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Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) is now 2Life Communities.

Why the name change?

Amy Schectman watching Brighton resident Tatyana play piano

Amy Schectman

2Life Communities’ President and CEO Amy Schectman is a thought leader in holistic approaches to senior housing and care, and a passionate advocate for aging in community.

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Amy Schectman has worked in the public and nonprofit sectors to advance affordable housing and social justice. Amy plays a state and national advocacy role. She serves on Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts, and is on the board of CHAPA, MHIC, MHAC, and other nonprofits. She has been invited to The White House four times, and has hosted U.S. Congressmen, U.S. Senate staff, and state legislators numerous times.

A theme across Amy’s career is collaboration to maximize the impact of resources. As Governor Michael Dukakis’ Director of Capital Budget and Planning, Amy helped convene private, public, and nonprofit interests to ensure state funding for public good. Later, at the Boston Housing Authority, Amy secured the City’s first two federal HOPE VI grants, $50,000,000 each, to revitalize failing public housing developments with comprehensive modernization and the addition of social services, health care, and community programming, offering residents not only shelter but pathways out of poverty as well as promoting neighborhood revitalization.

As the Town of Brookline’s Economic Development Director, Amy instituted holiday festivals to stimulate small businesses, negotiated development/preservation of over 500 affordable housing units, and brought stakeholders together to support a revenue-generating hotel development with public amenities.

Serving the state again, as Director of Public Housing/Rental Assistance, Amy repaired relationships with local housing agencies, led a major rehab of existing state public housing, worked on homelessness prevention and rehousing programs, and enhanced social programs to support housing residents.

Amy has a B.A. in political science from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).