Check out the YW Boston Advocacy Committee:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Benjamin 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.
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 TanekwahHinds.com.
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.
Associate Director of Training and Capacity Building, Health Resources in Action
I have participated in advocacy work since during my time at Sociedad Latina as a community organizer 11 years ago. I supported twelve high school aged community organizers to move the needle on community development, violence prevention and tobacco prevention efforts in Roxbury and Boston at large. More recently I have done work with the 84, a tobacco prevention initiative my organization leads in partnership with MA DPH. I have been looking for an opportunity to join a board that is involved in up-stream work that helps move the agenda forward on eliminating racism and empowering women (my two main passions and driving forces). Given that my organization is now exploring and equipping staff with the skills and knowledge to do legislation and advocacy work, I would like the opportunity to try practice the skills that I have learned by working on legislation and advocacy efforts to move forward YW Boston’s advocacy agenda.
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.
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.
Volunteer members are joined by several YW Boston staff on the Committee:
- Joké Balogun, YW Boston Board Member. Compensation Consultant, Talent Management, Human Resources at Simmons University.
- Rachel Brewer, LeadBoston Associate
- Leigh Chandler, Senior Engagement Associate
- Morgan Cowie-Haskell, Program and Policy Associate
- Chelsea Kamuene, Advocacy Intern. Senior at Suffolk University completing a BS degree in Government & Public Policy
- Coralys Negretti, Manager of Marketing and Communications
- Sherrie Saint-Amant, YW Boston Board Member. Past: Community Relations Business Partner TJX.