Gregg Croteau

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Name

Gregg Croteau

Affiliation

Executive Director, United Teen Equality Center, Inc.

Biography

Hired as UTEC’s first executive director by the founding group of teens and community leaders, Gregg has overseen the growth of the agency from a grassroots safe haven to a nationally recognized youth development agency.

Gregg came to UTEC with youthwork experience that ranged from streetwork to program development in Detroit, East Boston, and his hometown of Revere, MA. With an interest in Vietnamese culture stemming from his work with gang-involved Southeast Asian youth in the Boston area, he spent two years working and conducting research in Hanoi, Vietnam, gaining fluency in Vietnamese language and history.

He has presented at various conferences locally and nationally, and has testified at the state and federal levels, including a 2007 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gang violence through the invitation of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He has received recognition ranging from the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award to the Youth Advocacy Foundation’s Commitment to Justice Award. In 2014, he was honored with the “Greatest Contribution to Social Work Practice” by the National Association of Social Workers–MA Chapter. In March 2015, Gregg was appointed to the Governor’s task force on Economic Opportunity for Populations Facing Chronically High Rates of Unemployment. In 2016, he joined the board of the Lenny Zakim Fund, of which UTEC is a past grantee.

Gregg received his B.A. from Wesleyan University (majoring in East Asian Studies). He then earned his Masters of Social Work, along with associated masters coursework in Southeast Asian Studies, from the University of Michigan.