Reed Cochran

Interim Executive Director

Meet Reed Cochran, ACE’s new interim Executive Director. Read more about the leadership transition and the upcoming executive search process below.

ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston Announces Leadership Transition

Boston, Mass. (January 1, 2024)

ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston is excited to announce that Reed Cochran will step into the role of interim executive director while ACE conducts a search for its next permanent E.D.. After four years serving as executive director, Jen Fries has decided to leave her role to pursue other opportunities.

Cochran is a practiced nonprofit executive who specializes in leadership transitions. She takes pride in piloting agencies “from here to there” in an ordered fashion, keeping operations humming while the board stays strategically focused. Her engagements include Somerville’s Door2Door Transportation, The Children’s Museum of Memphis and Ballet Memphis. In prior endeavors, Cochran has been a high school Spanish teacher in her home state of Mississippi and a high-tech management consultant in San Francisco. She earned a BA in History at Brown University and an MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School.

“After four years with ACE, I am pleased to be leaving the organization in a position of strength. ACE is attracting more financial and volunteer support than ever before, and as a result, we are serving more students at more after-school locations than ever,” says outgoing leader Fries. “It was particularly gratifying when we hit the milestone of more than one million dollars in scholarships awarded by ACE to our high school seniors. I know that with Reed’s leadership, the future is bright for ACE.”

ACE’s President Janine Byrne of PCA notes that during Fries’ tenure, ACE more than tripled its annual fundraising, adopted a new strategic plan, and added two new program sites. “As our first Executive Director, Jen’s leadership allowed ACE to create structures and systems that have allowed us to set new records for scholarships awarded, high schools reached, and students served. We are grateful to Jen for her work at ACE and wish her the best in her new endeavors.”


Scholarships for the ACE class of 2024

ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston logo. Application now open: apply today for an ACE Scholarship.

Scholarship application open

High school seniors from the ACE Class of 2024 are now invited to begin your applications for a college, university, or trade school scholarship from the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston.


The history

The ACE Mentor Program has given out more than one million dollars in scholarships to our students over the years. Our affiliate intends to distribute more than $200,000 in scholarships this year.

But much depends on you, the student, completing your application and submitting letters of support and your transcripts by February 9, 2024 at 11:59 PM. Don’t wait to get started, particularly in requesting your letters of support.  Learn the details of how to apply here:


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Thanks to you

On June 22, 2023, we came together for our 9th annual ACE Networking Event, raising $636,500 to support ACE Mentor Program’s critical mission. We are grateful to Secretary of Labor Lauren Jones for her kind remarks and her recognition that students need mentors to figure out how to join our professions.  Thank you to Boylston Properties for being our presenting sponsor again, and for providing the fuel to allow ACE to grow. Your leadership has brought so many other firms into our orbit.


$636,500 raised to accelerate ACE Mentor’s growth.

400 attendees

Well, 399 to be exact. You came, you networked, and your made it fun to do good.

168 sponsors

One hundred and sixty-eight sponsor firms came together to bring A/E/C opportunities to our students.

1 Mission

Our lodestar, our fixed point we move toward, is to bring more young people into carees in architecture, engineering, design, and CM, for a brighter future for our industry.


Thank you to our sponsors






ACE Student Showcase 2023


Hurricane and flooding

The design challenge asked students to create plans for a humanitarian response camp after a hurricane in Boston. The camps needed to be buildable within one week of the disaster, and to provide sleeping, eating, medical, gathering, and other requirements. The camp designs used an existing park or public space as the setting.

Innovative solutions

Over 15 weeks, the students refined their understanding of architecture, engineering, and construction management. They created designs that were sensitive to the trauma experienced during the disaster, and with their mentors, they created visions for the needs of the survivors. The students then presented their designs at the Student Showcase on March 8, 2023 at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Scroll down to see photos from the event.

Also, you can see the final presentations created by each team here:









ACE is proud to have awarded $210,000 in scholarships to the Class of 2023. We wish them the best on their college, university, and trade school studies.

“The ACE Mentor program helped me build my confidence and improve my communication and collaboration skills. As we worked together on group projects, my mentors encouraged me to be an active
participant, such as presenting my team’s questions to other teams and offering suggestions
for improvement.”

Scholarship recipient, 2023

  • Presenting Sponsor Boylston Properties


Janine Byrne and Mike Harris accept the BSA Commonwealth Award. Photo: Paige McWhorter

The Boston Society for Architecture’s Commonwealth Award was created to recognize an outstanding influence on our built environment or our awareness of it. The Society bestowed the BSA Commonwealth Award upon ACE Mentor Program at its January 18th gala. Mike Harris, our President, and Janine Byrne, our Vice President, accepted the award for ACE. Read more here.

ACE interns and BPS educators listen to a speaker at Autodesk.

The Boston Opportunity Agenda (BOA) is a public/ private partnership that works to increase dramatically the pace and scale of change in education for all children in Boston, with a focus on students who experience the least access to successful pathways.The BOA recently highlighted ACE Mentor Program and its collaboration with Autodesk, Nitsch, Elkus Manfredi, and Gilbane to provide paid summer internship opportunities for our students. We are so grateful to our employers, and particularly Kellyanne Mahoney at Autodesk, for making these summer opportunities possible for our students, and for the recognition of the potential of this work.Read more about the collaboration here.

Speed rotation through the disciplines

On Thursday, October 13, ACE students were invited to Wentworth Institute of Technology for our kickoff event. Students were invited to rotate through activities in five disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, structural engineering, electrical engineering, and construction management scheduling. Did you miss the kickoff? It’s not too late to join! ACE allows students to register and join when they are able. Click here to learn about registering.

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Anthony Jimenez, Electrical Engineer mentor, explains a circuit activity to a student

Designer Jesse Eveler explains an architecture activity to students


Thanks to our sponsors and donors, the 2022 ACE Networking Event raised more than $540,000 to support our mission and our scholarship fund. Your support means that more students than ever will have the opportunities that ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston offers. 
  • TY to our Presenting Sponsor Boylston Properties
  • TY to our Dream Sponsors that donated $15,000: PIDC and Plumb House
  • TY Program Sponsors who donated $10,000: Cambridge Savings Bank, Moriarty, ARUP, PCA Design, Erland, Consigli, SGH, WL French Excavating, and Timberline
  • TY to our Dinner Sponsor Pinnacle Construction Services
    Thank you to Pinnacle Construction Services for donating $10,000 to support ACE!
  • TY to our Games Sponsor: Turner Construction
    Thank you to Turner Construction for donating $10,000 to support ACE.
  • TY to Gilbane for donating $10,000
    Thank you to our Bar Sponsor, Gilbane, who donated $10,000 to support ACE.
  • TY to our Scholarship Sponsors who donated $7,500: Sunrise Erectors, Accutemp, National Development & Cranshaw
    TY to our Scholarship Sponsors who donated $7,500: Sunrise Erectors, Accutemp, National Development & Cranshaw
  • Thank you to our Platinum Sponsors $5k: Aldon Electric, Atlantic Management Corp, Ayers Saint Gross, CBRE, Clayton & Julianne Rose, Columbia Construction, D.A. Bosworth Companies, DPR Construction, Exposure Lighting, Frederic Wittmann,Group One Partners, Harold Brothers Mechanical, Jared Chase, Jones Lang Lasalle, NECM, New England Finish Systems, Outdoor Perspectives, Perkins and Will, PH Mechanical Corp, Robert Kustel, Select Demo, Sherin and Lodgen LLP, Siena Construction, SMMA, The Architectural Team, Thomas and Donna May, Tightline, UTS of Massachusetts
  • Thank you to SMMA for donating $5,000 to ACE
  • Thank you to DPR Construction for donating $5,000 to ACE
  • Thank you to EB Metal for donating $3,500 to ACE
  • Thank you to our welcome sponsors for donating $3,000-$4,000 to ACE: Cushman & Wakefield, General Insulation, Margulies Perruzzi, & TRIA
  • Thank you to our Gold Sponsors: Anthony Friscia, ARX Urban, Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, Berkeley Building Co, Boathouse, Boston Properties, Boston Urban Partners, Bowdoin, Bozzuto Management Co, Brick Inc., Business Interiors Floor Covering, Commodore Builders, Corporate Mechanical, Donald Perrin, Eolian Energy, George Riedel, HDS Architecture, Hemenway & Barnes LLP, IBI Group, J Derenzo, John Boyle, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc., Leahy Landscaping, M. DiSandro & Sons Masonry, Inc., Marshall Roofing and Sheet Metal Co Inc, McPhail Associates, Peter & Kathy Joseph, Pilgrim Parking, Pimentel Construction Co. Inc., PR Restaurants, LLC, Relco, S&F Concrete, Sea-Dar Construction, Shawmut, Sheehans Office Interiors, Stantec, Structure Tone, Sullivan and McLaughlin Companies, The Wilder Companies, Vanderweil, Velney Development, Waypoint KLA, Xquisite Landscaping
  • Thank you to our silver sponsors for donating $1,000-$1,999 to ACE: 52x Consulting, Bald Hill Builders, BLW Engineers, Control Technologies, Corderman Construction, Cornerstone Design Build, Currie Project Management, D.R. Howard, Dimeo Construction Company, Ducts Inc., Ellis Fire Protection, Feldman Geospatial, Helco Electric, ICO Energy and Engineering, Inc., J. Calnan, Jacobs, JL Marshall & Sons, John A. Penney Co., Inc., LC Anderson HVACR, M.L. McDonald Sales Company, LLC, RJ Donovan group, SCB, Star Sales, Sterling Construction, STV, Suffolk/Millenium Partners, Venture Forward LLC, W.T. Kenney Co., Inc. " Walter A Furman Co.
  • Thank you to our supporters, who donated $500-999 to ACE: Anonymous (3), AmConCorp, Columbus and Over Group, Daniel Demarco & Assoc, Elyse Ayoung, Ian Doherty, Integrated Interiors, Jim Luchars, KONE, Melissa Samaroo, RW Sullivan Engineering, Sleeping Dog Properties, SOEP, Tsoi Kobus Design, Vanasse & Associates, Wallboard Supply, WB Engineers
  • Thank you to our Just in Time Sponsors, who are named in the appropriate giving level, but whose logos are displayed here: Cushman & Wakefield, RW Sullivan Engineering, KONE, Venture Forward LLC, Sterling Construction, RJ Donovan Group, M.L. McDonald Sales Company, LLC, LC Anderson HVACR, Jacobs, ICO Energy and Engineering, Inc., Ducts Inc., Control Technologies, Robert Kustel, Jared Chase, Frederic Wittmann, Structure Tone, John Spooner, Eolian Energy, Donald Perrin, Brian McNeil, ARX Urban

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