First Name: Stan A.
“Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center stands fast to its longtime commitment to provide quality care to the most vulnerable populations in Boston.” Stan A. McLaren
That is Stan McLaren’s pledge to those served by Harvard Street and he never wavers from it. Stan was named Harvard Street President & CEO in July 2017, bringing to the challenges of his new position an extensive background in the non-profit and public health sectors. A Dorchester resident for over 30 years, his passion and dedication for the community he knows so well is reflected in his fierce determination to provide not only high-quality health care for Boston’s neighborhood residents, but a pathway to community empowerment, citizen action, economic growth and job creation.
In 2020 he provided steadfast leadership as the worst public health crisis in generations – the COVID-19 pandemic – hit America and the world. In Dorchester and other low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, health disparities and poverty-related conditions caused greater vulnerability to the deadly virus and created significant challenges met by Harvard Street with strength and capability. Stan’s previous experience prepared him for the crisis management role thrust upon him by the pandemic. A former Harvard Street board member, he served as Board Treasurer and Chairperson. During his tenure on the board, he spearheaded the turnaround of the then-struggling health center.
Prior to taking the helm at Harvard Street, Stan served as Director of Finance and Operations for an independent school in the Grove Hall area of Dorchester and also worked as an accounting consultant for several non-profit organizations. In addition, he founded a fatherhood program that continues today to help men living in poverty to participate positively in the lives of their children. A warm, inspiring and visionary yet practical leader, Stan is channeling the full potential of Harvard Street to serve the community through his plans, funded by a vigorous capital campaign, to build a new health center. That extraordinary project will provide state-of-the-art space for expanded clinical services as well as programs and community partnerships that address vital neighborhood needs, including housing, job-creation, nutrition and child care.