September 18, 2023
Brian Souza Joins MassBioEd as Vice President of Operations and Workforce Development
With over 25 years of non-profit experience, Souza will lead and expand MassBioEd’s workforce development initiatives
CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd), the leading life sciences workforce development and education nonprofit organization in Massachusetts, recently welcomed Brian Souza into the role of Vice President of Operations and Workforce Development.
In this role, Souza will oversee and grow BioTalent, MassBioEd’s workforce development division that strives to raise awareness around different career opportunities in the life sciences industry and build a diverse and talented workforce. Souza’s role will include building employer partnerships for the Life Sciences Apprenticeship Program and leading the development of the new Life Sciences Career Hub.
“We are thrilled to welcome Brian to MassBioEd’s leadership team at such an exciting and critical time for our sector,” said Sunny Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of MassBioEd. “The life sciences industry is rapidly evolving, and we need a skilled, motivated workforce to keep up with its growth. Brian will play a critical role in developing the pipeline of talent by leading our efforts to attract and educate new individuals looking to enter the life sciences industry.”
Prior to joining MassBioEd, Souza was the Chief Executive Officer at Intend Health Strategies, a national workforce and professional development organization for healthcare providers, trainees, and students. Souza also previously served as the Chief Impact Officer at DentaQuest, where he led the company’s philanthropic, quality improvement, and innovation efforts, spearheading the investment of $17 million annually at the national, state, and community levels to improve oral health and champion health equity.
“MassBioEd’s mission to build a sustainable life sciences workforce is rooted in a deep commitment to education and professional development,” said Souza. “I am honored to join this organization and look forward to working with my fellow leaders to both expand and diversify the life sciences workforce, so all of the Commonwealth’s communities are represented in this growing field.”
In addition to currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Arthritis National Research Foundation, Souza has served in a range of leadership roles across the health and social services sectors, including at the Boston Partnership for Older Adults and the Community Care Alliance. Souza holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree focused on non-profit management, both from Boston University.
Our mission is to build a sustainable life sciences workforce in the region through educational programs that engage and excite teachers, inspire and propel students, and illuminate the pathway from the classroom to career with a focus on expansion, opportunity and diversity.
Media Contact: Helen Harding