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David Chapin Joins JRI Board of Trustees

JRI, one of New England’s leading social service agencies, has named David Chapin to its board of trustees.

Chapin, a Cambridge resident, is a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management who has a history of helping others both as a financial professional and a volunteer. A graduate of Nichols College and a member of its advisory board, he has worked in the financial sector for more than a decade, starting at Bank of America, in Worcester.

“I am thrilled to welcome David Chapin to the board of JRI,” Andy Pond, CEO of JRI, said. “As a financial professional, he has vital skills to share. As a person committed to social justice, he brings compassion and understanding born of his own experiences. Born at the beginning of the millennial generation, David brings insight into the struggles of younger people—both our staff and the people we serve.”

Chapin came to the United States at age 4, when his family immigrated from Liberia and eventually settled in Shrewsbury. Growing up, he had to negotiate a culture that was unfamiliar to his parents and advocate for himself to gain an education.

“That experience made me who I am today,” he said. “It allows me to understand the difficulties that face a lot of the people that JRI serves.”

In recent years, Chapin has focused on building his financial advising practice, but the upheavals of 2020, with a pandemic and political unrest, made him want to get more involved with the work of a non-profit. He chose JRI because of how the agency lives its mission.

“A lot of times you hear the language of racial equity and social justice, but it’s just window dressing,” he said. “That is not the case with JRI. I am really excited to work with them.”

It is a continuation of his commitment to volunteer leadership that started in high school, when he chaired the Shrewsbury High School Service Learning Board. He was a student trustee at Quinsigamond Community College, where he earned his associate’s degree in business administration. He served as chair to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Student Advisor Council and was recognized as Guardian Protector at Quinsigamond in 2014.

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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.