Mark Paley

Director of Administration & Finance, The Hyams Foundation

Boston, MA

Shift Capital  |  Community Capital, Funding / Investment

Mark is the Director of Administration and Finance at the Hyams Foundation, a place-based private foundation working to bring about racial and economic justice in the communities of Boston and Chelsea. He currently on the board of the Schott Foundation for Public Education and is the chair of the finance committee. Mark is also serves as the treasurer of Home Funders in which Hyams Foundation invested a $3million PRI loan for affordable housing for extremely Low Income (ELI) families. In addition, Mark  is a new member of the board for Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG).

In the early 1980’s, right after college Mark spent about three years working with the Gullah community in Beaufort County, South Carolina. This was his introduction to community development and organizing and a life-changing experience. In graduate school for his Masters in Management, Mark worked for Davis Community Housing, a non-profit affordable housing developer in Davis, California, where he worked on a financing project that included Low Income Housing Tax Credits. His first job in Boston was with Boston Neighborhood Housing Services; which provided low-cost financing mainly for rehab owner-occupied rental units. In the early 1990s, Mark was the first CFO at YouthBuild USA, a national youth development organization which works with youth between 18 and 24 who have been involved with the judicial system and/or drugs to turn their lives around, by earning a GED or high school diploma, and teaching construction or other job or leadership skills to contribute to their communities.

Mark completed an undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz, graduating in 1982 with a degree in American Studies. He earned a Masters of Management at the University of California, Davis, in 1988. Mark was born in Berkeley, California and was raised in El Cerrito, and currently lives in Watertown, MA, outside of Boston.