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Sylvia G. Ferrell-Jones

Sylvia joined the YWCA Boston as President and CEO in 2007 after 25 years in the fields of real-estate investment management and nonprofit governance and executive leadership. The YWCA Boston is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

For twenty years she focused on management of real-estate based assets, serving as a director at AEW Capital Management, headquartered in Boston, and as a principal investment officer with the state of Connecticut Trust Funds, with portfolios ranging up to $2 billion.

Subsequently, Sylvia served as Director of Agency Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, where she provided governance, management and fundraising consultations to a $26 million not-for-profit affiliate portfolio. As Director for the Northeast Region, she and her staff supported over 100 local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies located from Maine to West Virginia. Sylvia served as an expert on Board Governance for the national organization.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Cornell and her juris doctor from Yale Law School. She has held leadership roles with numerous community and professional organizations, including local regional and national real estate industry groups, the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay; LeadBoston; and The Partnership. She currently serves as a board member for the United Church Foundation, the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, and Andover Newton Theological School.

For fun, Sylvia sings with the Back Bay Chorale and in her church choir. She’s a prolific craftsperson, having taught knitting and crocheting to many groups of children. She has combined her love of sports and of working with young people by becoming a licensed soccer coach and founder of an elite soccer club. Sylvia lives in the Boston area with her husband Sal Jones, who operates a community theatre group. They have two children, Lauren (now 27 and living in NYC) and Evan (19 and a student at Roger Williams University).