BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Ify Mora, Co-President
The Barr Foundation
 
Alejandra St. Guillen, Co-President
Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement
 
Enoes Andujar, Treasurer
Hyde Square Task Force
 
Amel Arhab, Clerk
Deloitte Consulting
 
Todd Lee
Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development
 
Alberto Calvo
Stop and Compare Supermarkets
 
Yongmei Chen
Eastern Bank 
 
Doug Clowes
The Clowes Foundation
 
Jesús Gerena
Family Independence Initiative
 
Myrna Guerrero-McCabe
Kayem Foods, Inc. 
Maria Harris
Boston Public Schools; Department of Adult Education 
 
Lara Mérida
Boston Redevelopment Authority
 
Daniel Sherman
The Boston Foundation
 
Navjeet Singh
National Fund for Workforce Solutions
 
Kerline Tofuri
PID/Jou Nouvo and Codman Square Health Center

STAFF


 

Claudia Green 

Executive Director

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.

Phone: 617-982-6861

 

Lee Haller 

Program Manager

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.  

Phone: 617-982-6862

 

Franklin Peralta 

Campaign Organizer

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.

Phone: 617-982-6863

 

Kristen Sarkarati

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.

Phone: 617-982-6866

 

Isabel Allen
Intern

Isabel is a sophomore 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.

Phone: 617-982-3814

E-mail:  iallen@englishfornewbostonians.org 

 

ENGLISH WORKS LEADERSHIP


LEADERSHIP CIRCLE

 

Roger Berkowitz

Roger Berkowitz 
CEO, Legal Sea Foods

“I am proud that Legal Sea Foods is committed to providing high-quality ESOL training for our employees. To remain competitive, businesses in the hospitality and food service need to whole-heartedly invest in English language programs to tap the talents and skills of its employees. At Legal Sea Foods, we’ve seen this succeed time and again.”

 

Carline Desire

Carline Desire
Executive Director, Association of Haitian Women

“Immigrant families come here to embrace Massachusetts as a new home representing new hope and opportunities. With integration into the tapestry of our Commonwealth, immigrant communities enrich our civic, cultural, and economic life.”

 

Veronica Turner

Veronica Turner
Executive Vice-President, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

“1199SEIU has led the way in partnering with hospitals and nursing homes to provide English classes and other education and training opportunities for the Commonwealth’s health care workforce. We support the English Works campaign because it is in line with our mission to improve and expand quality patient care, to protect and improve the lives of our members and our families.”

 

Paul S. Grogan Boston Foundation

Paul S. Grogan
President and CEO, The Boston Foundation

“In our 21st century knowledge-based economy, English language mastery is a critical skill. To thrive, the region needs to see our diverse, immigrant-rich population as a prime asset—and that means investing in programs like English Works.”

 

Steven Tolman AFL-CIO

Steven Tolman
President, Mass. AFL-CIO
  “This campaign, is not only crucial for our   Commonwealth’s economy, it will help make sure immigrants are fully aware of their rights on the job. That is why the Massachusetts AFL-CIO is fully supportive of the English Works Initiative.”

 

Warren Pepicelli UNITE HERE

Warren Pepicelli
International VP of UNITE HERE! New England Joint Board

“The New England Joint Board of UNITE HERE! represents over 10,000 workers, including thousands of Massachusetts immigrant families. We are proud of our English language programs run in partnership with Massachusetts employers. We urge all industries and businesses to invest in the skills and talents of immigrant workers by committing to these programs.”

 

Rocio Sáenz

Rocio Sáenz
President, Service Employees International Union Local 615
“An investment in English programs for workers is an investment in our families, our communities, and our futures.”

 

 

 

mayors CIRCLE 

MAYOR MARTIN J. WALSH
CITY OF BOSTON

 

Mayor Walsh

 
MAYOR JUDITH FLANAGAN KEnnedY
CITY OF LYNN

 

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MAYOR carlo demaria, jr
CITY OF everett
 

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MAYOR daN RIVERA
CITY OF LAWRENCE

 

Mayor Rivera

 
 
MAYOR GARY CHRISTENSON
CITY OF MALDEN

 

Mayor Christenson

 
MAYOR JONATHAN MITCHELL
CITY OF NEW BEDFORD
 

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MAYOR JOSEPH A. CURTATONE
CITY OF SOMERVILLE

 

Mayor Curtatone

 
 
MAYOR KIMBERLY DRISCOLL
CITY OF SALEM

 

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MAYOR ROBERT DOLAN
CITY OF MELROSE
 

Mayor Higgins

 

steering committee

Execituve Director, MA Senior Care Association

Francisco Brea

Rapid Response Coordinator, MA AFL-CIO

Don Gillis

Executive Director, MA Workforce Board Association

Kedan Harris

Director of Adult Education, College Bound Dorchester

Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Vocational Services

Laurie Sheridan

Workforce Development Coordinator, World Education

Natasha Soolkin

Director, Russian Community Association of MA

Bryan Gangemi

Deputy Director, Voice and Future Fund

 

CAMPAIGN committee