Nancy Huntington Stager
President and CEO
As President and CEO, Nancy leads Eastern Bank Foundation’s efforts in philanthropy, employee volunteerism, advocacy, and collaborations with other businesses and community partners to address community needs by supporting sustainable solutions to the most vexing challenges across communities in MA, NH and RI. An advocate for civil rights, economic justice, and inclusion, Nancy is dedicated to driving good at Eastern and in our communities to create a better, fairer, more sustainable world. She champions innovative work focused on economic inclusion and mobility addressing racial wealth gaps at the intersections of support for businesses of color, early childhood development, safe and affordable housing, and workforce development.
The recipient of numerous leadership awards in diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) and corporate social responsibility, Nancy serves on the boards of several community organizations across Greater Boston, including as President of the Foundation for Business Equity, and has actively shaped Eastern Bank as a recognized leader in corporate citizenship in the region.
Cindy Ciman began her career at Eastern Bank 40 years ago when she needed a job to help pay for college. This “college job” has evolved into an incredible career journey. She started as a Teller, and was later accepted into the bank’s management training program, ultimately leading a department as Vice President of Consumer Lending before becoming a member of the Residential Mortgage Team.
Today, Cindy is the Foundation’s Operations Director, responsible for shepherding the review of more than 3,000 donation requests each year. Her varied career at Eastern provides a unique perspective for creating effective community partnerships. She is proud to learn from and work with the many nonprofit organizations in the communities Eastern serves.
Patty joined Eastern Bank in January of 2015 after serving as the Executive Assistant to the President of Wingate Healthcare for 25 years. She was attracted to Eastern’s community commitment as well as its progressive stance on social justice issues. She joined Eastern as the Administrative Assistant to Nancy Huntington Stager, who was then the Executive Vice President of Human Resources and the head of the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. After five years, Patty moved full-time to the Foundation when Nancy became its President and CEO. Patty is a member of Eastern’s Equality Under the Blue networking group, and has been recognized by Eastern for assisting with the collection of donated goods for those in need. She finds working for the Foundation both challenging and rewarding, and appreciates the opportunity to play a small role in making the community in which she lives a kinder place for all.
Turahn Dorsey is a researcher, policymaker and strategist whose career has centered around systems change and civic innovation. He is a Foundation Fellow with the Eastern Bank Foundation focusing on the transformation of early care and learning systems and guiding the Foundation’s approaches in this area. He was drawn to working with the Foundation because of its commitment to social justice and racial and gender equity, and reputation as a community partner. Additionally, he is the co-founder of Change Agency Ltd., a consulting firm with a mission to build the community-level agency required to promote racial justice and ecological sustainability. Rahn is also the former Chief of Education for the City of Boston, having served in Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s cabinet from 2014 to 2018.
As a Foundation Fellow for the Eastern Bank Foundation, Jeffrey C. (Jeff) Fuhrer’s work on racial equity is motivated by the findings of the Federal Reserve’s 2015 “Color of Wealth in Boston” study. He hopes to use its findings to design programs and policies to close the wealth gap in the Greater Boston metro area and surrounding communities. Jeff is also a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In that capacity, he is conducting research on the Federal Reserve’s new monetary policy framework, and sources of the racial and ethnic wealth gaps.
Jeff previously served as executive vice president and senior policy advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He has been an associate economist of the Federal Open Market Committee and regularly attends this key US policymaking meeting with the Bank’s president. In 1992, he joined the Bank’s research department as an assistant vice president and economist, and from 1995 to 2001 he headed its open economy macro/international section. In 2000, Fuhrer was named senior vice president and monetary policy advisor. In 2001 he became director of research, and in 2006 he was named executive vice president.
Fuhrer began his career at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; he started there as a research assistant and, after earning his doctorate, returned in 1985 as a senior economist. He has been active in economic research for more than three decades and has served as an associate editor for the American Economic Review. Fuhrer has published numerous scholarly papers on the interactions among monetary policy, inflation, consumer spending, and asset prices. He has been married for 35 years and has three grown children. Fuhrer earned an AB in economics with highest honors from Princeton University. He received his MA and PhD in economics from Harvard University.
Born and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts, Suzy Nguyen joined the Foundation as Operations Administrator in 2017 and was promoted to Analyst in 2021. She is especially proud to work at the Foundation having grown up locally and heard about its work in the community. Before joining Eastern, Suzy worked in operations for a commuter benefits company. She is a graduate of North Shore Community College and Salem State University, and lives with her family in Lynn, where she enjoys working close to home.
Volunteer Engagement Director
Carolina joined Eastern as Volunteer Engagement Director in June 2021. She has more than two decades of experience working in the human services non-profit sector, and was most recently the Publisher of La Voz, a newspaper for the Latine community on the North Shore. In her role at Eastern, she is responsible for creating and implementing Eastern’s volunteer strategy in support of the overall strategic vision of the Eastern Bank Foundation and Eastern Bank. Carolina focuses on fostering and maintaining a strong culture of employee volunteer engagement within Eastern, and cultivating and maintaining relationships with community partners throughout Eastern Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire and Rhode Island. She was inspired to work at Eastern because she wanted to be part of an organization with an established history of investing in and uplifting communities, as well as a strong volunteer spirit.
Foundation Fellow and Executive Director, Massachusetts Business Coalition for Early Childhood Education
Tom Weber, a Lynn, Massachusetts native, joined the Eastern Bank Foundation as a Foundation Fellow in 2019 and transitioned into his current role as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Business Coalition for Early Childhood Education in 2021. He is determined to make early childhood education more accessible, affordable and stable for working families, more rewarding for early childhood professionals, and a point of differentiation in attracting and retaining a strong workforce across the Commonwealth.
Prior to his current role, Tom was the longest-serving Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. During his tenure, the Department expanded services for eligible families in need, which included advancing higher program quality and increased workforce supports, the successful application for $60 million in federal funding to support free, high-quality preschool in five communities, and the implementation of the Commonwealth's $50 million Federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant, which supported numerous program quality improvement initiatives.