TPC’s New Fellows for 2016-2017
From left to right: Esther Howe, Alice Crutcher, Amanda Hill, Cassandra Trujillo, Tatiana Joyce, Bridget Dunn, Crystal Murphy, Jennifer Chesnulovitch, and Jennifer Angarita
Jennifer Angarita graduated from Yale University and has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). At HKS, she served as a Sheila C. Johnson Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership and is currently working as a fellow with the Ash Center for Innovation and Governance. Her background is in partnership building, policy development, and advocacy for underserved and financially vulnerable communities. As a first generation immigrant, she has a deeply rooted interest in immigration policy. After a stint at the Harvard I-lab, she’s looking to hone in on the intersection of innovation, social impact, and urban policy in Boston.
Jennifer Chesnulovitch currently works as an Employment Specialist at the International Institute of New England (IINE), a non-profit organization that assists refugees and immigrants in becoming productive and engaged members of the Greater Lowell, Boston, and Manchester, NH communities. Before working for IINE, Jennifer received a Master’s in International Relations at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) in Barcelona, Spain. Organizing IBEI’s first student-run conference “Borderlands: What It Means To Be A State” led Jennifer to discover her interest in working with vulnerable populations, specifically refugees and immigrants. Outside of work, Jennifer is completing her thesis, examining how to create richer career paths and US workforce integration for foreign educated immigrants.
Alice Crutcher graduated from Princeton University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently the Development Associate at Opportunity Nation, a bipartisan, national campaign comprised of more than 350 cross-sector organizations working together to expand economic mobility and close the opportunity gap in America. While earning her Master’s at Harvard, she interned in the School of Education’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations and at More Than Words, a nonprofit that provides job training for youth in Boston. Before graduate school, Alice spent two years in Washington, DC working for the law firm Mintz Levin and their government relations affiliate ML Strategies. She also spent time as an intern with the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of the Governor of New Jersey.
Bridget Dunn graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Peace and Justice Studies, concentrating on gender and economic justice. While at Wellesley, she interned at the Consortium for Gender, Security, and Human Rights, researching security issues focused on violence against women in ethnic conflicts. Later, she interned with Social Accountability International, assisting with implementing safe and fair working conditions in factories around the world. In 2015, Bridget planned and presented in the panel discussion “Students Generating Peace Activism: Opportunities and Barriers in Academia and Beyond” at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s Centennial Conference in The Hague. She now works in software product management. In her free time, Bridget enjoys volunteering, learning to code, and gardening.
Amanda Hill received a BA in Studio Art and Philosophy from Smith College. She also holds an MS in Nonprofit Management from The New School. Since entering the non-profit realm after college, philanthropy has been an interest for Amanda. Intertwined with that interest, Amanda is devoted to the arts. Her passion for the field originates from her own art making practices and their influence on her life, as well as from her work with a variety of non-profits. Amanda is focused on increasing the awareness and the accessibility of the arts. She advocates for the support of creative expression at large and takes a special interest in a community’s ability to make and experience art. Some of her accomplishments include painting murals in Philadelphia, designing and building a 300 square-foot performance art space, and developing and producing a drawing festival. Amanda currently works at Raw Art Works as a grant writer.
Esther Howe graduated from Grinnell College and has studied, traveled, and lived in Egypt, Morocco, and Jordan. After managing a psycho-social program combating violence against women in Amman, Jordan, Esther returned to Boston to pursue higher education in mental health services while continuing to work in the non-profit sector. Currently, Esther is a Development Associate at Boston Education, Skills & Training (BEST), a workforce development non-profit focused on the hospitality industry. Esther is interested in the intersection of gender, culture, and mental health, as well as poverty alleviation through workforce development. Outside of work Esther volunteers as a hotline counselor at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and hones her rock climbing technique.
Tatiana Joyce is a Boston native who graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Study and Human Development. She was inspired to focus her studies on children and family health after her time as a youth participant, an alumna, a seasonal staff member, and currently the donor relations associate at Crossroads – a youth empowerment non-profit that serves under-resourced and high potential youth of MA in an effort to help them become socially responsible leaders, economically independent citizens, and emotionally connected adults. Outside of work, Tatiana enjoys hiking, taking trips to Duxbury beach, and volunteering at the Standish Humane Society (they only house cats, but she thinks dogs are acceptable). She currently resides in Duxbury.
Crystal Murphy graduated from Pine Manor College with a BA in Psychology. She is currently a family liaison for the Family Independence Initiative Boston. In this role, she is responsible for collecting families’ stories and data about personal growth and adversity along with overseeing the Movement Building Fellowship and other special projects. In her prior role, Crystal worked for the Boston Public School system as a Registration Specialist ensuring quality customer service and information. Crystal is passionate about children and families’ wealth, health, and education, and volunteers with non-profits to support economic mobility for children and families in Haiti. Crystal currently resides in Dorchester and loves to explore nature and science with her two daughters.
Cassandra Trujillo believes that everyone has inherent value and deserves equitable access to opportunities. She holds an EdM in Education Policy and Management from Harvard and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Yale. Currently, Cassandra works as a mentor at Summer Search Boston, where she helps young people build on the strengths that lie within themselves and their communities. Outside of work, Cassandra strives to facilitate access to resources for underserved communities. She cares passionately about all forms of social justice, and is especially interested in the challenge of meeting the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of students from low-income backgrounds. She is honored to join TPC and support social justice organizations working to make the world a better place.
Jeannette Andre serves as the Associate Director for The Lenny Zakim Fund where she manages the Fund’s grantmaking processes and coordinates trainings 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 at the Philanthropy Roundtable 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. 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 fiancée and their two dogs.
Veronica Martinez is a member of the Board of the Multicultural Arts Center. Veronica joined the Massachusetts Democratic Party as Executive Director in February 2017. She previously served as an aide to CNN Senior Political Analyst David Gergen and former Governor Deval Patrick. Veronica has also worked on a number of campaigns including those of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Ed Markey, and Congressman John Spratt of South Carolina. A South Carolina native, Veronica came to Massachusetts by way of Wellesley College and now calls Cambridge her home.
Britney Masse has been passionately volunteering and working for mission-driven non-profit organizations for over 15 years. Throughout the years, Britney has served in many different roles with a range of responsibilities, including fundraising, program development, marketing and communications, and volunteer recruitment. Britney has traveled to over 25 countries of varying stages of economic development, contrasting political systems, and diverse religious and cultural values which led her to her current position in the field of international education. In her current role as Student Opportunities and Social Media Coordinator for the Center for International Programs and Partnerships at Wheelock College, Britney’s responsibilities include collaborating with faculty to coordinate international service-learning and travel-learn experiences, advising students on study abroad programs, and working with partner organizations to develop international internship opportunities. Britney also currently serves as an Ambassador to Foot2Afrika, a certified Tanzanian NGO working to address issues facing vulnerable groups in the Kilimanjaro region by creating sustainable, community-led solutions through education, economic initiatives, and on-ground aid. Britney holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and a Certificate in Community-Based Human Services. At TPC, she looks forward to serving on various committees, learning from—and serving with—like-minded individuals in the Boston area, and encouraging other young women to become involved and reshape philanthropy through collective giving.
Courtney Silva received her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Georgetown University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Finance from Providence College. Currently, she works with Slalom Boston as an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, where she leads organizations through challenging, ambiguous changes. Courtney is grateful that Slalom has a local model, as it allows her to remain active in her community. In particular, Courtney cares deeply about The Children’s Room, which offers caring support for grieving children, teens, and families. She has been involved with this non-profit organization in various capacities throughout her life. In her free time, Courtney enjoys planning her next trip, practicing barre and yoga, and exploring Boston.
Stephanie Tafur received a full-tuition scholarship through the Posse Foundation to Hamilton College where she unearthed her passion for social justice and diversity work. She holds a Bachelor’s in Africana Studies, and a Master’s in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University. As a Program Associate at Summer Search, a national youth development non-profit organization, she mentors a caseload of 35 high school students from the Greater Boston area. She is excited to continue her passion for issues of diversity and was selected to co-design and co-lead the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Initiatives at Summer Search Boston. Prior to Summer Search, Stephanie worked at the Posse Foundation to secure the next generation of future leaders for six top colleges and universities. Working at Posse was also a way for her to give back to an organization and community that has impacted her life. Outside of work, Stephanie is an active sister of her sorority, Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. and enjoys building sisterhood and programming with other alumnae to empower communities of color in and around Boston.