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.

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Josephine Cooke, Office Assistant, Ext 20

Josephine worked at John Hancock for 21 years in various positions, but mostly as an License Technician.  There, she reviewed agents applications for licenses to sell insurance products in different states.  She also has a lot of experience answering phones, helping people connect with the right information, sorting mail and filing.
Josephine has recently updated her computer skills through Operabion A.B.L.E. and an intership with Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH), a fellow CDC in East Boston. She also volunteered at the Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance as an Office Assistant.  Josephie holds an Associate Degree in Marketing from Newbury College. In her spare time she enjoyes jigsaw and word puzzles.

Hattie Frazier, Office Assistant, Ext 20

Hattie has had a long career in the healthcare field. For 20 years she was an operating room technician with Faulkner Hospital. Most recently, she worked as an independent caregiver for a chronically ill client. Hattie also has experience managing records for background screenings for childcare facilities. She currently serves on the Diaconate Board at Timothy Baptist Church in Roxbury and she’s also in a liturgical dance group there. She enjoys gardening at a community garden nearly Dudley Square, and sharing the bounty with her neighbors.

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Whitney Ligonde, Green Team Coordinator

Whitney is returning for her second year to run the Green Team! She is currently the Outreach Specialist at Riverside Community Care, and has worked for many years as a site coordinator for the Above and Beyond youth program focusing on child development and education. Whitney will apply her psychology education and experience with youth to help our teens developing as leaders in their community, make real improvements to their neighborhood, and build their skills in job readiness and college prep. She is passionabout about seeing youth expand their horizons, and actively engage in the world around them. Whitney graduated from UMass Amherst in 2017 with a degree in Psychology, Child Development and Education. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and being generally active.

 

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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