BOARD OF DIRECTORS
“English efficiency opens up jobs for immigrants. And a lack of English skills can be an impediment to jobs, to obtaining proper healthcare, or to fully participating in the American economy or civic duties.”
“As an English language learner, I feel that everyone coming to this country has to have an opportunity to learn and feel empowered to pursue the dreams that they carried with them.”
“English language literacy is a cornerstone to a successful livelihood, to understanding our political system and to advancing in our education system.”
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“Being an immigrant from Cuba, I can attest first hand of the importance that my early English education had on my Integration into American society.”
“As an immigrant, I have benefited greatly from programs like these. I have hired and managed immigrants that graduated from ENB funded programs. From personal and professional perspectives, supporting ENB makes sense to me.”
“Evolving from a new immigrant with no English skills, to a member of the board of directors of ENB, makes me a witness of how we can change immigrants’ life for a better Boston. Joining together to offer more English classes benefits our immigrants. It shows me that there is always a way to give back to the community.”
“The ENB program helps people who are very vulnerable and in need of a compass to the path of success.”
Boston Public Schools, Department of Adult Education
“I believe that success starts early and engages students, family, staff, partners, and community in student readiness and achievement. My work with ENB is focused on increasing opportunities for parents to improve their own academic skills in order to support their children.”
Tai Tung Realty, Inc.
“ENB classes release the resources and talents of those for whom English is not the primary language to the benefit of our community and our economy.”
Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development
“Organizations like ENB [allow] newcomers to fully participate and contribute to American society. This full participation is valuable, important, and an expression of American democracy.”
“As a first-generation Filipino American, I grew up witnessing the importance of educational opportunities for immigrants in the US… Promoting ESOL in the community will build opportunities… for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.”
The Boston Foundation
“ESOL makes a significant impact on all aspects of life. Having English language skills can allow a family to build generational wealth, get an education and can insure you receive proper medical care. I feel ESOL is a key tool to level the playing field in a city with so much inequity.”
The Trefler Foundation
“Learning English is a social justice right. We need to give people the tools to participate in the dream. ENB is widening the field of adult ESOL, giving them the opportunity to become who they aspire to be.”
“ENB programs help immigrants find their voice in their community. ESOL lessons not only provide them the language skills to pursue their goals, but also show to them that as a society we are invested in their success.”
Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement
“As an immigrant from India at the age of 9, I witnessed firsthand how my parents’ improvement of English impacted not only their careers but also their ability to culturally and civically contribute to life in America. Offering ESL courses is a small investment that pays profound dividends over time for both our immigrants and our Commonwealth.”
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 Gaston Institute/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.
Luis E. Franco
Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
As the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator at ENB, Luis provides training and TA to ESOL teachers and other ESOL program staff while developing and implementing ENB’s training presence in the ESOL system in Boston and Massachusetts. Luis first became a full-time EFL teacher in 2004. At the time, had the opportunity to teach English as a Foreign Language to students with a wide range of ages and proficiency levels in his hometown, Quetzaltenango, in Guatemala. A few years later, he received a bachelor’s degree in English Education and, later, became a Licensed Trainer for the School of International Training to teach the SIT TESOL Certificate course. Throughout his career as an educator, Luis has had the opportunity to serve professionals and instructors from a variety of cultural backgrounds in the USA, Mexico, Central America, and Southeast Asia.
Sora Hameed Alhemayri
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.