Nancy Socol, was born in Providence, RI, and moved to Gary, Ind., just before entering high school. She attended Indiana University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education and in l963 she married her husband, Jerry, whom she met in high school. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.
The family lived in Columbus, Chicago, Indianapolis and Atlanta before moving to Boston in 1984, when Jerry accepted a CEO position at Filene's. While in these various cities, Nancy did volunteer work and fundraising with Children's Hospital of Columbus, Women's American ORT, Brandeis University and National Council of Jewish Women.
Upon moving to Boston, she took a temporary job in the Small Claims Court in Quincy. In 1986, she started working at the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Massachusetts as a financial counselor, then as an educator and finally as director of education and counseling. This position entailed teaching classes and giving lectures to various groups and organizations on money management, budgeting, first-time home buying, credit and financial rights. Nancy represented the agency across the state with consumer rights groups, as well as being the CCCS of Massachusetts spokesperson for the media. She was also appointed by the state as a member of the Board of Supervisors of Social Workers and served a two-year term. Appearing on television and radio at various times during the year, she discussed issues relating to consumer credit rights and managing money, as well as regularly engaging in interviews for local publications including the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Boston Business Journal.
Nancy became a member of the Board of the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 1986 as a result of her husband's involvement with Dana-Farber. She has participated in many committees over the years and has acted as Treasurer and chaired Allocations and the Annual Meeting. In 2004-2005 she served as secretary, and in 2005-2006 served as co-president with Sue Conlin. Since 2012, Nancy has chaired holiday performances with Susan Mendoza Friedman, which has been one of the most rewarding jobs she has ever had.
Nancy said, "In free time, I enjoy spending time with family, especially my grandchildren, needlepoint, reading, learning to play bridge, traveling, and enhancing my culinary skills by taking cooking classes and watching the many food shows on TV. Have tried golf lessons and have committed to trying that again even though I have no talent in that area."
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