Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce Announces
the Leadership Worcester Class of 2024

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 28 talented professionals who will make up the class of 2024.

The class was carefully selected by a committee and includes a diverse group of individuals who live and/or work in Worcester. The selection committee sought motivated individuals who aspire to take an active leadership role in the city and who want to learn how they can tap in to make the best/biggest impact on the city and surrounding communities. The selected applicants were notified this July.

The 2024 class will get underway on September 7, 2023, with an overnight retreat, offering participants an opportunity to get to know one another, determine individual leadership strengths, learn more about participants’ experiences, and understand more about the Worcester community and the diversity of our emerging leadership.

Monthly sessions will explore topics that are critical to the City. The daylong sessions will take place one Thursday a month from October through May and culminate in a graduation in June 2024.  Session topics include Urban Environment and Sustainability; Education and Youth Development; Economic Development; Public Health; Community Safety; Government; Arts, Culture, and Quality of Life; and Food and Housing Security.

“Now more than ever, we need leaders – those who understand the needs of our community and will step up to facilitate change and inclusivity,” said Timothy P. Murray, President and CEO, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. “For nine years Leadership Worcester has been cultivating just such individuals. Graduates of the program have gone on to do incredible things in our community and beyond. I know that this new class will do the same to help our great city continue to grow in the fields of science, education, healthcare, technology, and more.”

“As a past Leadership Worcester graduate, several years ago, I have since then overlapped with many LW classmates that are now involved in the community and it is incredibly heartening for me to see so many recent grads of Leadership Worcester getting involved with local organizations. It is a fabulous program, and it helps the Worcester area advance as a great place to live and do business! Leadership Worcester grads really make a difference.” – Deb Cary, Community Advocacy and Outreach Manager, Mass Audubon, Central Region

The cost to participate in the program is $3,200. Scholarship assistance from employers and a number of Worcester foundations including: George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation, George I. Alden Trust, Stoddard Charitable Trust, Hoche-Scofield Foundation, the Fletcher Foundation, and new this year, the Leadership Worcester Alumni Fund which is made up from alumni donations.

Applications for the next class will be available online in February 2024. For more information, visit www.leadershipworcester.com.

Members of the Leadership Worcester Class of 2024 are:

Hunvilla Agyemang City of Worcester
Rachel Blessington Worcester Community Midwifery (self-employed)
Hannah Butler Worcester Red Sox Baseball Club
Carla Delacruz Davila UMass Chan Medical School
Darnell Dunn Rubric Commercial LLC
Jessica Favreau Bay State Savings Bank
Matthew Foster Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Suzanne Graham Anderson Entreprenuer
Jason Gurtman EcoTarium
Jennifer Hernandez GEM Marketing Solutions
Maria Juncos-Gautier Latino Education Institute – WSU
Daniela LeBlanc Exsel Advertising Group
Jon Lincoln goimagine
Idaliana Medina United Way of Central Massachusetts
Jennifer Melendez-Earielo College of the Holy Cross – Worcester, MA
Abigail Abena Mensah Worcester Academy
Kelsey Miller Mechanics Hall
Matthew Moore City of Worcester
Cheryl Mulbah Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Sabrina Peña Webster Five Cents Savings Bank
Ramon Perez The Guild of St Agnes
Emily Perlow Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Yolanda Ramos Together For Kids Coalition
Stephen Roche Mountain Dearborn & Whiting LLP
Samuel Santiago Town of Shirley
Eugene Santos-Roesler Fidelity Bank
Jody Staruk Consigli Construction
Kelly Whalen Abby’s House