created at: 2011-09-21Legacy of Growth, Innovation, Vision

At the end of this month, Sy Friedland will retire after 18 years as CEO of JF&CS. Under his leadership, the agency grew in size, stature, and reach, with innovative and award-winning programs that are modeled around the globe. His success is the result of his commitment to the work of the agency as well as his intelligence, creativity, and engaging personality.

Sy’s vision extended from the internal operations of the organization, where he strove to create an open management style, apply business principles, implement sophisticated financial systems, and increase revenue and fundraising, to the mission and reputation of the agency both in Greater Boston and around the globe. During his tenure the agency’s annual budget grew from $6.5 to $28 million, staff increased from 100 to 700, and the number of programs more than doubled.

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