Sarah Porter Is New Executive Director of Victory Programs
December 7, 2019 Victory Programs, a Boston nonprofit that provides residential substance use disorder treatment and transitional housing, this week announced that Sarah Porter has been appointed executive director.
Porter had been serving as interim chief executive officer since January, taking over from Jonathan Scott, who resigned due to ill health after serving Victory Programs
for 43 years, including as executive director since 1984, and is now founder and president emeritus.
"Sarah is well qualified to lead Victory Programs next chapter," the board of directors said in a statement. "As interim CEO of the agency, she proved adept at managing the strategic and operational aspects of Victory Programs while also being a true leader during a transitional period for the agency."
Porter has more than 20 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating innovative programs for high-risk individuals and their families.
Before joining Victory Programs, she held several senior leadership roles in service organizations focused on children, families, neighborhoods and communities. This includes work with organizations such as Larkin Street Youth Services and Hamilton Family Center in San Francisco, and Cambridge Family & Childrens Service and Kaya Children International in Massachusetts.
Porter earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a master's degree, both in international development and social change from Clark University.
Scott was the organization's first volunteer in 1976, working as a Boston College PULSE intern. Under his leadership as fifth executive director, the agency expanded to 19 health, housing, and prevention programs that today provide shelter and recovery services for up to 3,200 people annually.
Victory Programs was established in 1975 as Victory House. Since that time, several other organizations merged with it, including Flynn Christian Fellowship, Shepherd House, and Yetman House in the mid-1990s. It merged with the AIDS Housing Corporation in 2009 and with the Boston Living Center in 2012. In 2015, it expanded to include Victory Prevention, a new division that encompasses the Boston Living Center and the then newly formed Mobile Prevention Team.
Throughout its history, Victory Programs has advocated issues around substance use disorder and other behavioral health treatment, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, housing, and homelessness.