Jessica Aguilera-Steinert '80 oversees family planning and reproductive health programming at Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), a multi-service agency that assists over 100,000 low-income residents of Greater Boston "transition from poverty to stability and from stability to success" (to quote the nearly 60-year-old nonprofit's tagline). When the pandemic struck, ABCD asked Jessica to lead a cross-department task force on food security. In this role, she coordinated ABCD's successful bid for federal CARES Fund monies to expand food delivery services to low-income households all over greater Boston, including to residents of the many local motels that serve as long-term homeless shelters.
Reflecting on her recent Shady Hill class reunion (conducted as a Zoom call), Jessica observed, "Our class has a preponderance of 'helping professions:' many social workers like me, and many, many educators and physicians. It was striking! The racial and economic injustice that plague our world make it more important than ever to do good, to be part of solutions."