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  • Sue NaimarkSusan Naimark, Co-Chair: On the board of directors of Community Change since 2001, Susan works at NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit community development intermediary, where she is the Director of National Community Building & Organizing Programs. She has also been involved on a volunteer basis with public education reform for many years, and is currently chair of the board of directors of Boston Parent Organizing Network. Susan has lived in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston since 1977. She has been a trainer, organizer, and program director in a number of organizations committed to racial equity and just distribution of resources. In her spare time, Susan enjoys running marathons. She has run the Boston Marathon as a fundraiser for Community Change every April since 2006.
  • antonietaantonieta gimeno:  antonieta is a 69 year old Mexicana - Salvadoreña, born in Panama, multiracial-Afro-Latina, working and middle class, lesbian, single mother of 32 year old twins. For the last 35 years she has worked as community organizer and educator addressing racial, gender/sexuality and class disparities as human rights issues. She supports the leadership of low income women and girls, people of color, LGBT, youth and immigrants in their efforts to achieve justice. As an educator and organizer she believes in the power of art and writing as tools for radical social change and healing.
    As a theatre artist she approaches theatre through the techniques of Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. At present she facilitates theatre workshops for survivors of sexual assault and immigrant women, creating performances based on their stories. She is in the process of developing a plan for an oral history project to gather and publish the stories of Afro Latinas in Boston.
    antonieta is a member of the Network of Immigrants and African Americans in Solidarity (NIAAS); a board member of Community Change Inc; and an actor, workshop facilitator and the Boston coordinator of the Survivor Theatre Project.
  • Dr. Yves Salomon-FernandezDr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez: Yves was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Her family migrated to Boston when she was 12 years old. Her early experiences in Haiti and living in an impoverished neighborhood in Dorchester when her family first moved here greatly influenced her commitment to democracy, human rights (including women's rights), and sustainable global economic development. Yves is a staunch advocate for oppressed and disenfranchised  populations. She is also a strong believer in using education as a vehicle for promoting social justice, peace, and for empowering the marginalized.
  • Mary Antes, Clerk: Mary has been on the board since 1990, starting as treasurer.  She was on the fundraising committee for many years and now is on the governance committee.  She also serves on the Leadership Awards Committee.  She was employed by Education Development Center for about 25 years and remains a casual employee.  Mary is also on the boards of the Wayland Housing Authority, Wayland Housing Partnership, Council on Aging, Friends of the Council on Aging, River Stewardship Council, and PILOT.  She was a Selectman for 12 years and now represents the Selectmen at Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Metrowest Regional Consortium meetings.  She is active in Habitat for Humanity and in the League of Women Voters.
  • Paul MaddenPaul Madden: Raised in Braintree, Ma, Paul attended Boston College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in 2007 and graduated from the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars Program with a Masters Degree in Education in 2008. As an undergraduate at Boston College, Paul was a teaching assistant for History and Development of Racism and co-Director of FACES, an anti-racist student organization focused on educating the Boston College community about systemic racism. Paul currently teaches mathematics at Brook Farm Academy, a Boston Public High School, and at Boston College, part time, in their Options Through Education Transitional Summer Program. Also, he is a policy debate coach at his school, which competes within the Boston Debate League. In general, Paul is a passionate educator whose work and energy focuses on working towards systemic equity.
  • Christopher MessingerChris Messinger: Executive Director of Boston Mobilization, a community-based organization that has worked against what Dr. King called 'the Triple Evils' (racism, materialism, militarism) for more than 30 years. Currently the home of the Sub/Urban Justice Program, Mobe works primarily with teens and young adults to support community organizing, social justice education, and regional anti-oppression networking. At other times, you can find Chris playing soccer or music, cooking, and building community. Chris has been a Board member since 2006, and is thrilled to support the critically important work of Community Change.
  • Meck GrootMeck Groot: Raised in a working class community of Dutch Calvinist immigrants in rural Canada, Meck has firsthand experience of ethnocentrism as well as the sense of belonging and connection living in community offers. This combination of perspectives is foundational to her understandings of race, racism and whiteness. Meck holds a Masters degree in feminist liberation theology and ethics. She acted as Co-Director for the Women’s Theological Center for many years and is currently Program and Social Justice Coordinator for the Clara Barton and Mass Bay Districts of Unitarian Universalist Congregations. 
  •  May Takayanagi
  • Jimi Jimi Two Feathers: Jimi first connected with Community Change, Inc. in 1992 during an action for the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus wherein he sought to educate people on the indigenous perspective of Columbus’s arrival.  In 2005, Jimi joined the board of directors of CCI, and he later became co-chair.  Though he has since stepped down as co-chair, Jimi still serves on the board and seeks to provide awareness of Native American history and oppression.  His primary mode of activism is through African Drumming, and he serves as co-director of Earth Drum Council.  Jimi also works as a computer technician at his company, Iguana Computers, in Concord.
  • Ernestine Washington: Ernestine WashingtonA native of Boston, a globetrotter, and a mother of anearly 30s son, Ernestine has a long history of working for social change and justice.  She holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations with a focus on Deaf culture from Lesley College (now university). A recent appointed board member Ernestine believes in the vision and mission of the organization, as she was a former staff member of Community Change. Ernestine has worked many campaigns on behalf of CCI such as health care reform, CORI reform, and affirmative action. A product of the early 60’s Ernestine has always participated in civil rights activities even during her tenure in the travel industry and retiring when her son became a teenager in 1992. Since then she has been an advocate, supporter and volunteer with DEAF Inc. located in Brighton MA. She has also contributed her time to Project Aftershock working with veterans and their families with former Veterans Benefit Clearinghouse, as an advance attitudinal trainer for STRIVE Inc., a past board member of Union of Minority Neighborhoods and consults on workforce development.  With a long family history of entrepreneurship Ernestine also assists her twin brother Ernest E. Washington owner of Vanguard Parking at Northeastern University from time to time in the family business. Ernestine has many social concerns such as racism with the health care system she is also dedicated member of Women of Courage a support group for women surviving Lupus and other connected tissues diseases since 1999.  Ernestine would say that not only is she an advocate, educator, trainer, leader, but a spiritual healer and motivator for those suffering from the affects by racism.
  • MarkMark Watson: Mr. Watson is currently a board member of the Cape Development Program, a Cape Cod based economic development and affordable housing nonprofit ; the Boston Area Sustainable Investment Consortium and the Boston chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. He is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, The Harwich Chamber of Commerce, the Social Investment Forum, and the National Association of Securities Professionals. Mark chaired the Board of the Dusable Museum of African American History for two consecutive terms and was a member the city of Chicago’s City Arts Program, a grant making committee which makes awards to organizations in Chicago’s art and cultural community. He enjoys sailing and traveling during his free time.

 

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Community Change was born out of the Civil Rights Movement and in response to the Kerner Commission which named racism as "a white problem." CCI has done what few organizations are willing to do: shine a spotlight on the roots of racism in white culture with the intention of dealing with racism at its source, as well as with its impact on communities of color.

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