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PAL Names Brian Woods New Executive Director

May 24, 2017

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BOSTON, May 24, 2017 — The Board of Directors of the Boston Police Athletic League (BPAL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Woods as the new Executive Director.

BPAL is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to the positive development of the youth of Boston. Through BPAL, police officers and young people participate in athletic, social and educational activities to learn more about each other and their communities. BPAL’s youth programs help young people develop self-esteem, leadership skills, and a sense of belonging, as well as improve school performance, resolve conflicts and occupy their out-of-school-time productively.

Brian Woods becomes PAL's first Executive Director. “BPAL has had a huge impact on the community and the youth we serve. I look forward to continuing the growth and accomplishments of the organization,” Brian Woods said.

Brian Woods has worked with at-risk children and youth in Boston for over twenty-five years, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer at Ellis Memorial. In addition, he has over twenty years of fund development in an around New England. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.


About Boston Police Athletic League

Incorporated in 1985, Boston PAL was founded by Gerald Ridge, and was organized by members of the Boston Police Department and other concerned citizens as a community crime prevention resource and was the first police athletic league in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Police Athletic League currently is one of the largest independent youth serving agencies in the City of Boston.



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