Community Development Awards

2021 Award Nomination Forms



Francisco Ramos, NewVue Communities - 

Originally from Mexico, Francisco came to the United States in 1983 and has lived here since then. Francisco has been a Community Organizer for more than thirty years and has organized both in Illinois and in Massachusetts. He joined NewVue Communities in 2018 and immediately engaged the organization in training several hundred leaders to be a force for change through the Community Stewards program. In 2018 the program graduated 10 residents and since that time has graduated Organizing Stewards, Neighborhood Stewards, Art Stewards, Financial Stewards, Health Stewards, Junior Stewards, and Education Stewards. In 2019, 71 leaders graduated from the program and so far in 2020, 115 stewards completed six trainings. This work has been transformative for NewVue Communities, for Fitchburg, and for the region. Francisco has a bachelor’s degree of Science in Business Administration and has almost completed a master’s degree of Arts in Theological Studies. He has three children, is married and lives in Clinton, Massachusetts.



Sarah Jenness, Fenway CDC - 

Sarah grew up in Lynn, MA and moved to the Fenway neighborhood of Boston in 2015, while she was working at Simmons College and getting her master's degree in public policy. After completing her master's in 2017, Sarah joined the Fenway CDC Organizing Committee, which was a great way to meet her neighbors and support more affordable housing in the neighborhood. Sarah joined the Fenway CDC board in spring of 2019 and this summer proposed a new committee, the Racial and Housing Justice Committee in an effort to ensure that racial justice is explicitly centered in Fenway CDC’s work. Sarah is a recognized face in the neighborhood. She has become a community leader for many in the Fenway because of her ability to make her neighbors in the Fenway feel heard and seen. Her unique willingness "to go to bat" for anyone, regardless of issue or challenge, makes her a true rising star in the Fenway. Sarah currently works as a Senior Program Manager at JFF (Jobs for the Future), a national non-profit organization focused on ensuring equitable opportunities for economic advancement through education and workforce development. Joining the Fenway CDC has furthered Sarah's understanding of the interconnected nature of social justice issues and she is grateful to see the positive impact the Fenway CDC has on the community and local politics.

JaVonica Latson, Quincy Geneva New Vision CDC - 

Even though JaVonica is a part-time Resident Service Coordinator at Quincy Geneva New Vision CDC she has taken on a leadership role. During the pandemic she helped to feed over 400 residents and put together a presentation on the RAFT application process for new employees. She works hard to show residents that she is a stepping stool to help them get up the rest of the ladder by themselves. JaVonica's spark for community and civic engagement began when she volunteered throughout high school at Goodwill's Thanksgiving and Christmas Celebrations to feed the homeless and disabled. While attending Manhattanville College she volunteered in the weekly Midnight Run Program, feeding the homeless in New York City. Javonica was born and raised in Boston and is a proud Dorchester resident. She considers her 2-year-old daughter her greatest accomplishment and works to set an example for her by showing respect and love for others regardless of their differences.

Will Monson, Homeowners' Rehab, Inc. - 

Will joined HRI as a Project Manager in July 2017 as part of the 2017-19 Kuehn Fellowship program. While at HRI, he has helped with several projects in Cambridge: the rehabilitation and financing of Auburn Park (60 units), the financing of Concord Highlands (98 units, new construction), and the financing and rehabilitation of 808 Memorial Drive (300 units.) This very complicated project included mixed-income units, 38,000 SF of commercial space, a 265 car garage, a condominium structure for various uses, tenant involement in land ownership, ground lease and subleases, LIHPRHA, new Section 8, old Section 8, bond financing ($75 million), LIHTC equity ($35 million). Will grasped it all and worked well with all parties. He has a Masters in City Planning from MIT, and was involved in the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston Affordable Housing Development Competition, both as a participant in 2016 and a student coordinator in 2017. He also plays saxophone in a band of urban planners. We agree with his nominator: “This guy is no flash in the pan.



The Ricanne Hadrian Award:

This award is for a CDC project manager or organizer who meaningfully engages local residents in building economically and racially just communities.

Ricanne Hadrian was MACDC's Deputy Director for housing and community reinvestment until her death in October 1996. She also designed the community organizing initiative, RHICO, name in her honor.


Francisco Ramos

NewVue Communities


Giovanny Valencia

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation


Manlio Mendez

Neighborhood of Affordable Housing


Spencer Buchholz

Lawrence CommunityWorks


Manlio Mendez

Neighborhood of Affordable Housing


Richard Giordano

Fenway CDC


Katie Provencher

Urban Edge

2014 Marcia Thornhill Nuestra Comunidad
2013 Angela Kelly Madison Park DC
2012 Sarah Horsley Fenway CDC
2011 Kyle Robidoux JPNDC
2010 Dan Gelbtuch DBEDC
2009 Nelson Butten LCW
2008 Paul Hernandez Oak Hill CDC
2007 Juan Gonzalez ABCDC
2006 Lindolfo Carballo CBA
2005 Allison Moronta JPNDC
2004 Meridith Levy Somerville CC
2003 Elizabeth Palma Diaz ABCDC
2002 Alma Couverthie
Liz Gutierrez
2001 Jethro Heiko Fenway CDC
2000 Donald Bianchi Hilltown CDC
1999 Teodora Duarte DBEDC
1998 Lizbeth Heyer JPNDC
1997 Stacey Chacker
Sothea Chiemruom

The Richard Smith Award:

MACDC presents this award to a CDC staff person or board member who exemplifies outstanding commitment, leadership and achievement on behalf of the statewide movement.

Richard Smith was the Executive Director of the Fitchburg CDC. He worked tirelessly on behalf of his organization and his community. MACDC has presented this award in his memory since 1992.

2015 Jeanne Pinado Madison Park Development Corporation
2014 Amy Shapiro Franklin County CDC
2013 Steve Teasdale Main South CDC
2012 Gordon Gottsche Just-A-Start
2011 Gail Latimore Codman Square NDC
2010 Mossik Hacobian Urban Edge
2009 Danny LeBlanc Somerville CC
2008 Susan Rutherford Quaboag Valley CDC
2007 David Kielson Hilltown CDC
2006 Richard Thal
Fran Volkmann
Valley CDC
2005 John Waite Franklin County CDC
2004 James Hoffman Mission Hill NHS
2003 Jeanne DuBois
Suzanne Buglione
Oak Hill CDC
2002 Gwen Pelletier Lower Cape Cod CDC
2001 Joanne Campbell Valley CDC
2000 Louann Harvey CDC of So. Berkshire
1999 Robert Van Meter
Mary Lou Petit
Lower Cape Cod CDC
1998 James Holderby Twin Cities CDC
1997 Barbara Burnham
Angel Bermudez
Fenway CDC

The Rising Star Award:

This award is presented to Executive Directors, staff or board members that are 40 years old or younger who have demonstrated their potential, outstanding innovation, leadership and achievement in community development.

2020 Sarah Jenness
JaVonica Latson
Will Monson
Fenway CDC
Quincy Geneva New Vision CDC
Homeowners' Rehab, Inc.
2019 Ellie Gilmore
Jeena Hah
Katherine Martinez
Seva Tower
Worcester Common Ground
Asian CDC
Lena Park CDC
Hilltown CDC
2017 Gregg Desmarais
Sharon Fosbury
Lorena Salazar
Revitalize CDC
The Neighborhood Developers
Lawrence CommunityWorks
2016 Dariela Maga
Rafael Medina
Robert Torres
David Valecillos
Allston Brighton CDC
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
Urban Edge
North Shore CDC
2015 Andrea Aldana
Charise Canales
Rachana Crowley
Jason Desrosier
Lisette Le
Community Development Partnership
Worcester Common Ground
Valley CDC
Allston-Brighton CDC
2014 Alia Abubakar
Shannon Erb
Sigute "Siggy" Meilus
Madeline Mendoza
Rosario Ubiera-Minaya
Urban Edge
Somerville CC
Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern MA
Twin Cities CDC
North Shore CDC
2013 Janelle Chan
Mashael Majid
Mark Matel
My Nguyen
Melinda Vega
Aspasia Xypolia
Asian CDC
Somerville CC
Nuestra CDC
Valley CDC
Jamaica Plain CDC
2012 Jackie Giordano
Timothy Doherty
Iola Key
Michelle Miser
Robert Corley
Spencer Bucholz
North Shore CDC
Asian CDC
Fenway CDC
Allston Brighton CDC
South Shore NHS
Lawrence CommunityWorks
2011 Kristin Anderson
Thais DeMarco
Jackie Flores
My Lam
Patricia Mallios
Anne Schweitzer
North Shore CDC
Somerville CC
Oak Hill CDC
2010 Mickey Northcutt
Courtney Koslow
Maddie Ribble
Kevin Johnson
Quynh Dang
Melissa "Casey" Starr
Northshore CDC
Somerville CC
Madison Park DC
Main South CDC
2009 Erica Schwartz
Karla Torrez
Katie Provencher
David Thibault-Munoz
Jennica Huff
Urban Edge
Twin Cities CDC
Valley CDC
2008 Emily Loomis
JoAnna Ain
Luz Colon
Alex Zhang
Evelyn Hilaire
Chelsea NDC
Housing Corp. of Arlington
Madison Park DC
Asian CDC
2007 Dychell Reeves
Anabelle Rondon
Katie Anthony
Marissa Guananja
Jeremy Liu
Dorchester Bay CDC
Somerville CDC
Chelsea CDC
Asian CDC
2006 Heather Knopsnyder
Franklin Miller
Tamar Kotelchuck
Moira Noonan
Ana Luna
Allston Brighton CDC
Dorchester Bay EDC
Lawrence CommunityWorks
Lower Cape Cod CDC


Excellence in Community Development:

MACDC presents the Excellence in Community Development Award to an individual or agency from the public sector that has provided exceptional support and leadership for the community development movement in Massachusetts.

2017 Chrystal Kornegay
Baystate Health
MA Dept. of Housing and Community Development
2015 State Representative Sarah Peake & State Representative Stephen Kulik  
2014 Aaron Gornstein Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development,
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
2013 Mayor Kimberly Driscoll
Mayor Lisa Wong
City of Salem
City of Fitchburg
2012 Governor Deval Patrick  
2011 Mayor Thomas M. Menino
Attorney General Martha Coakley
2010 Senator Sue Tucker
City Counselor Barbara G. Haller
2009 Massachusetts Housing Partnership  
2008 Tina Brooks Massachusett's Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development
2007 Kenneth Wade NeighborWorks America
2006 State Rep. Torrisi  
2005 State Rep. Bosley  
2004 State Senator Jack Hart
State Rep. Michael Rodrigues
2003 State Senator Harriett Chandler
State Rep. Kevin Honan
2002 Mayor Mary Clare Higgins City of Northampton
2001 State Rep. Kevin Fitzgerald  
2000 U.S. Congressman Barney Frank  
1999 State Senator Diane Wilkerson  
1998 U.S. Congressman John Olver
State Senator Stanley Rosenberg
1997 U.S. Senator John Kerry
Patricia Canavan
City of Boston

The Jeffrey Graham Award:

This award is presented to a person or organization from the private sector that has provided exceptional support and leadership for the community development movement in Massachusetts.

Jeffrey Graham was a community reinvestment officer who demonstrated a genuine commitment to supporting CDCs and their communities. In 2002, MACDC named this award in Jeffrey's memory.

2015 Clark University  
2014 Ezra Glenn MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
2013 Michael Durkin The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
2012 Paul Grogan The Boston Foundation
2011 The Home Funders  
2010 Harbor One Credit Union  
2009 Ann Lisi Greater Worcester Community Foundation
2008 Mazonson Insurance  
2007 Margaret Harrison Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
2006 Joe Flatley Mass Housing Investment Corp.
2005 Pam Jones LISC
2004 Cambridge Savings Bank  
2003 Mathew Thal LISC
2002 Gene Clerkin Mass Housing Investment Corp.
2001 Greenfield Savings Bank
The Life Initiative
2000 Surdna Foundation
Felicity Hardee Esq.,
Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP
1999 CEDAC
Citizens Bank
1998 Boston Community Capital  
1997 Sister Annette McDermott, SSJ Springfield Catholic Archdiocese