Pamela Feingold, Senior Vice President and group head for the Community Development Lending Group of Eastern Bank, has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance for more than 15 years and currently serves as Board Chair. Pam’s involvement in efforts to end homelessness has spanned over two decades. She helped form Wainwright Bank’s social agenda and continues to work with the non-profit community in her current position at Eastern Bank. Among Pam’s many affiliations, she sits on the Boards of Boston Rescue Mission, Children’s Investment Fund, Victory Programs and the Women’s Fund for UNICEF. She is also on the Board of Corporators of Greater Boston Legal Services and the Board of Visitors of Hearth.
1. How did you become involved with MHSA?
I became involved with MHSA when Wainwright Bank provided the organization a line of credit in 1995. Two years later, Philip Mangano asked me to join the MHSA Board of Directors. I was honored to be asked!
2. What fuels your interest in ending homelessness?
I have always been interested in how we solve the homeless crisis. I believe housing is a basic human right.
3. What is the relationship between your work at Eastern Bank—and your previous work at Wainwright—and your interest in MHSA and ending homelessness?
Eastern Bank has embraced Wainwright Bank’s social agenda. I am fortunate to be able to continue my 20-year history of working to help support the poorest of the poor.
4. What connections do you see between the private sector and efforts to end homelessness?
I believe the private sector has a moral obligation to embrace and support their community. I am proud to be an employee of an organization that supports the abolishment of homelessness among many other social issues.
5. What does this award mean to you?
It is incredibly humbling to be honored by the very people I admire and respect. MHSA and all their member agencies are my heroes and I am so humbled to be recognized by my own heroes!
MHSA will be honoring Pamela Feingold, as well as Philip W. Johnston of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and Mark Winkeller of Caritas Communities, at Home for Good: Solutions Start Here on May 16. Home for Good, a cocktail reception and awards presentation with hearty hors d’oeuvres, is MHSA’s ninth annual fundraising event. Join us for this elegant event at the Omni Parker House Hotel from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on May 16. To buy tickets, click here.