University of Vermont

UVM Alumna Named to Boston Globe "Most Innovative" List

University of Vermont alumna Lyndia Downie class of 1982, has been named to the Boston Globe’s list of Massachusetts’ 30 most innovative leaders. Downie has served as president and executive director of Boston’s Pine Street Inn, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness, since 2000.

Pine Street’s mission is to end homelessness by providing permanent housing, job training, street outreach and emergency shelter to more than 1,300 men and women each day. The Boston Globe’s list acknowledges Downie’s leadership in efforts to transition chronically homeless individuals from the streets and shelters and into permanent, supportive housing — efforts that have lead to a 30 percent decrease in the city’s homeless population over the past five years.

“I am truly honored to be recognized among the Boston Globe’s list of visionary leaders,” said Downie. “I see this recognition as a reflection of the hard work of the staff, board, and our community and public partners.” Downie is recognized nationally as a leader in the nonprofit and social service communities.

The Globe’s “Most Innovative” list includes the top three innovators in each of 10 sectors, including nonprofits and philanthropies. It was compiled by a panel of 70 judges, representing economists, top executives, academics and others in the Massachusetts business community. The “Most Innovative” list was published in a special section of the Boston Sunday Globe on May 22.