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Our Founder/CEO

Thérèse Fitzgerald, PhD, MSW founded Community-Led Solutions in 2022 to meet the needs of mission-driven organizations looking to enhance their effectiveness and better achieve their goals, ultimately making a significant impact on the communities and causes they aim to serve. Dr. Fitzgerald has spent her career working to improve social conditions and  healthcare for marginalized and underserved populations as a researcher, policy expert, and advocate. Her work is informed by her passion for social justice and her background and training as a clinical social worker and sociologist. 

Her experience includes serving as the Director of Research for a local, community-based agency, The American City Coalition, as the Director of Healthcare Research, Analytics & Insights at the Massachusetts Medical Society, publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine, and as the Director of Women’s Health Policy & Advocacy at the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health & Gender Biology at Mass General Brigham. She has extensive research and policy experience in the field of addiction from her work as the Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Research and Services (CARS) at Boston University’s School of Social Work. She serves on the boards of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester and Labouré College of Healthcare.

Dr. Fitzgerald is a teacher and mentor to the next generation of healthcare and social justice advocates. She has served as an instructor of practice at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and currently teaches research as a faculty member at Boston University's School of Social Work. She recently joined the faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. She received her PhD and MSW from Boston University and a BS from the University of Massachusetts Boston in Management and Psychology.

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