For more than 20 years, Alexandra Oliver-Dávila has worked to create a community that supports young people, values their input, and believes in their ability to create positive social change. Serving as Executive Director since 1999, Alex has transformed Sociedad Latina into a cutting-edge, data-driven youth development organization. Under her leadership, Sociedad Latina has quadrupled its budget, expanded board membership, increased the number of youthandfamilies served, expanded programming, and developed our Cultural Studies curriculum. Read more.
Lydia Emmons, Director of College & Career Pathways
Lydia Emmons earned her Bachelor’s in Urban and Community Studies from the University of Connecticut and holds certificates in Youth Trauma Response and Non-Profit Leadership. She is currently completing the Massachusetts Education Policy Fellowship Program through the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy. Lydia joined Sociedad Latina in 2009 as a Highland Street Corps Ambassador of Mentoring and was then hired as a Workforce Development Coordinator. As Director of College & Career Pathways, Lydia oversees the Education and Workforce Development programs, evaluates program components and liaises with partners.
Juan Maldonado, Director of Arts, Culture & Civic Engagement
Juan Maldonado earned a Bachelor’s in Professional Music, with a concentration in Music Education, from Berklee College of Music. Prior to joining Sociedad, Juan founded, launched and directed a music school near Boston. Juan is a skilled musician, appearing in events such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, Bean Town Jazz Festival, Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, Sarasota Jazz Festival and Heineken Jazz Festival. In 2014, Juan was awarded the Berklee Urban Service Award for his outstanding work with youth in Boston. Juan was recently selected as a chair for Boston Creates, a community-wide effort to harness creativity and build a shared vision for arts and culture in Boston. As the Director of Arts & Civic Engagement, Juan oversees all community arts and engagement initiatives, manages program staff and develops curricula and lesson plans. Juan is bilingual in English and Spanish.
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Laura Simocko has an M.Phil. in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict from Trinity College Dublin and a B.A. in Peace & Conflict Studies from Colgate University. Her previous experience includes direct service and development roles at the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project of Maine, Catholic Charities Maine and Academia Europea Dominicana. At Sociedad, Laura is responsible for fundraising and oversight of evaluation and marketing.
Tzintzun Aguilar, Media Arts Instructor
Tzintzun Aguilar holds a Bachelor’s in Multifield Film from St. Lawrence University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts with a concentration in Media Art from Emerson College. Prior to joining Sociedad Latina, Tzintzun filmed several documentaries and taught video production and editing to students at The Weave in Canton, New York. At Sociedad, Tzintzun teaches afterschool and weekend media arts classes.
Florencia Bluthgen, Development Associate
Florencia Bluthgen holds a Bachelor's in Communications from Universidad Austral in Argentina, and an MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. She previously worked in nonprofits in Argentina, Colombia and Haiti. At Sociedad, Florencia implements the grant writing, reporting, and marketing components of the organizational fundraising plan. Florencia is fluent in English and in Spanish.
Tiara Cobb, Health Education Coordinator
Tiara Cobb holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Psychology from UMass Boston and is in the process of earning her Massachusetts Early Education and Care Assistant Teacher Certification. At Sociedad, she coordinates the Health Educators program and has been trained in asset-based youth development and relevant health topics.
Shynnah Cueto-Monge, Workforce Development Coordinator
Shynnah Cueto-Monge is currently pursuing an Associates Degree in Human Services at Bunker Hill Community College. She has been involved at Sociedad Latina for more than seven years, transitioning from a Youth Leader to an employee. While in high school, Shynnah was an intern at Brigham & Women's Hospital through the Jovenes Latinos Pro Salud and a Youth Artist. Shynnah is bilingual in English and in Spanish.
Daniel Davis, College Access & Career Coordinator
Daniel Davis holds a Bachelor's in Spanish Language & Literature and a Master's in Teaching from Clark University. Before joining Sociedad in 2014, Dan taught Spanish to high school students in Grafton and Worcester. At Sociedad, Dan supports our Mission Possible! programming in the community and with BPS school partners. Dan is fluent in Spanish.
Jade Franco, Manager of College & Career Pathways
Jade Franco holds a Bachelor’s in Multidisciplinary Studies from Stonehill College and is bilingual in English and Spanish. Prior to joining Sociedad, Jade worked at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Summer Search Boston and Patronato Beneficio Oriental in La Romana, Dominican Republic. At Sociedad, Jade provides college access and postsecondary pathways guidance to Mission Possible! youth ages 14-21, outreaches to community youth and manages the Academy for Latinos Achieving Success (ALAS) program.
Victoria Garcia, Office Manager
Victoria Garcia is a former Youth Leader in our Health Careers for Youth program. After completing high school, she joined Sociedad Latina as a temporary receptionist before being hired as a full-time employee. Victoria ensures the smooth daily operation of the office, coordinates phone and IT systems and is a primary point of contact for Youth Leaders and families. Victoria is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Zipporah Legarde, Highland Street Ambassador of Mentorship
Zipporah Legarde joins us from New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a Bachelor’s in English Literature with a focus in African Diaspora Studies from the University of Missouri at Columbia. She is serving at Sociedad Latina as our Highland Street Ambassador of Mentorship for 2016. Zipporah regards herself as a teaching activist, having worked on special projects with Wildseeds: The Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective and as the 2016 Social Change in Action Teaching Counselor with the Oakland-based Girls Leadership. She hopes to bring her passion for social/restorative justice through education to her service year with us.
Emily Lewis, ServiceWorks Recruitment and Outreach Leader, Boston Cares AmeriCorps VISTA
Emily Lewis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Emmanuel College. Prior to her AmeriCorps VISTA position, Emily worked with our middle school STEAM Team program as the Program Assistant. As a Recruitment and Outreach Leader she facilitates the ServiceWorks curriculum at our various partner locations. Emily is working with youth ages 16-24 to develop career and college readiness skills while integrating community service and developing youth lead service capstone projects.
Yamileth Lopez, Bookkeeper
Yamileth Lopez holds an Associates Degree in Business Administration with an Accounting option from Bunker Hill Community College. She currently attends the University of Massachusetts, Boston when she is studying Business Management with a concentration in Accounting. Yamileth coordinates all billing, accounting, and human resources for the organization.
Betsabe Monge Ayuso, Family Engagement Assistant
Betsabe Monge was born in Puerto Rico, but has lived in Boston all her life. Betsabe became involved with Sociedad Latina ten years ago through her children; four of her six children are or have been Youth Leaders. She currently develops and mantains relationships with youth and families to help parents become more involved in their child's life, supports individual youth, and connects youth and families with services as needed. Betsabe is also a pastor for her community at Mission Hill. She is Bilingual in English and Spanish.
Jenna Nackel, STEAM Manager
Jenna Nackel holds a Bachelor's in Education and Social Justice from Vassar College. Before joining Sociedad in 2014, Jenna worked for Cambridge Montessori School and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. She coordinates the daily implementation of our middle school STEAM Team, liaises with families and works closely with our partner schools. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Wilmer Quinones, Civic Engagement Coordinator
Wilmer Quinones is currently attending Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. At Sociedad, he has previously been a Youth Community Organizer, Student Facilitator for the ELL Student Youth Advisory and Program Assistant for the Saturday ELL Academy. Wilmer is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Victoria Sagardia, Dance Instructor
Victoria Sagardia is currently a member of Emerson College’s dance company and has nine years of formal training in ballet, contemporary, and jazz at the Academia de Artes Franceschi in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Prior to joining Sociedad, Victoria taught ballet and jazz at Academia de Artes Franceschi for 3 years. At Sociedad, Victoria teaches afterschool and weekend dance classes for community youth in styles such as salsa, bachata, merengue, and hip-hop.
Abraham Sierra Jr., ALAS Access & Success Coach
Abraham Sierra is currently pursuing an Associates Degree in Human Services from Bunker Hill Community College. Prior to joining Sociedad Latina, Abraham worked as an AmeriCorps Vista recruting and matching Success Coaches with service scholars and facilitating soft skills and professional development workshops. At Sociedad, Abraham provides transition coaching to youth through their first two years of college. Abraham is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Josh Snyder, Arts, Culture & Music Coordinator
Josh Snyder holds a Bachelor's in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music. Prior to joining Sociedad, he worked for six years as a private guitar instructor and was a guitar instructor at Yawkey Boys & Girls Club. Josh's skill set includes arranging and writing for ensembles and he has performed across Greater Boston and central Ohio. At Sociedad, Josh coordinates the Youth Artists program and teaches school-day music classes with BPS partners.