Beth Ann Strollo has devoted her career to the mission of Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. (QCAP). Established in 1965 as the community action agency serving Quincy, QCAP currently provides a comprehensive array of services to over 22,000 low-income residents from 80 communities with an annual budget of $21 million dollars. Beth Ann has worked in QCAP’s executive management team for 34 of its 52 years in existence. Beth Ann was honored as a Woodward Women of Distinction in 2016.
Beth Ann, one of six children, grew up in the Youngstown, Ohio area. She was inspired by her parents, Rebell and Dolores Strollo, who stressed the importance of family, working hard, and giving back to your community. Her early work experiences included working at her father’s architectural firm in Youngstown. Witnessing the value of hard work firsthand at the firm, she was motivated her to pursue a degree in Business Administration from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. As part of her studies, she did an internship at the nonprofit International Institute in Youngstown where she set up an accounting system for the organization. Beth Ann began her professional life in the field of public accounting in Ohio where she performed audits for a variety of for-profit and nonprofit businesses. Her experiences revealed that her passion and interest was in the not-for-profit sector. Coupling her revelation with her admiration for her parent’s volunteerism as nonprofit Board members in the community, Beth Ann was inspired to pursue a career in managing nonprofits.
In 1984, after working in public accounting, Beth Ann was hired by Rosemary Wahlberg as QCAP’s Fiscal Director. Soon after, she was promoted to the position of Associate Director. Rosemary became Beth Ann’s mentor, generously shared her wisdom, and gave Beth Ann the opportunity to learn and develop expertise as an executive level manager. Upon Rosemary’s retirement in 1999, Beth Ann was appointed by the QCAP Board of Directors as the agency’s Chief Executive Officer. During her tenure, she has been instrumental in overseeing the development of over $17 million dollars of new resources for the organization. Her work focused on developing and preserving affordable housing, creating new early education, care and family support services, as well as expanding adult education and workforce development services to low-income residents in the South Shore. Beth Ann currently serves as a member of the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) Board of Directors; the state’s Department of Early Education & Care Advisory Council and is a member of the South Shore Workforce Investment Board. She is a founding and past Board member of Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. and a past member of the Quincy Fair Housing Committee. She is a Past President of the Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) and currently serves as the Chair of MASSCAP’s Public Policy Committee, where she is a vocal advocate for services for low-income residents.
Beth Ann lives with her husband Mark, a clinical social worker, their son Chris, and dog Lilly.