- Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
- Bay State Council of the Blind (BSCB)/American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Media Contact for Commissioner Saner Receives Outstanding Leadership Award
Wayne Levy, Director of Communications
Boston, Massachusetts —
For Immediate Release
March 19, 2018
CONTACT: Brian Charlson, President
Bay State Council of the Blind
Commissioner Paul Saner Honored by Blind Community as Outstanding Leader
Boston, MA – At its 2018 convention, the Bay State Council of the Blind recognized the exemplary leadership of Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Commissioner Paul Saner of Brookline, Mass.
Saner is a longtime community leader and advocate for the blind. He is an outspoken advocate and leader within the blindness community, tackling big issues with conviction and determination for many years. He was appointed as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) in August 2013, a position in which he oversees state programs aimed at rehabilitation and social services for people with impaired vision.
“Genuine leadership requires a combination of skill, insight, empathy and the willingness to get out in front of an issue and make things happen,” says Bay State Council of the Blind President Brian Charlson. “That’s what Paul Saner does for Massachusetts, and he does it with wisdom and grace.”
Saner is former managing director of BankBoston (now Bank of America) and previously worked as a real estate executive. During the 1990s, Saner was president of The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB)’s Massachusetts affiliate and served on the executive committee of FFB’s national board. He was the 1998 recipient of the Carroll Society’s Blind Employee of the Year award.
After retiring on disability from BankBoston, he received specialized vision rehabilitation training sponsored by MCB from the Carroll Center for the Blind. Before being recruited as Commissioner, Saner had been involved for many years with numerous community and blindness-related non-profits.
He served as a volunteer vision rehabilitation teacher and as board vice-chair at The Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Mass. He chaired the Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library’s Consumer Advisory Board in Watertown, was a member of MCB’s Rehabilitation Council, and co-founded the annual B.L.I.N.D. event at the State House.
Saner was co-founder of Boston’s Metropolitan Waterworks Museum. Other non-profit experience includes serving as a Trustee of the Brookline Community Foundation. He serves as a Brookline Town Meeting member and co-chairs the town’s Economic Development Advisory Board.
He holds a MBA in finance from the University of Rochester and a BA from Trinity College. He has been married to Sandra for 35 years and is the proud father of two daughters, Katelyn, a lawyer, and Jennifer, an occupational therapist.
Photo: Kim Charlson, national President of the American Council of the Blind presenting the award to Paul Saner