Staff Bio

Gregg Croteau, MSW

Executive Director


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With over 18 years of youthwork experience, Gregg has worked in positions as a street outreach worker, program coordinator and director of various youth programs.  Since February 2000, he has served as the first Executive Director of UTEC.  He has worked with a Board of Directors and staff (with young people comprising both bodies) to solidify their mission of igniting and nurturing the ambition of Lowell’s most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success.

With an interest in Southeast Asian culture stemming from his work with gang-involved Southeast Asian youth in the Boston area, Gregg spent two years in Hanoi, Vietnam before coming to UTEC.  In Vietnam he conducted a study on the redevelopment of social work in Vietnam and worked as the Residential Coordinator/History Lecturer for American students studying abroad at Hanoi National University.  He also gained fluency in the Vietnamese language.Before working in Vietnam, Gregg coordinated various youth development and organizing programs within such organizations as the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services in Dearborn, MI; Maverick Family Support Program in East Boston, MA; and ROCA, Inc. in both Chelsea and Revere, MA.

In 1993, Gregg received his B.A. from Wesleyan University, majoring in East Asian Studies.  In 1997, he received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan, focusing on the administration of non-profit organizations.  He also completed coursework in a Master's degree program in Southeast Asian Studies, specializing in pre-modern Vietnamese history, at the University of Michigan.

Gregg has presented at various panels and conferences throughout the country with respect to a range of topics related to youth development, gang peacemaking, youth organizing, and non-profit management.  He received the Fernando Miranda Outreach Educator of the Year Award from the Community Health Education Center in 2006.  In June 2006, he received the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award for his innovative leadership and gang peacemaking work. He was recently appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council for Refugees and Immigrants, in addition to participating in the Governor’s Anti-Crime Council. The Massachusetts Speaker of the House also appointed him to a newly created Health Disparity Council.  Ultimately, although the awards and recognition are much appreciated, it is the relationships that Gregg and other UTEC staff have built with all those young people who have walked through UTEC’s doors that continue to be the most noteworthy source of pride.