New England Council President James Brett To Be Honored With Service Award By The New Democracy Coalition

Award Recognizes Citizens Making An Impact In Their Community Through Advocacy And Activism

Boston, MA (October 20, 2010)—James T. Brett, President & CEO of The New England Council, the nation’s oldest regional business organization, will be honored later this month by the New Democracy Coalition with  its 2010 Service Award.  The award recognizes local and national citizens making and impact in their community through activist and advocacy.

“I share many of the New Democracy Coalition’s ideals and honored to have been selected to receive this award,” said Mr. Brett.  “I have always found public service and civic involvement to be very rewarding, and am a firm believer in the importance of engaged participation in democracy.”

“Jim Brett represents high quality citizenship.  He is the gold standard of what Americans should be in terms of their relationship with community and the democratic process.  All his life, Jim has been in the political arena working on behalf of those whose lives could been enhanced by better laws, better policy and a more enriched democracy,” said Kevin Peterson, Founder of the New Democracy Coalition.

Since 1996, Mr. Brett has served as the President & CEO of The New England Council, an alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations throughout New England dedicated to promoting economic growth and a high quality of life in the New England region.  Prior to joining the Council, Mr. Brett served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives of over 15 years, representing the 14th Suffolk District.  Over the years, he has also been involved in a number of civic and charitable organizations, serving on the boards of Caritas Carney Hospital, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester, Catholic Charities of Boston, Project Bread, and numerous others.  An outspoken advocate for people with disabilities, Mr. Brett currently serves as the Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Intellectual Disability and is a former member of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

The New Democracy Coalition, founded in 2001 and based at Boston University, is a non-profit and non-partisan organization focused on renewing civic life and expanding democratic opportunities for all. The Coalition selected Mr. Brett for this honor based on his achievements as a corporate citizen whose political and philanthropic efforts in Boston are noteworthy.  Other honorees this year are actor and international humanitarian Danny Glover, Boston Foundation President Paul Grogan, and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.  Past recipients include U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young, U.S. Congressman John Lewis, United Way of Massachusetts Bay CEO Marian Heard, and Peter Meade, the Executive Director of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

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