Lois Nesci has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Gándara Center.

Nesci, who has held executive leadership positions for several nonprofit human services agencies in Massachusetts and Connecticut, was most recently Chief Operating Officer at the Center of Human Development in Springfield. She officially began her new role at Gándara Center on February 3.

A resident of Feeding Hills, MA, Nesci looks forward to the new position and the opportunities it will create. “My goal is to make sure Gándara Center continues to advance its mission as it has for the past 42 years—to advocate for and to provide help to the underserved in our communities,” she said.

Nesci earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford, CT. She brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit administration, including positions at Brightside for Families and Children (Executive Director), formerly in West Springfield. Prior to her position at the Center for Human Development, Nesci was Chief Executive Officer at Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford, one of the largest non-governmental providers of human services in the state of Connecticut.

The Meriden, CT native began her career at the Gray Lodge in Hartford, CT.

Nesci replaces former Executive Director Henry Julio East-Trou (1989-2019), who retired last year after 21 years at the helm.

“We are really excited to have Lois Nesci at Gándara Center and we are confident that she will lead our agency with great distinction,” said Chief Operating Officer Jeff McGeary. “She comes to us with a proven track record and an in-depth working knowledge of nonprofit management and advocacy. We couldn’t have asked for a more suited individual for this role.”