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Danielle (2015 NLC Boston Fellow) is the Director of Policy and Communications at Boston After School & Beyond, a public-private partnership that seeks to expand access to after-school and summer learning opportunities for all Boston youth. Previously, Danielle served as a Communications Specialist for the NJ Senate Majority Office, where she managed the legislative press for six state senators. Danielle began her career in education policy as a Fulbright Fellow in South Korea, where she taught over 1,300 students at an urban, all-girls high school. Danielle then worked as a community organizer in New Jersey, most notably as a Regional Field Director for the 2012 presidential campaign. She earned a Master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Psychology from Smith College.
Dave (2014 NLC Boston Fellow) is the Prison Rape Elimination Act project coordinator for the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, working to support survivors of rape and sexual assault who are currently incarcerated in Massachusetts. He is an attorney with a focus on housing law and civil rights, and previously served as an assistant director for Boston's Inspectional Services Department, overseeing the city's rental housing inspection ordinance.
Prior to joining BARCC as staff, he was a long-time volunteer with the community awareness and outreach team, and he served as the Vice-President of Legislation for the Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women from 2012 to 2015. He has done work training non-profits and university students in public speaking and served for four years as a climate change messenger for the Climate Project, a community education project run by former vice-president Al Gore. Dave has his B.S. from Boston University and a J.D. from Northeastern University.
Jonathan (2015 NLC Boston Fellow) is a community organizer with the Boston Teachers Union, working alongside parents students and teachers to help build a public education movement that serves all students and empowers families. Jonathan is a proud first-generation Brazilian-American, growing up in the vibrant immigrant community in South Florida before attending the University of Chicago. Previous to relocating to Boston, Jonathan worked as an immigrant rights organizer in Illinois and Florida.
Molly Maloney (2017 NLC Boston Fellow) serves as the Assistant Director of Legislation, Communication and Political Action for AFSCME Council 93, a 45,000 member public employee union in Northern New England. In her role with Council 93, she drafts and analyzes legislation and budgets at the state and municipal level across Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. In addition, she leads political campaign efforts for the union in Northern New England focusing on good jobs, access to affordable housing and healthcare, quality public education, and preventing the privatization of public services. Molly previously served as a Fundraiser and Political Action Representative for AFSCME International from 2011-2014. In this role, she managed all membership fundraising efforts in 13 states while also leading campaigns to fight ‘Right to Work’ and anti-union legislation in Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio and California. Molly is a 2010 graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a BA in Criminal Justice. She recently served as a member of the City of Boston’s Residency Policy Commission whose mission was to examine current residency policies in place in the City of Boston and recommend policy changes.
Originally from Grass Valley, CA, Molly has quickly fallen in love with the charm of Boston life and warmed up to the chilly Boston winters with the help of a Burdick’s hot chocolate!
Pao (2013 NLC Boston Fellow) grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She came to Massachusetts in 2002 for college and has been living in the Commonwealth ever since. Pao is currently the Director of Chapters and State Policy at the Scholars Strategy Network, where she helps academics connect with policymakers and civic organizations so their research can better inform policy.
Prior to her job with SSN, Pao served for three years in the Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on Revenue, where she focused on state fiscal policy and revenue reform. Before working on the committee, she assisted the constituents of Lexington, Woburn, and Arlington as state Rep. Kaufman’s Legislative Aide. Pao studied law at Northeastern University, through which she co-op’ed in the Executive Office for Administration and Finance during Gov. Patrick’s administration, and in the MA Senate General Counsel’s Office. These experiences laid the foundation for a career in state government and fiscal policy.
Having been chosen as an NLC Fellow in 2013, Pao then co-led the fellowship’s main program, the NLC Institute, in 2014. She then served as Director of the NLC Boston chapter from 2014-2016.
Maggie is a legal fellow with the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, where she files strategic litigation on behalf of prisoners who have endured years of extreme solitary confinement in prisons across the country. Maggie previously worked at Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts, the statewide legal services organization for persons incarcerated in Massachusetts jails, houses of correction, and prisons. Her focus at Prisoners' Legal Services included disability rights, access to medical care, conditions of confinement, and legislative reform.
Maggie is a former law clerk to the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Myron H. Thompson of the Middle District of Alabama. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Stanford Law School. At Stanford, Maggie volunteered with the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison, where she organized a course on the criminal justice system. She also led know-your-rights courses for young people in juvenile detention. Maggie has interned with the ACLU’s National Prison Project, the Santa Clara and Alameda County Public Defender, and Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.
Maggie is on the funding panel for the Haymarket People's Fund and is a resident of Jamaica Plain.
Nyah Macklin is a Radical Black Feminist who has dedicated her life to creating and sustaining systems of education, government, and society that constantly critically engages and re-evaluates the ways they perpetuate the continued exclusion of historically marginalized groups in our nation. Nyah specializes in designing, analyzing, and implementing policies within institutions that increase and sustain racial and socioeconomic diversity as well as destroys overt and covert anti-Black racism.
Prior to obtaining her degree in African and Afro-American Studies (from Brandeis University), Nyah studied in New Haven, CT’s public school system where she was awarded a scholarship to study at Hopkins School (a predominantly white, affluent, independent school) where text by Zora Neale Hurston painted her experience, “I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background”. This was the beginning of the revolution. Her studies and her lens shaped her drive to re-examine policies that affect urban education, housing markets, income inequalities, and the oppression of Black peoples as well as similarly marginalized groups. Nyah is thankful for the opportunities and guidance those with the desire, and/or ability to uplift have provided her. She is committed to ensuring that opportunities like the ones she has received are accessible to those who journey after her. Nyah is a Breakthrough Collaborative alumnae and teaching fellow alumnae, the 2015-2016 President of Brandeis University's Student Government, the first Black woman in the history of the university to serve as president of Brandeis University’s Student Government, and a one of four women of color to negotiate during a 12-day occupation for the rights of 100 students of color that resulted in a thirteen-page, anti-racist, diversity and inclusion plan for Brandeis University.
She currently works as the Chief Advisor and Legislative Aide to a member in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and is a proud NLC-Boston '17 Alum.
Don (2016 NLC Boston Fellow) has lived in Boston almost all his life. While he loves living here, it has not been easy for him. Growing up, he was unable to talk for the past four years. It was at that time he was diagnosed with autism. Communication was very difficult for him. However, once he taught himself how to talk through reading, communication was almost like a breeze. Don has 13 years of experience in the health care industry through working at Brigham and Women's Hospital in the Department of Radiology. When he was not working there, Don works as a peer trainer at Mass Advocates Standing Strong where he teaches individuals with disabilities how to recognize, report, and respond to abuse. He also serves on councils such as Mayor Walsh's ONEin3 Council, the Young Leaders Council at TD Garden's Sports Museum, and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council. With his involvement in so many councils, it is crazy to think that Don has free time to relax. However, his heart lies in his passion of disability awareness through his volunteering with Autism Speaks New England and Easter Seals. He also enjoys doing community service with Boston Rotaract. When Don has free time, he loves going to concerts, watching his favorite team, the New England Patriots, and going to art galleries. Don loves helping people in any way he can. Besides that, he has spoken at colleges such as Boston University and Lesley University about his life with autism and his fierce self-advocacy. Don is determined to make a change in the city of Boston and is incredibly excited to be part of the NLC family.
Kristen (2016 NLC Boston Fellow) is a Master of Urban Planning and Community Development candidate at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she previously graduated cum laude with a BA in Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Science. During her undergraduate studies Kristen interned in the Grants Management Office of the Environmental Protection Agency while serving the Boston high school community as a Nutrition and Physical Activity educator through the non-profit group Peer Health Exchange. Currently, she serves on the Farmers' Market committee for Roslindale Village Main Streets, where she is a previous Volunteer of the Year award recipient. Kristen has also been appointed as Chair of the Civic Engagement committee for the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts (YPN-ULEM), where she works to empower others through civic education and organizing. Her primary interests revolve around systems of access to resources and the breakdown between policy & action in disadvantaged communities.
Ying (2015 NLC Boston Fellow) is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts who is deeply committed to her community. Professionally, she serves as Assistant Vice President and Associate Counsel at State Street Bank & Trust Company. Ms. Wang is also a Judge Advocate General (JAG) Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, providing legal assistance and support to the 30,000+ soldiers stationed in the New England region. She is a member of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s SPARK Council, which creates programming and resources to answer the policy and social needs of millennial Bostonians. Ms. Wang also serves on Boston’s Community Preservation Committee, which makes project funding decisions in affordable housing, parks and open space improvements, and historic restoration. She was recently appointed by Attorney General Maura Healey to serve on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American Commission, addressing the needs and challenges facing Asian Americans in the state, including health disparities, civil rights issues, and economic illiteracy. She is a proud graduate of Boston Latin School, Emerson College, and New England Law | Boston.
Stephany (2012 NLC Boston Fellow) works as an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. Stephany previously worked on complex litigation in the areas of accountants’ professional liability, governmental investigations, and patent litigation at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. While attending law school at Boston University, Stephany drafted a bill to facilitate the acceptance of food stamp benefits at farmers’ markets. Stephany also authored a report on the rights of homeless students in Massachusetts as a legal intern at Greater Boston Legal Services. Passionate about domestic politics, Stephany has worked on a number of political campaigns at the local, state, and national level. In addition, Stephany served as a legislative aide to Massachusetts State Representative Alice Peisch before attending law school. Stephany is a native of Lexington, Massachusetts, holds a law degree from Boston University, graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics, and is an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.
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