Community Development Awards

2022 Nomination Forms:




Yahaira Objio, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) - 

Yahaira is the director of Resident Services at IBA. Two years ago, she moved to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico where she worked as a social worker for 17 years. Since she began working at IBA as a Resident Services Coordinator in 2019, resident engagement has increased by 100%. She helped to launch the Resident Ambassador Program, an initiative to build residents’ leadership skills while they help others in their community.

During the pandemic Yahaira organized IBA’s wellness calls to residents to ensure that they had the resources to cope with the effects of COVID-19. Under her leadership, IBA was able to provide access to remote and onsite programming under strict COVID-19 safety protocols. She has ensured that weekly food distributions were coordinated; residents could pay their rent online; and those who lost jobs could file for unemployment benefits and rent assistance. She helped to coordinate a vaccination clinic which benefited not just IBA residents but the surrounding community.

Her commitment to community engagement is evidenced by her ability to motivate her team to be “out there” connecting with the community, doing outreach in innovative ways and engaging IBA residents in important civic conversations.

Working at IBA allows Yahaira to continue practicing her vocation - working for equity and social justice as well as maintaining a direct connection with her culture and her Hispanic roots. She is currently studying at the Institute for Non-Profit Practice to continue developing her leadership skills.



Joselyn Feliciano, CEDC - 

Joselyn, who was born and raised in New Bedford, started at the CEDC as an AmeriCorps Member in 2013 and now is a full-time staff member. She has helped to create a community garden and the “Love the Ave” campaign, a neighborhood beautification effort. In 2019 she became CEDC’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site coordinator. She oversees the preparation and filling of over 1600 tax returns each year bringing back 3 million dollars to the local economy. During the pandemic, Joselyn managed an emergency aid program to disburse privately funded stimulus payments to ITIN taxpayers shut out from the federal stimulus payments. Throughout her tenure at the CEDC, Joselyn has been eager to learn new skills and to develop efficient systems to manage complex programs.

Liam Gude, Hilltown CDC - 

Liam has called Western Mass, and specifically the Hilltowns, his home since he moved from Martha's Vineyard to attend UMass Amherst. He became a board member of Hilltown CDC three years ago. When the owners of a local market decided to retire and sell their business, Liam volunteered to lead a public process to identify a buyer. He formed committees and scheduled meetings. The process included a financial analysis of the business and business plan development. The process was a success and a new owner now operates the market and it is better than it was before. He is now leading Hilltown CDC in forming a racial equity and justice project, engaging the community in a racial equity dialogue, and is working with people of color to establish a BIPOC-owned business in the Hilltowns. As a board member he strives to see the CDC move towards bold local and regional action on economic democracy, racial equity, and climate change solutions.

Miriam Ortiz, Just-A-Start - 

Miriam has served as JAS's Director of Education and Training for two years, after serving as the director of Workforce Development for the year prior. In her current role she oversees job training programs that train adults - mostly immigrants and people of color - for jobs in the Life Science and Information Technology field. She also oversees the organization’s YouthBuild program, which prepares out-of-school youth for careers in the construction and customer service fields. Miriam has increased the scale and enhanced the impact of these programs, raised their profile, and forged new partnerships that set the programs up to deepen and broaden their impact. Because of her leadership, these programs are both student-centered - supporting them in every possible way - and data-driven - holding Just-A-Start to high standards. Throughout her career, Miriam has built strong managerial, strategic, and operational competencies in her work with underserved populations, including mixed-status immigrant families, adult learners, and young parents. Originally from Mexico, and a resident of Hyde Park, Miriam has a personal commitment to working with people in her community with a strengths-based approach to remove individual and systemic barriers to educational, social, and economic mobility.



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.


Yahaira Objio

Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción


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.

2021 Joselyn Feliciano
Liam Gude
Miriam Ortiz
Hilltown CDC
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