February 22, 2020
Ethos Appoints Valerie Frias as Chief Executive Officer

Valerie Frias
October 25, 2019 — Ethos, a Boston nonprofit that helps elderly and disabled persons remain in their own homes, recently announced that Valerie Frias been named chief executive officer of the organization.

Frias succeeds Dale Mitchell, who retired after nearly 30 years of service with Ethos .

“We are very pleased that Valerie will be joining the Ethos team as CEO,” said Debbie Nolan, president of the Ethos board of directors. “Her extensive experience in the non-profit, government and legal sectors will be of tremendous benefit, and her proven track record in fundraising and development will be invaluable as we continue to advance the organization’s mission.”

For the three years joining PFLAG, Frias served as executive director of Greater Boston PFLAG, the local chapter of a national organization which advances LGBTQ equality through support, education, and advocacy. There she helped increase the organization’s revenue, expanded staff and programs as well as led several successful statewide advocacy campaigns.

Prior to PFLAG, she served in leadership roles at the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation, where she oversaw a portfolio of nearly 500 units of affordable rental property, home to more than 1000 residents, and represented the organization in major private and institutional development projects with Harvard University, New Balance and Boston Community Capital to support the development of community benefits that reflect the diverse needs of the community.

In addition, Frias served as policy director for Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley, senior health policy analyst for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, general counsel for state and federal legislative committees, counsel to the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, as well as several other campaign roles and private law practice experience over the course of her career.

“I envision an Ethos that enables more of our seniors to age-in-community with greater access to long-term services and supports, health and wellness, as well as, community programs that are both relevant and scalable,” said Frias. “Ethos has been a first in nation and state organization on many issues; my vision for the organization is to continue that tradition of innovation.”

Frias earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and German at Tufts University and a Juris Doctor degree at Northeastern University School of Law.

Ethos traces its origin to the establishment in 1973 of Southwest Boston Senior Services, the city’s first, neighborhood-based nonprofit organization devoted solely to keeping the elderly and disabled at home,

Today, Ethos is a $14 million organization that serves nearly 2,000 elderly and disabled persons. As a state-authorized Aging Services Access Point (ASAP), Ethos coordinates all the non-institutional home and community-based services for elderly and disabled residents of the southwest Boston neighborhoods of West Roxbury, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, and Mattapan. It also is an Elder Nutrition Project, and a Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

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