Staff

Patricia Alvarez, Assistant Director, Ext 22

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Pat has over 35 years experience as a social worker, program developer, community organizer and educator. She is Program Manager for the Hyde Park Green Team. She’s developed and facilitated youth programs in a variety of settings. She helped create a neighborhood mediation program and a prison grievance process at the Archdiocese of Hartford, worked with Boston’s Public Housing residents to improve maintenance and recreational services, and taught community organizing at Boston University and Salem State College Schools of Social Work.

 Charlotte Karol, Social Work Intern, Ext 21

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Charlotte is currently a graduate student at Boston University School of Social Work working towards her Masters in Social Work. She is in the Advanced Standing program with a Macro concentration. She graduated from Marist College with a Bachelors in Social Work, where she worked in Adult Protective Services with the Department of Community and Family Services, a residential foster care program, and child community development centers. Charlotte is interested in community organizing, program and policy development, and equitable and inclusive socioeconomic and sustainable growth. 

Altha Henderson, Office Assistant, Ext 20

Most recently, Altha served as the Administrative Assistant for the Wellness and Nutrition program with Operation Able. For three years prior to that, she was with the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts as a Job Developer Trainee for the Mature Workers Program. Altha is excited to be with serve Southwest Boston CDC, as the Office Assistant! In her down time she spends time with her three malti-pom dogs (she has really excelled at her grooming techniques), and she also loves getting dirty and saving money during the summer months by growing vegetables in her garden.

Whitney Ligonde, Green Team Managing Crew Leader,  Ext 25

Whitney is a recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has worked for many years as a site coordinator for a youth program at Above and Beyond Youth, focusing on child development and education. Using her psychology education and experiences, she looks foward to developing Green Team teens as leaders in their community and helping them to build their job readiness, college, and life skills. She wans to help youth expand their horizons and actively engage in the world around them. In her free time, Whitney enjoys hiking and being active.

Celine Lombardi, Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action Fellow

Celine is a rising senior at Boston College, where she studies Environmental Studies with a concentration in food & water sustainability, and English. She has enjoyed learning about Boston neighborhoods during her time at BC, and is excited to get to know Hyde Park better. She supports the Green Team, all things Neponset River, and affordable, sustainable housing development. She is a student manager at a sustainably run dining initiative on campus, student leader of an international immersion program to Latin America, and cooking fanatic.

 Alex Nadel, Community Organizer, Ext 24

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Alex has a decade of experience working with underserved and underrepresented communities.  He started his career as an Americorps volunteer in public housing.  In the fall of 2011, while organizing kitchen workers in Manhattan, he was tapped by New York Communities for Change to organize tenants in Brooklyn.   He has worked on campaigns to unionize low wage workers, fight the aggressive displacement of low-income families, and pass common sense gun legislation through a state ballot initiative.  Alex holds Alex a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College in New York. He is excited to help build a well organized team of residents in Hyde Park and Roslindale, capable of realizing its own hopes and visions.

Erica Schwarz, Executive Director, Ext 27

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Erica has nearly 20 years of experience in community development, affordable housing, and non-profit management. As former Executive Director of  WATCH CDC in Waltham she brought stability and growth to the organization. Prior to serving as WATCH’s Executive Director, Erica was the organization’s community organizer, organizing tenants around expanding affordable housing options and policies. She has worked with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in Connecticut and at the Medford Community Development Department. She has great appreciation of the diversity of stakeholders in a community, having served as a founding Board member of volunteer organizations serving small businesses and homeless adults. Erica holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.


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