SCI Announces New Board Leadership

WOBURN - Social Capital Inc. is pleased to announce several new appointments to leadership positions on its board of directors.


Jennifer Baker Jones was recently named as the board chair for SCI. She succeeds John Franson, who is stepping down after four years as chair and over a dozen years as an SCI director.


Jennifer joined the board of SCI in 2014 and has 20 years of fundraising experience in non-profits and higher education.  She also serves on the board of the Woburn Public Library Foundation. Jennifer is a member of the Woburn Historical Commission and a Girl Scout troop leader in Woburn. She is a Woburn native, where she continues to live along with her husband and two daughters.


Adriana Mendes-Sheldon was appointed at SCI’s new treasurer at its most recent board meeting. Adriana has been partnering with SCI for 15 years and joined the board in 2016. Adriana has over 20 years of experience in business advisory services and corporate finance in North America, South America and Asia. She is also involved with Special Education and the English as a Second Language programs in the Woburn Public Schools. Adriana is originally from Brazil, and has lived in Woburn with her husband, daughter, twin sons and five pets since 2003.


Tyler Gates was recently named to the SCI Board of Directors, and will serve as SCI Board Finance Director, working closely with Adriana. Tyler is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, based in Woburn. Since coming to Woburn to manage the local Edward Jones office, Tyler has been very active in the community. He is a board member with the Woburn Business Association and the Woburn Rotary Club, and is also on the NuPath Advancement Committee. Tyler is originally from Peru, Maine, and currently lives in Nashua with his fiancée with hopes to move closer soon.


“I’m thrilled to have Jennifer and Adriana moving into these leadership roles,” commented SCI President David Crowley. “And Tyler is a wonderful addition to our board.”


David went on to offer praise for outgoing chair John Franson. “John has been involved with SCI since nearly day 1. His insight and support have been crucial.”


The mission of SCI is to strengthen communities by connecting diverse individuals and organizations through civic engagement initiatives. Founded in 2002 in Woburn, SCI has grown to serve 20 Eastern Massachusetts communities while continuing to make a difference in Woburn. For more information about SCI and its local programs, please visit to read our blog and check out upcoming events.