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Board of Directors 

Marta Rivera, President
is a consultant for nonprofit management and program development. Marta has prior experience working with local youth and families as the Director of Capacity Building and Community Partnerships with the Boston Centers for Youth and Families. Marta is also the coordinator of the Mission Hill Youth Collaborative and Greater Boston Latino Network.Marta joined the Board of Directors in 2003.

 

 

Karina Becerra
Karina is currently attending Babson College's F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business as a MBA Candidate in Marketing. She is also the Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator/Social Media Manager for She Geeks Out, providing training programs on improving diversity representation in the workplace and encouraging inclusive work cultures with community and professional groups in the Greater Boston Area, as well as managing the organizations social media profiles. Karina joined the Board of Directors in 2017.

 

Patricia Flaherty
Patricia is the Executive Director at the Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services. She lives and works in Mission Hill, advocating for positive community development that benefits low income and working class families in the neighborhood. Pat was recently honored for her tireless efforts by Boston’s Neighborhood Fellows program. She joined the Board of Directors in 2005.

 

 

 

Calliope Desenberg
Calliope is currently attending Babson College's F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business as a MBA Candidate in Business Analytics. She is also the Employee Wellness Program Intern at Kaiser Permanente, designing communication tools that support and promote wellness in the workplace and interviewing union activists, employers, and workforce health consultants to identify culturally-appropriate tools and resources in the workplace. Calliope joined the Board of Directors in 2017.

 

Jaime Lopez
Jaime is a former Sociedad Latina Youth Leader and program assistant. He earned his undergraduate degree in Finance, Accounting, and Management from Northeastern University and is pursuing an M.B.A. with a concentration in International Business from Suffolk University. He currently works as an Office Manager at the Barr Foundation since 2008, where he supports the day-to-day activities of the Foundation, as well as operations-related projects. Jaime joined the Board of Directors in 2012.

Cecilia Mendez, Clerk
Cecilia is the Director of the Center for Art and Community Partnerships at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  The Center works to cultivate innovative, sustainable relationships with the broader community to explore and expand the relevance of art in public life.  Her work and passion has always been at the intersection of art, culture, education, and community, and she has worked in or with community arts organizations, galleries, and schools throughout Massachusetts and beyond. Cecilia joined the Board of Directors in 2011.

 

 

Elaine Ng
Elaine is the former Executive Director of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) and former Director of Strategic Planning for Special Education at Boston Public Schools. Under leadership at BCNC, program grew dramatically, the organization transitioned into a new Silver LEED-certified facility, services expanded into the City of Quincy, and the organization became nationally recognized with a White House Champions of Change Award. Currently, Elaine is a Barr Fellow and serves as the Interim Operations Director for TSNE MissionWorks. She joined the Board of Directors in 2017.

John Smith
John holds a Master in Public Policy from Tufts University and is the Policy Analyst for the Office of Economic Development for the City of Boston. He previously served as the Enforcement and Compliance Manager at the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston. John joined the Board of Directors in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

Noel Torres
Noel is the Coordinator for the Curtis Hall Community Center in Jamaica Plain. He brings an expertise in developing and implementing programs that effect positive change among youth and communities. He joined the Board of Directors in 2005.

Yorling Valdez
Yorling is a former Sociedad Latina Youth Leader and a young entrepreneur working to strengthen community involvement in the arts. He joined the Board of Directors in 2014.

 

Freddie Velez, Treasurer
Freddie is the Assistant Deputy Director at Youth Options Unlimited Boston, a workforce development program primarily working with court-involved youth.He joined the Board of Directors in 2003.