BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
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.
ENGLISH WORKS LEADERSHIP
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.”
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.”
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
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.”
President, Mass. AFL-CIO
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.”
President, Service Employees International Union Local 615
MAYOR JUDITH FLANAGAN KEnnedY
CITY OF LYNN
MAYOR carlo demaria, jr
CITY OF everett
MAYOR GARY CHRISTENSON
CITY OF MALDEN
MAYOR JONATHAN MITCHELL
CITY OF NEW BEDFORD
MAYOR KIMBERLY DRISCOLL
CITY OF SALEM
MAYOR ROBERT DOLAN
CITY OF MELROSE
Governor’s Advisory Council on Immigrants and Refugees
Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council
Immigrant Learning Center, Inc.
Latinos Unidos en Massachusetts (LUMA)
Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board
St. Mark’s Community Education Program
United Autoworkers Massachusetts CAP Council