Jonathan Gay has worked with Playworks since 2006 and is continually inspired by the power of play in education. Beginning as a program coordinator at an elementary school in East Boston, he has grown within the organization serving in such positions as program manager, development manager, and director of partnerships and development. Now in the role of executive director, he is responsible for the fiscal management and development, day-to-day operations, and leadership and supervision of Playworks Massachusetts’ staff.
During his tenure, Playworks Massachusetts has grown from seven to forty elementary schools serving 25,000 children statewide through direct service programs and professional development trainings. Additionally, Playworks was recognized as a Social Innovator by Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum in 2010.
Jon graduated from Bates College where he studied political science and Spanish, played soccer and rugby, and became actively involved with Bates’ service-learning community. He later received his Masters in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University focusing on sports-based youth development.
Jon plays actively by running and mountain biking, chasing around his two-year-old daughter Eliza, and walking his dog Miles in the Arboretum.