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Danvers, Mass. —  Northeast Arc, a nonprofit organization that helps children and adults with disabilities become full participants in the community, has hired Craig Welton as Chief Development Officer.

Northeast Arc serves more than 10,000 people with disabilities and their families in 190 Massachusetts cities and towns each year. In his role, Welton will be responsible for overseeing fundraising, public relations, and marketing support.

Welton comes to the Northeast Arc after ten years at Best Buddies International as the Massachusetts and Rhode Island State Director. In this role, Welton oversaw operations, management and fundraising responsibilities at the nonprofit organization that provides social, employment, and leadership opportunities to more than 8,000 Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“I’m very excited that Craig is joining our team in the critical role of Chief Development Officer,” said Jo Ann Simons, President and Chief Executive Officer at Northeast Arc. “His experience with Best Buddies matches perfectly with the skill set needed to be successful in his new role.”

“I have had an amazing opportunity to work on behalf of people with disabilities for over ten years, and I’m incredibly excited to continue pursuing this passion at the Northeast Arc,” said Welton. “The Northeast Arc has a great reputation for providing life enhancing opportunities to the people it serves and I am humbled to join such an accomplished organization.  I look forward to working alongside this dedicated team to continuing raising the bar for people with disabilities.”

Welton, who lives in Peabody, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics from Saint Anselm College and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Northeastern University.  He earned an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Duke University and an Executive Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Welton serves on the board of The Sisters Wish, a New England-based nonprofit that provides life enhancing experiences and support to young adults with chronic and terminal illness.

Check out additional Northshore Magazine coverage of Northeast Arc here, here, and here.