Staff

Patricia Alvarez, Assistant Director, Ext 22

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Pat has 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.

Marcia Cameron, Office Assistant, Ext 20

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Marcia started working in the healthcare field in 1993. She has years of experience as a medical assistant, keeping track of medical records data. She also worked as a pharmacy technition, which enabled her to develop very strong customer service skills. Marcia lives in Mattapan. When she’s not glued to her ipad, she spends time working on her typing skills. She is excited to help community members get connected to opportunities that they may not have known about before.

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. 

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 over 15 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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