Meet our Chief Executive Officer

The Executive Director provides overall leadership to the organization in accordance with its stated mission and within the policies formulated by the Board of Directors.

Community Teamwork’s Executive Director Karen Frederick has made community action the heart of her professional life since 1978.

Karen N. Frederick

Karen Nastasia Frederick is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Teamwork, the community action agency serving the Greater Lowell area serving 63 cities and town in Middlesex and Essex Counties. Community Teamwork is also one of the nine regional non-profit housing agencies serving 41 cities and towns in Middlesex and Essex Counties. The agency currently has a budget of over $70 million and more than 400 employees. She has been Executive Director since 2003.

Ms. Frederick served as the agency’s Chief Program Officer for 5 years, overseeing all program operations, and as the Director of Community Teamwork’s Family Life Services Department, which administered one of the largest child care systems in Massachusetts for over 11 years. She has made her career in community action since 1978.

Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Merrimack College and a Master of Education in Child and Family Development from Tufts University.

She has been an instructor on the adjunct faculty of Middlesex Community College, Wheelock College, and Lesley College.

Ms. Frederick is the former President of the Massachusetts Association of Early Education and Care, immediate past President of the Massachusetts Association of Community Action Agencies, and immediate Past President of the Department of Social Services Citizens’ Advisory Board. She serves on the Boards of Common Ground Development Corporation, Massachusetts Regional Housing Agency Association, and is a former member and Chair of the Dracut School Committee. She currently serves as a corporator of Lowell General Hospital and the Greater Lowell Boys and Girls Club. She was appointed to Governor Patrick’s Education Task Force and has served on various appointed government committees and task forces.

She was the recipient of the 2004 Thomas Kelakos Community Spirit Award from the Greater Lowell Kiwanis Club, and one of the recipients of the 2005 Distinguished Democrats Awards from the Greater Lowell Area Democrats. Karen also received the 2006 Celebration of Today’s Woman Award from Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell.