Executive Director

Meet Kristen Hurley, ACE’s new Executive Director.  Read more below.                                 

ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston Announces Kristen Hurley as the Organizations New Executive Director

Boston, Mass. (June 12, 2024)

ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston (ACE), the free after-school program run by award-winning design and construction professionals with the goal of encouraging high school students to pursue careers in the architecture, construction, and engineering industries, is proud to announce the new executive director. Effective immediately, Kristen Hurley will assume all roles and responsibilities as the non-profit organizations’ executive director. 

Hurley is a highly experienced professional with over two decades in the non-profit sector, specializing in maximizing business growth. Her leadership skills have consistently driven success in various organizations including the Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology where she spent over 5 years leading partnership initiatives, client relations, and innovative business strategies, working as a member of the senior management team. Prior, she spent 16 years at WGBH, managing partnerships and launching public media management. Currently, Kristen is an active board member for the Browning the Green Space organization, further demonstrating her ability to drive growth and impact in the non-profit space.

“I am truly honored and humbled to join the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston in a leadership role,” says Kristen Hurley, Executive Director of ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston. “The opportunity to contribute to an organization dedicated to shaping the next generation of leaders in architecture, construction, and engineering is inspiring and I look forward to utilize my experience and passion to empower students, foster innovation, and drive positive change within the diverse community at ACE.”

Through practical, project-based, hands-on explorations, ACE students work collaboratively and creatively to design innovative solutions to real world problems. With professional guidance by industry mentors who are full-time employees of construction, design and engineering firms, students develop the professionalism, teamwork, and collaboration that the industry requires. During the 15-week program, the students design a hypothetical project in order to learn about each discipline and take part in activities such as Trade Day, construction site visits, and special events with partners such as the National Organization of Minority Architects. 

Each year, the project changes, exposing students to new design challenges. ACE also awards college scholarships to seniors who plan to study in these fields. This year, ACE awarded a record high of $250,000 in scholarships. 

For more information the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston and how a student can get involved, please visit

About ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston:

The ACE Mentor Program of Greater Boston (ACE) is an affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program of America. Since its founding in 2007, more than 700 Boston-area students have participated in the free, after-school design program to learn about architecture, construction management, and engineering. Seventy-five per cent of the students are people of color, and 49% are young women. ACE has awarded $1,288,500 in college scholarships to 214 high school seniors over the years. ACE’s alumni have been hired in full-time roles at Turner Construction, SGH Engineering, Gilbane Building Company, Schneider Electric, Shawmut Construction, and more.