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NLC Boston, 2016-2017 Board Members


Ed.pngEdward Byrne, Chapter Co-Director

Ed (2014 NLC Boston Fellow) is currently an aide to Mayor David Maher in Cambridge, MA and serves as the Mayor's adviser on education policy, equity, and matters affecting the LGBT community. He spent six years in the Cambridge Public Schools as the Coordinator of Student Diversity Programs where he was an advocate for students who are systematically marginalized in their schools including students of color, students experiencing poverty, recent immigrants, and LGBT students. He also created and teaches a course on race and culture to high school juniors and seniors at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Previously, he served two terms in the leadership of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBT Youth--an independent state agency with a legislative mandate to advocate for the needs of LGBT youth--where he led the commission's governmental affairs and budget advocacy. He holds a bachelor's degree in social studies from Harvard University and a Master of Public Policy with a specialization in education policy from Simmons College in Boston, MA. He is a 2014 Fellow in NLC Boston. 


Dave.pngDave Rini, Chapter Co-Director

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. 


Dan.pngDan Scarver, Institute Co-Chair

Dan (2016 NLC Boston Fellow) is the Program Manager at the Education Redesign Lab, located at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In this role, Dan manages the finances and the programmatic components of the By All Means Initiative. Dan has over 5 years of experience working in urban and rural schools across the country. As an AmeriCorps Program Manager at City Year - Boston, Dan empowered teams of AmeriCorps members to deliver quality service to students at the Higginson-Lewis K-8 School. Dan also taught 5th grade in the Mississippi Delta before joining the movement for educational equity in Boston. Daniel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – Public Administration from Fisk University. Dan enjoys reading political articles, creating photography, and spending time with friends and family.


Ben.pngBenjamin McNeil, Institute Co-Chair

Ben (2016 NLC Boston Fellow) has spent his academic and professional career focusing on social justice issues and building disaster resilience in communities around the country. Prior to arriving in Boston in the summer of 2014, Ben spent his undergraduate years at Occidental College in Los Angeles and received a MS in Disaster Resilience at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. His previous work experiences have ranged from jobs with the South Africa Human Rights Commission, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Ben’s first jobs in the Boston area were working on the campaigns for Don Berwick for Governor and for Raise Up Massachusetts to help pass the ballot initiative for earned sick time, and then with Partners in Health on their Ebola response initiatives. In his current role at the Boston Public Health Commission's Office of Public Health Preparedness, he is able to continue his focus on social justice and disaster resilience by coordinating the City's response and recovery efforts for events that impact Boston's public health and healthcare communities. Ben is also enrolled in Boston University's Questrom School of Business Professional Evening MBA program, concentrating on Public and Non-Profit management.



Jonathan Rodrigues, Mentorship Chair

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.


Robbie.pngRobbie Samuels, Alumni Chair

Robbie (2011 NLC Boston Fellow) has been recognized as a networking expert by Inc. and Lifehacker, and profiled in Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It by Dorie Clark [Portfolio/Penguin Press 2015]. Since 2009, his engaging and fun presentations have helped a wide array of audiences increase their confidence when it comes to relationship-building - whether through networking, fundraising, or sales. His clients have included Marriott International, Cornell University, and Unitarian Universalist Association to name a few. He passionately believes everyone should stop wasting time networking and shares how through his signature session, “Art of the Schmooze.” In 2006, he founded Socializing for Justice ( to build a cross-cultural, cross-issue progressive community and network in Boston based on the philosophies of abundance and radical inclusion. In recognition of his social justice work, Boston City Council named his birthday "Robbie Samuels Day" in 2011. Robbie identifies as a white, queer, feminist, trans man and lives with his wife in Boston, MA. He likes burritos.


Charlie.pngCharlie Ticotsky, Communications Co-Chair

Charlie (2011 NLC Boston Fellow) is the Policy Director at Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA), a statewide coalition of organizations dedicated to promoting a 21st century transportation system that is safe, affordable, and convenient. In this role, he is responsible for developing and advancing the policy, legislation, and regulations that support the coalition's agenda at the state and federal levels. Before joining T4MA in 2015, he was Government Affairs Specialist at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the regional planning agency for the Metro Boston region. Previously, he worked in the Massachusetts State House as legislative director for a Representative Jay Kaufman. Charlie holds an A.B. in Government from Bowdoin College and a Masters in Public Administration from Suffolk University.


Pao.pngPaola Maynard-Moll, Communications Co-Chair

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.


Danielle.pngDanielle Kim, Selections Co-Chair

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.


Maggie.pngMaggie Filler, Selections Co-Chair

Maggie (2016 NLC Boston Fellow) is a staff attorney with Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts, where she works on a range of prisoners' rights issues, including disability rights, access to medical care, and conditions of confinement.  Previously Maggie worked as 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.  After several years in Northern California, Maggie recently returned home to Massachusetts.  On Saturdays, you can find her at the park with her dog, Laverne.


Don.pngDonald Washington, Recruitment Co-Chair

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.pngKristen Halbert, Recruitment Co-Chair

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.


Nate.pngNate Hinchey, Finance Co-Chair

Nate (2014 NLC Boston Fellow) is currently the Special Assistant to the Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he works on a variety of initiatives aimed at preparing transformative leaders and ensuring that every child has access to a high-quality education. Nate is also pursuing his master’s degree in education policy and management part-time at Harvard, with a particular interest in addressing the inequalities in wealth and income at the root of the academic achievement gap.

In 2013, Nate was elected as a member of the Brookline Town Meeting, the town’s legislative body. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Charlotte Community Kitchen, a non-profit small business incubator that works with individuals struggling with legal, financial, or addiction problems.

Prior to joining HGSE, Nate worked at Prize4Life, a non-profit organization that raises funds for ALS research, and the Hyde Square Task Force, a community organization focused on developing young leaders in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury. Nate holds a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College.

In his spare time, Nate lives and dies with the Patriots and wishes his apartment building would let him put a grill on his balcony.


Stephany.pngStephany Collamore, Board Capacity Chair

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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