Jeannette Andre serves as the Associate Director for The Lenny Zakim Fund where she manages the Fund’s grantmaking processes and coordinates trainings for its grantees. Since 2009, Jeannette has held a variety of positions in the philanthropic sector that has allowed her to criss-cross the country — from interning in Washington, DC at the Philanthropy Roundtable to serving as an Americorps VISTA and VISTA coordinator at Social Venture Partners in Seattle, Washington. Jeannette received her bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in asian studies from the University of Florida. In her free time, Jeannette volunteers with the Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Association by helping to manage their web presence and fostering dogs. Jeannette lives in Jamaica Plain with her fiancée and their two dogs.
Veronica Martinez is a member of the Board of the Multicultural Arts Center. Veronica joined the Massachusetts Democratic Party as Executive Director in February 2017. She previously served as an aide to CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen and former Governor Deval Patrick. Veronica has also worked on a number of campaigns including those of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Ed Markey, and Congressman John Spratt of South Carolina. A South Carolina native, Veronica came to Massachusetts by way of Wellesley College and now calls Cambridge her home.
Britney Masse has been passionately volunteering and working for mission-driven non-profit organizations for over 15 years. Throughout the years, Britney has served in many different roles with a range of responsibilities, including fundraising, program development, marketing and communications, and volunteer recruitment. Britney has traveled to over 25 countries of varying stages of economic development, contrasting political systems, and diverse religious and cultural values which led her to her current position in the field of international education. In her current role as Student Opportunities and Social Media Coordinator for the Center for International Programs and Partnerships at Wheelock College, Britney’s responsibilities include collaborating with faculty to coordinate international service-learning and travel-learn experiences, advising students on study abroad programs, and working with partner organizations to develop international internship opportunities. Britney also currently serves as an Ambassador to Foot2Afrika, a certified Tanzanian NGO working to address issues facing vulnerable groups in the Kilimanjaro region by creating sustainable, community-led solutions through education, economic initiatives, and on-ground aid. Britney holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and a Certificate in Community-Based Human Services. At TPC, she looks forward to serving on various committees, learning from—and serving with—like-minded individuals in the Boston area, and encouraging other young women to become involved and reshape philanthropy through collective giving.
Courtney Silva received her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Georgetown University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Finance from Providence College. Currently, she works with Slalom Boston as an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, where she leads organizations through challenging, ambiguous changes. Courtney is grateful that Slalom has a local model, as it allows her to remain active in her community. In particular, Courtney cares deeply about The Children’s Room, which offers caring support for grieving children, teens, and families. She has been involved with this non-profit organization in various capacities throughout her life. In her free time, Courtney enjoys planning her next trip, practicing barre and yoga, and exploring Boston.
Stephanie Tafur received a full-tuition scholarship through the Posse Foundation to Hamilton College where she unearthed her passion for social justice and diversity work. She holds a Bachelor’s in Africana Studies, and a Master’s in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University. As a Program Associate at Summer Search, a national youth development non-profit organization, she mentors a caseload of 35 high school students from the Greater Boston area. She is excited to continue her passion for issues of diversity and was selected to co-design and co-lead the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Initiatives at Summer Search Boston. Prior to Summer Search, Stephanie worked at the Posse Foundation to secure the next generation of future leaders for six top colleges and universities. Working at Posse was also a way for her to give back to an organization and community that has impacted her life. Outside of work, Stephanie is an active sister of her sorority, Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. and enjoys building sisterhood and programming with other alumnae to empower communities of color in and around Boston.
Jihye Gyde helps non-profits and funders make mission-centric, data-informed decisions. As an associate at Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), she has facilitated workshops and led consulting engagements with organizations in the advocacy, arts, community development, and human services sectors, while also supporting institutional knowledge management. Prior to NFF, she explored the role and impact of institutions through her work with the US Attorney’s Office, German Institute for Political Education, Department of Human Services, and Chamber of Commerce. Jihye holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Harvard. She volunteers as a Case Mediator in the Massachusetts District Court system.
Jesse Hatfield is the Development and Communications Manager at the Boston Private Industry Council, a non-profit that connects youth and adults with education and employment opportunities. Previously, she worked in Washington, DC for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and for Crittenton Services of Greater Washington. Jesse graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor’s in International Studies. She is co-chair of TPC’s Young Philanthropist Initiative and is a Grant Review Team captain. Jesse is also a member of the Board of Ambassadors for Silver Lining Mentoring, a TPC grantee.
Nwando Obele Nwando Obele has more than eight years of cross-sector experience in evaluation, project management, and program outcome analysis at non-profits dedicated to the educational and economic empowerment of young people. At present, Nwando is the Data Manager at Father Bill’s & MainSpring, a regional organization that helps people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, achieve self-sufficiency. Nwando also has worked as the Program Evaluation Manager at Harbor Communities Overcoming Violence, a community organization that provides support services to low-income survivors of domestic violence, and at YouthBuild USA, where she was the Operations and Analysis Manager. Nwando received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College, and was a New Sector Alliance Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, a competitive year-long fellowship that places young professionals in high impact non-profits. At TPC, Nwando serves on the Grants Review and Membership committees.
Zahra Ohldin works as a School Liaison at The Family Nurturing Center (a TPC Grantee), where she provides case management and short term support for families through resource recommendations, facilitates dialogues between DCF, schools, and community-based service providers, and participates in community outreach. She has also participated in many nonprofit endeavors throughout Boston, Chicago, and internationally in Cuba, Honduras, and Argentina. Zahra is particularly interested in the intersectionality between self awareness/self-concept/identity, equity, and access to opportunity within an academic and economic context. At TPC, Zahra is a member of the Grants Review and Membership committees.
Wendy Pernal has maintained a passion for social justice, community-based programming, and philanthropy since high school. Throughout her education, Wendy has been deeply involved in non-profit work and is a proud member of organizations on both the West and East Coast. Currently, Wendy works for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is stationed in Los Angeles, CA. Her work focuses on disenfranchised populations, such as individuals struggling with homelessness and substance use. Outside of work, Wendy volunteers her time to support agencies searching for solutions to end homelessness in Los Angeles. Although she now lives on the other side of the country, she fondly remembers her time with TPC and living in East Boston.
Caitlyn Clarke received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in International and Area Studies and Political Science, and her Master’s from Duke University. She currently works as an Operational Risk Manager with the Enterprise Risk Management team at State Street Global Advisors. Caitlyn has been volunteering with the Louisiana Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership seminar for 13 years as a Junior Counselor, facilitator, and speaker. She is also a Career Advisor for students at Duke, a mentor with State Street’s LEAD program, a volunteer with Bottom Line’s Go Far Program, a Summer Search Career Coach, a volunteer for the American Association of University Women (AAUW)’s Work Smart Program, a member-at-large of the Duke Boston Regional Board, and a 2017 Emerge Fellow.
Kerlyne Jean grew up in Hyde Park where she spent the majority of her adolescence working and volunteering at the Menino YMCA. Born from Haitian parents with strong ties to the community, she was exposed to philanthropy at a very young age. KJ graduated from Bryn Mawr College, where she studied Anthropology and Biology, as a POSSE scholar. After graduating, she engulfed herself in her passion pursuing a career in the health and life sciences industry. KJ recently returned to school to complete a dual degree MBA/MPH in Global Health Management at Boston University, where she was able to travel the world helping expand mobile clinics in Guatemala, develop Ebola monitoring devices, and provide health management solutions for India’s growing population. At TPC, she’s held a variety of roles on the Member Engagement Committee, Grants Team, and Young Philanthropists Initiative, to name a few. As a health strategy and operations consultant, she continues to fill her free time with leisure travel exploring cultures and food while continuing to help in her community on the Board of the Menino YMCA.
Rocio Martinez graduated from Bentley University, where she majored in Global and Business Studies. She is from the Dominican Republic, and has had the opportunity to live, work, and study in five different countries; this has given her an appreciation and love for different cultures and people. Her experiences abroad have informed her daily practice, and developed her deeply rooted interest in the empowerment, enrichment, and education of women and people of color. Rocio currently works in the Human Resources Department at Hill Holliday, one of the top creative marketing agencies in the country, where she focuses on diversity issues. Prior to that, Rocio was a Diversity Sourcing Consultant at State Street Corporation. Rocio lives in Jamaica Plains with her husband, Jason.
Sheila Moore is dedicated to the empowerment and enrichment of women. Passionate about philanthropy, Sheila is the co-founder of Educated Ladies Empowered to Change, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, committed to empowering women to grow personally and professionally. Sheila also serves on the Boston Regional Board for Strong Women, Strong Girls, Inc., and has received the 2013 YMCA Achievers Award and the 2010 South Shore Stars Emerging Leaders 40 under 40 Award. Sheila holds a Master of Science in Leadership with a concentration in Human Resources from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Virginia State University.
Marta E. Pagán-Ortiz has been engaged in philanthropy most of her life, most recently with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and the Iko Poran program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She holds a MS in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University. At Northeastern, she was a Research Fellow at the Institute on Urban Health Research & Practice, a department that focuses on understanding the social and environmental conditions of urban living in order to inform public health intervention strategies and policies. Her interests include the development of health technologies, mental health services in community-based settings, and interventions to reduce disparities in health and education. At TPC, she has enjoyed a leadership role as a Team Captain on the Grants Review committee, and also serves on the Marketing & Communications and Education & Engagement Programs committees, and is currently a co-chair of the Young Philanthropist Initiative. Originally from Puerto Rico, Marta now lives in East Boston with her husband, Dan Preiser – where she often daydreams about travel destinations and frets over Ph.D applications.