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Codman Square Health Center Co-founder William Walczak Appointed Vice President of Community Relations

William Walczak
William Walczak

Boston, MA – Shawmut Design and Construction, located at 560 Harrison Avenue in Boston, has appointed William Walczak as Vice President of Community Relations. Walczak is the co-founder and former CEO of Codman Square Health Center and Codman Academy Charter Public School.

“As a fixture in the Boston community for more than 30 years, Bill’s work to improve the neighborhoods where we live and work every day is well documented, and has been met with glowing accolades,” said Tom Goemaat, CEO of Shawmut Design and Construction. “Shawmut has a proud history of community service since our founding in 1982, and we look forward to further building on this tradition as we continue to expand.”

As an active philanthropist, especially at the Barr Foundation where he is a Fellow, Walczak will focus on enhancing Shawmut’s profile within the community, expanding existing client relationships, developing new relationships, and making recommendations on philanthropic endeavors. 

Walczak co-founded Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester in 1980, and as CEO grew the community health and service center to a $21 million operation with 300 employees serving more than 21,000 individuals with medical, social, and public health services annually.  During his tenure, Walczak co-founded and currently serves as President of Codman Academy Charter Public School, the first public school located within a community health center.

Most recently, Walczak was President of Steward Carney Hospital in Dorchester. He is the founding president of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, Massachusetts' statewide association for nonprofits; president of STRIVE, a job training program located in Dorchester; and is a member of the Executive Advisory Council for WBUR Radio.  

Walczak has also been named a Senior Fellow at the Boston University Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership; is on the board of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education; serves on the Advisory Board of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra; and is a Barr Foundation fellow. He serves on the Advisory Council of the Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation, where Shawmut Design and Construction founder Jim Ansara is also an active participant.

He has received more than a dozen prestigious awards, including: the Alumni Award for Distinguished Leadership and Community Service from UMass Boston; the Edward M. Kennedy Founders’ Award from the Massachusetts League of Community Health Center; the HealthWorks Foundation Award; a Lifetime Achievement Award in Health Care from the Boston Business Journal; and was recently named one of the 100 Most Innovative People in Massachusetts Business by the Boston Globe.

Walczak resides in Dorchester, MA.