About Us

Impact Essex County is an initiative of the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) that uses Community Indicators as measurements of social, environmental and economic factors that affect a community’s quality of life. The Impact Essex County website is aimed at creating a holistic picture of Essex County to deepen knowledge and understanding of our community and its local areas. 

The data and analysis of 100 indicators on this website will serve as a common source of information on critical topics that affect progress in Essex County. The metrics tracked will inform not only ECCF but also all community stakeholders to facilitate collaboration within Essex County and monitor the impact of collective efforts.

The Impact Essex County project is advised by a countywide Council of community leaders representing government, business and nonprofit sectors.  The Advisory Council is assisting ECCF with analyzing the indicator results, identifying the County’s most pressing needs and developing a countywide initiative to successfully address the most urgent issues.

Members of the Council are:

Tony Beadle Executive Director, Rockport Music 
Edward Becker   President, Essex County Greenbelt (retired
Lori Abrams Berry    Executive Director, Greater Lynn Community Health Center 
Magnolia Contreras   Director of Community Benefits, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Frank G. Cousins, Jr. President & CEO, Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Andrew DeFranza   Executive Director, Harborlight Community Partners
Lee Dellicker  Owner, President & CEO, Windover Construction
Kim Driscoll  Mayor, City of Salem
Becky Hallowell  The Women’s Fund of Essex County
Rick Jakious  District Director, Office of Congressman Seth Moulton 
Paul Lanzikos  Executive Director, North Shore Elder Services
Ana Luna Executive Director, ACT Lawrence
Kara McLaughlin Executive Director, House of the Seven Gables
Patricia Meservey   President, Salem State University
Josh Miner Executive Director, Stevens Foundations
David Olson Editor, Salem News, Gloucester Times
Jeff Riley  Superintendent, Lawrence Public Schools
Jim Rullo Senior Vice President Wellington Management, (retired)
Carla Saccone President & CEO, Children's Friend and Family Service
Mary Sarris Executive Director, Northshore Workforce Investment Board
Bridget Shaheen  Executive Director, Lazarus House
Kevin Tierney  President, Northshore Bank
Sue Todd  President & CEO, Pathways for Children


Impact Essex County was developed with assistance from the Center for Governmental Research (CGR), based in Rochester, New York. CGR is a nonprofit research and consulting organization with a mission to support positive community change that has created community indicator projects for more than a dozen communities across the United States. CGR provides rigorous analysis, actionable insights and quality community engagement and collaboration for clients ranging from local governments to public safety organizations to collective impact initiatives and community-based nonprofits.