Check out the YW Boston Advocacy Committee:
Public Affairs Associate, The Boston Foundation
Brianna is a Massachusetts native who has dedicated her career to bettering the community around her. Brianna started her career in international relations focusing on educational opportunities for students abroad. From there she continued to focus on education as the conductor in which to empower communities economically and socially. While working in operations for an educational advocacy organization Brianna completed two fellowships in public policy: The International Education Leadership’s Education Policy Fellowship Program and a Visiting Fellowship with Education Pioneers. Through these fellowships Brianna was propelled into a career in public policy which lead her to the Boston Foundation as the Public Affairs Associate. Here Brianna works with the Communications and Public Affairs team to disseminate significant information, convene influential stakeholders, and impact Greater Boston’s most pressing needs. She is thrilled to be a part of an organization that focuses on not only education, but economic empowerment, arts and culture, health and wellness, and neighborhoods and housing. Brianna is a personal activist for issues surrounding women’s rights, animal welfare, and international humanitarian efforts.
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.
Senior Policy and Communications Manager, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Casey (she/her/hers) is passionate about the ways that she can serve her community and call attention to social justice issues impacting marginalized communities. This includes working to further women’s rights, increase economic growth opportunities for minorities, and draw attention to health disparities in various communities. Casey taught high school English, including her favorite courses featuring southern writers and African American writers, before she volunteered as a courtroom advocate for domestic violence survivors. Casey graduated from Boston University School of Law, where she studied and researched public interest and social justice issues, including affordable housing and revenge pornography, and she served as Co-President of the Women’s Law Association and as Symposium Co-Editor for the Boston University School of Law’s Journal of Law & Medicine. Previously working in affordable housing finance, Casey is now working at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce as the Senior Policy and Communications Manager. From 2018- 2019, she served as a member of Mayor Walsh’s SPARK council for millennial engagement, and is currently serving as an Advisory Board member for the Women’s Lunch Place, a daytime women’s shelter in Boston. Casey serves on the Board of Directors of the Boston Theater Company and the Esplanade Association. She was selected for the 2018 cohort of the Urban Land Institute’s Inclusion to Pathways program. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College, an M.A. from Duke University, and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Community Advocacy Specialist, Brookview House
With a Forensic Science background, Trudy (she/her(s)) started working with perpetrators of DV in the Boston Court systems in 2009 conducting competency evaluations alongside a court psychologist. Shortly after in 2011 Trudy transitioned to domestic violence shelters, with DV consuming her life working at two DV shelters. Trudy enjoyed working with DV survivors as they healed and came to learn who they are without their abuser. The fulfillment of the work is watching the transformation. Last year she shifted gears to community advocacy at Brookview House, providing advocacy for homeless and low income families in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. There is a misconception that families who leave shelter and get an apartment, that their problems are solved. Community Advocacy helps maintain stability, providing resources to those in need, and helps prevent reoccurring homelessness. I believe in bringing my full authentic self to work, and it helps the clients to see me as more than an agency employee. After all we are who we serve. When Trudy is not working she serves on a Community Advisory Board for the Boston Public Health Commission, as well as a Member of the Leadership Committee for the Massachusetts Women of Color Network. The work we do as Women of Color is so important to give a more in depth look into a cultural lens others may lack and make a way for us into leadership roles. She also participates in a traveling roller skating crew to participate in National Skate parties.
Recruiting and HR Assistant, FSG
Deputy Budget Director, MA Senate Committee on Ways and Means
Julia Constantelos (she/her) serves as Deputy Budget Director for the Senate Committee on Ways & Means. As a part of the budget team, she helps develop the Committee’s state budget recommendations and analyzes the fiscal impact of bills in Committee. She graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2016, and joined the Committee shortly thereafter. Prior to serving as Deputy Budget Director, Julia was a Fiscal Policy Analyst for the education and criminal justice budget portfolios. Julia has enjoyed working with youth in a number of settings, from tutoring in Somerville schools to designing curricula for a summer education program in her home state of Michigan. She is passionate about transforming the lives of women and children through education, advocacy, and policy.
Legal Advocate, Volunteer Lawyers Project
Keishia is a fierce advocate for change that envisions a future where women are in every room where decisions are being made. She has worked at New York City Council that partnered with various organizations by stabilizing rent as well mentoring the youth to diminish the school to prison pipeline. Keishia’s passionate with helping minorities unlock their fullest potential to succeed. YWCA is an organization that creates a better life for the foundation of society-women.
Nonprofit Director of Marketing and Programs, The Commonwealth Institute
Lizzie is the Director of Marketing and Programs at The Commonwealth Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting businesswomen in leadership in Massachusetts. In this role, she facilitates research, events, leadership development training, and partnerships with corporations and industry organizations. Lizzie has experience in health technology and education policy, in addition to be fierce advocate for equity in the workplace.
HR Business Partner, Partners HealthCare
Awilda Guzman (she/her/hers) is a Human Resources professional who has dedicated time and effort in educating herself on issues that disproportionately impacts marginalized groups. Her passion lies in not just breaking down barriers in our own individual lives but in today’s most complex societal issues. There are areas within diversity, equity, and inclusion that needs improvement and we can all make an impact here and now.
M.Ed. Mgmt-Cambridge College, B.S. Leadership Mgmt-Northeastern University; Educator, activist, and mentor
“I believe we should be the change we want to see and I try my best to do that while I empower my people.” Sharon Hinton is an Educator at the college, high school and middle school levels for over 25 years. As an Educator, Activist, Writer, Producer, Director, Motivational Public Speaker, and Mentor, Hinton is also the Producer/Director/Writer/Host of her own show called “On Another Level” and TV and Podcast Program, “A Deeper Insight” on BNN TV. As Founder and President of Black Teachers Matter, Hinton has also been an Adjunct Faculty Professor at Springfield College, Northeastern University, Mass Communications College, a BUILD MENTOR at Another Course to College High School and is currently the Senior Academic Instructor at The Peoples Academy, Inc. a Technical/Vocational school in Dorchester, Mass.
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.
Graduate Program Coordinator, Northeastern School of Criminology & Community Justice
Dakotah Kennedy (she/her/hers) possesses over five years of advocacy experience with a focus on criminal justice reform and youth work. Dakotah received her Bachelors in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Portland State University in Oregon. Her professional experience includes coordinating holistic defense resources at a public defender’s office, providing career coaching to youth experiencing houselessness, as well as establishing a poetry slam program within a correctional youth facility. Additionally, Dakotah worked alongside legal advocacy groups and community organizations to successfully advocate for clemency on behalf of young people serving adult sentences in prison. As a member of the YW Advocacy Committee, she is excited to engage with complex policy work and connect with change makers in the greater Boston Area.
Development and Events Manager, 826 Boston
Alejandra (she/her(s)/Ella) currently works as the Development and Events Manager for 826 Boston. Raised in Arizona, she is new to Boston and eager to continue her advocacy for women of color in a new community. Her professional journey has led her to work for organizations that elevate student voices through writing and address the growing number of families living in poverty. She is a Mexican immigrant that is passionate about dismantling the systems that have affected her family and close community as well as the barriers that affect other Latinx and women of color. She believes that advocating for women of color is an opportunity we all have through our daily interactions, the books we read, the businesses we support, the stories we seek to hear and who we include in our conversations.
Candace 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.
I (she/her(s)) am a 4th year student at Northeastern University, where I study Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics. I have had the opportunity to concentrate in aspects such as social and economic policy, which has given me a strong lens on how institutions and other strong aspects can affect individuals. During my free time, I participate on the African Dance team, where we go against other universities in the Boston area. I am also involved in other organizations on campus such as the Social Justice Resource Center, and the Center for Intercultural Engagement. This has allowed me to have a stronger voice for issues that mean a lot to me. In terms of work experience, I was able to do my first co-op at MFS, which is a financial and investment company. I am currently doing my senior capstone on mass incarceration, and focusing on why the U.S has one of the highest percentages compared to other westernized countries. Through this time period, I was able to work in the legal and funds department where I gained knowledge in areas such as contracts, stocks, and so forth. In the future, I hope to go to law school, where I will be exposed to more areas, as well as career paths. Although, I do not know what type of attorney I want to become, I know I want to make a difference.
Volunteer members are joined by several YW Boston staff and board on the Committee:
- Jake Aoki, Fund Development Associate
- Joké Balogun, YW Boston Board Member. Compensation Consultant, Talent Management, Human Resources at Simmons University.
- Christine Batista, Public Policy and Advocacy Manager
- Leigh Chandler, Manager of Marketing and Communications
- Rachael Conway, LeadBoston Manager
- Coralys Negretti, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
- Sherrie Saint-Amant, YW Boston Board Member. Past: Community Relations Business Partner TJX.