Community Endowment of Lexington

Who We Are

The Community Endowment of Lexington promotes a spirit of philanthropic giving to help enhance the quality of life for all Lexington citizens now and in the future. We are a permanent grantmaking source of funding to support our community needs and opportunities, and provide ways for donors to give back or leave a legacy to our community. 

The Community Endowment of Lexington supports programs and services that help make life healthier and more enjoyable for all members of the community in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and community building. It encourages grant applications from nonprofit organizations and public agencies that bring innovative thinking to big issues and small ones. Please click here to learn more about the Community Endowment of Lexington 2018 grant program.

Lexington Community Board

A group of local Lexington residents form the CEL Community Board. These local residents represent the different demographics of our town, and together raise the funds for grantmaking in Lexington and decide on the most impactful grants for our community. 

Nancy White and her husband Chris have lived in Lexington for thirteen years. They have two sons, Sam (16) who attends Lexington High School and Max (14) who attends Jonas Clarke Middle School. Nancy is a CPA and works three days a week as a Tax Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Boston. She advises public and private corporations on income taxation and is the Talent Development Leader for the 600 person Northeast Tax Practice. 

Nancy is currently an Advisory Board Member for the Lexington Education Foundation where she formerly was a Board Member for six years and Vice President of the School Partnership Team for three years. She has served as Treasurer and Vice President of the PTA at Bridge Elementary School and as Vice President of the PTA at Jonas Clarke Middle School. The Whites spend the long cold New England winters skiing at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH and summers sailing at the Scituate Harbor Yacht Club in Scituate, Massachusetts. 

Nancy received her BA in mathematics at Connecticut College and her MBA from Columbia Business School.

Passionate about nonprofit capacity building and philanthropy, Stephanie holds a Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University and during the course of her career has worked in the charitable, public, and nonprofit sectors. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Neighbor Brigade, a Massachusetts nonprofit that establishes and mobilizes community-based networks of volunteers that provide services for fellow residents facing sudden crises. Other past employers include Chase Manhattan Bank's Corporate Philanthropy Division, Massachusetts' Department of Social Services, and Minuteman Senior Services. Stephanie is a co-founder of the Community Endowment of Lexington, and she served as the initial CEL Community Board Chair. Stephanie is a returnee to Lexington, where she and her husband are now raising their four daughters. She is a graduate of Community Nursery School, Estabrook, Diamond, and Lexington High School. 

Lisah Rhodes has a background in business and education holding an MBA and MEd with experience in both private and public sectors and a lifelong commitment to voluntarism. Lisah is experienced in nonprofit finance, management and community development in her volunteer work with The Junior League of Boston (Treasurer-Elect, Treasurer), MFA Museum Council, Lexington Town Meeting, Lexington Recreation Committee, Lexington Education Foundation, Lexington Community Center Task Force and League of Women Voters. Lisah lives in Lexington with her husband and two sons and works at Lexington Public Schools as a system-wide elementary Instructional Technology Specialist and has consulted as a coach with the Harvard Graduate School of Education World Wide/Project Zero consortium. Lisah loves spending time in her garden, enjoying the birds and chipmunks, is active in books groups, and a slave to her Fitbit.

Riaz and his wife Saeeda have lived in Lexington for fourteen years. They have two children - a son, Zaeem, who is an LHS Senior and a daughter, Zahra, who is an LHS Junior. Riaz is a management consultant with particular expertise in strategy, operations and technology across a broad range of domains including healthcare, financial services, higher education and not-for-profits. He is a Past President of Lexington Education Foundation and currently serves as their Vice-President of Technology and Information. He has an Sc.M. in Management and an Sc.B. in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

Nancy Adler is a retired department manager at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Once retired, she became a full-time Lexington volunteer, and currently chairs the Council on Aging. In addition, she is a longtime Town Meeting Member, was an organizer for the Lexington League of Women Voters Community Conversations, a liaison to the Community Task Force, and a member of the LWV First Fridays Committee. Nancy has a BA degree from U of Penn and an MBA from Boston University. 

Thomas Brennan is a partner at Posternak, Blankstein & Lund, LLP in the Corporate Department specializing in venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and smaller public companies.  Mr. Brennan has been a Lexington resident since 2008 where he lives with his wife and two school aged daughters.  He is the President of the Lexington High School Field Hockey Boosters and has been a Town Meeting member 2015-2018.  

With more than 25 years working for and volunteering at nonprofits, Kimberly most recently worked as the Managing Director of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research, an educational nonprofit based in Boston. She is experienced in directing mission-driven organizations, from finance and human resources to program development and strategic planning. Currently she is a freelance writer and consultant to nonprofits. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lexington Community Farm (LexFarm); a member of and grant reviewer for The Philanthropy Connection; and a Girl Scout Troop Leader.  She has lived in Lexington since 2011 and has two children in the Lexington Public Schools.  

Yuci emigrated from China about 25 years ago and lived in several places in the U.S. before starting her own orthodontic practice in Lexington in 2004 and making her home in Lexington in 2006. Although she had a dental degree from China, she also obtained her DMD from the University of Pennsylvania and trained in New York as an orthodontist. She loves her profession and enjoys meeting people in the community.  Recently she has been returning to China to give lectures at leading dental schools. She travels frequently for meetings and pleasure, enjoys the outdoors and also spends time painting. Yuci has been active in many charitable activities. Yuci is an enthusiastic supporter of the Lexington Education Foundation, Chinese American Association of Lexington, the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association and several Chinese Language Schools.

A communications strategist for more than 20 years, Stacey joined the Tufts Health Plan Foundation in 2012 to spearhead all of the Foundation’s communications efforts. Stacey is the enterprise manager for corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. There, she leads all facets of the company’s corporate citizenship strategies including employee giving, volunteering, corporate sponsorships and board engagement. A native of Lexington Stacey and her husband David have lived in Lexington since 2010. They have two children.  Stacey has been an active volunteer with Lexington PTOs, serving as a room parent and co-chairing the annual game night fundraiser. She also manages a memorial scholarship at Lexington High School and reviews applications each year to select a student recipient.

Roberta has been a Lexington resident most all her life. She is grateful for all the Community Endowment of Lexington is doing on behalf of the town and excited about the opportunity to serve on its Community Board. Her professional experience includes a career in public education and corporate Human Resources as well as her own organizational development, team and leadership consulting and coaching practice. She holds a Masters Degree in Educational Counseling and Career Development from the University of California and a certificate in coaching from The Hudson Institute of California. Roberta has volunteered in a number of not for profit organizations including the North Suburban YMCA  and PEER Servants. She is a volunteer ombudsman with Minute Man Senior Services  and a docent for Mount Auburn Cemetery. She finds her life greatly enriched through service both by those and with whom she serves.
Hua Wang is on the faculty at Boston University. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Wang’s professional experiences have spanned academia, government and industry. He was a research scientist with United Technologies Research Center, a faculty member with Duke University, and a program manager with U.S. Army Research Office. He is a recipient of various professional awards and the author of numerous technical publications. He has been very active in serving his profession and community. Currently he is chairing the Community Task Force of Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL). He lives in Lexington with his wife and two children.

CEL Civic Founders

Lexington businesses and civic organizations contribute to the vibrancy of our community and are often strong philanthropic partners, as evidenced by our Civic Founders. These organizations have demonstrated vision, commitment, and community leadership through their Founder-level support of CEL. Thank you to:

 Angel Dance Company  
 Finnegan Development    Lexx Restaurant 

Dr. Yuci Ma,

Specialist in Orthodontics





Ken and Jane Ansin
Paula and Russ Antonevich
Elaine M. Ashton and Jarkko J. Hietaniemi
Pauline and Amos Benninga
Jean and Neal Birnberg
Lisa and Jeff Boehm
Elizabeth and Roger Borghesani
Elizabeth and Don Briggs
Deborah and David Brown
Suzanne and John Bruno
Carl and Suzie Byers
Alejandro Caro and Caroline Yang
Saeeda Carrimjee and Riaz Adamjee
Ciccolo Family Foundation
Christina and Tim Cohen
Constance and Lewis Counts
Margaret Counts-Klebe and Skott Klebe
Judith and David Craver
Susan Culman
Ke Fang and Evan Fang
Jane Chen Fulop and Ric Fulop
Anne and Babak Ghayour
Christine and John Gordon
Kimberly and Michael Gruber
Kimya and Mike Harris
Shirley and Charles Hurwitz
Beverly and Peter Kelley
Trisha and Mike Kennealy
Ron and Alison Kermisch
Bob and Mary Etta King
Florence Koplow
Anne Kubik and Mike Krupka
Stephanie and David Lawrence
Xinwei (Christine) Lin and Jianxin Gao

Kimberly Hensle Lowrance & Rob Lowrance
Yuci Ma
Stacey & David Mann 
Innessa Manning and Karthik Ramanathan
Leslie and Colin Masson
Joy and Duncan McCallum
Roberta and Tony Messina
Stephanie and Michael Mitzenmacher
The Moodys
George and Beth Murnaghan
Corinne and Tim Noyes
Allison Mnookin and Cory Olcott
Evelyn and David Peterman
Cecilia and Jeff Porter
Sara and Greg Poulos
Gretchen and Christopher Reisig
Robert Rotberg
Amar and Deepika Sawhney
Susan Schiffer and James Barsoum
The Sheth Family
Mary Ann and Pierre Sorel
Victoria and Don Sullivan
Yike Tang
Yolanda and Brooks Taylor
Donna and Robert Vigoda
The Walsh Family
Nancy and Chris White
Linda and Richard Wolk
The Yan/Meng Family
Judith and Albert Zabin
Leslie and Sam Zales
The Zhu Family
Anonymous (3)


Community Endowment of Lexington FAQ's

The Community Endowment of Lexington was established in 2013, by Lexington residents, as an initiative to build a permanent endowment to strengthen our community. The Fund supports programs and services that help make life healthier and more enjoyable for all members of the community in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, ecological well-being and community building.

The Community Endowment of Lexington is an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest. As an endowed fund, it is a permanent, steady source of funding for the town of Lexington. Each year, spending is limited to a designated percentage of the fund, leaving the rest to build for the future.
The Endowment supports organizations that are working to create solutions for current needs and implementing new ideas that will improve Lexington now, and in the future. It was established to raise and distribute financial support to fund local programs and projects that will strengthen and improve the town and its residents. It encourages grant applications from nonprofit organizations and public agencies that bring innovative thinking to big issues and small ones.
The Community Endowment of Lexington has embarked on a campaign to raise funds to build an endowed fund. This campaign reaches out to Lexington residents to become founding members of the Endowment. The Endowment will be professionally invested and managed by Foundation for MetroWest. The Foundation will also be responsible for fund administration and distributions recommended by the Community Endowment of Lexington Community Board.
You may make a gift to the Community Endowment of Lexington by check, stock, mutual fund or real estate, or through a donor advised fund or private foundation. The staff at Foundation for MetroWest can work with you and your financial adviser to review various planned giving options. All gifts qualify for the maximum tax benefit offered.