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Volunteer Members

Portrait Kristine AcevedoKristine Acevedo
Administrative Manager, 32BJ SEIU

I think it’s important to help organizations in their missions. I have worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations such as NARAL, GLAD, Boston GLOW, The Latina Circle, BeVisible, Empower Peace and have worked on several political campaigns as well. Being able to stand up for women’s rights in DC or even locally is something to make people aware of the issues that women go through on a daily basis. Women’s rights are human rights.

Portrait of Chelsea AquinoChelsea Aquino
Lobbyist, Mass Mentoring Partnerships Government Relations Manager

Chelsea Aquino serves as the Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy at Mass Mentoring Partnership, where she develops and manages policy efforts and advocacy campaigns, maintains relationships with state and local agencies, and constructs approaches for driving public financial resources to the field. Prior to her work at MMP, Chelsea served as the Associate Director for the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and was the former Finance Director for Boston City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley’s ticket-topping 2011 and 2013 re-elections. A Cum Laude graduate of UMass Amherst with a BA in Political Science, Chelsea also received a Graduate Certificate from the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy program at UMass Boston.

Portrait of Kelsey BarowichKelsey Barowich
Past: State House, Freedom For All Massachusetts

In my free time, I work as a co-organizer and co-founder of LGBTQ+ Lowell. We are a grassroots organization geared toward increasing LGBTQ visibility in the Lowell community. Originally developed in response to a Lowell City Councilor’s motion to stand against the “MA Transgender Rights Bill” myself, partnering with local organizers, engaged over 100 local citizens to attend the city council meeting to oppose the motion. Our action was a success and in response, all but one city councilor voted to support the State Government Legislation. YWCA combines all of my passions in civil rights, gender equality, and policy. I would love to support this mission as much as possible.

Nakeeda Burns
Legislative Director, MA House of Representatives

I am a Boston born resident who has remained passionate about increasing opportunities for women and people of color through the elimination of various barriers to success (including racism, health inequalities, and economic injustice). I feel that my former experience in youth work at YPACT and health services falls in line with YW’s overall mission and focus. Also, my current experience as a Legislative Director allows me to have a better understanding of the policy goals that YW Boston will be working on as of 2018.

Portrait of Benjamin Kyle GoldenBenjamin Kyle Golden 
Attorney, Teaching at Suffolk Law. Past: Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office

I have interned for a state senator, attended rallies for and against various government policies, and helped draft legislation. I believe my experience as an attorney in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has given me the skills necessary to help YW Boston enhance its public profile and develop its advocacy agenda. I am often teaching others, and I believe that I could help train staff and/or volunteers who may not yet possess the skills necessary to effectively advocate. In addition, much of my work involves identifying partner organizations who share the same mission and values, and thus I think I could help YW Boston develop a coalition of partners who may be interested in working on the same advocacy issues. 

Portrait of Tanekwah HindsTanekwah Hinds 
Women’s Health Program Coordinator, Fenway Health

Tanekwah Hinds is a community organizer, activist, and health educator who works at Fenway Health, a community health center in Boston that specializes in LGBTQ healthcare, as the Women’s Health Program Coordinator. In this role, she supports the development of the Women’s Health Team, coordinates gender-inclusive educational opportunities for the Medical Department, and builds partnerships with community organizations to plan outreach events for the LGBTQ+ community. Tanekwah’s activist work in Boston and beyond has earned her the Healthy Community Leadership Award as well as features on television in WCVB’s Cityline segment as well as in print and online through Vice, Scout Cambridge, and Feminist Formations. You can find Tanekwah discussing her favorite topics on Twitter with the handle @TanekwahHinds and connect with her through her website 

Portrait of Beyazmin JimenezBeyazmin Jimenez
Civic Engagement Manager at Madison Park Development Corporation

I am a strong advocate of women’s issues, and have dedicated time in my efforts to educate myself on issues which disproportionately affect people of color. My passion lies in housing and community development as a tool for social mobility. I believe that if given the access to a safe, stable home and neighborhood- children can better focus on their education, mothers can be healthier for their family, and communities will thrive.

Portrait of Daisy OrtegaDaisy Ortega 
Director of Training and Capacity Building, Health Resources in Action

Daisy P. Ortega is Director of Training and Capacity Building at Health Resources in Action, a public health non profit. In this role, she works tirelessly to deliver cutting-edge capacity building programs focused on youth development, program improvement and planning, and community building and mobilization. She has expertise in the positive youth development approach, supervising youth, curriculum development, community building, conflict resolution, program and project planning, and team building, among other topics. In addition to running trainings and programs, Ms. Ortega provides technical assistance to individuals, programs, organizations, and funders to integrate the youth development approach model into  practice and programs.

Portrait of Janet SantosJanet Santos 
Executive Director, Boston Women’s Fund

Janet Santos is the Executive Director of the Boston Women’s Fund. She is passionate about improving the lives of women and girls and supporting the next generation of leaders. Janet’s personal and lived experiences inform her commitment to social, economic, gender and racial justice.  Janet brings a broad range of professional skills and expertise to the Boston Women’s Fund including research, policy and advocacy, program design and development, and an understanding of systemic inequities women and girls in Greater Boston face. As a senior policy analyst at Jobs for the Future (JFF) and a program associate at the Education Alliance at Brown University, she co-authored over a dozen high profile reports on state policies to support college-readiness and success, alternative education models (e.g., high school and GED programs), pre-service and in-service experiences of teachers, educational financing, career and technical education, and family and community involvement in education reform.

Portrait of Candace Marie StancielCandace Marie Stanciel
Partner, New Profit

Candace M. Stanciel has worked for the past 15 years focused on diversity, equity and inclusion; social impact; and effective philanthropy. Through efforts within Higher Education, entertainment, development and the nonprofit sector, she seeks to create spaces where the best of humanity develops. Currently, Candace serves as a Partner with New Profit, a venture philanthropy firm in Boston, where she works to develop, scale and improve efforts in social innovation that Capitalize Diverse Leaders and Organizations, an initiative focused on capacity building for African-American and Latino social entrepreneurs driving systems change. Candace’s passion for social change is also exemplified through her volunteer work with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Mother Caroline Academy (Boston, MA) and New Leaders Council.

Volunteer members are joined by several YW Boston staff and board on the Committee: