Board & Staff

Angie Liou, 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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Emilio Dorcely, Vice Chair

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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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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Casey Starr, Clerk

Main South CDC

M. Casey Starr serves as the director of Community Initiatives of the Main Community Development Corporation, a position she has held since 2016.

M. Casey Starr serves as the director of Community Initiatives of the Main Community Development Corporation, a position she has held since 2016. She has been with the Main South CDC since 2007, serving in a variety of roles including the community organizer, assistant to executive director, and project manager.  From 2014 through 2018 Casey served as the Project Director of the Main South Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Project, a $1 million initiative funded by the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance focused on improving neighborhood safety.  In addition, she chairs and coordinates a variety of community-based groups including the Castle Park Task Force, the Friends of University Park, Shepard-King Neighborhood Association, the Kilby-Gardner-Hammond community group, among others.  Casey specializes in community engagement, strategic planning, and coordinating cross-sector partnerships.  A public space advocate, she is particularly passionate about the intersection of placemaking and neighborhood safety initiatives.  Casey received the “Rising Star Award” from the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations in 2010.  She received both her Bachelor’s Degree and her Master’s Degree in Community Development and Planning from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

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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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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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Dave Christopolis, Member

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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Jay Coburn, Member

Community Development Partnership

Jay Coburn has had an unusual career as an advocate, community activist, and chef/small business owner.  Since 2012, Jay has served as President and CEO of the Community Development Partnership – the non-profit community development corporation serving the eight towns of lo

Jay Coburn has had an unusual career as an advocate, community activist, and chef/small business owner.  Since 2012, Jay has served as President and CEO of the Community Development Partnership – the non-profit community development corporation serving the eight towns of lower Cape Cod.  He oversees the CDP’s affordable housing and economic development programs designed to build a diverse year-round community of people who can afford to live, work and thrive here.  Jay manages an annual budget of $3.9 million funded through government and private sector grants, individual donors and earned revenue while leading a staff of 16 professionals.

Jay grew up on a small family farm in New Jersey and has B.S. in Human Ecology from Cornell University. He spent 10 years in Washington, D.C. as an activist, lobbyist and policy analyst for several HIV/AIDS and adolescent health national nonprofits. After moving to the Outer Cape in 1997, his career took a ten year detour while he cofounded and ran one of Cape Cod’s most highly acclaimed restaurants, CHESTER. As a chef/restaurateur, he worked closely with local farms & fishermen and received technical assistance from the CDP for the restaurant’s business plan. Prior to joining CDP, Jay worked with State Senator Dan Wolf as Co-Chair of his Campaign’s Finance Committee, Director of Community Relations for his State House Office and Political Director for the Senator’s 2012 re-election. 

Jay serves on the Board of Corporators of the Cape Cod Five Bank and is Chair of the Mass Association of Community Development Corporations Policy Committee.  In 2015, Jay was appointed by Governor Baker to serve on the Massachusetts Rural Policy Commission and he currently serves as Vice Chair of the Commission.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of Vermont’s Sterling College. He served as a member of the Truro Select Board from 2012 to 2018 and was Chair of the Select Board from 2013 to 2015

Jay lives in Provincetown and on winter weekends he can be found on the Alpine and Nordic ski trails of northern Vermont.

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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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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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Teronda Ellis, Member

Jamaica Plain NDC

Teronda Ellis brings decades of experience as an entrepreneur, small businesswoman, real estate developer and lifelong resident of Boston to serving as the JPNDC’s CEO. Ms.

Teronda Ellis brings decades of experience as an entrepreneur, small businesswoman, real estate developer and lifelong resident of Boston to serving as the JPNDC’s CEO. Ms. Ellis’ leadership is informed by her experience in the private sector, working internationally for one of the world’s largest corporations and as a for-profit real estate developer in Boston’s neighborhoods. Her personal and professional experience allows her to bring an equity lens to all aspects of real estate and economic development.

Since joining the JPNDC in 2007, Ms. Ellis led the development of multiple complex housing developments that created and preserved more than 500 affordable homes in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and Dorchester. Prior to joining the JPNDC, she also worked at IBM developing on-line learning tools used in many countries with diverse cultures. Ms. Ellis also worked as commercial real estate broker and in the public sector, where she worked for the City of Boston’s Fair Housing Commission.

Ms. Ellis brings keen insight into the ways a community development organization can nurture people and places from her experiences growing up in public housing in the South End. Her passion for human development is informed by her experience as a parent, raising two children, and as a daughter, raised by an artist who was also one of the first women employed in the building trades.

In 2020, the Board of Directors selected her to be the Chief Executive Officer of JPNDC. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Diane Smith, Member

Way Finders

Diane Smith is the Chief Real Estate Development Officer at Way Finders, and is responsible for leading the Real Estate Division and implementing its strategies, policies and goals in a manner that advances the mission of Wayfinders.

Diane Smith is the Chief Real Estate Development Officer at Way Finders, and is responsible for leading the Real Estate Division and implementing its strategies, policies and goals in a manner that advances the mission of Wayfinders.

Prior to her joining Way Finders, Diane worked at the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority as the Director of Planning, Research & Evaluation responsible for strategic planning, as well as the facilitation and development of new programs and products for the Authority.  She also served as Interim Executive Director, managing the agency and supporting the Board of Directors during the transition to new leadership.

Diane worked at the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development where she held the position of Executive Director over the divisions responsible for urban development and housing development.  During her tenure she was responsible for administering both state and federal programs associated with business, community, and housing development.

During her 30+ years of public service, she has worked in the disciplines of planning and public policy, business recruitment, urban and regional development, program development and administration, housing development and marketing.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and a Master’s degree from Trinity College.

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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, and on the boards of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, and Center for the Living City. In 2017, she was presented with the Nancy Nye Memorial Award by Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development. 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 University. Shirronda is Reiki Master and a registered yoga instructor.

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Don Bianchi, Director of Housing

Don Bianchi is the Director of Housing 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 Director of Housing 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 more than 25 years, and has over 35 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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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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Sarah Byrnes, Director, Resident Leadership Academy

Sarah Byrnes directs the Mel King Institute’s Resident Leadership Academy which works with grassroots leaders to build their power and voice.

Sarah Byrnes directs the Mel King Institute’s Resident Leadership Academy which works with grassroots leaders to build their power and voice. Sarah began working at MKI in 2016 as the manager of the Public Housing Training Program which helps residents of public housing meaningfully participate in the decision-making that impacts their lives. Under Sarah’s leadership the program has grown to become the Resident Leadership Academy, reaching additional residents through CDCs and other groups. Prior to joining MKI, 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 a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She lives in Roslindale with her family.

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Kristina Kimani, Director of Policy and Civic Engagement

Kristina Kimani is the Director of Policy and Civic Engagement at MACDC. Prior to joining MACDC, Kristina worked for the MA Public Health Association (MPHA) for seven years, most recently as their Assistant Policy Director.

Kristina Kimani is the Director of Policy and Civic Engagement at MACDC. Prior to joining MACDC, Kristina worked for the MA Public Health Association (MPHA) for seven years, most recently as their Assistant Policy Director. During her tenure at MPHA, Kristina led policy campaigns to implement the MA Food Trust Program, helping to establish the program and securing both state operating and capital dollars to support its launch and ongoing success. She led the Statewide Accelerated Public Health for Everyone (SAPHE) campaign to transform the local public health system and helped to secure $200 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to support the system transformation, as well as the first dedicated line item for local public health in the annual state operating budget. Kristina also supported campaigns to increase access to healthy and affordable food, affordable housing, access to regional transportation, and provided education around hospital community benefit programs. Kristina started her career on the US/Mexico border in Las Cruces, NM working to build up the local food system, and address public health and community development challenges through public policy and community engagement.

In her role as Director of Policy and Civic Engagement, Kristina will provide strategic thinking and drive MACDC’s public policy and governmental affairs work at the federal, state, and local levels. She will provide leadership within the organization and in the broader community to facilitate public policy advocacy; and will lead efforts to engage and mobilize MACDC’s members in both the establishment of our policy priorities and in advocating for those policies before the Legislature and state agencies.

Kristina has a BA from Fairfield University in International Studies and Spanish and is currently working on her Master of Public Health. She has two young children, Malakai and Makena, who keep her busy when she’s not at work.

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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 management and operations; he is further involved in financial oversight of the organization. He serves on

John Fitterer, Director of Operations, oversees MACDC's fundraising, marketing and communications, information technology and knowledge management programs, and general office management and operations; he is further involved in financial oversight of the organization. He serves on MACDC's management team.

Before working at MACDC, John was the Director of Resource Development and External Affairs 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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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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Tiana Lawrence, Program Associate, Mel King Institute

Tiana Lawrence serves as the Program Associate at the Mel King Institute for Community Building.

Tiana Lawrence serves as the Program Associate at the Mel King Institute for Community Building. With the Resident Leadership Academy, she manages data and communications, serves as a trainer, and supports a statewide network of public housing residents through learning and networking opportunities. Tiana also co-manages with the MKI Director, the Alliance Steering Committee and activities implemented by members. Tiana has a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies and English and a Master of Education in Community Engagement from Merrimack College. Tiana continues to grow in her passion for DEI, racial equity, leadership development, and social justice work. In her free time, she enjoys painting, singing, listening to music, writing, traveling, and quality time with family and friends.

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Hanalei Steinhart, Program Coordinator, Mel King Institute

Hanalei Steinhart provides Mel King Institute training development and program support, as well as recruitment and management of the Certificate Cohort program.

Hanalei Steinhart provides Mel King Institute training development and program support, as well as recruitment and management of the Certificate Cohort program. She markets the Institute's activities through monthly newsletters and program spotlights, website updates, and social media.  Prior to joining Mel King Institute, Hanalei worked at the National Council on Independent Living, the Fulbright Commission in Belgium, and at the Metropolitan Public Defenders office in Portland, Oregon.  She is interested in urban planning, community development, and disability rights. Hanalei graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in Politics and German with a specialization in Law, Public Policy, and Human Rights.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, reading books, and going on walks.

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