Michele Blasey Michele Blasey joined the Foundation in January 2022. Previously, Michele worked in finance operations of a continuing medical education company and as a Finance Operations Manager for Family Equality, a non-profit that seeks to advance legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families and those that wish to form them. In these roles, Michele…

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AFRICAN CARIBBEAN AMERICAN PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES, INC., HARTFORD, CT

Ann Smith EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AFRICAN CARIBBEAN AMERICAN PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES, INC., HARTFORD, CT Ann R. Smith, JD, MBA is Executive Director of African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities, Inc. (AFCAMP) commonly known as AFCAMP Advocacy for Children, a parent-led nonprofit organization headquartered in Hartford, CT. Providing resources, training and advocacy, AFCAMP…

INTERIM DIRECTOR, WÔPANÂAK LANGUAGE RECLAMATION PROJECT, MASHPEE, MA

Tracy Kelley INTERIM DIRECTOR, WÔPANÂAK LANGUAGE RECLAMATION PROJECT, MASHPEE, MA Tracy Kelley “Wunushq” is a proud member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. She was born and raised on the unceded territory of the Mashpee Wampanoag where she lives her purpose through youth work and language reclamation. She has been growing with Wôpanâôt8âôk (Wampanoag language) since…

CO-DIRECTOR, LAKOTA WELL-BEING PROJECT, STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, NORTH & SOUTH DAKOTA

Jennifer Weston CO-DIRECTOR, LAKOTA WELL-BEING PROJECT, STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, NORTH & SOUTH DAKOTA Jennifer Weston (Hunkpapa Lakota, Standing Rock) is a writer, producer, nonprofit leader, and fundraiser who has worked for the past 25 years with Tribal community programs focused on environmental justice, Indigenous education, and language revitalization. Recently, she directed the Wôpanâak Language…

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LA COLABORATIVA, CHELSEA, MA

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REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELL BEING, TRINITY HEALTH OF NEW ENGLAND

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YOUTH LEAD ORGANIZER, PORTLAND EMPOWERED, PORTLAND, ME

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CHIEF IMPACT OFFICER AND CO-FOUNDER, EQUITY INSTITUTE, PROVIDENCE, RI

Carlon Howard CHIEF IMPACT OFFICER AND CO-FOUNDER, EQUITY INSTITUTE, PROVIDENCE, RI Carlon is the Chief Impact Officer and Co-Founder of Equity Institute. In his role, he leads organization-wide strategic and operational planning, ensuring EI’s vision is realized through clear prioritization and high-impact operational execution. In addition to helping launch the Equity Institute, he also co-founded…

DEAN OF STUDENTS, SOMERVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SOMERVILLE, MA

Cynthia Massillon DEAN OF STUDENTS, SOMERVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SOMERVILLE, MA Experienced Educator with a demonstrated history of working in the education field. Taught secondary history for 8 years, and is currently Dean of Students at a high school in the Greater Boston Area. Skilled in Youth Participatory Action Research, Curriculum Development, Presentation Skills, Public Speaking,…

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHINESE PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION BOSTON, MA

Karen Chen EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHINESE PROGRESSIVE ASSOCATION BOSTON, MA Karen Chen is Executive Director of the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), a 43-year-old grassroots civil rights organization. Karen’s training began as a 10-year-old when she immigrated to the US and became a de facto interpreter and advocate for her immigrant working-class family, later honing her leadership…