In 1982, PACE was incorporated as a private non-profit Community Action Agency in response to essential services needed in the Greater New Bedford Area.

Today, PACE operates more than 11 programs and employs over 150 staff members. PACE manages a budget of over 81 million dollars which comes from a variety of sources including city, state, federal, and private foundations, and individual donors.

It is the mission of PACE to deliver innovative and effective services and programs to members of the Greater New Bedford Community in their pursuit of brighter futures.

Our nonprofit organization helps those who earn a low income or live in poverty to maneuver the obstacles of poverty which can include substandard housing, hunger, homelessness, inadequate childcare, and access to healthcare. PACE does this by providing programs that address these obstacles such as early childhood education (HEAD START), assistance with finding affordable health insurance (HEALTH ACCESS)  rent and mortgage assistance (HOUSING CENTER) as well as our Community Food Center.


Founded In
Assisted Individuals

Our Administration Team

Executive Director

Pam Keuchler

Director of Human Resources

Lorraine Khazan

Director of Finance

Allen Ayers

Director of Development/Marketing

Kathleen Golden

Director of Community Impact

Genesis Galan

Board of Directors (2023-24)


Cheryl Cabral


Esperanza Alejandro-Berube


Nancy Feeney


Monica Furtado

PACE is governed by an active all-volunteer Board of Directors. PACE's Board includes:

  • 1/3rd Low-Income Sector Representatives
  • 1/3rd Public Sector Representatives
  • 1/3rd Private Sector Representatives

Our board represents low-income residents, as well as town officials and community stakeholders who live in New Bedford.

2024 Board Nominations

Nominations for one Low-Income Sector position were open until April 22, 2024.

This board position requires the following to be a candidate:

  • at least 18 years of age
  • a resident of New Bedford

PACE Board Elections will be held April 30, 2024 - May 6, 2024.

Voters must be:

  • at least 18 years of age
  • a resident of New Bedford
  • income must be at or below 175% of the federal poverty level: Household Income Chart
  • does not need to be a US citizen

Board Meeting Schedule

October 10, 2023

November 14, 2023

December 2023 (No meeting, Holiday Recess)

January 09, 2024

February 13, 2024

March 12, 2024

April 09, 2024

May 14, 2024

June 11, 2024

July 2024 (No meeting, Summer Recess)

August 2024 (No meeting, Summer Recess)

September 10, 2024

October 08, 2024

November 12, 2024

December 2024 (No meeting, Holiday Recess)

Finance Committtee

PACE Finance Committee

6:00 PM

PACE Community Housing Corporation meeting

7:00 PM

Immediately followed by PACE Board of Directors Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting

All meetings accessible via Zoom, posted here in advance of the meeting, If issues accessing the meeting, please call 508-999-9920 or e-mail

Mission & History

Mission History Picture on BoardPACE was incorporated as a private non-profit Community Action Agency in 1982. The organization aims to mobilize and utilize public and private resources to improve the economic and social quality of life for low-income residents of the Greater New Bedford area.

A twenty-one-member Board of Directors was established as a result of community meetings held to form a new agency. This new Board of Directors elected its first President, Kenneth N. DeSilva, who served for the maximum period allowed under the Board's bylaws of ten years.

The organization of limited funds and staff grew into an agency that managed a multi-million dollar budget within the first five years. This non-profit's focus was to promote self-help for people and neighborhoods in our community. PACE Inc. has developed a reputation for responding to community needs, providing high-quality programs for low-income people, developing innovative strategies for empowering people, and working cooperatively with both the non-profit and for-profit communities.

PACE remains committed to increasing awareness among low-income people, public officials, media, and the general public regarding the causes and impact of poverty on the lives of low-income people.