- Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Media Contact for Commonwealth Corporation Hires New President and CEO
Charles Pearce, Director of Communications - Exec. Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Boston — Commonwealth Corporation is pleased to announce that it has named Christine Abrams as its new president and chief executive officer, effective April 6, 2020, bringing her 30-plus years of financial and organizational leadership experience to Massachusetts’ quasi-public workforce development agency.
Abrams has held senior positions with Fortune 100 companies, startups and non-profit organizations, using a collaborative, insights-driven approach to lead organizational change.
Commonwealth Corporation runs the programs that teach people how to work, providing lifelong learning for careers of a lifetime. The agency fosters partnerships between industry, education, and workforce organizations, and administers programs on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
“Christine’s success in both private and nonprofits sectors is the perfect match for Commonwealth Corporation, building that public-private bridge to help people in Massachusetts gain the skills that businesses need in their workforce while creating career pathways for adults and youth alike,” said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta.
“The critical programs that Commonwealth Corporation delivers will be needed more than ever to ensure that all people benefit from the Massachusetts economy,” Abrams said. “I’m excited to join this dynamic team and work together to find innovative solutions that will prepare our workforce, present and future, for the challenges ahead.”
As IGT’s senior director of sales for the Americas and Australia, Abrams built key partnerships and worked collaboratively with manufacturing, operations, research and development, finance and corporate to achieve profit and market share goals that significantly outpaced the industry averages.
At Chelsea-based Signature Bread, Abrams served as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, and at General Mills, Inc., as director of sales, was named a Women of Influence in the Consumer Foods Industry. She most recently served as a consultant for Empower Success Corps, developing fully integrated strategic plans for organizations.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Abrams’s peers elected her as the chair of the Northeast Network of Executive Women. She serves as vice president of the board of directors at DOVE, the Quincy-based organization providing comprehensive support services to victims of domestic and dating violence. Abrams also served as board member for the Boston Garden of Peace and was recently elected to the Garden’s advisory committee.
Abrams earned a bachelor’s of science degree in marketing from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.