February 22, 2020
JFS of Metrowest Appoints Lino Covarrubias as Next CEO

Lino Covarrubias
November 5, 2019 — Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, a Framingham-based nonprofit that provides a broad range of social services to vulnerable children and families, individuals, immigrants, and elders in the MetroWest area, yesterday announced that Lino Covarrubias as its next chief executive officer.

Covarrubias, currently chief operations officer of Jewish Family Service of Metrowest (JFS) since 2008, will succeed Marc Jacobs, who has held the position since 1996.

Covarrubias will assume his new duties on Jan. 1, when Jacobs will become CEO emeritus and serve as an advisor through the middle of 2020.

“After a very strong and thoughtful succession planning process, the JFS Board of Directors voted in June to name Lino as Marc’s successor,” said board president David Milowe. “With Lino taking the helm of JFS, JFS will go from strength to strength, will continue to enhance impact, never make excuses, and always move forward.”

In preparing for this transition, Covarrubias and Jacobs have worked together and have begun making organizational design improvements in an effort to continue and expand the role JFS plays in improving social, academic, and health equity for all people within MetroWest.

“With the leadership team we have in place, we intend to continue our focus on reducing poverty in the Jewish and general community, harness the power of an amazing and expanding group of volunteers, enable elders to remain safe and independent within the community, and provide safety, hope and opportunity for immigrants and refugees,” Covarrubias said.

“Much of the progress JFS has made within these initiatives has been the result of great leadership by Marc Jacobs. We will accelerate the momentum Marc created and continue to provide positive impact for everyone in the MetroWest area.”

Prior to joining JFS, Covarrubias served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, as an officer and in reserve recruiting operations.

Covarrubias earned a Bachelor of Science degree in systems engineering from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Babson F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business. He currently is a board member of the Metrowest Health Foundation.

JFS served more than 5,000 people in the past year, providing extended day academic support for low income children, nutrition and basic family assistance for struggling families, citizenship and immigrant programs, and geriatric care management and other support services that enable frail older adults to live independently.

MetroWest is loosely bounded by Routes 128 on the east, Route 495 on the west, Route 2 on the north, and Route 109 on the south.

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