Community Advocacy Award Honoree Sheri Adlin and Eastern Bank Chair and CEO Bob Rivers

Eastern Bank Honors Sheri Adlin, Executive Director of South Shore Stars, with Community Advocacy Award

November 12, 2019

Her 40+ Years of Experience Supports a Mission of Serving the South Shore’s Most Vulnerable Families and Children

BOSTON, MA, November 12, 2019 – Eastern Bank, America’s oldest and largest mutual bank, is pleased to announce it has awarded Sheri Adlin, Executive Director of South Shore Stars, with a Community Advocacy Award in recognition of her leadership in innovative education, enrichment and family support programs for the South Shore’s most vulnerable children and families.    

For the last 25 years, Sheri has been an integral part of South Shore Stars serving as Executive Director. Under her leadership, the nonprofit has grown to serve over 1,200 children annually, from birth through high school, with a focus on offering a continuum of early education and youth programs concentrating on school readiness, academic achievement, and the healthy development of families. Four goals inspire the focus of South Shore Stars—to enable
parents to work; to help children reach their full developmental potential; to facilitate positive youth development; and to improve academic achievement for students at-risk of academic failure. Programs include a family child care system, an Early Head Start initiative, preschool centers, after school programs, a middle school program and high school program, and a summer camp. Due to the nonprofit's commitment to quality, affordable, year-round care for low-income families and at-risk children, the growth of South Shore Stars has been closely tied to public policies and government funding for early education and anti-poverty programs.

Sheri has more than 40 years of experience in classroom teaching, program development, management, and public policy. Previously, she served on Governor Dukakis’ senior staff where she helped launch an effort that led to the creation of the Governor’s Day Care Partnership, a nationally-recognized model for collaboration that resulted in the development of a comprehensive state-wide child care policy. Sheri also served as Assistant Secretary for Social Policy for the Executive Office of Human Services, overseeing five state agencies. In addition, she has provided leadership for coalitions aimed at increasing support for low income and immigrant families, including an effort that resulted in the establishment of Quincy Asian Resources. Sheri has served for two decades as the vice president of the Massachusetts Association of Early Education and Care (MADCA), where she advocated for funding and policies to support accessible, affordable child care.

“Sheri Adlin understands how public/private and other collaborative partnerships contribute to positive outcomes for children, and she patiently and persistently ensures at-risk children, in particular, have access to excellence in early education, enrichment and family support,” said Bob Rivers, Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank. “We proudly recognize her commitment to creating opportunity for families across the South Shore.” 

The celebration of Eastern’s Community Advocacy Award coincides with the Bank’s focus on enriching early childhood development in its philanthropy and advocacy, and is part of Eastern’s broader strategy to address income inequality and workforce issues by supporting efforts that assist parents and caregivers and prepare children to be ready to learn and succeed.
The Community Advocacy Award celebrates local community leaders who give their time and talent to address vital needs throughout Eastern’s New England footprint. 

Sheri Adlin commented, “We aim to give children across our South Shore communities the opportunity to reach their full potential, and we thank Eastern Bank for honoring our work.”

About Eastern Bank
Founded in 1818, Boston-based Eastern Bank is America’s oldest and largest mutual bank, with over $11 billion in assets and more than 110 locations serving communities in eastern Massachusetts, southern and coastal New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Eastern provides exceptional access to fairly priced banking, investment and insurance products and services for consumers and businesses of all sizes. Eastern Bank, which includes Eastern Wealth Management and Eastern Insurance, is known for its outspoken advocacy and community support that has exceeded more than $140 million in charitable giving since 1999. An inclusive company, Eastern employs 1,900+ deeply committed professionals who value relationships with their customers, colleagues, and communities. Join us for good at and follow Eastern on FacebookLinkedInTwitter, and Instagram

Media contact:
Andrea Goodman
Eastern Bank

[email protected] / 781-598-7847



Back to newsroom