Executive Committee

Cheryl Clyburn Crawford, Co-Chair Joyce Ferriabough-Bolling, Development Chair
Suzanne Lee, Co-Chair  

Board Members

Celina Barrios-Millner
Natalie Carithers-Utley
Diana Hwang

Lydia Lowe

Patricia Montes
Gloribell Mota

Carin Schiewe

Renata Teodoro

Digna Saad Herrera
Samantha Washburn-Baronie



We also thank the outstanding group of women leaders and collaborators from across Massachusetts who have made considerable contributions to the development of the Women's Pipeline for Change since 2008.

Women's Pipeline for Change is fiscally sponsored by Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts Education Fund, Inc.


Celina Barrios-Millner

Through her professional and her community life, Celina has devoted herself to enriching disenfranchised communities through political, economic, and social transformation. Currently, Celina is a teacher and trainer in community and political organizing. Prior to this role, she served as Lead Coordinator for Student Immigrant Movement and as Northeast Regional Field Director for the Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign, where she worked to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform at a national level. Previously, she was the Director of Partnership Development with the State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance. Celina has managed a variety of projects in the political realm—from directing community relations for Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo to overseeing organizing efforts in the central Florida offices of Mi Familia Vota, a voter registration project of People For the American Way. Celina is deeply committed to effecting social change in her community as well. She has served as President of the Mass VOTE Board of Directors; Member of the Civic Leaders Compact at the Boston Foundation, Advisor to the Student Immigrant Movement; and a Mentor at Kilombo Novo, a Capoeira Angola community group. Celina holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. in International Development from American University. She has been a part of the leadership of the Women's Pipeline for Change since 2009.

Board Members

Natalie Carithers-Utley Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Boston Alumnae Chapter

Natalie is a resident of the Grove Hall section of Dorchester and a radio personality. As a former legislative aide for State Representative Willie Mae Allen, Natalie diligently worked with constituent issues and researched policies that directly impact minority communities. Natalie is an alumna of the Emerge Massachusetts Class of 2010, a political leadership training program for Democratic women. She is a graduate of Northeastern University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Management. At Northeastern, she also co-authored An Educational Study of Seven Massachusetts School Districts and a Scan of the Latino Population in Rhode Island with UMASS Boston. Natalie belongs and has held leadership positions in several civic engagement organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (including the National Committee), the NAACP Boston Branch, the National Council of Negro Women and the Order of the Eastern Star. She has been a part of the leadership of the Women's Pipeline for Change since 2009.

Board Members

Cheryl Clyburn Crawford Mass VOTE

Cheryl Clyburn Crawford is the Executive Director at Mass VOTE, Democracy for Nonprofits. She is the critical public face for Mass VOTE, recruiting coalition members, new donors, and volunteers. As a woman of color, Cheryl works easily and with commitment and dedication within the African American communities throughout the state, other communities of color, as well as among her colleagues in the elected arena. During recent election cycles, Cheryl took the lead in organizing the Boston Municipal Forums Coalition, which brought together over 40 community organizations at events designed to ensure that candidates running for office answered questions from the people. In addition, she has brought the same coalition back together to educate the general public and communities of color in particular, about the roles and responsibilities of the statewide constitutional officers. She has also organized statewide educational campaigns on referendum issues.

Before coming to Mass VOTE, Cheryl served as Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager to State Representative Willie Mae Allen. Cheryl continues her work in public service as an Executive Board member of the Boston Branch of the NAACP and a former Chair of the Membership Committee. In addition, Cheryl is a former Board Chair of Emerge Massachusetts, a political leadership training program for Democratic women in Massachusetts, where she also engages in outreach and training of new recruits. Cheryl is an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a Prince Hall affiliated organization, as well as a member of the Garrison Trotter Neighborhood Association. She has worked as a poll worker and an Election Day monitor for local and national elections. Cheryl grew up in Boston, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Lesley University. She has been part of the leadership of the Women's Pipeline for Change since 2009.

Board Members

Joyce Ferriabough-Bolling Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus

Joyce is a media and political strategist, named one of The Top l00 Influencers in Massachusetts by Politics and Campaigns Magazine for her work in media messaging and fundraising. A veteran of many campaigns "firsts" for women and particularly women of color, she recently won a national award for her electoral work that saw the election of the first African American State Senator, the first Haitian American State Representative and most recently, as senior strategist and major fundraiser for Ayanna Pressley, the first African American Woman elected (and recently reelected to a third term, topping the ticket) to the Boston City Council in over 100 years. She also served as strategic adviser for her longtime friend Suzanne Lee for Boston City Council. She is an officer with the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus and serves on both the Massachusetts and the National Women's Political Caucus political action committees. She was an early adviser and fundraiser for the Suzanne Bump Campaign for State Auditor and later served on her transition team. She also worked as ethnic outreach and media consultant for the Martha Coakley for Senate Campaign. Joyce has been part of the leadership for the Women's Pipeline for Change since early 2011.

Board Members

Diana Hwang Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative

Diana Hwang is the Co-Founder and Board President of the Asian-American Women’s Political Initiative, the only political leadership organization for Asian-American Pacific women in the country. Previously, Diana was the Chief of Staff to former Boston City Councilor-At Large John Connolly. Before that, she worked at the State House as the Executive Director of the Caucus of Women Legislators and as the Legislative Aide to late State Representative Debby Blumer (D-Framingham). Diana has also served on the Governor's Asian-American Commission. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Boston Women's Fund and the External Advisory Board of the University of Massachusetts Boston's Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy. She has been part of the leadership of the Women's Pipeline for Change since 2009.

Board Members

Suzanne Lee

Suzanne worked in the Boston Public Schools for 35 years, first as a teacher and later as a principal. As part of her numerous accomplishments, she led a high-profile turnaround at the Baldwin School in Brighton, improving a low-achieving and divided school into a nationwide model for school improvement. She went on to head the Josiah Quincy Elementary School for 10 years. During her tenure, the school was named one of the Best 100 Elementary Schools in Massachusetts.

Suzanne has been a community leader for more than three decades, helping immigrant mothers launch the first Chinese Parents Association and unemployed garment workers secure Boston’s first bilingual training programs. She has also worked closely with many organizations, such as The Boston Foundation, to address persistent poverty in the city. She was lead founder and longtime chair of the Chinese Progressive Association, a founding member of the Massachusetts Asian American Educators Association, and a member of the Massachusetts Advisory Council on Bilingual Education and the English Language Learners Task Force for the Boston Public Schools.

A first generation immigrant, Lee grew up in Grove Hall, the child of garment and restaurant workers, and graduated from Girls’ Latin School. Suzanne was the first in her family to attend college, earning a scholarship to Brandeis University and later earning her Master’s degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Suzanne is also a former candidate for District 2 Boston City Council. She has been part of the leadership of the Women's Pipeline for Change since 2010.

Board Members

Lydia Lowe Chinese Progressive Association

Lydia Lowe is the Executive Director of the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), a grassroots organization that works for full equality and empowerment of the Chinese community in Greater Boston and beyond. She recently celebrated her 25th Anniversary at the CPA.

During her years at CPA, she has co-founded its Workers' Center for immigrant workers to organize for their rights; helped to establish a policy of multilingual access to public meetings in the City of Boston, worked with Chinatown residents and local officials to preserve over a thousand units of affordable housing, and helped Boston's Chinese and Vietnamese-speaking voters gain bilingual ballots to ensure equal access to the voting booth. She has been part of the leadership of the Women's Pipeline for Change since 2011.

Board Members

Patricia Montes Centro Presente

Patricia is the Executive Director of Centro Presente. She arrived in the US from her native Honduras in 2003. Upon arriving to the Boston area, she joined Perfiles, a local Spanish-language periodical, working as a reporter to cover stories of importance to the Latino community. Through journalism, she came into contact with Centro Presente, and immediately identified with its mission. She signed up as a member and soon thereafter joined Centro Presente’s Board of Directors in 2004, becoming Board President in 2005. Later she joined the staff as a community organizer. Her stellar performance led to her promotion as Community Organizing Director and her subsequent election as Executive Director by the Board in 2008. She currently is Board Chair of the Boston Women's Fund and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) and the Salvadoran-American National Network (SANN). She has also earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the Boston University School of Management.

In her native Honduras, Patricia earned a degree in journalism from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras. She worked in public relations and communications in both government agencies and non-governmental organizations in Honduras, as well as in television production for over six years. During that time she had the opportunity to engage in national civic engagement campaigns with Caritas, a social services organization affiliated with the Catholic Church that advocates for the poor and oppressed. While managing communications for the national office, Patricia gained experience in the defense of human rights, the development and promotion of civil society, as well as strategic project design, management and evaluation. These experiences also helped to form her political consciousness and dedication to social and economic justice. She has been a part of the leadership of the Women's Pipeline for Change since 2011.

Board Members

Gloribell Mota Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE)

Gloribell is the Lead Organizer for NUBE, a direct action grassroots organization seeking to empower people of color, low income residents and immigrants in East Boston. Gloribell has direct experience as a candidate running a grassroots campaign. As a former candidate for State Representative in 2007, Gloribell recruited over 125 volunteers to work on Election Day and had thousands of voters identified in her neighborhood of East Boston. Prior to her work at NUBE, Gloribell worked as the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Education and Training Director. In this role, she was responsible for implementing and developing all of the Party’s curriculum and training activities, as well as identifying, assisting and recruiting candidates of color to run for office. She has extensive experience mentoring and building the leadership capacity of young people of color. In her professional background, she also worked as Community Organizing Coordinator for City Councilor Felix Arroyo and as State Tax Educator for United for a Fair Economy. She has been a part of the leadership of the Women's Pipeline for Change since 2009.

Board Members

Carin Schiewe

Carin Schiewe has been an organizer, trainer and political strategist working with progressive political and nonpartisan campaigns and organizations for the past 30 years. In her former role as executive director of the Commonwealth Coalition, Carin worked closely with women’s organizations, labor unions and citizen’s groups to win progressive legislative victories and electoral campaigns at the state level. She provided strategic advice to sixty state legislative campaigns, coached about fifty campaign managers and key campaign staff and trained over two hundred candidates. During her thirteen year tenure, the coalition won 75% of their endorsed races and launched successful programs to support Latino civic leadership, promote women’s engagement in politics and increase voter engagement in urban neighborhoods. Over the past ten years, Carin has worked at the regional and national levels as a consultant to foundations, including Proteus Fund, the Boston Foundation, and the Voter Engagement Evaluation Project focusing on strategies to advance civic engagement and movement building. She currently serves as regional field manager and lead trainer at the US Action Education Fund. She has been a part of the leadership of the Women's Pipeline for Change since 2009.

Board Members

Digna Saad Herrera

Digna's knowledge and experience combines practice in the business, education and public policy areas. Over the course of her career, she has managed corporate training programs for IBM, provided operational leadership for the Schott Foundation for Public Education, served as Dean at Mass Bay Community College and founded/managed several small businesses in real estate, tax preparation and management consulting. As a volunteer, she has actively participated in the governance of the town in which she resides, Swampscott; and served on the boards of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston, Mass Vote and Emerge Massachusetts, three organizations dedicated to increasing political participation among women and minorities as well as leading at the Boards of other organizations. From the different perspectives of business, public policy and academia, she has worked to increase access to opportunities for marginalized communities. In addition, she owns and operates Sirius Group, a consulting firm that concentrates on advising on business strategy and operations. She has been a part of the leadership of the Women's Pipeline for Change since 2009.

Board Members

Renata Teodoro Student Immigrant Movement

Renata Teodoro emigrated to the U.S. from Brazil at the age of 6. She graduated in 2006 as a recipient of the Abigail Adams Scholarship, a prestigious academic merit scholarship, but could not use it because of her immigration status. Renata became an active member of the Student Immigration Movement leadership team in 2008 after taking an active role in the In-State Tuition Campaign. Renata quickly took responsibility for organizing fundraising events, implementing new strategies to focus on the strengths of members. Renata joined the SIM staff in 2009 to focus on resource development and fundraising and in 2013 became its Lead Coordinator. Renata continues her education at UMass Boston, working on a degree in Public Policy. She has been a part of the leadership of the Women's Pipeline for Change since 2011.

Board Members

Samantha Wahsburn-Baronie Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus

Samantha is the Associate Director of MWPC, where she oversees all educational programs, assists the Executive Director in coordinating events and supports efforts to help elect MWPC PAC-endorsed candidates. Samantha brings to MWPC over two years of experience as a legislative aide at the Massachusetts State House in the office of State Representative David P. Linsky, Chairman of the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight. In the office of Chairman Linsky, Samantha was the point-person for all constituent services, and assisted with the passages of landmark legislation. Samantha regularly interacted with statewide elected officials, legislators, administrators, and municipal officials on both district and legislative issues. A 2010 graduate of the Eugene Lang College at the New School, Samantha was the recipient of the Lewis Rudin Award for excellence in her department, Urban Studies. While in New York City, Samantha interned with a variety of organizations, including Women In Need (WIN), Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT), and the Carmel Hill Fund Education Program. Samantha has a passion for electoral politics, having served as an intern during Governor Patrick's 2010 bid for re-election and as a volunteer on dozens of campaigns, including U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren's campaign in 2012. She volunteers weekly with Horizons for Homeless Children at a shelter for women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Samantha hails from Medway, Massachusetts and she became part of the Pipeline leadership in mid-2013.

Board Members

FRIENDS OF THE PIPELINE - Acknowledgements & Donors


The Women's Pipeline for Change thanks the following individuals and organizations for contributions that have allowed the Pipeline to expand horizons for women of color in public leadership.

Access Strategies Fund

Marie B. Allen, former President of the NAACP Martha's Vineyard Branch

Marni Allen, Senior Advisor to Ambassador Swanee Hunt

Willie Mae Allen, Former State Representative

Cathy and Russell Ashton

Carmen Arce-Bowen, ONE Massachusetts

Sandi Bagley

Beau Barnes

Kelly Bates, former Executive Director Access Strategies Fund

Margo Bouchet

Rahkel Bouchet

Margo Brathwaite, Partnership for Democracy and Education, LLC

Suzanne Bump, State Auditor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Doris Bunte, Former State Representative

Andrea Cabral, Esq., former Suffolk County Sheriff and Secretary of Public Safety and Security for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Nurys Camargo

Elizabeth Cardona, Director of the Office of the Governor, Western Massachusetts Region and Pipeline Research Fellow

Career Point, Holyoke, MA

Luzmar Centeno-Valerio

Staff for the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston

Centro Presente staff

Christina Chan

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Massachusetts State Senate

Manolia Charlotin, Editor and Business Manager of the Boston Haitian Reporter

Karen Chen, Chinese Progressive Association

Ileana Cintron, former Program Manager of Women's Pipeline for Change

Magnolia Contreras

Cheryl Cronin, Esq.

Martina Cruz, Former Lawrence School Committee Member and Pipeline Research Fellow

Dr. Debra Dagwan, Barnstable Town Council

Remona Davis, Jobin-Leeds Partnership for Democracy and Education, LLC

Senator Linda Dorcena-Forry, Massachusetts State Senate

Tiffany Dufu

Joyce Ferriabough-Bolling

Michael Fogelberg

Representative Gloria Fox, Massachusetts House of Representatives

Senator Martha Fuller Clark, New Hampshire State Senate

Jessica Gibbons

Charlotte Golar-Richie, former State Representative

Maria Gonzalez Albuixech

Sandra Lynne Fryhofer

Carol Hardy-Fanta, Ph.D., former Director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston

Dawn Huckelbridge

Ambassador Swanee Hunt

Denise Hurst, Springfield School Committee Member At-Large

Kathleen Inandan

Gail Jackson Blount

Akilah Johnson, The Boston Globe

U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-California)

Maria Jobin-Leeds

Greg Jobin-Leeds

Jobin-Leeds Partnership for Democracy and Education, LLC

Gladys Lebron-Martinez, Holyoke City Councilor and Pipeline Research Fellow

Jasmine Lopez

Marianne Karmel

Christa Kelleher, Ph.D., Research Director at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston

Adrienne Kimmel, Barbara Lee Family Foundation

Kweli Kitwana, Progressive Majority

Julie Kumble, Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

P. Stewart Lanier, Access Strategies Fund

Donna Latson Gittens

Malia Lazu

Barbara Lee, Barbara Lee Family Foundation

Robin Leeds

Amy Leung, Boston Women's Fund

Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus

Carlos Matos

Lily Mendez-Morgan

Stacey Monahan

Giovanna Negretti, former Executive Director of ¿Oiste?

Rosalyn Negron, Ph.D., UMass Boston

Daixin Neill-Quan

Charles J. Ogletree Jr.

Carla Oleska, Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

Order of the Eastern Star

Sara Orozco

Carmen Ortiz, Esq., U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts

Sheneal Parker, former candidate for Boston City Council and Pipeline Research Fellow

Sarah Perez McAdoo, M.D., MPH

Shonda Pettiford, Board President of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts

Colette Phillips, Colette Phillips Communications, Inc.

Judy Pineda Neufeld

Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor at Large

Priti Rao, Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus

Wilnelia Rivera

Diana Salas-Coronado, Ph.D. candidate, UMass Boston

Schott Foundation for Public Education

Sarah-Ann Shaw, League of Women for Community Service

Arlene Snyder

Donna Stewartson

Rachel Stock

Stephona Stokes, Access Strategies Fund

Cyndi Suarez

Tanisha Sullivan, Esq.

Marissa Szabo

Caprice Taylor-Mendez

Jeffrey Thomas

Mary Tuitt, Chief of Staff of State Representative Gloria Fox

Linda Uch

UMass Boston Communications Department

Josefina Vazquez, Boston Women's Fund

Gladys Vega, Executive Director of Chelsea Collaborative

Charles Walker, Jr.

Cynthia Ward

Lisa Wong, Mayor of Fitchburg and Pipeline Research Fellow

Laura Younger

Kimberly Zouzoua



The Women's Pipeline for Change thanks our donors for their support. Your generosity helps us build a sustainable pipeline to support progressive women of color as they enter public life.

2013 Donors

Access Strategies Fund

Jobin-Leeds Partnership for Democracy and Education, LLC

Eastern Bank

Cathy Ashton
Center for Women in Politics and Public
    Policy at UMass Boston
Talia Barrales, Esq.
Kendra Bradner
Mirna D. Diaz, Esq.
Marie Gay
Jean Hardisty
Georgia Hollister-Isman
Shauna James

Hunt Alternative Fund
Gloria Murray
Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts
Neighbors United for a Better East
    Boston (NUBE)
Ilma Paixao
Gladys Rivera-Rogers
Carin Schiewe
Stephanie Smith
Laurie Taymor-Berry


2012 Donors

Maria Jobin-Leeds
Greg Jobin-Leeds

Hunt Alternatives Fund

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Boston
    Alumnae Chapter
Eastern Bank

Hemenway & Barnes, LLP
Schott Foundation for Public Education
Suzanne Lee

1199 SEIU United Healthcare
Access Strategies Fund
Andrea Cabral, Esq.
Asian American Women's Political
    Initiative c/o Fenway CDC
Hannah Banks
Nefrediezha Barbel
Alicia Buggs
Nurys Camargo
Elizabeth Cardona
Center for Women in Politics and Public
    Policy at UMass Boston
Centro Presente
Debra Dagwan
State Representative Linda
Joyce Ferriabough
Maria Gonzalez Albuixech
Dyaln Hayre
Carol Hulsizer
Robert Jubinville
Susan Kooperstein
Lydia Lowe
Mason Tillman Asscociates, Ltd.

Mass Vote
Massachusetts Women's Political
Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts
Barbara P. Norfleet
Oiste? The Latino Civic Education
Ilma Paixo
Paula Paris
Sheneal Parker
Elizabeth Rheinstein
Anthony Saad
Carin Schiewe
Edna Smith
Barbara Solow
Stephanie Soriano
Alejandra St.Guillen
Agma Sweeney
Betty Taymor
Julie Taymor
Jeffrey Thomas
Steve W. Tompkins
Mayor Lisa A. Wong
Chi C. Wu


2011 Donors

Hunt Alternatives Fund
Lilo Leeds

Maria Jobin-Leeds
Greg Jobin-Leeds

Abbey Rockefeller & Lee Halprin
Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy at UMass Boston

Benaree Wiley
Suzanne Lee

Marie B. Allen
Carroll R. Allston
Russell & Cathy Ashton
Talia Barrales
Ann E. Beaudry
Ron Bell
Virginia Branch
Joann G. Breuer
Shana Bryant
Margaret Bush Ware
Holly J. Cachimuel
Deborah Cairo-Williams
Karen Charles
Manolia Charlotin
Kelly Chunn & Associates
Ileana Cintron
Karen Courtney
Cheryl Clyburn Crawford
Judith Davenport
Arlene Delaney
Estelle Disch
Joanne Dowdell
Jane C. Edmonds
Lynne & David Edmonds
Efficient Solutions
Louis A. Elisa
Maria Gonzalez
Renae Gray
Carrie Guscott
Paula Hamilton
Georgia Hollister-Isman
John H. Jackson
Jackie Jenkins Scott
Beverly Johnson
Dorothea Jones
Jay R. Kaufman
Donna Latson-Gittens
Malia Lazu
Gladys Lebron-Martinez

Robin Leeds
Olive Lesueur
Lydia Lowe
Lily Mendez-Morgan
Linda Monteiro
Ann Moritz
Gloribell Mota
Charlayne Murrell
Judy Neufeld
Pamela Norwood
Olga Olmeda
Sheneal Parker
Elizabeth Pozen
Eleanor Ramsey
Warren Reid
Diane L. Renfroe
Grace Ross
Jeff Ross
Carin Schiewe
Cassie Schwerner
Digna Scott
James M. Scott
Klare Shaw
Alma Singleton
Rosa Smith
Patricia Sobalvarro
Dr. Jean R. Stewart
Betty Taymor
Laurie Taymor-Berry
Jeffrey Thomas
John Walsh
Franklin A. Wharton
Victoria Williams
Leverett Wing
Wendy Carolyn Wolf
Harmony Wu
Michelle Wu
Laura Younger