After graduating from the George Washington University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Alyssa (she/her/hers) worked with a university exchange program in London before joining the TGH team at the beginning of 2020. During her undergraduate years, Alyssa interned with several nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. and Boston areas and served as Director of GW’s student-run peer support hotline. She also participated in exchange programs in Ecuador and Spain.
Quick Fact: Alyssa has seen every Harry Potter movie more times than she can count!
Previous to TGH, Barbara (she/her/hers) worked as the Development and Grants Coordinator at The Welcome Project, which builds the collective power of Somerville immigrants through adult and youth programming. While there, she implemented a monthly giving program, managed the grants cycle, oversaw the donor database, and coordinated its annual fundraiser YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City. Barbara has an MA in Urban Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
Quick Fact: Barbara enjoys baking sticky buns and cheesecake.
Finance and Operations Manager
Quick Fact: Dan doesn't eat anything that cast a shadow.
Dan (he/him/his) has been involved with TGH since 2002 and on staff since the summer of 2010. After spending several years as a Legislative Aide to a U.S. Congressman in Washington, DC, he returned to Boston as the Technology Director at Fenway High School. In 2006, he was hired by the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester to help implement the largest middle school 1:1 laptop initiative in New England. Nothing is more important to Dan than his two adorable little girls (and the Sox winning the WS in 2004).
Gina (she/they) is a proud Boricua who is dedicated to racial & gender justice and closing the digital divide. Prior to joining TGH, Gina managed the Young Mothers program at Roca, Inc. in Chelsea, MA where they partnered with TGH to implement the Early Childhood program. They believe that everyone should have equitable access to internet-enabled devices.
Gina is also a big mountain adventurer who recognizes that digital health is paramount to their mental health. In their free time, you can find them hiking or backcountry skiing with a backpack full of hand warmers and salty snacks.
Assistant Manager of Partnerships
Quick fact: Gina is planning to hike ALL 67 mountains in New England over 4,000 feet!
MarS (all pronouns) comes from a Haitian family, with Irish ancestry, in Hyde Park. They've spent half their life working with marginalized youths that are new immigrants, living in group homes, on the spectrum, those with visual impairments and other disabilities. In their free time, MarS serves as a co-circlekeeper for Come thru, Sis - a Healing/Spiritual Circle for Black Afro-Indigenous Womxn and Gender-Queer Folx. They're a Registered Behavioral Technician and are currently finishing up their BA in Management, Operations & Logistics, at Southern New Hampshire University.
Program Support Coordinator
Quick Fact: To keep up with their 16-year-old sibling, MarS taught themself how to drive at 12 years old.
Director of Advocacy
Marvin (he/him/his) is a relationship builder, advocate, political analyst, public speaker, and entrepreneur. Before joining TGH, he effectively operated a boutique political consulting firm as its Co-Principal. Also, he served as Director of Engagement at UU Urban Ministry; Deputy Director of Government Affairs at the MA Treasury; and as the Executive Director for the MA Black & Latino Legislative Caucus. Marvin is a community voice for the disenfranchised and a proponent for equity in all spaces.
Quick Fact: Marvin enjoys sewing accessories that 'create conversation'!
Program Operations Coordinator
Natalie (she/her/hers) graduated from Emmanuel College with a B.A. in Developmental Psychology. She participated in the Black Student Union and other clubs at Emmanuel. During her last year in college, she interned as a tutor at Codman Academy Charter Public School. She found it to be an amazing opportunity and was able to provide students with the tools they needed to score well on the MCAS. Natalie is bilingual in English and Haitian Creole.
Quick Fact: Natalie read the Hunger Games Series in 2 days.
Director of Learning
Nessie (she/her/hers) has been passionately involved with youth-centered organizations since the age of sixteen. She spent seven years teaching photography at several colleges before moving fully into the not-for-profit sector. She was an Executive Director at Artistic Noise; a creative youth development program for court-involved teens. Most recently Nessie was a Youth Development Manger at More Than Words which employs and supports young adults who are in foster care, court involved, homeless or out of school. She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and MFA from the University of Chicago.
Quick fact: Nessie's favorite things are Dolly Parton, Star Trek and Egyptology... in that order.
Chief Program Officer
Previous to TGH, Q.J. (she/her/hers) was Executive Director at English At Large, an organization providing free and accessible English language instruction to immigrants and refugees in Middlesex County. As the Director of Education and Outreach at the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Qingjian conceptualized and implemented a youth initiative called the Youth Empowerment Project – a program engaging Asian American adolescents to become leaders in their communities and voices of anti-violence. Ms. Shi has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is bilingual in Chinese and English.
Quick Fact: Q.J. is a lion dancer, not to be confused with a line dancer.
Theo (she/her/hers) joined TGH in 2012 as a New Sector AmeriCorps Fellow to develop the TGH Small Business program and implement a social media strategy. Before coming to Boston, she worked in communications at Ashoka's global headquarters in the DC area, where she helped engage and support the network of 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 73 countries. Prior to that, she earned a BA in Comparative Literature and an MS in Commerce, both from the University of Virginia, as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Boston University.
Theodora Higginson Hanna
Quick Fact: Theo spent an afternoon on Michelle Obama's security detail.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Elizabeth Schwab, Chair
Head of External Affairs for New England & PA, Google
Bruce Glabe, Treasurer
Former Chief Financial Officer, Appalachian Mountain Club
Co-Founder & VP of Strategic Accounts, botkeeper
Anne Bailey Berman
Chair, Chadwick Martin Bailey
Computer Learning Center Coordinator, Codman Square NDC
Chief Information Officer, City of Boston
Vice President, Box
Director of Adult Education, Boston Public Schools
Deputy Director and Clinical Instructor, Harvard Law School - Transactional Law Clinics
Catholic Charities, El Centro del Cardenal
Chief Risk Officer, MFS Investment Management
BOARD OF ADVISORS
Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Counsel, Boston Medical Center
Executive Director, Haley House
Director of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, Commonwealth
Peter R. Doliber, MHSA, MPH
Executive Director, Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs
Open Mobility Foundation
Former Vice President, CIO & CSO, MITRE
Head of Global IT, Bemis Associates
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Brevi; Founder, Constant Contact
Broadband & Digital Equity Advocate, City of Boston
The Boston Foundation