May 16, 2023
Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll will headline ECCF’s ‘State of Essex County’ Event

Keynote Speaker Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll Commonwealth of MA

With strong ties to ECCF’s work, former Salem mayor returns to region to elevate community and collaboration

Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll, former mayor of Salem, will serve as keynote speaker for Essex County Community Foundation’s State of Essex County event, which will take place June 1 at Endicott College in Beverly from 4-7pm.

Tickets for the event are $60 and can be purchased at

ECCF expects more than 400 cross-sector leaders will attend the event, which will not only feature Driscoll’s keynote speech, but also important data updates to – ECCF’s comprehensive data website tracking the health of our region – and inspiring stories of how collaborative systems-change efforts are, right now, supporting a more vibrant, more resilient Essex County.

Driscoll has strong ties to this work, as she served on the original 23-member Impact Essex County Advisory Council when the community leadership initiative was first launched in 2016.

“Lieutenant Governor Driscoll has been a part of Impact Essex County since the very beginning,” said ECCF President and CEO Beth Francis. “She has always been a champion for community, for collaboration and for the work of the foundation, and it couldn’t be more fitting to have her back with us to talk about where Essex County stands now, what’s next for our 34 cities and towns and how that fits in to the administration’s vision for the Commonwealth.”

At the event, attendees will also have the opportunity to socialize and network after the 1.5-hour program has concluded.

“Our hope is that at the end of the night, attendees leave feeling connected, inspired and informed,” said Francis. “Engaging cross-sector leaders and community members in this collaborative work is critical to bringing more voices to the table, and it increases opportunities to collectively solve our region’s most pressing challenges.”

About ECCF
The mission of Essex County Community Foundation is to inspire philanthropy that strengthens the communities of Essex County. We do this by managing charitable assets, strengthening and supporting nonprofits and engaging in strategic community leadership. Since 1998, ECCF and its growing family of nearly 275 charitable funds have granted $136 million to nonprofits, schools and students in Essex County and beyond. Our ultimate goal is to have 34 thriving cities and towns in Essex County and to improve the quality of life for the region’s nearly 800,000 residents. Learn more at  

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