July 25, 2014 — Building Impact, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides individuals and companies with the knowledge and opportunity to volunteer, donate, and connect in the buildings where they work or live, announced that Diana Brennan has joined the organization as chief executive officer.
Brennan succeeds Charlotte Streat, who, after serving in the same capacity for two years, last fall decided returned to the private sector, accepting a role with Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Kevin McCall, co-founder and board chair of Building Impact, said, “Building Impact has redefined volunteerism in Greater Boston over the last 10 years. Diana’s innovative thinking and track record of success in building strong and effective organizations will be instrumental in helping Building Impact engage building owners and mobilize even more potential volunteers to fulfill the critical needs of our community and its nonprofit organizations.”
Brennan brings experience in executive leadership, strategic marketing, and volunteer engagement to her role at Building Impact. As CEO, Brennan will focus on creating an innovative growth and expansion strategy that will allow the organization to take advantage of demand in the Greater Boston area and effectively enter new markets, boosting corporate and volunteer engagement and ultimately increasing the organization’s impact in strengthening communities.
Before joining Building Impact, Brennan spent more than 10 years managing membership experience, branding, and strategy for the YMCA in Massachusetts and Michigan.
Most recently, she served as executive director of the Melrose YMCA, where she led a turnaround and revitalization of the $5 million, four-facility organization over 18 months by streamlining operations, repositioning the brand, and building both strategic and supportive community partnerships.
“Building Impact’s pioneering model for building a sustainable form of volunteerism is changing the way our communities think about giving back,” said Brennan. “I share Building Impact’s vision of a day when each person and every company is actively engaged in making their communities stronger, healthier and more connected. I’m looking forward to working with our staff and partners to make that vision a reality.”
Brennan holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biopsychology from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.
Founded in 2004, Building Impact makes giving back convenient by bringing volunteer events and donation drives to tenants and residents in office and apartment buildings. Today, Building Impact partners with 15 leading real estate firms throughout Greater Boston in 53 buildings, mobilizing and empowering more than 20,000 people at more than 590 companies who want to play a greater role in making their communities stronger.
Building Impact’s efforts support more than 200 organizations in its Nonprofit Partner Network, which is comprised of variety of organizations around Greater Boston, including Boys & Girls Clubs, Cradles to Crayons, Friends of Boston’s Homeless, Goodwill, the Greater Boston Food Bank, Project Bread, Project Hope, and Room to Grow.