President & CEO
Since 2000, Joan Cirillo has been the President/CEO of Operation A.B.L.E. (Ability Based on Long Experience), a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to help workers 45+ get back to work. She oversees all training, employment and advocacy for older workers for the agency, as well as advocates for all older workers in the Commonwealth of MA. During her tenure as President and CEO, Operation A.B.L.E. has assisted over 16,000 job seekers 45+ get back to work.
Prior to joining Operation A.B.L.E., Joan taught in the Chicago Public School system and ran training departments for John Hancock Life Insurance Company and Bank of Boston.
Joan has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education and an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management. She serves on Metro South/West’s Career Initiative Board, is President of the Massachusetts Society for the University Education of Women and is a Board member of Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) and the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Advisory Board. In the past, she has served as Chair of the Job Training Alliance, as a Board Member of the Massachusetts Association of Older Americans and served for years on the Statewide Workforce Investment Board. Joan has been a national judge for AARP Best Awards 50+ since 2002. Acting as the spokesperson for Operation A.B.L.E., Joan has become an expert resource for the media, and has been featured in The Boston Globe, The AARP Bulletin, the U.S. News & World Report, among others, and in many "Letters To The Editor." Joan often speaks at conferences focused on employment for older workers, and from 2002 until 2009, she was the Job Doc in The Boston Sunday Globe. In addition, Joan has been a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce for over 20 years.