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Executive Vice President, Social Impact & Executive Director, Red Sox Foundation

Bekah Salwasser

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Favorite Boston Spot

The Rose Kennedy Greenway with her 3 kids 

Favorite Boston Event

Her neighborhood block party in Dorchester 

Favorite Ballpark Snack

Fenway Frank 

Favorite Quote

"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly." 

Career Profile

Bekah joined the organization in January of 2018 as the Executive Director of the Red Sox Foundation. In that role, she has helped the club realize the ambitious vision of the Foundation, which seeks to make a difference in the lives of children, families, veterans, and communities in need by providing them with health, educational, and recreational opportunities. In addition to managing key partnerships with Dana-Farber, Home Base and The Dimock Center, Bekah is responsible for the overall success of the Foundation’s giving strategy, programming, fundraising and sponsorships, capacity building, and various other events and projects that help build the brand and strengthen the impact of the Foundation within the New England community.

In March 2021, the Red Sox promoted Bekah to Executive Vice President, Social Impact for the Red Sox. This new position formalized Bekah’s ongoing work as the chair of the club’s Social Justice Equity & Inclusion Committee, which was formed in June 2020 and aims to use the Red Sox platform to promote and amplify racial and social justice causes that align with the organization’s core values, and to develop sustainable initiatives that promote social justice, equity and inclusion. In addition to these new responsibilities, Bekah will continue to serve as Executive Director of the Red Sox Foundation.

Prior to joining the Boston Red Sox, Bekah was the Executive Director for Scholar Athletes, a nonprofit organization whose mission was to support academic achievement through athletics in Boston Public Schools, and before that, was the Community Relations Director for the Boston Celtics for 5 years, overseeing charitable giving, community and fundraising events, and player engagement for the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation. Bekah began her non-profit career as the Executive Director of the Charlestown Lacrosse & Learning Center, a small nonprofit in Boston that provided academic & athletic assistance to local youth. In 2003, Bekah was also a player for the Boston Breakers women’s professional soccer team, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

Bekah is currently a Founding member of the New Commonwealth Racial Equity & Social Justice Fund, a coalition of 19 Black and Brown executives focused on eliminating systemic racism and racial injustice in Massachusetts. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Foundation of Boston, Teach for America Greater Boston, Home Base, and the YMCA of Greater Boston. Although Bekah ended her term as a member of the Board of Trustees for Buckingham Browne & Nichols in 2011, she continues to serve on their Alumni Council. She is also a Founding Co-Chair of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s Friend’s Council, where she now sits as a Leadership Committee Member, and she is on the National Advisory Board for Dream Big!. In 2020 she was WISE (Women in Sports & Events) Boston’s “Woman of Inspiration”, and in 2018 she was selected to Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” class, and her and her husband were recognized by Boston Magazine as a Top 5 “Power Couple.” Bekah was an Emerging Leader for the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education in 2013, and was recognized in that same year as one of Boston’s Future Leaders by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Born and raised in Cambridge, MA, Salwasser currently resides in Dorchester with her husband, Zac, and three children, Calvin, Niko, and Evie.

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