About Us


The METCO Directors’ Association is a non-commercial, non-partisan, non-sectarian, and non-profit organization. The members of this Association are committed to providing a quality educational and social experience for all students, to strengthen our own personal and professional development and ultimately, to create avenues for positive challenge and growth among all with whom we interact. 

The MDA has three objectives:

  • To challenge the forces which obstruct the achievement, development, and educational opportunities for children of color.
  • To raise the academic level of all students, placing particular emphasis on the types of strategies, which build positive and realistic self-concepts among students of color.
  • To plan and conduct seminars in support of professional development in educational leadership and culturally proficient practices.



President: Barbara Hamilton
Vice President: Margaret Credle-Thomas
Treasurer: Rosa Inniss
Recording Secretary: Lateefah Franck
Adult Conference Co-Chairs: Claire L. Jones & Dr. Joanne Allen-Willoughby
Student Conference Chair: Rasheedah Clayton
Marketing Chair: Michelle Crawford
Professional Development Chair: Aleisa Gittens-Carle


The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) Program, established in 1966 and funded under the Racial Imbalance Act of Massachusetts, is a voluntary desegregation program formed through the cooperative efforts of urban and suburban parents and educators. The METCO Directors’ Association (MDA), founded in 1975, provides educational leadership in the areas of school desegregation, academic achievement for students of color, multicultural education, and parent empowerment. The MDA membership is comprised of concerned professionals who serve as METCO Directors or Coordinators in more than thirty suburban communities in the metropolitan Boston area.