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“But how much better can we be?”

The Boston Globe’s Meghan E. Irons profiled incoming METCO CEO Milly Arbaje-Thomas, stressing the widened social impact that she hopes will define her vision for the organization’s next 50 years. Following the retirement of 43-year executive director Jean Maguire in 2016, the Board of Directors selected Arbaje-Thomas to help METCO become a “more mature and dynamic organization,” according to Board President Charles E. Walker, Jr.

“I don’t want to [just] place students in the [suburban] districts,” she tells Irons. “I want to have relationships with the districts. I want to be that voice for the children. I see METCO, Inc. as a center of gravity for the work that is happening in the districts.”

Her ambitious fundraising aspirations, which will be abetted by a newly assembled Board and Boston-area institutions that are already filling up her calendar with meetings, will allow the small administrative staff to expand in effectiveness and ambition.

“We’ve come this far,” she says. “We’ve made progress. But how much better can we be?”

Read the whole profile here.