For over 20 years, Alexandra Oliver-Dávila has worked to create a community that supports and values young people 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.
Lydia Emmons earned her undergraduate degree in Urban and Community Studies and Public Policy from the University of Connecticut and she holds certificates in Youth Trauma Response and Non-Profit Leadership. Lydia was a participant of the 2016 Massachusetts Education Policy Fellowship Program through the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy. She joined Sociedad Latina in 2009 as a Highland Street Corps Ambassador of Mentoring and was then hired as a Workforce Development Coordinator.
Juan Maldonado earned his undergraduate degree in Professional Music, with a concentration in Music Education, from Berklee College of Music. Prior to joining Sociedad Latina, Juan founded 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 and was recently selected as a chair for Boston Creates. Juan is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Andrea Costa is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Business at Bunker Hill Community College and plans to continue her studies in Finance at the University of Massachusetts, Boston in the near future. Before joining Sociedad Latina, she volunteered for various nonprofit organizations in Peru and was a translator for the Boston Housing Authority. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Shynnah Cueto-Monge is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Human Services at Bunker Hill Community College. She has been involved with Sociedad Latina for more than seven years, transitioning from a Youth Leader to a full-time staff member. While in high school, she was an intern at Brigham & Women's Hospital through the Health Careers for Youth Program and a Youth Artist. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Dan Davis received his undergraduate degree in Spanish Language & Literature and a Master's in Teaching from Clark University. Before joining Sociedad Latina in 2014, Dan taught high school Spanish in Grafton and Worcester. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.
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 is currently working towards her undergraduate degree in Business Management at Endicott College. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Maria Grande received her undergraduate degree in English Language Literature and Creative Writing from Providence College. Maria joined Sociedad Latina in 2015 as an AmeriCorps VISTA ServiceWorks Program and Development Leader, where she worked with youth ages 16-24 in developing college and career readiness skills while integrating community service. After her service year, Maria became a full-time staff member at Sociedad Latina as a Development Associate.
Emily Lewis received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Emmanuel College. Prior to becoming the Health Education Coordinator, Emily worked with our middle school STEAM Team as the Program Assistant and then as the AmeriCorps VISTA Recruitment and Outreach Specialist. In 2017, she became the Health Education Coordinator.
Yamileth Lopez received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting, from Bunker Hill Community College. She is currently working towards her undergraduate degree in Business Management, with a concentration in Accounting, from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Raquel Navarro joined Sociedad Latina in 2012 as a Youth Artist and made her way up to a permanent staff position. She is a vocal performer and plays the bass and piano. As a Youth Artist, she composed 3 original songs and performed at the ICA, House of Blues Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, and various community events across Boston. She currently attends Roxbury Community College, where she is pursuing music. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Spencer is a graduate of Boston Public Schools. He completed courses at Salem State University and plans to further his education in political policy. Last year he completed a year of service with City Year at the Chittick Elementary School in Mattapan. Spencer finds his passion in working with youth from Boston by believing that you have to be the change you want to see in the world.
Wilmer Quinones joined Sociedad Latina as a Youth Community Organizer in 2009. As a YCO, he was the Student Faciliator for the ELL Student Youth Advisory and the Program Assistant for the Saturday ELL Academy. After completing high school, he became a full-time staff member at Sociedad Latina as the Civic Engagement Coordinator. Wilmer received his Associate’s Degree in Business Technology and Management from Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in May and is currently attending UMass Boston. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Fernando Rodriguez received his undergraduate degree in Sociology and Psychology from Framingham State University. He moved back to Boston after college to advocate and create change within his community. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Abraham Sierra, Jr. is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Human Services from Bunker Hill Community College and plans to transfer to a four-year college to receive his undergraduate degree in Expressive Arts Therapy. Prior to joining Sociedad Latina, Abraham was an AmeriCorps Vista ServiceWorks Member, working with youth ages 16-24 in developing college and career readiness skills while integrating community service. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Josh Snyder received his undergraduate degree in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music. Prior to joining Sociedad Latina, he worked as a private guitar instructor and taught at the Yawkey Boys & Girls Club. He is currently completing a fellowship through the Music Educators and Teaching Artists program with the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Victor Velazquez received his undergraduate degree in Business Management and a Master's Degree in Technological Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. He previously worked with the Bennington County Regional Communication, developing a plan for affordable housing in Vermont. He was also a Community Adviser at Southern Vermont College and was part of various startups and entrepreneurial endeavors. Victor is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Tiffany grew up in the outskirts of Miami with a Bolivian mother and an American father. Her passion for helping youth stems from her graduate studies at the University of San Francisco while conducting her Master’s thesis research. She traveled through various villages of Bangladesh to analyze the causes of schoolgirl dropouts in the rural secondary school system by interviewing young girls, teachers, parents, and community leaders. She has experience working with women and youth who have suffered trauma as well as young teenage mothers who have been forced to marry. She believes that education can be a catalyst for social change, and she knows that the work and mission of Sociedad Latina is exactly that. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.