Justin Pasquariello
Executive Director, East Boston Social Centers
Justin Pasquariello
Justin Pasquariello
Justin Pasquariello
Executive Director, East Boston Social Centers
"My vision for the future of foster care would be a system where out-of-home placement is much rarer, a future where we focus on the critical importance of educational success, relational success, and health and well-being."
2020 Champion
2020 Champion

I am a relentless vision-level thinker, working to make the world a more joyful place. In East Boston, we are leading a community joy movement, grounded in research, to demonstrate what is possible.

I am always asking why and looking for the larger patterns across fields and disciplines, and the larger — yet often astoundingly simple — answers. I believe deeply that transformative change is only possible when those for whom we seek to make the change are able to play a leadership role, working alongside the funders, nonprofits, government, and private sector workers invested in the change. Similarly, we all will be better off when we think of ourselves all as vulnerable populations — and as amazingly strong agents of change, rather than perpetuating us/them dynamics.

I strive to live the change I wish to see in the world, and recognize I will never fully attain that goal. I believe enhanced trust is essential for a flourishing society, policy is a critical lever for systems-level change, we must articulate the full change needed to achieve the best results possible, and all of us must work together — across sectors, disciplines, beliefs, and experiences to make this world the best place it can be.