Joan Ford Mongeau.
Joan Ford Mongeau. (Courtesy photo)

Malden chamber selects a new director

MALDEN — Joan Ford Mongeau has been selected as its new executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, effective March 5.

Ford Mongeau succeeds longtime Director Jenna Coccimiglio, who will start work as the Peabody Area Chamber of Commerce's director on March 1.

With more than eight years of experience as an executive director of the Melrose Chamber of Commerce and extensive experience as a fundraiser, philanthropy executive and volunteer, Ford Mongeau will play an integral role as the Malden Chamber of Commerce continues its growth.

"At the Malden Chamber of Commerce, we are experiencing the greatest growth in our 125-year history," said Patty Kelly, board president and associate director of Community Engagement for Housing Families Inc., in a release from the chamber. "The search committee voted unanimously to appoint Joan as our next executive director. The wealth of knowledge and vast experience Joan brings to the Malden Chamber, along with a proven track record as a respected leader in our community, aligns with our vision to keep the chamber on its upward trajectory. We look forward to the new and creative ideas Joan will bring to our business and nonprofit community."

Ford Mongeau holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston College and a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College, and worked for Hallmark Health and PricewaterhouseCoopers earlier in her career.

Ford Mongeau lives in her hometown of Melrose.

"I am honored to be chosen the executive director of the Malden Chamber of Commerce and I am fortunate to work for an organization that has such a strong foundation in the community," said Ford Mongeau.

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