About Andrea Genser

Outgoing Executive Director

Andi Genser was born and raised on the south shore of Long Island, New York. She lived in the Chicago area between 1969-1976 to attend Northwestern University and teach elementary school in Winnetka, Illinois. Andi moved to the Boston area in 1976 to study at the Wheelock College Graduate School where she also served as a graduate assistant supervising student teachers; she received her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

Supervising student teachers in child care programs excited Andi and she began to consider working in the child care field as a career choice. She held a number of roles in the field that increased in responsibility and scope. Initially she became the Executive Director of a stand-alone child care program, then moved on to work on an action research initiative at the Wellesley College Centers for Women (School Age Child Care Project) which led to her becoming the Executive Director of the state’s largest and oldest Child Care Resource and Referral Agency. Other positions included creating and running a statewide early childhood training program based at Wheelock College as well as creating and teaching graduate courses in Financial Management for Child Care Programs and Child Care Resource and Referral.

Perhaps most rewarding in Andi’s career were the multiple opportunities that have allowed her to work with others to start new organizations or projects. She served as co-founder (and continues to serve as a Board member) of the Wheelock Family Theater, operating for more than 30 years; she began a national Institute for Leadership and Career Initiatives that conducted research and technical assistance in the child care field nationally; she organized a statewide charity cycling event at the AIDS Action Committee and prior to moving to Cape Cod, also at AIDS Action, she managed and helped to create BE SAFE—a collaborative youth initiative that involved 6 partners working across the interconnected issues of sexual and mental health; sexual violence and substance use. Andi learned a tremendous amount from each of these efforts that she now brings to her role at WE CAN.

She began serving as the Executive Director in March, 2010 after relocating to the Cape in 2008. Andi feels that being at WE CAN allows her to make a difference in the Cape community and she is inspired daily by the women she meets. When not working, Andi loves cycling and is a member of the organizing committee of the Harbor to the Bay AIDS ride and is an avid photographer of the amazing Cape landscape. She is especially pleased with her role as grandmother of Alivia.

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