Our Team


Shared Values, One Mission.



Carolyn casey | Founder & Executive Director

Carolyn’s path of service was inspired by the example of her parents – both educators – and her siblings, who put faith, family, and community first. And, taught her that love is an action verb and compassion, kindness, and a devotion to social justice serve as the foundation for a purposeful life.

The vision of Project 351 is a culmination and reflection of those lessons and the inspiration gained from three decades of leadership in the nonprofit, civic, and private sector.  At every stop along the way, Carolyn was fortunate to learn from visionary leaders devoted to civic engagement and social entrepreneurship, and heroes on the frontline of community-based change. Throughout her professional journey at Timberland, City Year, and in politics, Carolyn was influenced by the intersection of sectors and communities as a unique resource to drive positive change. 

Her greatest inspiration and teachers are young people – specifically those eighth-grade unsung heroes and quiet leaders – who astound their classmates, communities, and Commonwealth with their passion to serve, ability to lead, and fierce commitment to build communities that elevate the dignity and opportunity of all.

Their remarkable goodness and unlimited potential to manifest positive change fuels Project 351’s daily mission. A mobilization of courage, compassion, and youth leadership that transforms communities, elevates kindness, forges unity, and addresses critical needs with positive solutions.

Carolyn graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and received her Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is a founding member of the Advisory Board for the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice at Bridgewater State University and is a member of the Corporation Board for Beacon Academy and the CEO’s Kitchen Cabinet at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

A fervent believer in the power of inclusive convening, Carolyn co-founded a monthly forum for nonprofit women executives to strengthen collaboration, best practice exchange, and peer mentorship.

Her dedication to youth leadership and social justice has been recognized by Holy Cross College Club of Boston, United Way, LIFT Boston, Irish America Magazine, and Harvard’s Phillips Brooks House Association.


Sam carson | Director of Development & ADministration

Sam is responsible for spearheading Project 351’s long-term strategic plan and managing Project 351’s day-to-day internal operations. Sam worked with educators from across Massachusetts to recruit and select the first class of Project 351 8th grade Ambassadors for the inaugural Project 351 Launch and Service Day 2011.

Sam served in state government for four years as a member of Governor Deval Patrick’s advance staff and a special project manager at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA). At EEA, Sam managed a portfolio of $13 million in state capital investments in urban park projects. Sam worked with a diverse coalition of stakeholders to identify, plan and manage projects that advanced the Patrick Administration’s economic and community development goals in Massachusetts Gateway Cities. Most recently, Sam served as a project manager for HUBweek, a weeklong festival and unique civic collaboration between Harvard, MIT, the Boston Globe, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Sam graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Master in Public Policy and has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Vanderbilt University.


Danielle West | Senior Program Manager

As Senior Program Manager, Danielle leads Ambassadors and Alumni to realize that they have unlimited potential to use their skills and gifts to build strong, just, and united communities.  Danielle is responsible for the strategy and implementation of the 12-month Ambassador Journey, our three signature statewide service campaigns, the engagement of key stakeholders including the Alumni Leadership Council, Educators' Advisory Group, and community partners, and evidence-based measures of impact.

Most recently, Danielle dedicated four years as a middle school teacher in Boston. Prior to teaching, Danielle served two years as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Boston.  Danielle earned a Master in Education from Boston University and a bachelor degree in Communication Management and Design from Ithaca College. At BU and Ithaca, Danielle honed skills for innovating and leading youth development, civic engagement, and educational initiatives. 

From 2015 through 2019, Danielle served as volunteer member of Project 351's Leadership Team.  She invested wisdom and expertise to lead the Alumni Leadership Council; and advised on Ambassador selection, and Project 351 service and events.


Advisory Board

Charlie Rose         Dean & Senior Vice President, City Year ~ Chair

Noor Al-Saad        Project 351 Class of 2013; University of New Hampshire '21

Carolyn Casey      Founder & Executive Director, Project 351

Josh Florence       Member of Project 351's Founding Class, Harvard University '19

Angella Henry      Co-Founder, DJ Henry Dream Fund

Thaddeus Miles   Director of Community Services, MassHousing; Founder, HoodFit

Tom O'Brien          Founding Partner/Managing Director, HYM Investment Group ~ Chair, Development Committee

Alex Richman        Independent Consultant

Nancy Routh         Principal, Heartstone Consulting ~ Chair, Strategy Committee

Matt Segneri        Executive Director, Social Enterprise Initiative, Harvard Business School


We offer enduring gratitude for the early leadership and commitment of founding Board members, David O'Brien, Principal, DOB Strategies, and Ted Marquis, Vice President and Director of Care Force, City Year -- two vital architects of Project 351.