Former Boston Mayor Kim Janey has been named the president and CEO of the nonprofit EMPath, which has a mission of improving the lives of those in poverty through economic mobility.

Janey, who was named the group’s new leader effective June 1, is a former beneficiary. She received support from EMPath — formally Economic Mobility Pathways — as a young mom, which helped her continue through high school while balancing motherhood.

Janey became a city councilor in 2017 and in 2020 became the council president. When then-mayor Marty Walsh resigned to become the federal labor secretary, Janey succeeded him as an interim mayor, the first woman and person of color to hold the office.

EMPath is a return to Janey’s career from before she was in City Hall, including most recently with Massachusetts Advocates for Children, where she pushed for policy reforms in Boston Public Schools. Janey succeeds Beth Babcock, who announced her retirement last year after 16 years at EMPath.

EMPath, which has its administrative offices at 308 Congress Street in Boston, reported 149 employees and more than $12 million in revenue in its federal tax filings in its most recent report for fiscal 2019.

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