Rev. June R. Cooper
City Mission is led by The Rev. June R. Cooper. June is a visionary and compassionate leader who has directed the organization through several major changes. Before coming to City Mission, June managed Boston’s federal Healthy Start program, a $100 million-dollar initiative that has been credited with significantly decreasing the infant mortality rate in the City of Boston in the late 1990s. She earned a B.A. from Newton College of the Sacred Heart, a Masters of Social Planning from Boston College School of Social Work, and a Masters in Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. She is an ordained American Baptist minister with dual standing in the United Church of Christ. June values the promise of what can be accomplished by mobilizing people of goodwill to overcome injustice. She lives in Boston and is a model train enthusiast.
Director of Philanthropy
Jeb has more than 30 years of fundraising experience in Greater Boston, having previously served with the Girl Scouts, the United Way, the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development (WIHED), Big Sister Association of Boston, and The City School. Her work in Boston neighborhoods with the Girl Scouts, WIHED, and The City School strengthened her resolve to work with organizations committed to social justice. A native of Springfield, IL, Jeb is a graduate of DePauw University.
Rev. Ruth Edens
Director of Development and Stewardship
The Rev. Ruth Edens is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and most recently served as the Director of Advancement at Andover Newton Theological School. She graduated from Andover Newton in 2010 with her Masters of Divinity. Prior to seminary, Ruth served as a Global Ministries Intern in Beirut, Lebanon. She worked with the Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue, a partner organization with the United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ. Ruth is a member of Old South Church and lives in Boston with her family.
With more than 10 years of experience in social services, Kathy joined City Mission in April of 2017 as a Case Manager for its “A Lift Up” program. She brings with her over a decade of experience in both direct-service and administration. Kathy worked for twelve years as a teacher, director, and Chief of Adult Programs at a Washington, DC, non-for-profit organization catering to citizens on the Autism Spectrum. In her role as Chief of Adult Programs, Kathy led the organization’s large Adult Division; a division comprised of three facilities housing 220 clients and 100 staff. Kathy returned to Boston earlier this year and resides in a close-knit and vibrant community in Roxbury. Kathy received her degree in psychology from Boston College where she remains an active member of its alumni/ae community.
Peniey has more than 10 years of experience in the field of office and conference planning management and has worked extensively in the nonprofit sector. Before joining City Mission, she served as an office manager at Beacon Hill Village, a member-driven organization for Boston residents 50 and over, and as the Assistant Director of continuing legal education at Suffolk University Law School. While at Suffolk she helped manage more than 75 conferences per year, including the NLRB/DOL annual conference for the Northeast division.
Paola graduated from Boston University with a Master of Laws in American Law. She also holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree with a concentration in Criminology from Salem State University. Paola has been working in the non-profit field for over ten years. As part of her work, she has led a legal advocacy program in five different courts, handled high-risk cases and worked in partnership with different agencies including the Department of Children and Families and the District Attorney’s Office. She also worked in the research field, particularly focused on the areas of assessment and evaluation of different policies and their impact on social programs, and presented a research study at the 2013 Convention of the Eastern Psychological Association in New York, NY.
Director of Community Engagement
Katie Omberg joined City Mission in September 2016 as the Director of Community Engagement. She is pursuing ordination in the United Church of Christ and earned her Masters of Divinity from Boston University. In addition to her work at City Mission, she is a Commissioner on the Massachusetts State Commission on LGBTQ Youth and a member of the Boston Chapter of Black & Pink. Before moving to Boston for graduate school, Katie lived in Washington, DC, and worked for the League of American Bicyclists as the Outreach and Events Manager and as the Pre-College Coordinator at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Katie lives in Cambridge with her partner and enjoys biking and reading comics.
Director of Homelessness Prevention
Lynda has more than 20 years’ experience as a licensed social worker, primarily in the housing and homelessness arena. In addition to clinical experience, she has expertise in program development and management. She has extensive knowledge in running programs serving low-income families and individuals, including managing a large scattered site shelter program, a vocational program serving homeless families, and managing a large community center. Lynda has a Masters in Social Work from Boston College and a BA in Human Services from Northeastern University. She is a single mother of one.