Rev. Lorraine Thornhill was elected to the board of directors of the Cambridge Community Foundation at its quarterly meeting in September. She is the first female pastor of the First Holiness Church, Cambridge. Prior to that she worked for seven years in the role of psychotherapist for Bentley College in Waltham, MA.
“I am delighted to be offered this opportunity to serve the Cambridge community in this new role ” said Rev. Thornhill. “The Foundation has a long history and a unique role to play, connecting people, raising issues of common concern, and supporting the important work undertaken by local nonprofits.”
Rev. Thornhill currently serves as the president of the Cambridge Black Pastors Alliance. She is also one of three chaplains commissioned to serve in the Cambridge Police Chaplaincy Program, the first program of its kind in Massachusetts, and serves as a commissioner for the City of Cambridge’s Human Services Department and as vice-chair of the Cambridge YWCA.
Rev. Thornhill is the founder of Higher Heights, LLC, a life-coaching business.
“Lorraine Thornhill is a wonderful addition to the Foundation’s board board,” said Richard Harriman, chairman of the board of directors. “Her many leadership roles illustrate her deep personal and professional commitment to the city, and I am delighted to be able to welcome her to bring her knowledge and professional expertise.”
Cambridge Community Foundation was established in 1916, making it one of the oldest community foundations in the country. The only foundation with the whole city of Cambridge in its purview, it is a civic leader and a key supporter of nonprofit organizations, distributing $1.2 million in grants in 2015 to meet local needs and support the aspirations of Cambridge residents. The Foundation provides advocacy and leadership support to deal with urgent local challenges and partners with donors to provide a permanent source of charitable funds for the community.