115 Myrtle Street
Boston, MA 02114
We provide services for the entire life-cycle of a project, including the capacity to develop a strategic direction, identify a clear plan of action, set concrete goals, and implement those goals. Whether it is a foundation exploring new ways of making an impact, a business working to build their brand through community relations, or an organization short-staffed in the face of growth or reorganization, Plazak Associates takes on each engagement with enthusiasm, dedication, and a sense of ownership.
Kathy Plazak is an experienced business executive with extensive experience in community relations, philanthropy, government relations, administration and management. Kathy spent over 20 years in the corporate sector, most recently with New England Financial, where she was Vice President of Public Affairs and Corporate Secretary, with responsibility for the company's community relations, charitable giving program, employee voluntarism, and federal, state, and local government relations.
In addition to her professional experience, Kathy has served on a number of non-profit boards of directors. Current and past affiliations include the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Boston AfterSchool & Beyond, the Boston Plan for Excellence in the Public Schools, the Boston Minuteman Council of the Boy Scouts of America, uAspire (formerly ACCESS), and the Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP).
In 2002, Kathy established Plazak Associates serving corporate, foundation, and non-profit clients, with a focus on hands-on management and planning services.
“Kathy is the consummate consultant to assist an organization. Her communication, organization, and interpersonal skills are unrivaled, whether interfacing with board members or administrative personnel.”Dick Wong, (former) President and CEO, South Cove Manor
“Kathy is one of those rare consultants who jumps in, quickly assesses the strategic choices and then manages an implementation process that goes to the heart of the issue.”Richard Manson - Vice President, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
“Kathy was the glue that held together the IDEAS Boston conference for The Boston Globe. It wouldn’t happen without her.”Al Larkin - (former) Executive Vice President, The Boston Globe
“Her planning, attention to detail, and facilitation skills are terrific. She greatly helped South Cove Manor in furthering its mission and strengthening its organization.”Dick Wong, (former) President and CEO, South Cove Manor
“She is a strong communicator and a good facilitator; she sets clear expectations for her work and delivers what she promises.”Chris Gabrieli, Chairman, Massachusetts 2020 Foundation
“Whether it’s a major glitch or the smallest detail, you can count on Kathy to handle it. I would bring her on board for any project that I wanted done well and on time.”Al Larkin - (former) Executive Vice President, The Boston Globe
“We were delighted to have Kathy Plazak as the Executive Director of the 2009 ISTH Congress. Kathy is creative, energetic, and responsible.”Barbara Furie and Bruce Furie, Co-Presidents, XXIInd Congress of the ISTH
“Kathy works well with multiple constituencies, and finds common ground with disparate points of view.”Chris Gabrieli, Chairman, Massachusetts 2020 Foundation
“Her organizational skills and broad expertise ensured smooth progress toward our goals. Having Kathy involved greatly facilitated the organization of the Congress.”Barbara Furie and Bruce Furie, Co-Presidents, XXIInd Congress of the ISTH
“She sees the “big picture” and can help others see it, yet she is also very good at managing the details of execution.”Chris Gabrieli, Chairman, Massachusetts 2020 Foundation
115 Myrtle Street
Boston, MA 02114