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  • San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz. Submitted photo


  • Members of the The Rotary Club of Northampton provided a grant of $1,500 to Grow Food Northampton for its Community Food Distribution Project. Submitted photo

Published: 4/21/2021 4:23:05 PM
Smith College names first chief investment officer

NORTHAMPTON — Lisa Howie has been selected as Smith College’s first chief investment officer, a key step in bringing management of the college’s endowment in-house. Howie currently serves as a director in the Yale University Investments Office, where she has spent the past 12 years.

At Yale, Howie was responsible for management of the university’s foreign public and private equity portfolios. She also contributed significantly to the Investments Office’s recruiting and staffing efforts, and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Howie earned both her undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry and her master’s in business administration from Yale. She serves on the investment committees of the New York Public Library, The Ohio State University, and Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, as well as on the board of directors of MakeHaven, Inc.

At Smith, Howie will report jointly to Smith College President Kathleen McCartney and to the Investment Committee of the board of trustees. She will be responsible for building a high-performing investment team and best-in-class investment office.

Smith’s endowment, now valued at more than $2 billion, funds more than one-third of the college’s operating budget and enables the college to invest in such key areas as student financial aid, faculty recruitment and retention, and strong academic programming.

Howie starts at Smith on June 28. She will maintain offices in Northampton and Boston.

Former San Juan mayor to speak at UMass women’s leadership lecture

Carmen Yulín Cruz, the former mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, is the keynote speaker for the 2021 UMass Women into Leadership (UWIL) lecture on Monday, April 26. She will speak at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The event is open to the public but preregistration is required. During the webinar, Cruz will share her thoughts on leadership during crisis with this year’s UWiL fellows and other audience members. She will also be available for questions after her remarks.

Now in its seventh year, UWiL is a semesterlong leadership training and professional development program at UMass that prepares students for public leadership.

Cruz was mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico from 2012-2020. In 2017, when Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, she became a strong and well-known advocate for the people and the island. Her advocacy earned her a spot as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, among many other accolades.

Rotary awards grant to Grow Food’s
distribution project

NORTHAMPTON — The Rotary Club of Northampton provided a grant of $1,500 to Grow Food Northampton for its Community Food Distribution Project to deliver fresh, organic farm products to members of the community experiencing food insecurity in the pandemic.

On March 30, Rotary Club members joined other CFDP volunteers and Grow Food Northampton staff to make food deliveries at the Meadowbrook housing complex. The donated funds, raised at the Annual Rotary Golf Tournament, went directly to the purchase of local produce and other local farm products to feed individuals and families in need of food.

Holyoke to host session with business leaders

HOLYOKE — Mayor Terry Murphy is inviting 50 business leaders to a listening session on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the City Hall Auditorium. The session is intended to give business leaders the opportunity to meet the new mayor as well as have their voices heard when it comes to the challenges and needs they currently face.

“I extend this invitation to alert all Holyoke businesses, as well as those considering Holyoke, that the Mayor’s Office is open for business,” Murphy said.

He said a goal of the session is to create a roadmap that would make the process of investment and development in Holyoke more efficient, easier and faster. To attend, email with contact information to register.

Hampshire Mall to host job fair; opens entertainment

HADLEY — Hampshire Mall is hosting a hybrid online and in-person job fair for several open positions available through May 2.

The fair will feature numerous businesses looking to fill several part- and full-time positions. Available jobs vary and will be updated frequently on Hampshire Mall’s website. Potential candidates can apply for everything from retail sales associates, to servers, to hair stylists, and more.

To apply online, visit the mall’s job board online at to review all current available job opportunities.

To apply in person, potential candidates can visit the mall and identify businesses that are hiring by spotting the special “Get Hired!” Job Fair sign in storefront windows and on digital directories. Candidates can then scan the QR code on the sign, which will bring them to Hampshire Mall’s web page listing all available positions. In many instances, candidates can link directly to an online application and apply right from their smart phone.

Some of the businesses currently hiring include: All In Adventures, Dick’s Sporting Goods, JCPenney, including Sephora and Salon, PetSmart, PiNZ and Target.

Meanwhile, Hampshire Mall this week reopened entertaining businesses at the mall, including PiNZ and Interskate91N.

The two venues have been updated to meet state guidelines. Masks and social distancing continue to be required at Hampshire Mall and guests are required to follow the center’s Healthy Shopper Guidelines.

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