Human Services Leader Andi Genser Honored With Eastern Bank Community Advocacy Award

November 9, 2018

Her Accomplishments Around Programs For Children, Women And Families Are Recognized

BOSTON, November 9, 2018 – Eastern Bank, America’s oldest and largest mutual bank, is pleased to announce it has awarded Human Services Leader Andi Genser with its Community Advocacy Award. A champion for social justice for more than 30 years, Andi is known for her deep commitment to working collaboratively with others on participant-centered services, especially around child care, women and families.

She began serving as the Executive Director of Women’s Empowerment through Cape Area Networking – WE CAN – in March 2010. WE CAN empowers women of all ages undergoing life transitions to make lasting positive change for themselves and their families. In addition to information and referral services, WE CAN provides resources in financial empowerment, legal services, work support, mentoring, personal development and divorce support. During Andi’s tenure, WE CAN grew from an organization with two part-time staff serving 500 women, to an enterprise with eight staff, more than 200 volunteers, and Cape-wide services reaching more than 2,500 women and their families annually. She retired from WE CAN in June 2018.

Prior to joining WE CAN, Andi held various management roles in the human services field. At Wheelock College, she co-founded the Wheelock Family Theater and began a national Institute for Leadership and Career Initiatives that conducted research and technical assistance on child care. At the AIDS Action Committee, she organized a statewide charity cycling event as well as BE SAFE, a collaborative youth initiative working across sexual and mental health, sexual violence and substance abuse. She has also directed a group preschool and family child care program, and served as Executive Director of the Child Care Resource Center, one of the oldest and largest resource and referral agencies in the U.S.

“Andi Genser has made developing new skills, new ways of thinking and new life plans a reality for thousands of women and families experiencing major life transitions,” said Bob Rivers, Chair and CEO of Eastern Bank. “She inspires hope and we are proud to have this opportunity to recognize her and thank her for her many achievements across Greater Boston and Cape Cod.”

This celebration of Eastern’s Community Advocacy Award coincides with the Bank’s 200th anniversary year, when it is focusing its community service, philanthropy, and advocacy efforts toward helping eliminate barriers around issues that disproportionately impact women and girls in health care, education, the workplace, and in society generally, in honor of the Bank’s first customers who were predominantly women.

Andi Genser added, “I am honored by this award and grateful to Eastern Bank for its support of the empowerment of women.”

About Eastern Bank
Founded in 1818 and celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2018, Boston-based Eastern Bank is America’s oldest and largest mutual bank, with $11 billion in assets and over 120 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 $110 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 Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.


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