Community Endowment of Lexington

Who We Are

The Community Endowment of Lexington enhances the quality of life for Lexington citizens. CEL awards grants to nonprofits and town agencies working in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and community building; provides ways for donors to give back and leave a legacy; and encourages innovative and collaborative solutions to issues facing Lexington, MA. 

Learn more about the 2019 grant program here.

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.

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.  

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.

Ann moved to Lexington with her husband in 1997 after completing her doctorate in clinical psychology. She trained and worked in the Greater Boston area, concentrating in child and adolescent psychology, with an academic focus on the topic of resiliency. Ann is active in the Lexington Community serving on numerous Boards adn Committees. She is a current member of the Governance and Grant Review Committees for the Community Endowment of Lexington. She and her husband have two sons, Nate, a sophomore at Lexington High School, and Ben, a sophomore at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

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.  

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.

Judy has a background in education and publishing with a BA in Anthropology and an MEd. Following her interest in museums and historic preservation, she was Assistant Director of the Paul Revere Historic Museum where she developed and managed educational programs and exhibits. With experience at Little, Brown and Company publishers, Judy joined George Washington University as Director of the Publishing Professional Studies program responsible for staffing, curriculum development and career placement. In 1988 she moved to Lexington with her husband and daughter. Judy has been an active volunteer in the Lexington public schools serving in leadership roles on a variety of committees, PTA boards and FOLMADS. She has been a Town Meeting member and is on the Executive Board of the Lexington Democratic Town Committee.

Mary Ann is a lawyer, with expertise in corporate finance and corporate governance. She has previously worked as Junior Partner at Hale & Dorr (now WilmerHale), and as an associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, both in New York City, and as special US counsel at Ashurst, London, England. Mary Ann holds a B.A. from Brown University and earned her law degree at the University of Michigan Law School, and she is a member of the New York State bar. She currently serves as Trustee and Vice Chair of the Board, as well chair of the Committee on Trustees, of the International School of Boston in Cambridge, where her children have attended. She has served on the ISB Board for 7 years. Mary Ann also previously served as President of the Lexington Newcomers' Club. Mary Ann and her husband Pierre have been residents of Lexington for 10 years, and they really enjoy the community and the rich history of Lexington. They have three children, the oldest of whom will be attending Lexington High School in the fall.

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

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Community Endowment of Lexington FAQ's

The Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL) was established in 2013 by Lexington residents as an initiative to build a permanent endowment to strengthen our community. 
CEL enhances the quality of life for Lexington citizens. CEL awards grants to nonprofits and town agencies working in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and community building; provides ways for donors to give back and leave a legacy; and encourages innovative and collaborative solutions to issues facing Lexington, MA. 

CEL is an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest. As such, it is a permanent, steady source of funding for the town of Lexington. Each year, spending is limited to a designated percentage of the endowment, leaving the rest to build for the future. 

The Community Endowment of Lexington supports nonprofits and town agencies working to create solutions for current needs and implementing new ideas that will improve Lexington now and in the future.

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.