MACDC Convention and 40th Anniversary

On Saturday October 29th, MACDC held our 40th Anniversary Celebration and Convention – and what a celebration it was! With more than 350 community developers gathered at Polar Park in Worcester, and 70 more on ZOOM, we provided an opportunity for people to connect, learn, celebrate, feel inspired, and exercise their collective power to shape public policy.

Thank you again to all who attended – both in person and virtually – for making this event such a success! A big thank you to all of our sponsors for their steadfast support of MACDC and the community development movement in MA!

There is so much to highlight from the event, from the inspiring awardees to the gubernatorial candidate forum, to the remarks from Governor Baker. Read on for more details about the event.

Ricanne Hadrian Award

We honored Marilyn Foreman from Codman Square with our Ricanne Hadrian award for her years of dedicated community service (watch her acceptance video here). Marilyn is a champion of community and of resident leadership and an inspiration to her colleagues at Codman Square NDC and across the Commonwealth.

Rising Star Awards

We celebrated three of the many rising stars in our field by honoring: Shantel Alix Fernandez, North Shore CDC; Paige Leahy, Island Housing Trust; and Pedro Cruz, IBA. Read more about our Rising Stars in the Convention Program Book.

CITC Impact Awards

We recognized the incredible impact of the CITC program by presenting the CITC Impact Video award to North Shore CDCSomerville CC and WayFinders. Please check out these incredible videos! 

North Shore CDC

Somerville CC

Way Finders

Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

A major focus of the event was a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum with Republican Geoff Diehl and Democrat Maura Healey.  The candidates appeared separately and answered a series of questions from moderator Simón Rios of WBUR News about affordable housing, community investment, and closing racial disparities in homeownership and business ownership.  Geoff Diehl promised to continue the Community Investment Tax Credit, increase funding for the Small Business Technical Assistance program and build a strong partnership with the CDC sector.  Maura Healey promised to extend and expand the CITC program, increase funding for the Small Business Technical Assistance program, partner with CDCs, expand emergency rental assistance, strengthen the Family Self Sufficiency program and work to equitably decarbonize our older housing stock.  We were so pleased to hear such strong commitment from both candidates to the community development field!

Maura Healey speaks at MACDC's Convention

Geoff Diehl speaks at MACDC's Convention

Thank you to our Sponsors!

  • Amalgamated Bank
    Boston Children's Hospital
    Intercreativa Design
    M&T Bank
    Madison Park DC
    Massachusetts Competitive Partnership
    Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation
    Needham Bank
    NeighborWorks Housing Solutions
    Preservation of Affordable Housing
    Point32Health Foundation
    The Life Initiative


  • Allston Brighton CDC
    Cambridge Trust
    Community Development Parternship
    Davis Square Architects
    Dedham Savings
    Federal Home Loan Bank
    Hampden Park Capital and Consulting
    Klein Hornig
    LISC Boston
    NEI General Contracting
    New Boston Ventures
    New Ecology
    Peabody Properties
    Nolan Sheehan Patten
    The Community Builders
    Way Finders


  • Ann Silverman Consulting
    Asian CDC
    Citizens Bank
    Cooperative Fund of the Northeast
    Fenway CDC
    Franklin County CDC
    Diane Gordon Consulting
    Harborlight Homes
    Bald Hill Builders
    Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
    Island Housing Trust
    Licata Risk Advisors
    Metro Housing Boston
    Nina Schwarzchild
    Nuestra CDC
    Peter Munkenbeck
    Reisen Design Associates
    Resonant Energy
    Revitalize CDC
    Mathew Thall
    TD Bank
    Vermont Mutual Insurance Group



Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 9:00am to 1:30pm


In-person at Polar Park in Worcester & Online via Zoom

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