“I have always had a special place in my heart for The Boston Home,” explained Ms. Feeney. “I am delighted to be lending my experience to an institution that is a jewel for Dorchester and Massachusetts.”
“Maureen Feeney understands the practical ins and outs of the political and legislative processes in Massachusetts. She has been a longtime supporter and visitor and has always taken pride in knowing all the residents here at The Boston Home,” said Marva Serotkin, President and CEO of The Boston Home. “We are delighted to have her joining the Board of Trustees.”
Ms. Feeney was appointed Clerk for the City of Boston in December 2011. From 1993 until 2011, she served as Boston City Councilor in District 3, where The Boston Home is located. In the past, she has served as Vice President of the City Council, chaired the committees on Government Operations, City & Neighborhood Services, Housing, Health and Human Services, Census and Redistricting 2002, and Boston 2004. She has also served as the Vice-Chair for the committee on Ways & Means and the committee on Education.
On January 1, 2007, the Boston City Council elected Ms. Feeney as its president in a unanimous vote, a post which made her only the second woman to lead the body. She was reelected unanimously as Council President on January 7, 2008, making her the longest serving woman president in the history of the Boston City Council.
Prior to her term in elective office, she had spent several years raising her family after a successful career in the insurance industry. During this time, she was a tireless worker for many causes having an impact on the lives of Dorchester residents. Whether it was establishing a meals program at the Long Island Shelter, organizing annual blood drives, or developing coalitions to build new parks in her neighborhood, Maureen Feeney used her energy for many projects affecting the public good. Maureen was an early leader in the effort to merge University and Boston City hospitals, guiding the enabling legislation creating Boston Medical Center to its enactment while ensuring that medical care for the needy remained a substantial part of its core mission. She took a strong stand in protecting the many non-profit care facilities which serve her constituents, especially the several neighborhood health centers and community hospital located in the neighborhoods she represented. She has also devoted her efforts to improving education and has been in the forefront of advocating appropriate economic development in Dorchester and throughout Boston.
Maureen also sits on the Board of Directors of the Daniel Marr ‘Boys and Girls’ Club and was a Trustee of the Boston Medical Center for thirteen years. Along with serving on the Ward 16 Democratic Committee for more than 20 years, in 2002, voters elected Maureen Feeney to the Democratic State Committee where she serves on the executive committee and is the State Committee Woman from the First Suffolk District. In 2000, Friends for Children, a charity that provides mothers and children with services and advocates for them before social service agencies, selected Ms. Feeney as Woman of the Year. This followed her selection as a Woman of Distinction by the Notre Dame Academy Alumnae Association in 1998.
Since 1881, The Boston Home has provided specialized clinical care and residential services for adults from throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with progressive neurological diseases, primarily advanced Multiple Sclerosis. Always an innovator, The Boston Home has extended its mission beyond its 96 residents to serve individuals living with progressive neurological diseases in the community through B.Fit!, a day program of wellness and socialization. Through The Boston Home Institute, The Boston Home advances the standards of care by committing to the education of healthcare professionals at the local and national level, building relationships to support advocacy and public policy issues, and by participating in research initiatives with community and nationally-based organizations and academic institutions. For more information, visit www.thebostonhome.org.