The board of directors of Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island is pleased to announce the appointment of Meghan Grady as the agency’s executive director.
Grady, who most recently served as chief operating officer for YWCA Rhode Island for nearly eight years, will begin her new role on June 24.
“Meghan’s vast experience in nonprofit leadership and passion for creating change to better the lives of Rhode Islanders will help Meals on Wheels of RI continue to grow and prepare for a future where our services will be in even higher demand,” said Kevin Millonzi, Meals on Wheels of RI Board Chair. “We are incredibly excited to have her lead our agency into its next chapter.”
As YWCA RI’s COO, Grady was responsible for day-to-day leadership and internal operations of the organization, which has an annual budget of $3.2 million and has locations in Central Falls, Coventry, Providence and Woonsocket. Her commitment to the agency’s mission of empowering women and eliminating racism has received widespread recognition, including being named a Providence Business News 40 under 40 and receiving a United Way of Rhode Island Young Leaders Spark! Award, both in 2016.
Prior to her most recent role, she held leadership positions within the City of Providence during Mayor Angel Taveras’ administration and at the American Heart Association.
“I am honored to be selected as Meals on Wheels of RI’s next executive director, and to build upon the 50 years of work the agency, its dedicated staff and exceptional volunteers have done to improve the health and lives of our most vulnerable seniors,” Grady said. “The organization is doing such incredibly important and vital work, and I look forward to leading efforts to increase its impact across the state.”
In 2017, Grady was selected for the nationally competitive Allstate Foundation Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program. Developed in partnership with the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Nonprofit Management, the unique program is catered to highly motivated nonprofit professionals to grow their leadership capacity and have a greater impact on the sector.
In 2015, she was awarded a Hassenfeld Public Service Fellowship and completed Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Leadership Decision Making executive education program. She also has won a Roger Williams University Young Alumni of Achievement Award and serves on the United Way of Rhode Island Board of Directors.
Grady earned a master’s degree in public administration from Roger Williams University and a bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College. She lives in Barrington with her husband, Eric P.W. Hall.
The board of directors thanks MOWRI Director of Operations Lauri Kaplan and Finance & MIS Director Patricia Sullivan for serving as co-interim executive directors during the search.