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Boston leader retiring

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Marian Heard, president of United Way of Massachusetts Bay for the past 11 years, will retire next July, the Boston Globe reported Oct. 15.

Heard, who has served United Way for almost 30 years, is the first black woman to head a major United Way chapter.

During her tenure, she helped raise more than $500 million, and turned the Boston-based chapter into one of the most successful nonprofits in the U.S.

Heard will continue as a board member of eight nonprofit and for-profit groups, and remain director of Mentor, a national mentoring partnership in 26 states.

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