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............................................. Community Engagement Manager
........................ Operations Manager
Youth Programs Assistant
............................................. Foundation Relations Coordinator
.............................................. Adult Programs Assistant
................................................. Program Director
Youth Programs Assistant
................................... Executive Director
.............................................. Youth Programs Manager
................................. Youth Programs Assistant
........................................ Adult Programs Associate

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- Community Engagement Manager
Hilary Allen joined BCCJ as Community Engagement Manager in March of 2008. Previously, she served as Associate Director of Development at St. Mary's Women and Children's Center in Dorchester and also in Development at Mother Caroline Academy. Hilary is active in ongoing community work with social justice-focused nonprofits in the area, including past Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Women's Theological Center, Board member at Boston Mobilization, and Fundraising Circle member at Spontaneous Celebrations. Hilary received a dual degree in Peace & Conflict and Religious Studies from Guilford College. She is originally from South Carolina and lives in Jamaica Plain.



- Operations Manager
Gerie Blocker-Greaves has worked and volunteered in various organizations and programs that were social justice in nature. She has worked as a Department Administrator for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Office Manager and Program Assistant for the New England Minority Purchasing Council, Inc., Administrative Coordinator for CareGroup, Inc. and Music Program Coordinator for WBUR radio at Boston University. She grew up in Boston, graduated with an undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and lived in Amherst for over 13 years. There she worked with college bound youth in the Upward Bound Program and for the University in various positions including Conference Coordinator. She returned to Boston in the late 80s. In 2005 she participated in the Millions More Movement in Boston and Washington, D.C. She continues to be committed to furthering the cause of social justice.


- Youth Programs Assistant
Emily Chang first came to the BCCJ as a delegate to INIT in August 2009. Joining the staff of the BCCJ in November 2009, she now works as a Youth Programs Assistant. She currently attends the Boston Latin School as a sophomore. Emily is the President and founder of the Youth Diversity Alliance at her school, in which members discuss social justice issues and find ways to educate the community.


- Foundation Relations Coordinator
Lisa provides grants consulting to two Community Development Corporations in Greater Boston.  After graduating from LeadBoston in 2009 she added BCCJ as a client.  Lisa has over ten years of experience with cultural and educational nonprofits, including the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She has extensive experience coordinating and facilitating public education programs and community-based outreach initiatives. In particular, she has trained in dialogue facilitation and conflict management, led public history programs, and conducted professional development trainings for public school teachers on issues such as immigrant rights, slavery, and fair labor practices. 

Lisa earned a Masters of Public Administration with a focus on state and local government finance and environmental policy from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.  She holds a BA in Child Development and a BFA in Studio Arts from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She lives in North Kingstown, RI.


- Adult Programs Assistant

Izzy attends Beaver Country Day School as a sophomore and has been going there since 6th grade. At Beaver, Izzy runs for the Cross- Country team and enjoys performing arts. Last spring he played the staring role in the school's production of Rent. Izzy is part of the Social Action Leaders (SALS) group at his school which focuses on many topics surrounding diversity and social justice. Izzy was elected by his peers to be the 10th grade leader for SALS. He is of Puerto RIcan descent.



- Director of Leadership Development
Todd Fry has worked as a teacher and social entrepreneur for 20 years in Greater Boston.  His career spans work with youth and adults in prep school and in prison, in business and in City Hall.  He taught at Milton Academy, a base from which he began developing community programs in 1987 with Youth Outreach Weekends, service retreats focused on homelessness and poverty. That program became the nucleus of The City School, a center for youth leadership development that he founded in 1994 and which still serves hundreds of Boston youth each year. At The City School he founded The Prison Empowerment Project, which connected area teens with workshops run by men and women in prison. Todd led staff development at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston’s lead economic development agency from 2001-2004. During those years he also ran a book group for incarcerated boys at a DYS facility.  He has provided training and consulting services for many area schools and businesses, including Project Hope, Boston Cares Citizen Academy, the Hyde Square Task Force, Beaver Country Day School, Simmons College School of Social Work, Boston Main Streets, Boston University, and Harvard Business School.  

Todd joined BCCJ staff in 2005 as Director of Leadership Development, and then held the role of Executive Director at BCCJ from 2007 to 2010 during a time of significant growth and transition.  He first served on staff with BCCJ youth programs in 1989, and graduated from LeadBoston in 1994. He grew up in Ohio, holds a bachelors degree in Communication Education from Northwestern University, and lives in Roxbury today.

- Youth Programs Assistant
Zak joined BCCJ through InIt in August 2009. He is a senior at Charlestown High School. He is involved in the Mayor's Youth Council, where he proudly represents his neighborhood, the South End. Zak is also involved in the Spoken Word Club at his school and the Debate Team. Now his a Youth Programs Assistant at BCCJ, focusing on community building and sustainability on the BCCJ Youth Council.


- Executive Director
Gisele M. Michel joined BCCJ as Executive Director in February 2010.  She brings 20 years of experience in strategic management and communication, organizational development, program promotion, community and external relations.  Most recently, Gisele was Founder and President of Icatalyst, LLC, a full service coaching and management consulting firm specializing in helping individuals and businesses optimize leadership and peak performance.  In this role, she worked with clients like the Department of Transitional Services to troubleshoot complex problems and develop visionary plans for their success.  Additionally, Gisele has been Interim Executive Director and Director of Development and External Relations for the Irish Immigration Center in Boston.  She was also Director of the Community Outreach Partnership Center at Florida International University

Gisele is a multilingual, multicultural professional with a longstanding commitment to social justice issues as well as expertise in executive and leadership coaching, capacity building, and mediation and conflict resolution.  She is a certified coach through the California and NLP Coaching Institute of San Francisco.  Twice, Gisele was a member of the National Planning Committee for the White House Conference on Small Business in Washington DC.  She is also a Former Co-Chair of the City-Wide Dialogues on Boston's Ethnic and Racial Diversity. 

Gisele has an undergraduate degree in International Relations from George Washington University and a Master’s degree with a concentration in East European Studies and Political Economy from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is currently a graduate lecturer in the graduate program of Leadership Management at Northeastern University.


- Youth Programs Manager
Ruben “Ocan” Ortiz comes to us with a diverse urban background, born in South Carolina to first generation Puerto Rican parents but raised by a single mother between NYC, Puerto Rico and Boston.  He graduated from Copley Square International High School, Boston, MA in 1987.  While in high school, he had the opportunity to be a summer intern with the United States Secret Service.   After graduating high school Ruben took courses at University of Lowell, Boston College and Harvard.

Most recently, Ocan served as the Director of Development & Operations, at The City School.  He started there in 1999 during its infancy, and served in different capacities throughout his 5 years, as the Operations Manager, Director of Summer Leadership Program, and Director of Recruitment & Volunteers.   In 2002, Ocan moved to Miami and worked as Field Director for Youth Vote Coalition, an organization based in Washington, D.C. In 1997, he also worked as a Community Health Outreach Coordinator for MOCAA (Men Of Color Against AIDS), an organization founded by people of color for people of color in Boston.  

In the Fall of 2009, Ocan began at Harvard Extension School focusing on his BS in International Business with a minor in Latino Caribbean Studies, and then on to a Masters program.


- Adult Programs Associate
Janeen Smith joined BCCJ as the Adult Programs Associate in August 2008. Prior to joining BCCJ, she served two years as an AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow, first in a capacity building position at Strong Women, Strong Girls and then as the Mentor Coordinator at GED Plus. Janeen is a member of the Boston Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums and has also been active in organizing community V-Day campaigns. A New Jersey native, Janeen moved to Boston following graduation from Smith College and resides in Jamaica Plain.

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