Jess Andors

Company: Lawrence CommunityWorks

Title: Co-Executive Director

Profession: Non-Profit community development

Mentor History: Merrimack Valley Time Exchange

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Industry experience

  • Finance/Funding
  • Non-Profit
  • Programming
  • Real Estate

Specialization / Skills Inventory

  • Coaching/Advising/Problem Solving
  • Fundraising
  • Networking
  • Strategy

Bio

Jessica Andors is the Co-Executive Director of Lawrence CommunityWorks, an award-winning nonprofit community development corporation forging a network of residents and stakeholders dedicated to asset-building, mutual support, and collective action to transform and revitalize the city of Lawrence. Lawrence is a former industrial center in northeast Massachusetts wracked by economic woes but blessed with a dynamic population of Latino and other immigrants. Jessica is part of a team of community organizers that spearheaded the organization’s rebirth in 1999. Since then, LCW has grown from a staff of one and a deficit, to a $2.5 million organization with over 5,000 resident and stakeholder members and over $50 million invested in affordable housing, family asset building, and community organizing and development. Jessica received her Master’s of City Planning degree from MIT, where she was honored for outstanding contributions to the intellectual life of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Previously, she worked in the New York and San Francisco nonprofit sectors after graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College in 1993. Andors has served on the boards of the Lawrence Teen Coalition, the Hope Street Youth Center, the Essex Art Center, and chaired the statewide asset-building MIDAS Collaborative. She currently serves on the Boards of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations and Mill Cities Community Investments, a community development financial institution serving the Merrimack Valley. Jessica is bilingual in English and Spanish and the mother of beautiful Elias.