BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Boston Public Schools,
Department of Adult Education
Tai Tung Realty, Inc.
The Boston Foundation
Under Claudia’s leadership since 2006, ENB has incorporated and defined itself as a strong, independent organization; developed a high-profile advocacy campaign, re-crafted its grantmaking approach and expanded its reach to serve over 1,200 immigrant adults in the City of Boston. Claudia’s background is in workforce development and community economic development. Prior to joining ENB, much of her work has focused on promoting career advancement for low-skilled workers in the region. She has conducted evaluations and best practice analyses of workforce development programs for youth, and for incumbent and dislocated limited English proficient workers. As Director of the Center for Community Economic Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston, a multi-ethnic community-university partnership, Claudia oversaw research and community-based intervention strategies in workforce, small business, and neighborhood development. She has also worked in the employment training field at the community and municipal levels. Claudia holds a Masters’ in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
As Program Manager for English for New Bostonians (ENB), Lee manages the grantmaking and technical assistance for the project’s 23 adult English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs. Before joining ENB and MIRA in 2008, Lee directed the Adult Learning Program of Jamaica Plain Community Centers for 5 years; before that, she worked as an adult ESOL teacher, program manager, and trainer at several Boston adult education programs. Originally from Ithaca, New York, she holds a BA in Medieval Studies from Brown University and a Masters degree in TESOL from Rhode Island College.
Franklin leads ENB’s English Works Campaign to promote public and private investment in opportunities for immigrant workers, businesses and the Commonwealth. He works with ENB grantees and other immigrant-serving community organizations, advocacy groups, unions, businesses, and trade associations and others to plan and implement the field organizing strategy and timeline for the Campaign. Prior to joining ENB, Franklin was the Student Counselor at the Adult Learning Program of Jamaica Plain Community Centers, and a researcher and social educator at a cultural center in Santo Domingo, and holds a Masters degree in Qualitative Research in Education for Social Change from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo.
Director of Development and Communications
Kristen develops and executes the fundraising and communications strategies for ENB, including annual giving, special events, foundation and corporate relations. She also oversees public relations, print and digital media. Prior to joining ENB, Kristen was a consultant for 10 years, working with a wide range of nonprofit organizations throughout Massachusetts, including the Joslin Diabetes Center, Justice at Work, the Riverview School, the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association and Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center, among many others. In her consultancy, she enjoyed spearheading fundraising projects, such as a $1 million+ revenue-generating gala, as well as leading communications teams on projects such as total re-brands, website launches and media relations activities. She holds a B.A. in English with a Spanish minor from UMass Amherst. Kristen is the Board Chair for the Legal Center for Nonprofits.
Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
Diana works closely with ESOL programs that are supported by ENB, providing them with cutting-edge professional development and technology resources, as well as coordinating cohorts of ESOL teachers. Diana has a master’s degree in intercultural relations, with a specialization in teaching ESOL. She has worked in adult basic education since 1994 as a classroom teacher, staff developer, and published author.
Sora Hameed Alhemayri
Operations and Development Coordinator
Sora manages the daily operations at ENB, including financial transactions, database management and fund development processes. Prior to joining ENB, Sora was an Americorps member. In her home country of Iraq, she was a civil engineer.
Isabel is a junior at Boston University majoring in Middle East and North Africa Studies along with International Relations. She plans to focus her studies on national security and foreign policy. Isabel loves to study languages and is minoring in Arabic at BU while also studying Chinese and expanding her fluency in Spanish.