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Claritza Abreu is a computer technology professional, an entrepreneurial business woman, a mother of two and an active member of her community. She was born and raised in the Dominican Republic where she received her BS in Computer Systems Engineering from the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology.  After graduation she attended New York University in New York City, graduated with honors and received the certificate in Information System Analyst of NYU.Mrs.

Melody Adams is an award-winning marketing, communications, and community relations professional, with extensive experience in media relations, event planning, community organizing and grass-roots political campaigns. Melody is committed to educating, motivating, and inspiring others to become civically engaged in meaningful causes that empower communities and improve their quality of life. As an active member of the Democratic Party, Melody has made significant contributions to several successful local and national campaigns, including Obama for America, Patrick/Murray 2010, and the U.S.

Gerly Adrien is a dynamic woman that started off from humble beginnings in Everett, Massachusetts. Determined to succeed and make a positive impact on the world, Gerly persevered and set off to one of the nation's leading business schools, Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. While there, Gerly won the Bentley University‘s Hartnett Family Business Plan Award and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Distinguished Collegian Scholar.

Astrid af Klinteberg is an attorney from Glouscester, MA who was first elected to office as a city councilor in 1999 and ran for state representative in 2008. In her law practice she serves as an advocate for troubled youth. 

An experienced political organizer and new media specialist, Chandra Allard currently serves as Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman’s deputy communications director. She is responsible for handling press inquiries and managing the office’s strategy for the website and other new communications media.
Allard recently moved to the communications post after serving as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff since the inception of the Grossman administration in 2011.

Pediatrician

Dr. Carole Allen is a pediatrician with extensive experience in clinical practice, practice administration and medical home development.  Her advocacy experience includes success in developing smoke-free workplace laws and regulations, as well as promotion of social justice and child-friendly policies.  As president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics she is leading an effort to invest in early childhood as the basis for lifelong health and success.

Chair, Young Democrats of Massachusetts

Elaine Almquist (Medford) is an advocate for the participation of Youth and Women in politics. She serves as the Communications Chair for the Young Democrats of America, and the Chair of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts. Ms. Almquist is also one of four Young Professionals Co-Chairs for the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, and recently won a seat on the Democratic State Committee.

Political Director, MLEV

Megan Amundson is the Political Director for the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters. A long-time environmental activist, Megan has a Masters in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts.  Megan has been an environmental advocate for 6 years and prior to that was an editor for college-level foreign language textbooks. She is also on the board of the Harvest Coop in Cambridge and Jamaica Plain.

Writer, Activist, Social Media Consultant

Adaora Asala (Roslindale) is a writer, LGBT and Women's Rights activist, and nonprofit social media consultant. She is the founding Director of Queer Women of Color and Friends (QWOC+ Boston), a nationally recognized grassroots organization serving the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer people of color and allies in New England.  She was recently honored by the History Project as the recipient of the 2010 Lavender Rhino Award and by Fenway Health with the 2010 Trailblazer Award for her contributions to Women's Health.

Candice Baldwin became the first Director of Multicultural Affairs at Mount Ida College on July 10, 2006. Prior to her arrival at Mount Ida College, Candice served as a campaign coordinator for numerous campaigns including the Mamie Locke for Mayor, Chuck Robb for Senate, and Al Gore for President. Since her arrival, Candice has created the Balfour Peer Leader & Mentor program designed to assist in the recruitment, retention, and graduation of multicultural students and became an adjunct professor in the Math department.

Katjana Ballantyne has 25 years of professional experience with established corporations, start-ups and non-profit organizations, she is known for her inclusive leadership style, strategic thinking and her proven ability to organize and lead diverse groups effectively. 
Katjana is an active Somerville community member.

MA State Representative, 34th Middlesex District

Christine Barber is a State Representative from the 34thMiddlesex district, which includes neighborhoods in Somerville and Medford. Christine participated in Emerge when she was running for Ward Alderman in Somerville. While that race was not successful, she used the skills she learned to come back and win election to the state legislature in 2014. Before being elected State Representative, Christine worked on progressive issues as a local community leader.

Chiropractor

Margot Barnet is an experienced public policy advocate, most notably in the area of environmental justice. She has served as president of the Worcester-based Regional Environmental Council from 2008-2010 and on the Board of Clean Water Action from 2006-2010.  Professionally Margot is a holistic chiropractor maintaining a solo practice in Worcester for almost twenty years. A former registered nurse, Margot led community support for the Saint Vincent Hospital nurses during their historic victorious strike in 2000.

Jasmine is the director of The Progressive Project (TPP) and a student at Harvard Divinity School. The Progressive Project connects people and communities to political action and develops new organizing models and strategies.
In 2008, TPP worked in six cities to engage people in the Obama for President and No- on-Proposition 8 campaigns. Since launching TPP in 2004, Jasmine has worked as a community organizer and volunteer on local, state and national campaigns.

Lindsey Beauregard is the Assistant Director of Government and Community Relations at Lasell College in Newton, MA. Prior to Lasell, she was as a legislative aide for the Massachusetts State Senate serving the Second Worcester District. Lindsey graduated from Stonehill College where she studied political science and international studies with a concentration in government and politics. During college Lindsey participated in American University's Washington Semester Program and interned at the U.S. House of Representatives.

Co-Director, Press Pass TV

Cara Berg Powers (Worcester) is Co-Director of Press Pass TV, an organization that works with middle, high school, and college aged youth to create powerful solution oriented videos to build strong communities. In addition to her work at Press Pass TV, Cara is currently a candidate for her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change and the author of By Any Media Necessary. She has presented workshops at several conferences, and guest lectured at Simmons College, Worcester State University, MIT, UMASS Boston, and Amherst College.

Reverend Manikka Bowman is a philanthropic professional, ordained clergywoman and political activist. Her career path has allowed her to work in 14 countries as well as work with large philanthropic institutions such as the Barr Foundation and the WK Kellogg Foundation. Reverend Bowman has also worked on a number of political, ballot initiatives and workers rights campaigns. Rev.

Project Coordinator, Global Development & Environment Institute

Suzanne Bremer is the vice chair of the Somerville Democratic Ward 3 Committee.  A committed community leader, she serves on the board of Community Action Agency of Somerville, one of the city’s leading anti-poverty organizations, and Union Square Main Streets, a non-profit that fosters small business development in her neighborhood, and on the School Improvement Council at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Somerville. A former member of AFSCME Local 3092, she is now active in the Tufts Employee Association.

Lexington School Committee

Bonnie ran for the School Committee after being a community leader and working on political campaigns for years.  She used her Emerge training to make the leap from the side lines to being the candidate, and together with the skills she learned from Emerge and a strong campaign team behind her was able to secure an unopposed run for a seat on the Lexington School Committee in March 2011.

Union Organizer, AFT

Maggie Brown is a parent and long time resident of Mattapan. She is a community activist for CORI reform and securing jobs for the under and unemployed. In 2006 she was trained by the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute as a resident CORI advocate. She was recently elected as the chair of the Legislative Committee for the Boston Workers Alliance after serving as the CORI Chair since December of 2006. During this time she has helped educate dozens of city and state legislators about the CORI and helped advise the Executive Office of Health and Human Services on their CORI regulations.

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