|(Original article posted in Indian New England on August 19, 2015)|
WALTHAM, MA—Massachusetts Treasurer and Receiver General Deborah B. Goldberg will attend Saheli Boston’s upcoming fundraising gala next month. Saheli is a non-profit community-based organization that is dedicated to empowering South Asian women and their families.The Saheli gala will be held on Sept. 18 at Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA. Approximately 400 members of the local community and business and community leaders and philanthropists are expected to attend the event, which aims to raise about $80,000 this year.Event organizers said that Treasurer Goldberg has confirmed to join the Saheli event briefly to show her support to the South Asian organization.
“We are very grateful to Treasurer Goldberg, who will be joining us briefly at the gala to express her support to Saheli and what Saheli does,” said Saheli President Gouri Banerjee. “We are looking forward to welcoming her and everyone who will be joining us that evening.”
As a businesswoman, local official and community leader, Goldberg brings to the State Treasurer’s office innovative leadership, disciplined fiscal management and an unwavering commitment to ensure economic stability, security and opportunity for every Massachusetts resident.
Elected in 2014, Goldberg’s focus is to protect taxpayer dollars, bring new levels of transparency to state government and advance policies that break down barriers and create economic empowerment through wage equality, financial literacy and college savings plans to name a few, according to her bio on the state website.
Goldberg served for six years on the Brookline Board of Selectmen, including two as its Chair, bringing policy budgeting to the forefront and enabling the community to maintain financial flexibility, even in tough times. She worked collaboratively to increase the supply of affordable housing, promoted appropriate economic development and launched new environmental protection efforts.
Prior to her career in public service, she worked in retail operations, buying and consumer affairs at The Stop & Shop Companies, Inc., a business her family grew from a small grocery store in the North End into a $1.2 billion New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) company with 50,000 employees. At Stop & Shop, workers earned fair pay and good benefits to provide for their families.
Goldberg’s experience includes a range of non-profit initiatives that have empowered women, children and families. She understands and has leveraged public-private partnerships to offer creative, high-impact policy solutions that combat the societal inequities we face. She is the President of Adoptions with Love, a non-profit adoption agency, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Greater Boston Food Bank. Deb was one of the Founders of Berkshire Hills Music Academy, a school for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and has been the Senate President’s appointee to the Commonwealth Covenant Fund in the Treasurer’s office since its inception.
A graduate of Boston University, Boston College Law School and Harvard Business School, Deb grew up in Brookline where she still lives with her husband Michael Winter and their son, Evan, and daughter, Meredith.
Saheli’s 2015 fundraising gala is chaired and co-chaired by Anu Chitrapu and Dr. Manju Sheth, respectively. The Chitrapu-Sheth duo also chaired Saheli’s last fundraising gala that exceeded its original goal and raised $56,000.
Founded in 1996, Saheli is a community-based women’s organization in New England whose mission is to empower South Asian women and their families to live safe and healthy lives. Led by a small staff and a cadre of dedicated volunteers headquartered in Burlington, MA, Saheli is uniquely focused on the needs of South Asians and offers help regardless of religion, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation.