Annual Leadership and Scholarship Event

When:  May 16, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM (ET)
Associated with  Mass, Boston, MA

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Please join CFMA of MA for an interactive conversation with William G. Gross, Police Commissioner, Boston Police Department. We are also pleased to announce our 2019 Scholarship Award recipients at this event.


Registration: 4:30PM – 5:00PM
Presentation & Scholarships: 5:00PM – 5:45PM
Networking & Food/Drink: 5:45PM – 7:30PM

Food & Drink:

Registration includes BBQ Buffett, Beer, Wine & Soft Drinks


Fenway Park

Guest Entrance:

Guests will enter at GATE D, with entry permitted beginning at 4:15pm. Fenway will have two security staffers at the entrance who will be responsible for greeting guests, checking bags, etc. Those staffers will also assist in directing guests up to the event space/ CFMA registration area.


Event Parking:

We have secured 35 parking spots at 73 BROOKLINE AVENUE LOT, located next to Boston Beer Works.

Please reference CFMA Reception to the parking attendant, and these will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Fenway Tour:

We will be offering a private tour at 7:30PM to conclude the event. The tour will be 45 minutes and conclude at the GATE D entrance/exit, therefore all those that choose to take the tour will have to take all their belongings with them since the tour will not return to the event space once it departs.


WilliamGross.jpgWilliam G. Gross
Police Commissioner
Boston Police Department

William G. Gross is the 42nd Police Commissioner of the City of Boston.  He has served the people of Boston for 35 years. After joining the department in 1983 as a Boston Police Cadet, he graduated from the Boston Police Academy in 1985.  He spent years as a patrol officer, patrolling the many neighborhoods of Boston.  .  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2004 and rated Sergeant-Detective in 2006. 
In 2008 he was appointed to the Command Staff as a Deputy Superintendent and promoted to the rank of Superintendent in 2012, assuming the role of Night Commander overseeing police services citywide. In January 2014, he was appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans to the position of Superintendent-in-Chief, the first African American Chief to hold the rank in the history of the Boston Police Department.  
Throughout his career he has cultivated and maintained a strong connection with the community.  He often could be found on the front lines; interacting with community activists, grieving families, clergy, neighbors, even protesters; treating everyone with respect and dignity.  He strongly believes that “if you want change, you have to be the change”, a philosophy he models for the community and the members of the police department. 
He has been awarded numerous Departmental awards for bravery and meritorious service and several Governor’s Citations and was named one of Boston’s 100 Most Influential People of Color.  In June 2018, , he was presented the Robert F. Kennedy “Embracing the Legacy” Award.  This award recognizes those who work tirelessly to carry on the legacy of the late Senator by raising awareness and fighting against societal injustice and inequity that affect children and families.
He also sits on the Advisory Boards for Boston Center for Youth and Families, the George Lewis Ruffin Society and the Special Olympics of Massachusetts.
On August 6, 2018, William G. Gross was sworn in by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, again, breaking down barriers by becoming the first person of color to hold the Police Commissioner’s position in the City of Boston.  “I am honored and humbled to be sworn in as the Police Commissioner of the best police department in the country.  Delivering and building on our community policing model is one of my main priorities.  We will work collaboratively to reduce crime and violence in our neighborhoods while supporting and lifting up our youth.”


Fenway Park
175 Ipswich Street
Boston, MA 02215

Pricing Information

Registration Price
CFMA-Member $100.00
Non-CFMA-Member $110.00


John Hastings