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Mossik Hacobian

Executive Director, Boston's Higher Ground

Mossik Hacobian has served as the Executive Director of Boston’s Higher Ground since June 2011. Prior to serving at Higher Ground, he worked for 33 years at Urban Edge, a recognized leader in community development corporations (CDCs) in the Northeast.  During his tenure at Urban Edge, he served for three years as President and 22 years as Executive Director. When recognized as a Barr Fellow in 2005, Mossik was executive director of Urban Edge.  

Mossik has worked briefly as a consultant with Serrafix, a strategic consulting group focused on advising clients on ways to save energy, improve transportation systems and implement smart growth. His awards include: Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) Community Service (1998), LISC Mike Sviridoff Leadership (2005), Mass. Association of CDCs Richard Smith (2010), UMass Robert H. Quinn Award for Outstanding Community Leadership (2011) and Mass. Immigrant and Refugee Alliance (MIRA) Coalition Give Liberty a Hand (2011).

Mossik is a Trustee of the Foley Hoag Foundation, member of the Boston Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, member of the Advisory Committee of the Boston City to City Leadership Exchange and board member of MIRA and Thompson Island Outward Bound. He has a BA from Columbia College and studied architecture at Columbia University.