Sociedad Latina Staff
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 was also recently selected to serve on the School Board at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. 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.
Kelly Baker, Development Associate
Kelly Baker holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Skidmore College. Previously, Kelly was a Diversity Fellow (Ambassador of Mentoring) at Science Club for Girls and, before that, worked as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School. At Sociedad, Kelly implements the grant writing, reporting, and evaluation components of the organizational fundraising plan.
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.
Dominique Flores, Development Associate
Dominique Flores holds a Bachelor's in Community Benefit & Youth Services Administration from California State University, Fresno and an MPA in Nonprofit Agency Management from Sonoma State University. She has previously worked as a Counselor at the Family Life Center and a Development Volunteer with community-based non-profits in California. At Sociedad, Dominique implements the grant writing, reporting, and marketing components of the organizational fundraising plan.
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.
Emily Lewis, STEAM Team Assistant
Emily is currently pursuing a Sociology degree from Emmanuel College. Through the Emmanuel College Community Service Fellowship, Emily supported Sociedad Latina's Summer Seedlings program for middle school students. At Sociedad, Emily assists in implmenting our middle school STEAM Team program.
Tomas Leyton-Nolan, Civic Engagement Coordinator
Tomas joined Sociedad Latina in 2013 to coordinate our youth-led campaign to raise awareness about and advocate for new and fair revenue reform in Massachusetts. A lifelong resident of Boston and BPS graduate, Tomas has a significant experience organizing for education reform. He currently attends UMass Boston and is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Yamileth Lopez, Bookeeper
Yamileth 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.
Shynnah Monge, Workforce Development Assistant
Shynnah Monge has been involved at Sociedad Latina for more than six 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 Spanish.
Jenna Nackel, STEAM Team Coordinator
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.
Nicolas Perez, Music Clubhouse Program Assistant
Nicolas holds a Bachelor's in Contemporary Writing/Production from Berklee College of Music. Prior to joining Sociedad Latina, he taught music theory, ensemble, and private piano lessons to high school youth at Boston Arts Academy for three years. At Sociedad Latina, Nicolas will support our Youth Artists program and school-day music classes with BPS partners.
Wilmer Quinones, Civic Engagement Assistant
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 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 and Success Coach
Abraham 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.
Laura Simocko, Grants Manager
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 all aspects of raising support from institutional funders and oversight of evaluation and marketing.
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.