Phil Johnston Honored by New England Center for Children

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From L to R: Children of Promise Awardees Phil Johnston, Judge Mark Coven, Mary McCarthy and Mary Kay Leonard.


Phil Johnston, President and CEO of NEC member Johnston Associates, was recently honored by fellow New England Council member the New England Center for Children (NECC) with their Children of Promise Award. The NECC is a nonprofit autism research and education center devoted to improving the lives of children with autism and supporting their families. Phil Johnston was honored for his commitment to supporting the advancement of the NECC’s goals of positively transforming the lives of children with autism.

Prior to starting his own firm, Phil Johnston served as Massachusetts’ Secretary of Human Services in former Governor Michael Dukakis’ administration, where he worked extensively on special education issues. Along with Governor Dukakis, Johnston helped enable the NECC to launch a large statewide program designed to better serve children with autism through $23 million in tax exempt bonds. This funding paved the way for Massachusetts to become one of the best places in the world to live for children living with autism. Johnston’s efforts, along with his colleagues in the Executive Office of Human Services in the Dukakis Administration, vastly improved the lives of children with autism and their families.

The New England Council congratulates Phil Johnston for receiving the 2013 Children of Promise Award and applauds his efforts to improve the lives of children with special needs. The New England Council also thanks the New England Center for Children for their continued commitment to autism advocacy.


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