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The Boston Private Industry Council, Inc.

 2 Oliver Street, 3rd Floor
 Boston, MA 02109
[P] (617) 488-1322
[F] (617) 423-1041
[email protected]
Jessica Hatfield
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EIN 04-2676661

LAST UPDATED: 11/22/2017
Organization DBA Boston PIC
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

The Boston Private Industry Council works to strengthen Boston's communities and its workforce by connecting youth and adults with education and employment opportunities that align with the needs of area employers. 

Mission Statement

The Boston Private Industry Council works to strengthen Boston's communities and its workforce by connecting youth and adults with education and employment opportunities that align with the needs of area employers. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Projected Income $8,877,062.00
Projected Expense $8,704,376.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Career Centers and Workforce Investment Board
  • College Persistence and Completion
  • High School Dropout Prevention and Recovery
  • Multi-sector Collaborations
  • Youth Employment and Career Readiness

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Mission Statement

The Boston Private Industry Council works to strengthen Boston's communities and its workforce by connecting youth and adults with education and employment opportunities that align with the needs of area employers. 

Background Statement

Founded in 1979 by a core group of Boston’s corporate leaders, the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) today plays a unique role in the city. The PIC focuses on both policy development and program implementation, developing education and training options for students and adults of all skill levels that also address the employment needs of local companies.

The youth and adults of Boston have multiple needs. The PIC has positioned itself to be the connector for those learners and workers striving to improve their lives. At the same time, the PIC is providing critical support to employers who are vested in the region’s workforce - identifying and matching students with high quality internships and summer jobs, and collaborating with career centers, training programs, and community colleges to prepare the future workforce in response to the evolving labor market needs.

Not only does an investment in the PIC leverage privately paid wages for students, it also helps strengthen the PIC’s ability to tailor programs to support the needs of specific populations. From high school employment to community college transitions to meaningful employment, the PIC provides a critical role as Bostonians pursue education and training on the path to promising careers. Your financial support will help strengthen our role for as youth and adults alike prepare for their next role in the increasingly high-skilled job market.

Boston Private Industry Council’s programs areas are: Youth employment and career readiness; High school dropout prevention and recovery; College persistence and completion; Career centers and workforce investment board; Multi-sector collaborations.

Impact Statement

The PIC serves as Boston's workforce investment board and its school-to-career intermediary. The PIC seeks to advance Boston youth and adults wherever they find themselves on the school-to-career continuum.  Every year, we connect more than 3,000 teenagers with summer jobs and school-year internships.  We oversee Boston's career centers that provide refuge and direction to more than 19,000 job seekers annually, while providing placement services to more than 500 employers.

In pursuit of its mission, the PIC:

  • convenes committees of policymakers and practitioners,
  • brokers relationships and commitments,
  • connects students and job seekers with opportunities,
  • measures quality and outcomes, and
  • recommends policy changes and new initiatives. 


The PIC’s top accomplishments in 2013-2014 were:

  • Over 3,200 high school students received a PIC summer job.
  • 350 employers provided summer jobs or school-year internships.
  • 19,854 job seekers were served at the PIC-chartered careers centers.
  • 2,010 dropouts have re-enrolled through the Re-Engagement Center since opening in April 2009.
  • 340 community college students are currently supported by five PIC transition coaches.


The PIC’s top goals for 2014-2015 are:

  • Support policy development for dropout reduction on a larger scale.
  • Successfully update our internal database for long-term student tracking capacity.
  • Increase the number of school-based Career Specialists. While Career Specialists currently have a presence in each Boston Public high school, some of these staff serve more than one school, and some of the larger high schools require more than just one Career Specialist.
  • Broaden the revenue base for the PIC’s operations to include more corporate, foundation, and other private giving.


Needs Statement

  • Career Specialists – The number of school-to-career and career readiness staff in Boston Public high schools has decreased over the last decade due to reductions in public revenue. Adding one Career Specialist will result in 150 additional students receiving summer job and school year internship opportunities and 250 more participating in work readiness and career exploration activities.
  • Postsecondary Coaches – PIC postsecondary coaches provide support and advice to more than 400 students at RCC, BHCC, BFIT, Quincy College, and UMass Boston, contributing to the citywide goal of 70% college completion for BPS graduates. 
  • Dropout Recovery Specialists – Specialists recruit and connect young adults who have dropped out of high school with appropriate school placements and provide the individualized support returnees need to succeed. 
  • Multi-sector Collaboration Staffing – The PIC convenes multi-sector collaborations, including Boston's Healthcare Careers Consortium, TechHire Boston, and the Boston & Metro North STEM Network, with and on behalf of our community partners and stakeholders. Additional funding would permit greater employer outreach and staffing for successful policy initiatives.

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods

Youth and adults living in the city of Boston, and students attending Boston Public Schools.

Organization Categories

  1. Employment - Employment Preparation & Procurement
  2. Education - Secondary & High Schools
  3. Employment - Job Training

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Career Centers and Workforce Investment Board

Mayor Menino appoints the members of the Private Industry Council, which serves as Boston's Workforce Investment Board. The Council is comprised of leaders from business, education, government, labor and the community. It's executive committee, which also serves as the Board of Directors for the PIC as a nonprofit organization, oversees the distribution of public workforce development funds in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Jobs and Community Services. It also charters Boston’s three one-stop career centers and works through them to implement workforce development strategies.
Working with the two nonprofit organizations and the state agency that run the separate career centers, the PIC helps maintain quality, measure effectiveness, and conduct customer satisfaction on behalf of the career centers. For example, in the midst of a 21% increased demand since 2009 due to the climbing unemployment rate, Career Centers are posting record-high satisfaction ratings from their customers.
Budget  $1,400,000.00
Category  Employment, General/Other
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

College Persistence and Completion

In response to a study that found that only 35% of all college-enrolled Boston Public School students graduate with a credential or degree of any kind within seven years, the PIC and other community partners have launched an effort to double the college completion rate.


Beginning its third year in fall 2011, the College Completion team is working with over 175students from the Boston Public School classes of 2009, 2010, and 2011. PIC staff are helping these students enrolled at local community colleges transition into college and make steady progress toward college degrees.
PIC adult career coaches are also supporting 45 working adults seeking community college degrees or certificates in order to prepare for better paying positions in the healthcare industry.
Budget  $250,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served Adults Minorities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

High School Dropout Prevention and Recovery

In collaboration with the PIC, the BPS has reduced the number of students dropping out annually from 1900 to 1100 over the past four years.
The PIC and BPS have partnered to engage, enroll, and retain students who would otherwise remain disconnected from their education and their futures. In part because of the PIC’s partnership with the BPS and our creation of the Re -Engagement Center, the dropout rate for BPS schools decreased 36% since 2006, from 9.4% to 5.7%. Additionally, the BPS four-year graduation rate (a measure that lags a few years behind the dropout rate) has increased from 57.9% to 63.2% since 2007.

In 2011 the Re-Engagement Center engaged 650 students who had dropped out, enrolled 410, and retained 65% of those enrolled through the end of the year.

Budget  $572,500.00
Category  Education, General/Other Dropout Programs
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Minorities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

Multi-sector Collaborations

The Private Industry Council engages in policy work related to its adult and youth work in collaboration with public and private partners, including employers, educators, community based organizations, and policy makers. 
For example, PIC staff convenes the city’s largest health care industry employers, community colleges, organized labor representatives, and state policymakers to discuss the most efficient ways to align training programs with employer needs and prepare working adults for in-demand jobs.
PIC staff also convene the Youth Transitions Task Force, a coalition including the Boston Public Schools, state and city agencies and community based organizations to develop policy and practice that lowers the dropout rate and increases the number of students successfully graduation.  Together, they have decreased the number of Boston dropouts by 34% and the number of Massachusetts dropouts by 25%.”
Other multi-sector collaborations PIC staff lead include employment support for homeless families, and career awareness and readiness for students in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Budget  $235,000.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

Youth Employment and Career Readiness

PIC Career Specialists in Boston public high schools provide guidance and mentoring to connect prepared and motivated students with private sector, employer-paid, employer-supervised jobs. Each PIC Career Specialist connects approximately 150 students to summer jobs and provides 250 more with work readiness and career exploration activities. PIC staff connect more than 3000 youth to summer jobs, both private and publicly funded, contributing to the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program. 
PIC staff also support a school-year academic persistence project for struggling students, incorporating employment, career-oriented workshops, peer group development and mentoring. PIC staff also recruit and prepare tech-savvy public high school students for placement in information technology departments with partner companies.
Budget  $3,075,555.00
Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Minorities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

  • During FY 2017, 3,303 BPS students obtained a work experience through the PIC. Over 90% of these placements were privately funded.
  • During school year 2016-17, 4,939 students participated in work readiness, career awareness and exploration activities.
  • During summer 2017, the PIC prepared more than 2,100 students for private sector work-based learning opportunities at more than 150 Boston businesses, ranging from industry-leading large companies to neighborhood small businesses. The PIC also placed nearly 500 students in jobs at community-based organizations, with wages subsidized by public and private funding.
  • During summer 2017, 544 PIC-coached students worked in high-demand STEM fields.

Program Long-Term Success  The ultimate goal of the School-to-Career initiative is to create career pathways for Boston youth and build talent pipelines that meet the needs of local employers.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  "I would consider my PIC internship at State Street the first stepping stone towards my current career path. It introduced me to the world of IT and gave me a head start in building my technical skills while in high school." -Former PIC student Danny

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Neil Sullivan
CEO Term Start Nov 1992
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Neil Sullivan is the executive director of the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC). He manages a staff of 50 school-based career specialists, employer engagement staff, postsecondary coaches, and administrators, as well as a $6.5 million annual operating budget, funded by multiple revenue streams. He organizes and guides a Board of Directors that includes Boston's top corporate, labor, education, government, and community leaders.
Before joining the PIC in 1992, Sullivan served as policy director for the City of Boston and chief policy advisor to Mayor Raymond L. Flynn for nine years. His portfolio included all aspects of city government, including public safety, public health, housing, commercial development, zoning and public education. Sullivan's prior experience includes six years as a community organizer, policy analyst and political strategist for Massachusetts Fair Share in Boston and Worcester. He taught high school for three years in the Chicago area during the mid-1970s. He is an Amherst College graduate and holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Northwestern University. A longtime resident of the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, he has helped guide all four of his children through Boston's public schools.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Josh Bruno Director of School-to-Career --
Deb da Silva Director of Administration and Finance --
Kathy Hamilton Director of Youth Transitions --
Emily Kahn Chief of Staff --
Angela McCabe -- --
Joseph McLaughlin -- --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 54
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 78%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 17
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 18
Hispanic/Latino: 8
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 31
Male: 19
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr. Kenneth C. Montgomery
Board Chair Company Affiliation Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Board Chair Term Dec 2005 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Dr. Joseph Aoun Northeastern University --
Dr. Tommy Chang Boston Public Schools --
Ms. Donna C. Cupelo Verizon --
Ms. Pam Y Eddinger Bunker Hill Community College --
Dr. Jeffrey M. Leiden Vertex Pharmaceuticals --
Mr. Jeffrey M. Leiden Vertex Pharmaceuticals --
Mr. Kenneth C. Montgomery Federal Reserve Bank of Boston --
Dr. Valerie R. Roberson Roxbury Community College --
Mr. George E. Sullivan State Street Corporation --
Mr. Steven A. Tolman Massachusetts AFL-CIO --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 71%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $8,674,972 $9,841,718 $9,013,588
Total Expenses $9,012,603 $8,761,838 $8,877,389

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$3,033,567 $5,394,802 $1,852,705
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $811,601 $668,569 $581,072
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $4,812,933 $3,768,197 $6,568,350
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $16,871 $10,150 $11,461

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $8,711,453 $7,640,014 $8,485,174
Administration Expense $217,520 $1,051,433 $319,778
Fundraising Expense $83,630 $70,391 $72,437
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.96 1.12 1.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses 97% 87% 96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 2% 1% 3%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $3,279,370 $3,704,771 $2,642,052
Current Assets $3,079,865 $3,516,043 $2,461,812
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $0
Current Liabilities $641,008 $728,778 $745,939
Total Net Assets $2,638,362 $2,975,993 $1,896,113

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 4.80 4.82 3.30

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's audited financials.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) works to strengthen Boston’s communities and its workforce by connecting youth and adults with education and employment opportunities that align with the needs of area employers. We collaborate with business, the Boston Public Schools, higher education, government, labor, and community organizations to create innovative workforce and education solutions that ensure Boston residents have pathways to secure meaningful employment and businesses have access to sustainable talent pipelines.

Our work is grounded in the belief that meaningful employment changes lives, lifts people out of poverty, and strengthens the local economy. In Boston’s knowledge-based economy, credentials drive meaningful employment and career opportunity. By creating workforce opportunities, we strive to increase continuously the number of youth and adults who achieve academic milestones such as high school graduation, college enrollment, and postsecondary certification and degree attainment.

We believe that paid work experience motivates and sustains progress, particularly within low income communities. Therefore, we endeavor to increase the integration of work and learning at all levels. We also believe that our education and training activities and initiatives must be grounded in labor market intelligence. It is not enough to graduate. Our success must be measured in the labor market attachment and career success of those who go through Boston's education and workforce development systems.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

To ensure that Boston residents have the skills and experience necessary to secure meaningful and sustainable employment, the PIC collaborates with industries and education institutions to better align education, training, and certification pathways for particular occupations with significant projected hiring growth. We continue to convene employers in the health care, life sciences, and technology industries with colleges and training vendors that prepare workers for careers in these industries to address workforce challenges and skill gaps in these key sectors of Boston’s economy. Additionally, the PIC serves as the School-to-Career intermediary for Boston public high school students by sustaining, enhancing, and increasing the quantity and quality of youth jobs, internships, and other career readiness activities. Through these efforts, students gain critical soft and hard employability and occupational skills and are exposed to potential career paths in the local and state economy.

To ensure that students not only discover a path to a meaningful career, but also remain on track, the PIC is committed to bridging the crucial transition to postsecondary education through coaching and mentoring students and driving institutional reforms that support students while in college. We aim to increase the connection between postsecondary education and future careers.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

The PIC has a long history of successfully serving low income youth and adults in Boston. Through our School-to-Career program, we have a team of career specialists working with nearly 5,000 Boston public high school students each year. We have a career specialist presence in nearly every BPS high school, and we organize the nation’s largest summer private sector youth employment program. We run a Re-Engagement Center with the BPS, which has re-enrolled over 2,800 dropouts, nearly 750 of whom have graduated already. We help more than 400 students transition into, persist through, and graduate from local community colleges each year. As an organization, the PIC stays connected to the community by convening community based organizations and other non-profits on a regular basis and by hiring talented staff members from the community.

We understand that increasing significantly the number of Boston high school students who are prepared for and connected to Boston jobs cannot be done by any one organization operating in a silo. The PIC is the perfect collaborator, serving as a program overlay to assist our partners in achieving stronger results for Boston youth. The PIC is in a unique position, as it partners closely with the Mayor’s Office, the BPS, postsecondary institutions, businesses, and community-based organizations, among others, to ensure that young people have the continuum of support they need to succeed in high school, college, and career.

We bring employers together with educators and workforce organizations to develop pathways into their respective industries and professions. These employer-focused collaboratives include the Healthcare Careers Consortium, TechHire Boston, and the Boston and Metro North STEM Network. We also know how to lead within collaborations convened by others, such as the Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative and Success Boston.

The PIC also conducts extensive research and evaluation with partners like the Rennie Center to frame critical issues and analyze PIC practices. Historically, the PIC partnered with the Center for Labor Market Studies (CLMS) at Northeastern University to produce game-changing studies on college completion for BPS graduates and the fiscal consequences of the dropout crisis. The results of this research receives significant attention and position Boston as a national leader in education and workforce development. We now employ a longtime CLMS associate in-house, allowing us to internalize research and evaluation capacity and share it with our partners and funders.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Over the last year, the PIC has achieved several accomplishments of note, including:


  • Through our School-to-Career initiative, we have career specialists working with more than 5,500 students at 31 Boston public high schools, providing them with career awareness, exploration, and immersion activities during the school year, and connecting nearly two-thirds of them with summer jobs and internships.
  • We run a Re-Engagement Center with the Boston Public Schools, which has re-enrolled more than 2,800 dropouts, 746 of whom have graduated already.
  • We help more than 350 students each year transition into, persist through, and graduate from local community colleges.
  • We bring employers together with educators and workforce organizations to develop pathways into their respective industries and professions through the Healthcare Careers Consortium, the Boston and Metro North STEM Network, and TechHire Boston.
  • We also oversee Boston’s career centers, which served more than 15,500 people in 2016.


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?