Title: Executive Director
Major areas of responsibility: Strategic Planning, Agency Governance, Board Development, Community Relations, Policy Advocacy, Supervising Management Team, Financial Management and Fundraising
What I feel proud about: All the important work JPNDC has done to transform the community and bring hope and opportunity to many individuals and families. None of this could have happened without tremendous support from many people, which makes whatever we accomplish that much sweeter.
Relevant background: I’ve been active in the community development movement since the late 1970s. Before joining the JPNDC staff, I worked for nine years as Community Development Director and Assistant Director at Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA). As a community organizer on the North Shore, I helped establish two important community-based organizations focusing on economic development and social change: Salem Harbor CDC and Essex County Community Organization (ECCO). I’ve served on many local, state and national boards, including two separate stints as chair of Mass. Association of Community Development Corporations, our statewide CDC association.
Year started at JPNDC: 1994