Check out the YW Boston Advocacy Committee:

Volunteer Members

Brianna Aloisio Savage
Advocacy and Community Organizing Manager, YW Boston

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. 

 

Adriana Cordero Raines
Community Engagement, Strategic Partnerships & Volunteer Manager, Boston Court Appointed Special Advocates

Adriana is a visionary, influential and hands-on child and family welfare expert. She brings 26 years of professional and personal experience addressing the most pressing social justice challenges in underserved communities. Adriana is a first-generation immigrant and currently in charge of Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships at Boston Court Appointed Special Advocates Org. Adriana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Emmanuel College and currently completing a Master’s in Education with a concentration on Culturally Responsive Bilingual Curriculum Development. She is a Master Trainer on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Trauma Informed Advocacy and Education, Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting and Social Justice Mediation. Adriana is a fierce advocate for equity and sits on the Board for Boston Healthy Families, Families for Depression Awareness Org., Shift the Power Org., and is a mentor for the CHICA Project Org. Adriana believes that it is her life mission to ensure that all voices are heard and serve to inform efforts to dismantle systemic racism.  

Lei Douglas
Area Coordinator in Residential Life, Northeastern University

Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Lei Douglas (she/her/hers) is an advocate for equity in educational resource access and student success as well as effective representation for individuals with marginalized identities at Higher Education institutions. She serves as an Area Coordinator in Residential Life at Northeastern University. She has been involved in the education field for over 7 years and within her roles in Student Affairs, she has supported students and staff alike through student development and advisement, affinity and interfaith space creation, and equity and inclusion advocacy. Graduating from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelors in Pan-African Studies and continuing her education at Northeastern University with a Masters in Higher Education Administration, she began her career in Higher Education at a private Catholic institution in Miami, FL and learned to navigate the bureaucracy and the hierarchy of the academy in order to effectively support the college student experience. Moving to Massachusetts in 2017 allowed her insight into the history of Boston as well as the relationship between the BIPOC neighborhoods surrounding Northeastern’s campus and the impact institutions have on gentrification, housing and educational access and affordability, and the cultural erasure of communities. Lei is passionate about community care, holistic wellness, and liberation through intentional rest.

Kate Greene
Foundation Relations Manager, The Greater Boston Food Bank

Kate Greene (she/her) is a licensed social worker with a sincere commitment to holistic, community-based nonprofits. Her passion for social work, paired with her strengths in writing and public speaking, have allowed her to facilitate programs, write grants, and build strong community partnerships. Kate’s professional track record of advancing strategy, equity, and coordination of care spans work with children, families, educators, and foundations. Kate brings experience in mentorship, ongoing impact evaluation, community organizing, social justice education, and advocating for best practices in caring for clients and communities. Kate received her BA in Social Work at Rutgers University and her MSW at NYU. She practices yoga and loves theater, podcasts, and DIY projects!

Sravanthy Gumidyala
Physical Activity Coordinator, Boston Public Schools

Sravanthy is a public health professional and fierce advocate of health equity. She has done work in behavioral health including with the Boston-based non-profit The Family Van to design an evidence-based, community health worker mental health program to increase access to behavioral health services. Her work in healthcare settings also included improving healthcare access for those living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and HIV/AIDS with a focus on cultural humility and addressing biases and stigma within the American health systems. She grounds her work in building resiliency and empowering communities. Sravanthy is a semi-professional dancer and believes in the power of movement for community building, well-being, self-expression, mindfulness, and joy.

Jillian Harvey
Director of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Division of Health & Human Services for the Town of Arlington

Jillian (she/her(s)) serves as the Director of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Division of Health & Human Services for the Town of Arlington. She received a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During her time at UMass she was able to expand her interest in the arts, and recognize her passion for equity and inclusion. Jill completed the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, where she focused on US public policy and had the opportunity to continue her work on diversity and inclusion efforts specifically for the MPA program. Prior to attending graduate school, Jill resided in the greater Boston area for close to five years. She worked in the Autism Spectrum Center at the Boston Children’s Hospital and as a youth leader at the Brookline Teen Center. Her occupations and personal experiences exposed her to the lack of access to healthcare and the educational gaps within underserved communities which compelled her to further serve underrepresented communities and combat social injustices. Jill has become the first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, now Director for the Town of Arlington, Ma, and serves as the ADA Coordinator. Additionally she is a member of the Mystic Valley NAACP Branch and a steering committee member of the CHNA 17.

Sharon Hinton
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.

Sharon Hinton
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.

Sara Jean-François
Manager of Partnership Engagement, One Goal Massachusetts

Sara Jean-Francois (She/Her/Hers) is a Massachusetts native with a passion for racial justice, educational opportunity and women’s rights. She holds a B.A in Psychology and a B.S in Health Policy and Management from Providence College (Class of 2019) and a Masters of Public Policy from Brandeis University (Class of 2021). As a graduate student her research focused on demystifying the phenomena of “anti-racist campuses” and establishing metrics for evaluating campuses on a criteria of “race-consciousness” rather than anti-racism. Following her graduate degree Sara worked as the Assistant Director at a small nonprofit organization in Boston. Now as Manager of Partnership Engagement at One Goal Massachusetts, Sara works with secondary and post-secondary institutions to build relationships that will enable students to transition from high school to college more seamlessly. Sara is a recipient of the 2020 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Equity and Inclusion Fellowship. Ultimately Sara aspires to leverag her experience working with students and administrators, as well as creating and implementing programs, to develop more inclusive and equitable practice, policies, and pedagogy in the education sector.

Tanya Mitchell
Legal Specialist Data Analyst Contracts & Compliance, Massport

Tanya is a native of Massachusetts and has always held a clear passion for Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Diversity programs and initiatives. She has sought to exercise her passion for diversity & inclusion, social & economic responsibility, and professional growth and development for women and diverse individuals by taking on leadership roles within several non-profits and organizations throughout her career to include the Young Professional Network of the Urban League of Eastern MA. Tanya’s professional experience extends from operations management, corporate inventory planning & analysis, diversity & inclusion/compliance, supplier diversity, minority/women/ disadvantaged business enterprise (M/WDBE) firm(s) outreach. Tanya managed the federal Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) Certification program. She reviewed and processed applications for small diverse businesses who sought to operate in the airport concession space. Additionally, she sat as a voting member on several Real Estate & Asset Management selection committees for a variety of development proposals.  She reviewed bids and proposals to ensure Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) compliance within the proposals, ensuring bidders are fulfilling comprehensive D&I plans and M/WBE (Minority/Women Business Enterprises) outreach for their projects.  Tanya was selected to participate in the Urban Land Institute’s 2019 Pathways to Inclusion Cohort and the 2020 Project REAP (Real Estate Associate Program) national cohort. Additionally, Tanya participates on the Urban Land Institute’s following committees and product councils to include the Women’s Leadership Initiative, Technical Assistance Panel, Urban Plan Volunteer program, Boston Infrastructure product council. Tanya is also 2-time alumnus of the Partnership Inc. professional development Program (Associate and Fellows). Tanya holds a BA from Tufts University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Boston, specializing in the areas of Human Resources, Supply Chain Management and Leadership & Organizational Change. She is thrilled to be a part of YW Boston Advocacy committee and is excited to be a part of this movement.

Natalene Ong
Legal Counsel, TechSoup

Natalene Ong is legal counsel at the NGOsource project with TechSoup, a charity that builds digital capacity for civil society. She performs due diligence analyses of NGOs around the world so that they can access funding from grantmakers in the US and also works on sales tax and international tax compliance issues. Natalene additionally works on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at TechSoup. Prior to joining TechSoup, she focused on charitable planning as an estate planning attorney, helping clients select assets and vehicles for use in benefitting charities. Natalene serves on the board of directors of Stone House, a Boston charity that helps adult and child survivors of domestic abuse rebuild safe, secure, and independent lives of purpose and self-fulfillment. She is also an advisory board member for Union Capital Boston, which leverages technology and relationship-building in strengthening community networks, building social capital, and creating new pathways of opportunity. She was selected for the 2022 cohort of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice’s Social Impact Management and Leadership Core Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Northwestern University, a law degree from Boston College Law School, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Reem Papageorgiou
Cofounder and Chief Talent Officer, MomUp

Reem is the Cofounder and Chief Talent Officer of MomUp, a mission driven company that works to advance women in the workplace. Having emigrated from Lebanon at a young age, she learned to navigate the challenges of a new world quickly and her love of the intersection of culture and humanity was born. With her expertise in training and development, Reem spearheads the team that optimizes the process for connecting job seekers to well matched organizations. At the same time, Reem works to address issues of gender and pay equity in the workplace and advocates for increased access, representation and opportunity for women. Reem received a dual Master’s degree in Social Work and Public Health from Boston University. Following her social work career, Reem worked as both an intercultural trainer and training consultant to non and for profit businesses, health care organizations and municipalities throughout Massachusetts. Her trainings addressed topics such as diversity, intercultural communication, leadership, work force development, team building and crisis management. As a public health researcher, Reem worked with many national organizations to address issues of systemic racism and its impact on health disparities. She is skilled in group facilitation, training and research, as well as outreach and program development.

Rachel Plummer
Director of Programs and Public Policy, Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee
Trainee, Harvard Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders

Rachel is the Director of Programs and Public Policy at Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee (CEOC), an anti-poverty nonprofit providing both direct service and policy and programmatic advocacy to address the root causes and impacts of poverty. Prior to her work at CEOC, she completed her Master of Public Health in nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health where she studied food insecurity, body image, and weight stigma. Rachel continues to work with Harvard’s Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders where she leads advocacy efforts to ban weight discrimination in the state of Massachusetts. Rachel is passionate about advocacy and policy focused on equity and the social determinants of health, and is excited to learn from all of the members of the YW Boston Advocacy Committee.

 

Sharon Sabin
Communications Specialist, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship

Sharon Sabin (she/her/hers) has a lifelong commitment to equity and justice engendered by broad-ranging life experience and strong sense of ethics. She sees both art and social work as utilizing the skills of observation and the ability to communicate to others the human experience. She worked vigorously as co-facilitator of the school parent council (SPC) and school site council of a Boston public school. Sharon moved on to become an organizer for Roslindale is for Everyone (RISE) where she facilitates the restorative justice team. She launched the RISE mutual aid group (Roslindale Cares) in the spring of 2020. Prior to her work with RISE, Sharon worked on local political campaigns supporting candidates who work to eliminate racism and empower women. She believes such representation in legislative bodies is essential in establishing equity. Much of Sharon’s recent work is focused on joining with other white allies as they unlearn and relearn what it means to be white in the U.S. and assist in creating just society. She is a married, has an adult daughter, and lives in Jamaica Plain.

Sandy Saenbounmy
Grants Manager, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

Sandy is a native Rhode Islander who now calls Boston her home.  She has worked for several nonprofits in both fundraising and direct service capacities.  Sandy is currently the Grants Manager at the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and sits on the Board of the Laotian American National Alliance (LANA).  For the latter, she helps implement and oversee policy and advocacy initiatives.  During her free time, Sandy enjoys hiking, jogging, and spending time with her loved ones.

Sydney Stewart
Program Coordinator for Staff Development, Facing History and Ourselves

Sydney Stewart is a South Carolina native, who moved to Massachusetts in 2014 to pursue an undergraduate degree at Wellesley College in Peace & Justice Studies and Education. In her undergraduate career, she recognized a deep passion for political action and community organizing, which led her to pursue leadership positions within Black student life and student government. In these positions, she set the policy agenda for multicultural initiatives through a cabinet position on college government and served a 2-year term on a presidential committee of faculty, staff, and student representatives to advance an equity agenda for the college. Sydney has held research and policy positions in nonprofits in both Boston and Washington, DC. Sydney currently serves as the program coordinator for staff development at Facing History and Ourselves, a non-profit that uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. In her professional role, she supports the seamless management and execution of a variety of strategic initiatives within the program department, ranging from the organization’s internal staff development to meetings with school administrators from around the country. In her free time, Sydney dedicates herself to creating educational opportunities for young people to see themselves in their learning environments. In addition to her role on the YW Boston Advocacy Committee, she volunteers with the FYRE Initiative, which empowers girls through a curriculum incorporating social justice education, positive identity development, and civic engagement. Sydney is regularly found sifting through the pages of Toni Tipton-Martin’s Jubilee, as she strives to diversify her cooking portfolio.

Tiffany York
Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant

Born and raised outside Dallas, Texas, Tiffany York (she/her) is a granddaughter of Mexican immigrants and mother to 2 live children and 2 babies lost in utero. Having experienced infertility, miscarriages and postpartum depression, she is an advocate for perinatal mental health services for all moms. After working with a career coach, she realized advocacy, building community and offering accountability is where she can make her impact. As a result, she has started a business called Blue Foot Consulting to support communities and companies in practicing justice, diversity, equity and inclusion. You can reach her at trosewhite@gmail.com or @trosewhite on Instagram to learn more about her work.

Amanda Zieselman 
Managing Consultant, Impact Catalysts

Amanda (she/hers) is passionate about the right to health care and dismantling barriers that prevent folks from accessing resources. At Impact Catalysts, she is dedicated to helping nonprofits incorporate community voices and take a partnerships-based approach to social change. Amanda is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Health Advocacy Innovations, a global health nonprofit working to make childhood tuberculosis treatment more efficient and accessible. Amanda was born & raised in MA, volunteers as a grant reviewer for United Way, and has been a delegate for Cambridge’s Participatory Budgeting process.

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