ysaguirre

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In the News Wayne Ysaguirre
Wayne Ysaguirre has been awarded a fellowship from the Barr Foundation in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Greater Boston’s children and families in need.

Wayne Ysaguirre, president and CEO of Nurtury, has been awarded a fellowship from the Barr Foundation in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Greater Boston’s children and families in need. Ysaguirre is a Roxbury resident.

Four times since 2005, Barr has named a class of twelve fellows, making a long-term commitment to each of them and facilitating their connections with one another. Fellows are selected for their outstanding contribution to Boston and their potential to drive positive change for years to come.

“The Barr Fellowship extends from the Foundation’s commitment to invest in effective, visionary, and collaborative leaders,” says Jim Canales, president of the Barr Foundation. “Barr Fellows are leaders who motivate others, drive change, and produce results. We couldn’t be more pleased to introduce the 2015 class of Barr Fellows.”

Ysaguirre has served Nurtury in many roles for over 18 years, starting out as a teacher, and most recently leading Nurtury through a $17.1 million capital campaign to develop, create, and finance the innovative Nurtury Learning Lab in Bromley-Heath Public Housing Development. Nurtury’s mission is to give Greater Boston’s youngest children in need, birth to age five, the opportunity to reach their full potential by investing in school readiness, promoting healthy development, and strengthening families.

“The board of directors and I were very excited to hear of Wayne’s appointment to the fellowship,” says Gayle Slattery, chair of Nurtury’s board. “He is a very talented and innovative leader and we believe that he, Nurtury, and the other fellows will benefit from participation in the prestigious fellowship program.”

The Barr Fellowship includes a three-month sabbatical, the opportunity for global travel, and leadership retreats over three years. Fellows’ organizations also receive financial support to ensure effective interim management during a Fellow’s sabbatical, to promote organizational development, and for mentoring of emerging leadership.

Founded in 1997, the Boston-based Barr Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in New England, with grantmaking focused on providing quality education, mitigating climate change, and enhancing cultural vitality.