Gail Snowden

Retired CEO at Freedom House Inc.

Gail Snowden became Chief Executive Officer of Freedom House in January 2009 and retired in 2013. Freedom House’s mission is to promote educational excellence, economic self-sufficiency to alleviate poverty, and social innovation for Boston’s most distressed urban neighborhoods. Freedom House has an extraordinarily rich sixty-year history of addressing issues of poverty, educational achievement and social injustice, such as urban renewal, racial segregation, and educational issues including disparities in academic achievement (which have a long term negative impact on students of color).

From 2004 to 2007, Snowden served as Vice President for Finance and Operations of The Boston Foundation, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the United States. She oversaw the financial and administrative operations of the $650 million community foundation. Snowden, a veteran of the banking industry and a nationally recognized leader in urban community development, retired from banking after a successful 36-year career. She was Executive Vice President for Bank of America, where she was responsible for strategy development and oversight of over 60 strategic alliances and partnerships. Prior to that, she was President of Fleet Boston Financial Foundation and also served as the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Fleet Boston Financials Community Investment Group. Here, she was responsible for directing and investing the bank’s resources into low-and moderate-income communities.

Snowden joined Bank Boston in 1968 and served in many capacities through the bank’s numerous mergers, including her membership on the bank’s Leadership Advisory Group. Under her leadership, innovative financial services were brought to those most in need, and nationally recognized community investment efforts were developed. Her contributions resulted in the awarding of “Outstanding” Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) ratings at the banks, and the White House Ron Brown Award for Advocating for the Needs of Minority and Low-Income Constituents.

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