Valuing Our Workforce: How the Nonprofit Sector Can Support Millennials of Color in Boston

Panelists for Valuing Our Workforce

This event took place on Thursday September 20, 2018

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Rents, loans, transportation, food, taxes, healthcare: the cost of living in Boston is skyrocketing. Millennials of color are feeling the pinch and in order to attract and retain talented staff, nonprofits need to develop compensation strategies to make working in our sector a viable option. Through paying people equitably, offering flexibility, supporting personal and professional growth, and providing leadership opportunities, nonprofits have the ability to add much more value to their workforce in addition to raises.

Join TSNE MissionWorks at the NonProfit Center in downtown Boston for networking and conversations that explore ways nonprofits can enhance the experience of millennials of color working in the sector. We will also present findings from our Wage Equity Matters report which looks into race and pay in the New England nonprofit sector.

This evening is presented as part of City Awake’s six-day festival, Fierce Urgency of Now: Energizing Millennials of Color to Unlock Boston’s Promise.

Meet the Panelists

Jeannette Andre, Deputy Director for The Lenny Zakim Fund

Jeanett Andre

Jeannette Andre serves as the Deputy Director for The Lenny Zakim Fund, where she manages the Fund’s grantmaking processes and all management assistance for its grantees. Since 2009, Jeannette has held a variety of positions in the philanthropic sector that has allowed her to criss-cross the country — from interning in Washington, DC to serving as an Americorps VISTA and VISTA coordinator at Social Venture Partners in Seattle, Washington. Jeannette received her bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in Asian studies from the University of Florida and received her certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. In her free time, Jeannette volunteers with the Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Association by helping to manage their web presence and fostering dogs. Jeannette lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and their two dogs.

Lawrence Barriner II, Independent Consultant and Facilitator

Lawrence Barriner

Lawrence is a communications strategist, connector, and systems thinker. He loves quotes, facilitating, baking bread, feeding his worms, and cooking/eating good food with good friends. His current work includes network engagement, facilitation, coaching, and strategic communications, as well as running a coaching practice. His previous work includes communications and storytelling at the MIT Community Innovators Lab, food systems & food justice research and consulting, web design, and graphic design. He plays a lot of volleyball, keeps busy with way too many side projects, tries to write daily, and has a weekly newsletter. He has an undergraduate and graduate degree, both in City Planning, from MIT and is working towards a world that supports liberation for an ever-widening circle of living beings.

Manisha Bewtra, Alderman-At-Large for the City of Melrose and Senior Program Manager for the Massachusetts Housing Partnership


Manisha Bewtra is a creative city planner and dedicated community advocate who has worked with dozens of cities and towns across Massachusetts and other states. She is an Alderman-At-Large for the City of Melrose and a Senior Program Manager at the Massachusetts Housing Partnership. Before her current gigs in Melrose and at MHP, she worked at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and served as the Vice Chair of the Melrose Human Rights Commission. She has a BA from The University of Iowa in Economics and Art, a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. As someone with both Millennial and Gen X tendencies, the term “xennial” really resonates with her.

Christina Haines, Volunteer Manager for Silver Lining Mentoring

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Christina Haines has worked in the nonprofit sector her entire career, providing program management, communications, and strategic planning expertise for organizations working to advance equity and opportunity in several domains. She is presently the Volunteer Manager at Silver Lining Mentoring, the only mentoring organization in Massachusetts that exclusively serves youth affected by foster care, providing committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. Christina was drawn to the role from her years of experience volunteering with youth affected by foster care and an appreciation for the critical role of community and relationships in positive youth development.

Christina formerly served as Associate Director for Policy and Institutional Outreach of the Harvard Global Health Institute, an interdisciplinary research and education initiative. In previous roles, she worked as Manager of the Reimagine Learning Fund at New Profit, a national venture philanthropy firm, in volunteer management with Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, and in intercultural relations at Harvard University. She holds a B.A. from Marist College in economics, and a Master of Liberal Arts from Harvard with a concentration in government.

Miriam Ortiz, Co-founder and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Student Immigrant Movement

Miriam Ortiz

Miriam Ortiz is an activist, facilitator and strategist who has been involved in community organizing and nonprofit work since moving to the Boston area in the year 2000. She is the co-founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Student Immigrant Movement, a statewide youth-led organization which identifies, recruits and develops undocumented students to become politically and civically engaged. Originally from Mexico, Miriam is passionate about higher education access and youth empowerment, particularly in immigrant communities. Throughout her career, Miriam has served various nonprofit organizations in managerial, strategic and operational capacities. Most recently, she was the Chief of Staff at Italian Home for Children and the Associate Director at Centro Latino, Inc. Miriam is a Neighborhood Fellow and holds a Master of Public Policy from Tufts University, a Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College, which she attended as a Posse Scholar, and holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.


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