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. 

With more than 25 years working for and volunteering at nonprofits, Kimberly 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. She is also a member of and grant reviewer for The Philanthropy Connection; a Girl Scout Troop Leader; a PTA volunteer; the parent co-chair of Bridge Elementary School’s Site-Based Council; and a past member of the Board of Directors for LexFarm. She has lived in Lexington since 2011 and has two children in the Lexington Public Schools. Kimberly earned a BS from Boston University and EdM from Harvard University.

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 8 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 11 years, and they really enjoy the community and the rich history of Lexington. They have three children, the oldest of whom attends Lexington High School.

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.

Riaz is a Sr. Client Partner with Revenue Architects. He is management consultant with expertise in strategy, operations, technology and data/information management across a broad range of domains including healthcare, financial services, higher education and not-for-profits. Riaz is a Past President of Lexington Education Foundation and serves on their advisory board and enjoys working with other nonprofits locally and internationally. He has two children—currently in college—who attended Estabrook, Diamond and LHS. Riaz has an Sc.M. in Management and an Sc.B. in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

Ann, and her husband, David Sheehan are originally from Minnesota and moved to Lexington in 1997, after Ann completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Boston University. They have two sons; a junior at Lexington High School and a junior at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Professionally, Ann trained and worked in the Greater Boston area through Harvard Medical School and The Cambridge Hospital, concentrating in child and adolescent psychology, with an academic focus on the topic of resiliency. Over the past decade, she has been involved in numerous community non-profit organizations. She currently serves as: a Board Member and Communications Chair, the Cary Memorial Library Foundation; an Advisory Board Member for the Lexington Education Foundation (past Co-President and past Vice-President of Communications); and she is pleased to be a member of the Governance and Grant Review Committees for the Community Endowment of Lexington. Ann has also been involved in numerous local and state political campaigns, both chairing and working in communications and strategy. A member of Ateliers 28 & 29 at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Ann has exhibited her photography locally at Cary Memorial Library and the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, as well as the DeCordova Museum in Concord, the Arlington Center for the Arts and the Atelier showcases at the Griffin.

Wei is an associate professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has been the faculty senate chair of the College of Science and Mathematics at UMass Boston since 2016. Wei will also be joining the National Science Foundation as a program manager in the summer of 2019. Her research interests include data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computational semantics. Wei has published more than 130 referred research papers and one book, and currently holds three patents. Passionate about community service, Wei is also currently the Culture Committee co-chair of the Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL) and a member of the Town Celebration Committee of Lexington. Wei also has been serving on CEL’s Outreach Committee since 2018.

Patricia has lived in Lexington since 2015 with her husband, Henry, two elementary school aged sons, and toddler daughter. Patricia joined CEL's Advancement Committee in 2018 and looks forward to working on the newly created CEL Operations Committee. Patricia is a former Hospital Administrator with two Masters degrees in Public Health and Business Administration. Since moving to Lexington, Patricia has enjoyed applying her professional experience and skills to various volunteer roles around town. Patricia is currently an active member of the Bridge School Parent Teacher Association, Lexington Special Education Parent Advisory Committee, LexFUN!, Association of Black Citizens of Lexington Education Committee, and Lexington Education Foundation School Partnerships Committee.

Roberta has been a Lexington resident most all her life and on the Board of Community Endowment of Lexington since 2016 where she has served as chair of the Outreach Committee. 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. She has been a board member of several not for profit organizations including the North Suburban YMCA where she led the strategic planning process  and PEER Servants serving on the Executive Committee. She has been a volunteer for Minuteman Senior Services and currently volunteers as a docent for Mount Auburn Cemetery. 

Judy moved to Lexington in 1988 with her husband and daughter. She has been an active volunteer in the Lexington public schools serving in leadership roles on a variety of boards and committees.  She has a BA in Anthropology and a MEd in Museum Education. Her background includes developing and managing programs for museums and higher education.

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 volunteerism. 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.

Mary Ellen currently serves as the Director of Development for the Cary Memorial Library Foundation, and has enjoyed being part of the Lexington community with her family for twenty years. Her three boys all have been educated in Lexington, with her son Daniel graduating from LHS in 2015, Stephen in 2018, and Michael a senior there. During her time here, she has served as the co-president of the Lexington Education Foundation, the Bridge School PTA, and the Pre School PTA Association (now LexFUN). She also practiced employment law and litigation with Palmer and Dodge LLP. She graduated from Princeton University and Boston College Law School. In her free time, she enjoys reading nonfiction, hiking and traveling. Mary Ellen has been serving on CEL’s Outreach Committee since 2018.

Nancy White and her husband Chris have lived in Lexington since 2002. Their two sons Sam and Max both attended Lexington public schools. Nancy is a CPA and a Tax Partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in their Boston office. She advises public and private corporations on income taxation and is the Northeast Tax Leader for the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Industry sector. Nancy is a past co-chair of the Community Endowment of Lexington and currently an Advisory Board Member for the Lexington Education Foundation where she served on the Board for six years and led the School Partnership Team. 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, New Hampshire 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.

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.