Commonwealth Compact was born in 2007 of twin convictions:
that Massachusetts history demonstrates the economic and social benefits of diversity
and that our state’s current reputation as an unwelcoming place for people of color must be turned completely around if we want to achieve our potential.
To change both that negative reputation, and the reality that too often still contributes to it, civic leaders created Commonwealth Compact to encourage organizations to make significant progress by measuring themselves annually on a detailed series of Benchmarks. The Compact works with existing programs, and will provide additional resources, including a talent database.
Padraig O’Malley is the John Joseph Moakley Distinguished Professor of Peace and Reconciliation and a celebrated facilitator/convener and author on topics related to divided societies, O’Malley has played major roles in breaking the gridlock and promoting peace in South Africa, Northern Ireland and more recently the Middle East.
John Joseph Moakley (1927-2001) was born in nearby South Boston and is fondly remembered as a compassionate and capable public servant. His early political career included positions as a state representative, a state senator, and a Boston city councilor before going on to fill the congressional seat once held by Speaker John W. McCormack. Joe proudly represented the Massachusetts’ 9th District for nearly thirty years.