Board & Staff

Marc Dohan, Member

NewVue Communities

Marc Dohan is the Executive Director of the NewVue Communities, formally Twin Cities Community Development Corporation, in Fitchburg and Leominster, Massachusetts, a position he has held since 2002.  He directed the Agency’s housing department from 2000 to 2002.

Marc Dohan is the Executive Director of the NewVue Communities, formally Twin Cities Community Development Corporation, in Fitchburg and Leominster, Massachusetts, a position he has held since 2002.  He directed the Agency’s housing department from 2000 to 2002.  Before joining the NewVue Communities, Marc worked as a lawyer focusing on municipal finance.  He has a degree in both law and urban planning.

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Gail Latimore, Member

Codman Square CDC

Gail is a veteran of nonprofit management and development, with 25 years experience working in the public or nonprofit sector. She has served as the Executive Director of Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp (CSNDC) since 1998.

Gail is a veteran of nonprofit management and development, with 25 years experience working in the public or nonprofit sector. She has served as the Executive Director of Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp (CSNDC) since 1998. In this role, she has overall responsibility for the management, growth and health of this premier community development corporation. During Gail’s tenure, CSNDC has grown exponentially, expanding its service base to meet the needs of the community. Additionally, during this time, CSNDC has developed over 200 units of affordable housing, both homeownership and rental. 

Gail holds a bachelors degree in Architecture from Columbia University and has completed coursework towards a master’s degree in Urban Affairs at Boston University. A founding Board member of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Gail continues to serves on several national, state, regional and local boards dedicated to responsible community development, including the National NeighborWorks Association, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership, the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations and the Four Corners Action Coalition.

Gail is married, with three children, including 14-year old twins and a 3 year old—all girls.

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Robert Corley, Member

NeighborWorks of Southern Mass

Robert Corley, Executive Director, has been with NeighborWorks Southern Mass since 1997.  Prior to becoming Executive Director of the agency in 2009, Robert was the Director of Real Estate for NeighborWorks Southern Mass, overseeing all of the agency’s housing development activities.

Robert Corley, Executive Director, has been with NeighborWorks Southern Mass since 1997.  Prior to becoming Executive Director of the agency in 2009, Robert was the Director of Real Estate for NeighborWorks Southern Mass, overseeing all of the agency’s housing development activities.  Robert holds a Bachelors of Science from Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Construction Management program as well as a Masters in Community and Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.  In 2010, he participated in Boston University’s Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership Certificate Program and he is a recent graduate of the Achieving Excellence in Community Development program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Robert is also a state licensed Builder and Real Estate Broker. Under his leadership NeighborWorks Southern Mass has become an exemplary NeighborWorks organization in Southern Massachusetts with office locations in Quincy, Brockton and New Bedford.

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Dave Christopolis, Chair

Hilltown CDC

Dave Christopolis is the Executive Director of Hilltown CDC located in Chesterfield, MA. Dave has been working in the non-profit sector for 25 years. His past experience includes working as a mental health counselor, community organizer, planner and grant writer.

Dave Christopolis is the Executive Director of Hilltown CDC located in Chesterfield, MA. Dave has been working in the non-profit sector for 25 years. His past experience includes working as a mental health counselor, community organizer, planner and grant writer. Dave’s focus has always been on social justice, economic equality and advocating for policies and programs that build a more equitable society particularly for those who are disadvantaged. Dave holds a Master’s Degree in Organization and Management from Antioch New England Graduate School and studied Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music. Dave is a working jazz musician performing across the Northeast as a sideman to many musical groups.

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Mickey Northcutt, Treasurer

North Shore CDC

Mickey began his career in housing in low-income housing property management with Maloney Properties, Inc., and later in asset management at MMA Financial, LLC. He received his B.S. in urban affairs at Boston University, his M.S.

Mickey began his career in housing in low-income housing property management with Maloney Properties, Inc., and later in asset management at MMA Financial, LLC. He received his B.S. in urban affairs at Boston University, his M.S. in public affairs at the University of Massachusetts-Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, on the North Shore Workforce Investment Board and on the City of Salem's Community Preservation Committee. He is actively involved in Salem Rotary and with the American Bar Association’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development. He is also an adjunct professor at Boston University in their Urban Affairs and City Planning graduate program.

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Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Member

IBA—Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción

Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of IBA—Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, a Boston-based community building nonprofit organization founded in 1968 whose mission is to empower individuals through education, workforce development and arts programs, and to create aff

Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of IBA—Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, a Boston-based community building nonprofit organization founded in 1968 whose mission is to empower individuals through education, workforce development and arts programs, and to create affordable housing communities.

During her tenure, IBA has completed a dramatic financial, operational and programmatic turnaround, creating a stronger organization that is now poised to take a more active role in public policy issues affecting Latinos in Massachusetts.   Under her leadership, IBA has expanded a joint venture with Bunker Hill Community College that created a satellite campus in Villa Victoria (IBA’s affordable housing community); has grown its youth development programs; has increased arts and culture programs to anchor it as New England’s premier Latino arts hub; and has merged with its real estate development affiliate to create more efficient mission-driven synergies and develop more affordable housing.

Dr. Calderón-Rosado has served as advisor to various task forces, boards, commissions and high-profile searches, including Boston Police Department and Boston Public Health Commission.  In 2009, she was selected for the prestigious Barr Foundation Fellowship granted to the most gifted non-profit leaders in Greater Boston.  In 2010, Massachusetts’ Governor Deval Patrick appointed her to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the first Latina in the Commonwealth’s history.  She is a Founding Board member of the Margarita Muñiz Academy, the first dual-language innovation high school in Massachusetts. In November 2013, Mayor-elect Martin Walsh appointed Dr. Calderón-Rosado to co-lead his housing transition team.   In April 2014, Mayor Walsh appointed her as a member of his newly formed Housing Task Force and to his Women’s Commision.

Dr. Calderón-Rosado is a Puerto Rican-born community leader who also has vast experience in higher education, teaching and policy research in areas affecting Latinos and other populations of color.  She received her doctorate in Public Policy on Aging at the Gerontology Center, University of Massachusetts at Boston, and a Honoris Causa Doctorate from Cambridge College.

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Angie Liou, Vice Chair

Asian CDC

Angie has been in the affordable housing field since 2004.

Angie has been in the affordable housing field since 2004. Before taking over as the Executive Director of Asian Community Development Corporation, she served as ACDC's Director of Real Estate, overseeing the asset management of ACDC’s portfolio of 300+ units, shepherding projects in development, and was responsible for developing a pipeline of new projects.  She previously worked as a consultant and project manager in Seattle and Philadelphia assisting nonprofits in providing safe and affordable housing. She has served as the project lead on over $150 million worth of projects. Angie received a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Community Development.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Colleen Loveless, Member

Revitalize CDC

Colleen received a Bachelor’s Degree B.S.B.A. in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration M.B.A. from Western New England University.  She has worked in various sales and marketing positions for H.P.

Colleen received a Bachelor’s Degree B.S.B.A. in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration M.B.A. from Western New England University.  She has worked in various sales and marketing positions for H.P. Hood in Boston, The NutraSweet Company (Division of Monsanto) in Chicago and Heublein (Wine & Spirits) in Hartford before starting her own business in 1994.

For 15 years she owned an international category management organization located in Hartford, CT and Tampa, FL.  The organization specialized in strategic sales planning, marketing and merchandising for food and consumer product manufacturers and retailers in the North American, European and Latin American markets. Sample client list included: Gerber Baby Foods, Stanley Tools, Goya Foods, Colgate-Palmolive, Shaw’s Supermarkets, Schlage Hardware, and the Swiss owned company - Novartis Pharmaceutical.

Colleen serves on the board of directors for the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC), Boston University’s Leadership Council & a Parent Ambassador, the Policy Leadership Council at the Citizen’s Housing & Planning Association (CHAPA), and Baystate Medical Center’s Benefits Advisory Council (CBAC).  In the past she has served on the Johnson & Wales University Advisory Board in Providence, RI, the Suffield Foundation for Excellent Schools in Connecticut and the Long-Term Recovery Group following the tornadoes in 2011 that devastated Western Massachusetts.

In 2009 she accepted the position of the first Executive Director for Revitalize Community Development Corporation taking it from an all volunteer organization working just one day per year to a year-round program and office on Main Street in Springfield.  Revitalize CDC provides critical repairs, rehabilitation, and modifications on the homes of low-income families with children, the elderly, military veterans and people with special needs. 

In 2015 the organization expanded its services into the city of Holyoke, MA. Since Colleen started in 2009 RCDC has completed over 300 home projects with the help of almost 10,000 volunteers and hundreds of sponsors, donors, and collaborators. RCDC has also worked on many nonprofit facilities and community spaces over the last several years.  Examples include: The Ronald McDonald House, Transitional Home for Homeless Military Veterans, Square One Playground, WGBY’s North End Learning & Literacy Center, JC Williams Community Center, Community Music School, and created a community garden.

The organization has increased the number of individuals served on home projects per year from approximately 15-20 up to as high as 300.  When nonprofit and community spaces and parks are included, the number of individuals served is well into the thousands annually.  Thanks to generous sponsors, donors, and volunteers, RCDC consistently leverages funding by a ratio as high as 4 to 1, investing $29 Million of value into the cities of Springfield and Holyoke since its inception.

In 2013 Revitalize CDC implemented a strategic Neighborhood Revitalization Plan in Old Hill called GreenNFit. The annual GreenNFit block rebuilds have been and will be on contiguous blocks, from Tyler St to Hickory St. Each year, over 25 homes are worked on 1 block with over 1,000 volunteers and 90 sponsors.  In 10 years, over 250 homes will be rebuilt directly impacting almost 1,000 individuals.  To date, Tyler St, Pendleton Ave, King St, Lebanon St and Greene St have been completed.  The initiative will: preserve affordable housing stock, keep houses on the tax rolls, and prevent condemnation/abandonment, ensure that low-income homeowners have safe, healthy, and energy-efficient homes, increase homeowners’ financial stability through reduced energy bills and decreased need for capital improvements, improve residents’ quality of life, sense of community, and civic pride.

Colleen Loveless Awards:
•    Western New England University “Alumna of the Year”                        2016
•    Business West  - “Difference Maker” Class of 2014                          2014
•    Develop Springfield – “Partners in Progress” Award                         2014
Revitalize CDC Awards
•    Stone Soul – “Community Service” Award                            2013
•    National Booz Allen Hamilton #1 Affiliate in the USA-Management Excellence Award         2012
•    Recognition Award from the Massachusetts Secretary of Labor & Workforce Development         2012
       Secretary Joanne F. Goldstein for the successful implementation of the “National Emergency Grant"
•    Citation Award – City of Springfield – Mayor Domenic Sarno                    2012
              Recognition for 20 years of service in the city
•    Citation Award – Commonwealth of MA – Governor Deval L. Patrick & House of Representatives    2012
               Rebuilding low-income family’s homes damaged by the 2011 tornadoes

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Jennifer Van Campen, Clerk

Metro West Collaborative Development

Jennifer is the Executive Director of Metro West Collaborative Development, which builds, advocates for and connects people to affordable housing in about 20 western suburban communities.

Jennifer is the Executive Director of Metro West Collaborative Development, which builds, advocates for and connects people to affordable housing in about 20 western suburban communities. She helped grow the organization from a small single community CDC to the regional affordable housing developer that it is today. She began her career as a Community Organizer in New Britain, CT working on numerous community revitalization strategies. A brief foray into public housing led her back to community development when she became Executive Director of WATCH CDC and later Metro West. She has a BA in Urban Studies from Trinity College and an MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. She has twin boys and can often be founding coaching their myriad sports teams.

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Teri Bernert, Member

Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE)

Teri Bernert, Executive Director WHALE, was appointed in October 2013. She served as Executive Director for the downtown Business Improvement District (BID) and Downtown Taunton Foundation (DTF) since January 2011.

Teri Bernert, Executive Director WHALE, was appointed in October 2013. She served as Executive Director for the downtown Business Improvement District (BID) and Downtown Taunton Foundation (DTF) since January 2011. Teri has over 25 years of experience in community, economic development and nonprofit management, including 10 years as the Executive Director of The Neighborhood Corporation in Taunton. She has completed many large housing and mixed-use development projects, blending historic preservation, sustainability, creative design, and neighborhood oriented commercial space Teri has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from George Washington University in DC and a BS from UMass Amherst in Environmental Design.

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Juan Bonilla, Member

Lawrence CommunityWorks

Juan Bonilla joined Lawrence CommunityWorks, Inc. in Lawrence, MA in 2004 and began his career there as LCW’s first housing counselor.

Juan Bonilla joined Lawrence CommunityWorks, Inc. in Lawrence, MA in 2004 and began his career there as LCW’s first housing counselor. Since then, he has played an integral role in growing LCW’s financial capabilities, workforce and homeownership programming, Homeownership program, followed by LCW’s Asset Building Department before rising to Deputy Director. Prior to joining LCW, Juan served as a Financial Services Representative and Compliance Officer at MassMutual Financial Group. He brings over 17 years of experience in management, personal finance, housing, and economic empowerment initiatives. For the past 8 years, Juan has been a highly regarded housing and financial counseling trainer for UnidosUS Homeownership Network’s Learning Alliance and the United Way of MBMV.  He holds dual Bachelor degrees in Sociology and Spanish from Bowdoin College and is a graduate of the Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership certificate program, now at Tufts University.  Often cited as one of the “shining stars” of LCW by partners and funders for his professionalism, effectiveness, results-orientation, respect for process, and acumen, Juan now oversees all programmatic elements of LCW.  Juan is a past board member of the YMCA and MIDAS, and now sits on the boards of the Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union and the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) and, is a member of the Community Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank.  Born in Puerto Rico, he came to Lawrence at age 8 and grew up in the city.  He now lives in Haverhill, MA with his family.

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Rafael Mares, Member

The Neighborhood Developers

Rafael joined TND in July 2018 excited to work for a community development organization that serves his home community of Revere. Prior to arriving at TND, Rafael was a Vice President at the Conservation Law Foundation leading its Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice program area.

Rafael joined TND in July 2018 excited to work for a community development organization that serves his home community of Revere. Prior to arriving at TND, Rafael was a Vice President at the Conservation Law Foundation leading its Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice program area. He is a transportation expert and has advocated successfully for public transportation improvements in New England. Previously Rafael served as a clinical instructor and lecturer on law at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School.  Before and during law school, Rafael worked on environmental justice issues in Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and Boston.  Rafael holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a B.S. in Integrated Natural Resources from the University of Vermont.

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Katherine Martinez, Member

Lena Park CDC

Katherine is Dominican-American, born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Pine Manor College and she is Bilingual. (Spanish & English). Katherine has a strong background in affordable housing and property management.

Katherine is Dominican-American, born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Pine Manor College and she is Bilingual. (Spanish & English). Katherine has a strong background in affordable housing and property management. Her past work experience includes Office of Civil rights and Fair Housing ( City of Boston),  Assistant property manager (Winn Companies) and School Counseling Assistant  (Framingham Public School).  Katherine’s commitment to affordable housing, public service, and equality will help shape her work at Lena Park. Katherine is married to Jonathan Gomez Lopez and has three (3) children, Angela, Jonas & Jacob.

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Kimberly Lyle, Member

Dorchester Bay EDC

Kimberly R. Lyle is the Director of Strategy and Development at Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation where she oversees strategic planning, fundraising, and marketing and communications.

Kimberly R. Lyle is the Director of Strategy and Development at Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation where she oversees strategic planning, fundraising, and marketing and communications. Kimberly serves on Dorchester Bay’s senior leadership team. Prior to joining Dorchester Bay and the community development field in 2016, Kimberly worked in a variety of sectors, including higher education, financial services, and tech.

Kimberly is a graduate of Rutgers University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy. She has completed graduate coursework in social anthropology. 

Kimberly has a strong commitment to community engagement which is reflected in her previous tenure as vice-chair of the Roxbury Neighborhood Council and as a former member of the City of Boston’s ONEin3 Advisory Council. Currently, Kimberly is a mentor in the Mentor 2.0 program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.

Kimberly is a proud native of the Roxbury neighborhood in Boston, where she resides.

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Emilio Dorcely, Member

Urban Edge

Emilio is Chief Executive Officer of Urban Edge, located in Jackson Square at the crossroads of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. At Urban Edge, Emilio oversees all lines of business in its $5M annual operating budget.

Emilio is Chief Executive Officer of Urban Edge, located in Jackson Square at the crossroads of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. At Urban Edge, Emilio oversees all lines of business in its $5M annual operating budget. He manages a leadership team that builds affordable rental homes, creates first-time homebuyers, stems displacement through foreclosure prevention, builds wealth and credit scores for low- and moderate-income families, and organizes residents living in Urban Edge’s 1,400 affordable rental homes to become leaders of community change. In 2020, Emilio will lead the organization in creating a strategic plan that will guide its future activities and objectives.

Before Urban Edge, Emilio was President and Chief Executive Officer of Bridge Street Development Corporation, a community development corporation in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Haiti and raised in New York City, Emilio has worked with the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the Executive Office of the Mayor of Washington, DC, and for the Rhode Island Foundation. He is an alumnus of the State University of New York at Oswego and holds a JD from the University of Iowa’s College of Law.

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Leslie Reid, Member

Madison Park Development Corporation

Leslie Reid is the CEO of Madison Park Development Corporation. She has over 20 years of affordable housing, commercial, and community development experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Prior to becoming CEO, Leslie served as MPDC's Vice President of Programs. 

Leslie Reid is the CEO of Madison Park Development Corporation. She has over 20 years of affordable housing, commercial, and community development experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Prior to becoming CEO, Leslie served as MPDC's Vice President of Programs. 

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Suneeth John, Member

Fenway CDC

Suneeth John is the Director of Real Estate at Fenway CDC.

Suneeth John is the Director of Real Estate at Fenway CDC. He has 15+ years of experience working on award winning domestic and international projects and has worn multiple hats including those of architect, landscape architect, urban designer, real estate development manager, underwriter, etc., to name a few.
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Suneeth’s career has been informed and enriched by volunteer leadership positions in participatory planning and affordable housing development. He is the President of the Board of Metro West Collaborative Development, a CDC focused on improving affordable housing opportunities in Boston’s western suburbs. Suneeth was also a former member of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) in Watertown. In addition to degrees in architecture and landscape architecture, Suneeth also holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED). He is a registered landscape architect (MA) and a USGBC LEED AP BD+C. 

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Gonzalo Puigbo, Member

Somerville Community Corporation

Gonzalo J. Puigbo is the Chief Executive Officer of Somerville Community Corporation.

Gonzalo J. Puigbo is the Chief Executive Officer of Somerville Community Corporation. He brings a rare combination of corporate and community experience with an entrepreneurial and inclusive spirit and a mission to help low income families to achieve financial independence via homeownership, workforce development, financial literacy and education and community organizing and leadership initiatives.

Gonzalo began his banking career at Citizens Bank, where he quickly moved up the ranks from Loan Officer to Producing Sales Manager. He received the coveted President's Club Award for 2004 & 2005 for outstanding sales and community outreach and worked there for over 8 years. In 2006, he went to work at Eastern Bank as a Regional Sales Manager and received the 2012 Corporate Value award for his outstanding community involvement. 
Prior to SCC, Gonzalo worked at People’s United Bank as the Vice President, CRA & Community Development Officer for Northern New England, where he learned and embraced the challenges facing our low income households and how to utilize equity and investment resources to bridge the gap of the financial needs of our communities.

Gonzalo is a passionate Servant Leader willing to help anyone along the way who needs help with financial services and education. He has taught over 500+ homebuyer education seminars and over 100+ financial education classes with the hope of giving low income households and working chance for financial independence. He has eagerly volunteered as a leader with many non-profit organizations and was Chair of the Board of Directors at Compass Working Capital and is the current Co-Chair of MCBC’s Lending Committee.

Gonzalo received his Bachelor of Science and MBA from Framingham State University. In 2012, his alma mater presented him with the Alumni Achievement Award for his outstanding work in our local communities.
Gonzalo always dreamed of moving to the US, finish college, build his own enterprise and raise a family. He is thankful that he has been able to accomplish that and much more and is appreciative of what this country has offered to make this happen.

Gonzalo loves visiting his second home in Cape Cod during the Summer and travel with his wife and kids all over the world.

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Joe Kriesberg, President

Joe Kriesberg is the President and CEO of MACDC. He first joined MACDC in 1993 as Vice President and served in that capacity until he became President in July 2002. He oversees the agency's advocacy work with public and private sector entities, its capacity building work with members, its long term strategic planning, it collaborations and partnerships and internal operations.

Joe Kriesberg is the President and CEO of MACDC. He first joined MACDC in 1993 as Vice President and served in that capacity until he became President in July 2002. He oversees the agency's advocacy work with public and private sector entities, its capacity building work with members, its long-term strategic planning, it collaborations and partnerships and internal operations. He has launched several innovative new programs at MACDC, including the Community Investment Tax Credit, the Mel King Institute for Community Building, the GOALs Initiative, the biennial MACDC conventions and the Community Development Innovation Forum.  In the past five years, the MACDC staff has grown by 50%.  During his tenure Joe has helped to pass many important bills through the Massachusetts Legislature, including the groundbreaking Insurance Industry Community Investment Act (1998,) the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (2000,) the Small Business Technical Assistance Program (2006,) a comprehensive anti-foreclosure law (2007), a new law to help preserve “expiring-use” affordable rental communities (2009) and the Community Investment Tax Credit (2012).  In 2016, he was chair of the Yes for a Better Boston Campaign that passed the Community Preservation Act in the city of Boston.  Joe serves on the board of several organizations, including the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, Metro Housing Boston and LISC Boston. Joe is frequently asked to speak on community development issues and trends here and around the country, and writes about these issues for the MACDC website. Joe also periodically teaches as a Visiting Lecturer at Northeastern University’s Center for Urban and Regional Policy. Prior to working for MACDC, Mr. Kriesberg worked on energy and environmental issues for nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC and Boston, MA. Mr. Kriesberg has a B.A. from Binghamton University (New York State) and a J.D. Degree from Northeastern University in Boston. He lives in Boston, MA, with his wife, Dina Brownstein.  They have two adult children, Joshua and Michael.

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Shirronda Almeida, Director of The Mel King Institute for Community Building

Shirronda Almeida, Director of The Mel King Institute for Community Building, assists CDCs in improving their capacity as community resources and serves on MACDC’s management team.

Shirronda Almeida, Director of The Mel King Institute for Community Building, assists CDCs in improving their capacity as community resources and serves on MACDC’s management team. Under the auspices of the Institute, launched in 2009, she manages the Alliance – Advancing Community Development by Confronting Racism, the Community Development Mentoring Program and the Innovation Forum. The Institute partners to offer numerous trainings and seminar series for professionals, AmeriCorps members, Board members, residents and other local leaders in community development.

Shirronda is a gubernatorial appointee for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, where she serves as the Secretary. Prior to her time at MACDC, Shirronda worked in youth development programming, community organizing, prevention and public art programs. She holds a Master's degree in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from Simmons College. Shirronda is also a registered yoga instructor.

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John Fitterer, Director of Operations

John Fitterer, Director of Operations, oversees MACDC's fundraising, marketing and communications, information technology and knowledge management programs, and general office operations; he serves on MACDC's management team.

John Fitterer, Director of Operations, oversees MACDC's fundraising, marketing and communications, information technology and knowledge management programs, and general office operations; he serves on MACDC's management team. Central to these core responsibilities is working with leaders in the philanthropic and business community to significantly raise the awareness of community development as a critical component to thriving communities.  Currently, John is focusing on promoting and raising funds for the Community Investment Tax Credit, a $66 million / 6 year tax credit for CDCs in Massachusetts.

Before working at MACDC, John was the Director of Resource Development and Marketing at Nuestra CDC in Roxbury, MA.  Prior to switching to the nonprofit sector, John helped launch a successful web-application and software company across North America.  John is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Binghamton University with a BA in English.

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Pamela Bender, Senior Organizer

Pam Bender, Senior Organizer, engages MACDC members in advocacy work and provides support and capacity building to CDC organizers. Pam has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on community organizing, leadership development and organizational development.

Pam Bender, Senior Organizer, engages MACDC members in advocacy work and provides support and capacity building to CDC organizers. Pam has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on community organizing, leadership development and organizational development. Prior to working at MACDC she worked at Management Consulting Services, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp and the Massachusetts Tenants Organization. Pam is very active in Jamaica Plain where she lives with her long-time partner.

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Don Bianchi, Senior Policy Advocate

Don Bianchi is the Senior Policy Advocate at MACDC. Don promotes MACDC’s public policy agenda, fosters working relationships among the public, private and nonprofit sectors, and assists CDCs in building capacity.

Don Bianchi is the Senior Policy Advocate at MACDC. Don promotes MACDC’s public policy agenda, fosters working relationships among the public, private and nonprofit sectors, and assists CDCs in building capacity. Much of his work is focused on supporting MACDC’s Members in their affordable housing and real estate development work. Don has been working by and for CDCs for 20 years, and has over 30 years’ experience in affordable housing development, lending, and policy. Prior to working at MACDC, Don served as Hilltown CDC’s Housing Director for over 8 years, where he led the CDC’s initial foray into housing development and successfully developed affordable rental and ownership housing for families and seniors. Don holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy from Tufts University. He lives in Northampton.

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David Bryant, Director of Advocacy

Throughout much of his career, David has focused on direct advocacy and public policy efforts.

Throughout much of his career, David has focused on direct advocacy and public policy efforts.  He has more than twenty-five years of experience in policy development, legislative strategy, and governmental relations and advocacy, including as the Director of Government Relations for The Trustees of Reservations, one of the nation’s first regional nonprofit conservation organizations.

Before moving to Boston from Washington, DC, David served as a senior lobbyist with the National Education Association and the American Academy of Actuaries, where he focused on employee benefits and access to healthcare.

In addition to his government relations work, David has advised a range of entities –small startup companies, political campaigns, regional and national nonprofits – on strategies for communications, organizational development, public policy advocacy, economic development, and advancement.  He has served on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Charles River Watershed Association, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities (Mass Humanities), Generations Inc., and the Cambridge-Ellis School.

David received his AB degree from Georgetown University.

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Sarah Byrnes, Director, Public Housing Training Program

Sarah Byrnes manages the Mel King Institute’s Public Housing Training Program, which helps residents of public housing meaningfully participate in the oversight of their housing developments.

Sarah Byrnes manages the Mel King Institute’s Public Housing Training Program, which helps residents of public housing meaningfully participate in the oversight of their housing developments. The Program launched in 2017 and offers trainings and network-building opportunities to tenant representatives on Local Housing Authorities and other resident leaders. Prior to joining the Mel King Institute, Sarah was the Director of New England New Economy Transition program at the Institute for Policy Studies, where she focused on community organizing in Jamaica Plain, Boston, and founded a regional network of grassroots groups called the New England Resilience & Transition network. Sarah has also worked with Americans for Financial Reform, Americans for Fairness in Lending, and the Thomas Merton Center. She has a BA from Boston College and Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She lives in Roslindale with her husband and two children.

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Elana Brochin, Program Director for Health Equity

Elana Brochin is MACDC’s Program Director for Health Equity, where she drives MACDC’s work to promote health equity through the convergence of community development and health through policy, partnerships, and technical assistance to MACDC members.

Elana Brochin is MACDC’s Program Director for Health Equity, where she drives MACDC’s work to promote health equity through the convergence of community development and health through policy, partnerships, and technical assistance to MACDC members. Elana earned an MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and a Masters of Public Health from Tufts University and a BA from Cornell University. Prior to working at MACDC, Elana worked as the Health Care Project Manager at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO), where she managed the update of the Attorney General’s Community Benefits Guidelines. Previous to her work at the AGO, Elana worked as a Research Coordinator and Research Associate at the Institute for Aging Research. Elana has lived in Jamaica Plain for the last ten years, where she is an enthusiastic community member. Elana is an avid board game player, a Moth StorySLAM winner, and is currently refining her handstand practice.

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Nadine Sanchara, Communications and Operations Fellow

Nadine Sanchara is MACDC’s Communications and Operations Fellow. In this role, Nadine supports MACDC’s senior staff in ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the office.

Nadine Sanchara is MACDC’s Communications and Operations Fellow. In this role, Nadine supports MACDC’s senior staff in ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the office. She also has the responsibility of managing MACDC’s website and social media sites, as well as writing newsletters, blog posts, and press releases that tell the stories of our work and that of our members.

Nadine holds a Master’s Degree in Communication and Development Studies from Ohio University and a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Guyana.  She relocated to Boston from Brooklyn, NY, and was born and raised in Guyana, South America. She previously worked as a journalist and as a program manager with a local nonprofit in her home country.

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Lia Downing, Program Coordinator, Mel King Institute

Lia Downing, Program Coordinator for the Mel King Institute for Community Building, provides training development and program support as well as management of the MKI Certificate program. She also markets the Institute's activities through newsletters, website updates, and social media.

Lia Downing, Program Coordinator for the Mel King Institute for Community Building, provides training development and program support as well as management of the MKI Certificate program. She also markets the Institute's activities through newsletters, website updates, and social media.

Lia graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Anthropology and Chinese Language and Culture. Prior to joining Mel King Institute, she worked at Solstice Power Technologies as a community outreach associate and the Department of Justice as a paralegal specialist.

Lia currently resides in East Cambridge. In her free time, she enjoys painting watercolors, reading for pleasure, and experimenting in the kitchen.

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Tiana Lawrence, Community Engagement Fellow, Mel King Institute

Tiana Lawrence is the Community Engagement Fellow at the Mel King Institute for Community Building. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education at Merrimack College with a focus on community organizing.

Tiana Lawrence is the Community Engagement Fellow at the Mel King Institute for Community Building. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education at Merrimack College with a focus on community organizing. She recently graduated from Merrimack College with a BA in Women and Gender Studies and English. Tiana grew up in Lowell, MA and over the last couple years in undergrad, she served as the Diversity chair of her college's Student Government Association, and worked as the college's assistant of multicultural initiatives. During these positions, she spent time advocating, educating, providing programming and resources, empowering, and engaging with her college campus community at various levels. She continues to grow in her passion for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice work. She enjoys painting, music, writing, traveling, meeting new people, and quality time with family and friends.

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