Staff

Patricia Alvarez, Assistant Director, Ext 22

Pat Alvarez

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.

 

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.

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.

Graduate Social Work Interns ’17 – ’18

Kelsey Barber 617-364-7300 x21

Kelsey is a first year MSW student at Boston University, pursuing a macro track with a concentration in Leadership in Communities and Organizations. She currently assists with SWBCDC’s involvement in small business support, transit equity and cleaning up the Neponset River. She served in Americorps in Atlanta, GA, conducting intakes, social services referrals, and outcomes research at a nonprofit no-cost dental clinic. Kelsey has a Master’s in applied anthropology from Georgia State University. She is interested in planning and program development, world-class transit for all, and preventing displacement from low-income communities.

Jordan Ebert 617-364-7300 x21

Jordan is passionate about challenging social injustice and ensuring that all people have access to high quality services and resources regardless of their race, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, or disability status. He has provided therapeutic support to patients, and connected them to care and mentored young adults on the autism spectrum at their internship sites. He chose this placement to learn more about macro social work, and to become more familiar with his local community. He is pursuing his master’s degree in social work from Salem State University, focusing on the integration of health and behavioral health practice. Jordan staffs SWBCDC’s Resource Connection program, connecting local residents to jobs and job training programs along the Fairmount Line, informing tenants of their rights and responsibilities and assisting with housing issues, and connecting residents to community resources.

Sonie Johnson 617-364-7300 x25

During her undergraduate career, Sonie conducted research, and completed her Honors Thesis on domestic violence. Her project focused on ways to enhance wellness for survivors, especially immigrants and low-income families. Sonie was also a Student Mentor with the TRIO Collegiate G-Force Program. She developed and facilitated scholarship workshops, to help students’ access scholarships and grants to alleviate financial burdens. Sonie will be pursuing her Ph.D. in social work upon completion of her master’s degree in social work at Boston College. Sonie supports SWBCDC’s outreach and intake for the Resource Connection and planning for the 2018 Green Team.


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