President’s Welcome

Welcome to Commonwealth Corporation! We are a quasi-public workforce development agency that strengthens the skills of Massachusetts youth and adults by investing in innovative partnerships with industry, education and workforce organizations.

Our primary goals are:

  • to build regional industry training partnerships that prepare youth and unemployed workers for jobs in demand that lead to higher rates of employment;
  • to upgrade the skills of underemployed workers to meet specific employer skill demands leading to job retention, upgrades and wage gains, and;
  • to increase the share of youth engaged in education and employment pathways preparing them for post-secondary education and careers.

Our work is so vital given the challenges and disruption of the new economy on all sectors.   Commonwealth Corporation’s goal is to extend Massachusetts’ leadership in education and training, and its overall prosperity, by ensuring that all people benefit from our economy, working to rebuild a working economy for all.

I invite you to peruse our website to explore ways that we might be able to partner with you in support of our mission.

Christine Abrams
President and CEO

Financial Statements

The audited financial statements include an unmodified opinion and represent accurately the fiscal year activity of Commonwealth Corporation.

Financial Statements June 30, 2020

Financial Statements June 30, 2019

Financial Statements June 30, 2018

Senior Leadership Team

Click the orange circle for biographies.

Christine serves as the President and CEO of the organization. She has more than thirty years of progressive financial and organizational leadership experience with Fortune 100 companies, startups and non-profit organizations.  Christine’s success is attributed to a collaborative, insights driven approach.  Christine’s success in leading organizational change begins by first understanding the customers and organizational needs, then collaborating to develop solutions that will achieve the desired result. Her exceptional analytical, strategic and problem-solving skills provide practical solutions to the challenge’s nonprofits face.

Christine most recently served as a consultant for Empower Success Corp (ESC).  Previously, Christine was Senior Director of Sales, Americas and Australia for Instant Services at IGT.  In this role, she helped build key partnerships and worked collaboratively with manufacturing, operations, R&D, finance and IGT corporate to achieve profit and market share goals significantly outpacing the industry averages. Prior to that, Christine served as the SVP of Sales and Marketing Chelsea based Signature Bread and as Director of Sales at General Mills Inc where she was named a Women of Influence in the Consumer Foods Industry.  Christine was elected by her peers as the Chair of the Northeast Network of Executive Women. She served on the board for the Garden of Peace and was recently elected to the Garden’s Advisory Committee.  Christine also serves as Vice President of DOVE’s Board of Directors.

Christine holds a BS degree in Marketing from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

Theresa serves as Vice President of Sector Strategies, overseeing investments and strategies made to support business driven and sector based workforce development needs. Theresa has more than 13 years of experience managing sector strategies.

Prior to this, Theresa served as the Director of Sector Strategies at Commonwealth Corporation, leading training and employment grant programs that serve unemployed individuals, including the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, and overseeing a variety of incumbent worker training programs, including the Workforce Training Fund Express Program and Small Business Direct Access Program.

Theresa holds a B.S. in both Health Planning Management and Business Administration from Alfred University.

Susan serves as the Vice President of the Youth Pathways division at Commonwealth Corporation. Susan has spent the last eight years advancing the state’s youth employment and career pathways programs, which provide thousands of young people with academic, life, and career skills that expand and enhance their educational and career options.

Prior to her work at CommCorp, Susan led Youth Opportunity (YO) Boston (now Youth Options Unlimited) for more than 10 years, a national demonstration project and workforce development program for adjudicated youth. While there, she developed YO’s Transitional Employment Program which was recognized as a Best Practices model by the US Department of Labor.

She holds a Master’s degree in Education from UMass Boston and a Bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College.

Karla is the Chief Financial Officer at Commonwealth Corporation.  She started her career in public accounting as an auditor and then moved to the private sector in 2002.  For many years she was an active member of various nonprofits in the Boston area, including Zumix in East Boston, Las Comadres Para las Americas and the MFA’s Catalyst group.  Karla transitioned to mission driven work in 2011.  Prior to Commonwealth Corporation, Karla worked as Director of Finance for Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation in Roxbury and then as Chief Financial Officer of Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion (IBA) in the South End.

Karla holds an Executive MBA from Suffolk University and a Bachelor’s degree from Bentley University. Born and raised in Guayaquil – Ecuador, Karla moved to the United States as a high school student and currently resides in Jamaica Plain.

Employee Name Program Department Email
Christine Abrams Executive
Jennifer Applebaum Signal Success
Youth Pathways
Ashley Morse DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Danielle Brazeau DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Anthony Britt Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund Sector Strategies
Jeremy Brodeur Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Tara Brophy Signal Success
Youth Pathways
Kayla Brown Communications
Kimberly Bryson Finance
Patricia A. Caron Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Andre Channer Information Tech
Cheryl Coss Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Robert Duncan Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Abby Farley Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Allen Fowler Signal Success
Youth Pathways
Davina Frye-Winstone DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Sanson Fung Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Janel Granum Signal Success
Youth Pathways
Ben Gross Signal Success
Youth Pathways
Angela Holley Sector Strategies
Jose Ibarra Sector Strategies
Karla Jaramillo Finance
Karon L. Johnson Finance
Tatiana Joyce Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund Sector Strategies
Kathryn Kirby Signal Success
Susan Lange Youth Pathways
Hamzah Latif DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Deidra Leconte HR
Zhenchao Liu Finance
Fernando Martinez Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Thomas McGee Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Patience Misner DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Eilish M. O’Brien Finance
Kristen ONeil Rayne Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Celia Overby Exclusive Tees
DYS Initiative
Youth Pathways
Nate Pally Signal Success
Youth Pathways
Jessica Parent Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Zachary Rich Safe & Successful Youth Initiative
Re-Entry Initiative
Youth Pathways
Mary-Ann Roberts Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Sector Strategies
Theresa Rowland Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund
Workforce Training Fund
Sector Strategies
Kirstin Salmela Executive
Manuel Sequeria Safe & Successful Youth Initiative Youth Pathways
Stacy Seward Re-Entry Initiative Youth Pathways
Karen J. Shack Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Sector Strategies
Magda Spasiano DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Carolina Suazo DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Erline Tanice Finance
Dawn M. Wakelin Youth Pathways
Briana Wales DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Rita Wang Workforce Training Fund Sector Strategies
Kyle Whelan DYS Initiative Youth Pathways
Gene White Sector Strategies