Boston 2016 Fellows

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Meet the 2016 Boston Fellows

Andrew Arens, Managing Director, Octagon Strategy Group


Andy Arens is a Managing Director at Octagon Strategy Group, a full service Political Communications firm in Boston. Prior to joining Octagon, Andy was the New England Deputy Political Director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), working with community members, members of Congress and candidates to increase pro-Israel political activism throughout the region. From 2011-2014, Andy was also the National Campus Outreach Director for AIPAC in Washington, D.C., where he mentored and guided thousands of future leaders across the country. He has several years of proven political leadership experience, working on Presidential and state-wide campaigns in Florida and working in the Washington, D.C. policy arena while at the Truman National Security Project. Andy has extensive experience mobilizing constituents from a broad range of backgrounds. He created a student led field plan in Florida for the only statewide candidate to ever qualify for the ballot by petition, requiring over 112,000 signatures. He also worked with veterans on a nationwide clean energy advocacy campaign and he has led countless successful legislative efforts over the past 4 years dealing with U.S. foreign policy. Andy is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with degrees in Political Science and Judaic Studies.


Lauren Bush, Interim Director, Political Parity


Lauren Bush is the Interim Director of Political Parity, a nonpartisan platform educating and engaging actors and allies to increase women’s political representation nationally. Lauren brings eight years of experience lobbying for increased consumer protections and supporting women candidates on the campaign trail and in office. In her efforts to bring positive change for consumers, Lauren served as key advocate in the food safety campaigns of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Daniel Squadron (D-NY). In 2010, Lauren was honored by Pew Charitable Trusts with the Advocacy Champion Award for her work, at both state and federal levels, to encourage and advocate for the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Lauren’s own experience with foodborne illness and how it made her an advocate has been published in the New York Times, NY Daily News, the Food Borne Diseases textbook (published by Cengage), and featured in various blogs and regional publications. As a member of Senator Gillibrand’s New York office, Lauren was a leader on the event planning team for the inaugural Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit. Attended by more than 500 women from across the country, the conference served as an important opportunity for cross-sector collaboration among nonprofit, small business, government, and private entities. Lauren also served as a field organizer to elect the first woman governor in Massachusetts and the second woman to serve as Attorney General. A lifelong supporter of civic participation and community engagement, Lauren was a Girl Scout in her home state of Kentucky for over a decade, earning her one of the highest awards in the program. Lauren received her master’s of public administration in public and nonprofit management and public policy analysis from New York University and a bachelor of arts in art history from the University of Kentucky.


Darnell Coleman, Project Manager, SunBug Solar

Boston-Coleman.jpgDarnell Coleman was born and raised in Boston. He is a graduate of Boston Public School systems, and a graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He currently works in the renewable energy field, and has an interest in community development, and mentoring children of different ages.






Stacy Diaz, Office of School Redesign and Charter School Intern,
Department of Elementary & Secondary Education


Stacy Diaz was raised in East Boston, Massachusetts in a Colombian immigrant family. As a product of the Boston Public Schools, she attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts as a first generation college student. While at Smith, she tutored at Springfield Public Schools as a volunteer tutor and conducted research with Drs. Peter and Jill de Villiers at Smith on their language acquisition research. These experiences piqued her interest in making a difference in the lives of less fortunate students, which led her to focus her career in education. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies at Smith, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Education, and Brazilian Studies. After Smith, Stacy joined Teach for America (TFA) Miami-Dade and taught 3rd grade for two years. She centered her work in community outreach and fostered a strong culture in her classroom by building connections with her students and their families through similar life experiences. After her role in TFA, Stacy took a leadership role as a Founding Dean of Students at Brooke Charter School East Boston serving students from Boston and Chelsea. For three years, she developed and implemented a positive school culture of high expectations and added support for students, teachers, and families. With the goal of creating change on a macro level and continuing the development of her leadership qualities, Stacy is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Education Policy and Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In addition, she is the Office of School Redesign and Charter School Intern at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Stacy continues to volunteer with organizations that assisted her throughout her career, such as Brooke Charter School, Bottomline, and Let´s Get Ready. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, running, reading, and cooking.


Maggie Filler, Staff Attorney, Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts

Boston-Filler.jpgMaggie is a staff attorney with Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts, where she works on a range of prisoners' rights issues, including disability rights, access to medical care, and conditions of confinement.  Previously Maggie worked as law clerk to the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Myron H. Thompson of the Middle District of Alabama.  She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Stanford Law School.  At Stanford, Maggie volunteered with the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison, where she organized a course on the criminal justice system.  She also led know-your-rights courses for young people in juvenile detention.  Maggie has interned with the ACLU’s National Prison Project, the Santa Clara and Alameda County Public Defender, and Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.  After several years in Northern California, Maggie recently returned home to Massachusetts.  On Saturdays, you can find her at the park with her dog, Laverne.


Colleen Fonseca, Public Information Officer, Suffolk County Sheriff's Department


Colleen Fonseca currently works as a Public Information Officer for the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department in the Division of External and Community Affairs. In this position she develops and implements media, communications, and public relations strategies to advance the Sheriff's Department initiatives in addition to priorities of Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins. Such initiatives and policies include deterring youth crime and expanding advocacy for re-entry programming at the South Bay House of Correction and Nashua Street Jail. Colleen first became interested in criminal justice reform and dismantling harmful pipelines to incarceration as an intern for the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve systems of democracy and justice. Impassioned to break down structural inequalities that often lead to criminal activity, Colleen has served as a Mayoral Fellow for the previous Mayor of Providence working to increase civic engagement and address chronic absenteeism, interned at the Rhode Island Statehouse as a Senate Policy Intern, Massachusetts Statehouse in the Office of State Senator Linda Dorcen-Forry, Rhode Island Office of the Child Advocate working on the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking and much more. Outside of the public sector and government agencies, Colleen is dedicated to bolstering civic engagement for marginalized communities which is reflected in her work with Generation Citizen, a youth civics based nonprofit organization, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, as well as a handful of political campaigns including the 2008 Obama presidential race and 2015 Boston City Council race for Andrea Campbell. A recent graduate of St. John's University and new Bostonian Colleen hopes to continue to work within her own community to uplift the quality of life for all citizens.


Kristen Halbert, Administrative Assistant, UMass Boston


Kristen Halbert is a Master of Urban Planning and Community Development candidate at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Boston. After a service trip to New Orleans in 2010, Kristen switched her focus from Creative Writing to Environmental Science with the desire to help communities susceptible to climate change and predatory planning tactics. She previously graduated cum laude from the UMass Boston School of Science and Mathematics with a BA in Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Science. During her undergraduate studies she completed a federal internship in the Grants Management Office of the Environmental Protection Agency while voluntarily teaching a skills-based Nutrition and Physical Activity curriculum in under-resourced Boston high schools through Peer Health Exchange, an organization dedicated to empowering young people with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to make healthy decisions. Kristen obtained a teaching license in Middle School Science after graduation. Currently she serves on the Farmer's Market Committee for Roslindale Village Main Streets as the Entertainment Coordinator for their summer concert series. She was honored to receive Volunteer of the Year in her first year of service. Kristen is also an active member of the Youth Development and Education Committee of the Young Professionals Network of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts where she focuses on facilitating partnerships between Boston businesses and their future diverse workforce. Her primary interests revolve around systems of access to resources and the breakdown between policy and action in disadvantaged communities.


Nikhil Kalambur, Analytics Manager, Vera Solutions


Nikhil Kalambur is currently the Analytics Manager at Vera Solutions, a start-up social enterprise and certified B-Corp that works with social impact organizations to create affordable, powerful, and flexible technology solutions that put real-time information in the hands of the people who need it. In his role, Nikhil is establishing Vera’s analytic capabilities around profitability, pricing, staff utilization, sales & talent management. He leads a team that leverages data to structure Vera operations and provide strategic insights to Vera senior management. He also serves as a solution architect for numerous large NGOs, helping them to make better use of their data. Prior to his work with Vera, Nikhil worked at FTI Consulting and provided data analytics support on forensic investigations into fraud and other financial crimes. He’s worked on numerous litigations ranging from several of the largest fraud investigations and bankruptcies in U.S. history to large health care related disputes. He has worked with financial institutions, government agencies, and law firms, leveraging tools such as Python, SQL, VBA, and Tableau to analyze data and develop solutions to remediate victims of financial fraud. Nikhil graduated from the University of Michigan with a BBA and is enrolling in the MPP program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Fall 2016. He is passionate about data, technology, and innovation as cutting-edge ways to support social justice, education, and economic empowerment. He loves international travel and has lived in New York City, Mumbai, Geneva, and now Boston. In his spare time, he loves watching basketball and trying new foods.


Lauren Levine, Manager, Direct Marketing, Oxfam America


Lauren Levine is the manager of direct marketing at Oxfam America, a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. She oversees fundraising and public engagement efforts that will mobilize supporters and influence decision makers. Lauren began her career fighting for gender justice at Jewish Women International in Washington, D.C. where she managed a program to develop libraries for children in domestic violence shelters and contributed regularly to Jewish Woman Magazine. Lauren followed her passion for social justice and communications by joining the non-profit marketing firm M+R Strategic Services. At M+R, she used digital marketing to advance progressive causes such as the Human Rights Campaign, People for the American Way and Mercy Corps. Lauren received her B.A. from attended Tufts University with a double major in History and Psychology. She is actively involved in the Tufts community and is a founding member of the Tufts Social Impact Network. She grew up in Acton, MA and enjoys volunteering for progressive political campaigns, giving tours to Boston tourists, digital photography, feminism, and travel.


Julia MacMahon


A native of Texas, Julia originally came to Boston to study Human Growth & Development and Juvenile Justice & Youth Advocacy at Wheelock College. Her passion for working with opportunity youth began when she served with City Year Washington, DC for two years directly after high school, working on a team to support middle school students who were suspended from school. Since then, Julia has continued working with and for marginalized youth in many capacities, including program development in summer and after school programs, management in a juvenile detention center, administration and advising in public and charter high schools, and youth organizing as a part of the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellowship program. In 2012, Julia co-founded and led the B-PEACE for Jorge Campaign in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. The campaign was started in memory of Jorge Fuentes, a 19-year-old Julia had gotten to know through her work at St. Stephen’s Youth Programs, who was tragically shot and killed outside his home in Dorchester. The campaign aimed to bring people together across difference to address the root causes of youth violence, organizing hundreds of people across the state to create opportunities for youth employment, limit access to illegal guns, and promote community engagement. Currently, Julia is pursuing her Masters of Social Work in Social Innovation and Leadership at Boston College, and participating in the HRSA Behavioral Health Fellowship through her internship in the Office of Government Relations at Boston Children's Hospital.


Benjamin McNeil, Senior Program Manager, Boston Public Health Commission


Ben McNeil has spent his academic and professional career focusing on social justice issues and building disaster resilience in communities around the country. Prior to arriving in Boston in the summer of 2014, Ben spent his undergraduate years at Occidental College in Los Angeles and received a MS in Disaster Resilience at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. His previous work experiences have ranged from jobs with the South Africa Human Rights Commission, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Ben’s first jobs in the Boston area were working on the campaigns for Don Berwick for Governor and for Raise Up Massachusetts to help pass the ballot initiative for earned sick time, and then with Partners in Health on their Ebola response initiatives. In his current role at the Boston Public Health Commission's Office of Public Health Preparedness, he is able to continue his focus on social justice and disaster resilience by coordinating the City's response and recovery efforts for events that impact Boston's public health and healthcare communities.


Tifanei Ressi-Moyer, Law Student

Boston-Ressl-Moyer.jpgTifanei attends New England Law | Boston, and recently became the first Black woman to be elected Editor-in-Chief of New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement. During her law school career, Tifanei has worked with the Special Litigation Section of the Dept. Of Justice's Civil Right's Division, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, the Dorothea Advocacy Project, Greater Boston Legal Services, Mental Health Legal Advisors’ Committee, and with the Survivors of Psychiatry for a shadow report submitted to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Tifanei Ressl-Moyer was born, but not raised in Sacramento, California. She grew up as a military brat in Ohio, Utah, and parts of Germany.  She graduated with a B.A. in Communication from the University of Cincinnati in 2010.


Eric Rodriguez, Lead Organizer, United Neighbors of Fitchburg, Inc. 


Eric Rodriguez is the Lead Organizer at the United Neighbors of Fitchburg, a grassroots organization that works to develop leadership in youth and adults to take action on social justice issues. Eric joined the UNF in December 2014, restructuring its organizing department and leading a new local campaign aimed at equitable transportation access in the Fitchburg area. In his short time at the UNF, Eric has been able to reengage residents, bring together partners from different sectors, and won more access to public transportation. A native of Milford, MA and first generation Latino college student, Eric graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston and holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Public Policy. During his time at UMass Boston, Eric was honorably selected to participate in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Summer Internship program in Washington D.C., and was a fellow of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute at the University of Michigan. Eric was also a part of an effort during the 2012 election cycle to mobilize 4,000 newly naturalized citizens to vote. His experience also includes working for then Senator John Kerry and Congressman Richard Neal. In addition, Eric has several years of experience working in grassroots and electoral organizing efforts. Eric currently serves on the board of directors of the local community development corporation, the Fitchburg Human Rights Commission, and is the President of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Alumni Association Boston Chapter. He is passionate about racial, education and health equity, civic engagement and creating access for people with disabilities. In his free time, Eric enjoys traveling, salsa dancing, and karaoke singing.


Dan Scarver, Program Manager, City Year


Daniel Scarver is a social justice advocate who believes all students deserve a quality education and the opportunity to unlock their leadership potential. Daniel currently works as the Program Manager of Whole School, Whole Child at City Year Boston, an education-based nonprofit that closes the opportunity gap in high-poverty communities and provides data-driven supports to improve students’ academic trajectories. In this role, Daniel leads teams of fourteen corps members to provide tutoring services, attendance/behavior coaching, and after-school programs to students in grades three through eight. He has a deep passion for collaborating with organizations to achieve goals for students. In 2009, Daniel began his career in education policy as a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at Princeton University’s Junior Summer Institute, where he researched educational equity and its role in community development. In 2010, Daniel joined Teach For America and taught fifth grade in the Mississippi Delta. Through that experience, he gained a practical understanding of education policy and developed relationships with Lakeside Elementary School teachers, community leaders, and families. Daniel also partnered with his school to develop an Apple technology grant and integrate it into his classroom instruction, resulting in a majority of his students demonstrating proficiency on the Arkansas Comprehensive Testing Assessment and Accountability Program (ACTAAP). During his two years of service, Daniel spent a summer interning at the White House in Washington, D.C. As a White House intern, he corresponded with school leaders, students, and families about early childhood education, K-12 education, and college affordability. Four years ago, Daniel started specializing in nonprofit management and leadership development through public service. He went on to join Teach For America as the Manager of District Strategy and Alumni Affairs. While there, Daniel built relationships with university and district partners to matriculate, credential and place teachers in instructional roles across Indianapolis. Over the last three years, Daniel has worked as a Program Manager for AmeriCorps in Boston, a national service program aimed at placing corps members in communities to close disparities in education. He was the Program Manager of the Urban Fellowship Program at an alternative high school before transitioning over to his recent site, City Year Boston. Daniel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – Public Administration from Fisk University. Daniel enjoys reading political articles, creating photography, and spending time with friends and family.


Stephanie Shaffer

Boston-Shaffer.pngStephanie is a Federal management consultant by trade, and an international affairs and language zealot by nature. For the past seven years, Stephanie has had the privilege to support and lead a broad array of public sector consulting initiatives, providing expertise in the areas of program and project management, business process reengineering, strategic communications, curriculum design, and change management. Having spent her career thus far in the Washington, DC area, Stephanie is excited to be in Boston pursuing her Master’s Degree at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and thrilled to be a Fellow of the next Boston NLC Institute. With her consulting and management skill set and a concentration in human security, international security, and innovation studies, she is eager to continue pushing the envelope and asking the tough questions, particularly as they pertain to governance, process improvement, anti-corruption mechanisms, and infrastructure development. Stephanie is especially interested in cross-disciplinary studies that invoke an understanding of the systems, theories, and policies characteristic of today’s global order, while applying a social psychological lens toward building new governance operations and infrastructure to promote sustainable social and political justice systems. A realist and an optimist, Stephanie seeks to pursue these ends for the purposes of enhancing human security and individual potential as well as promoting State legitimacy and subsequently international security. During her undergraduate career, Stephanie particularly enjoyed promoting awareness of international issues, pursuing civic engagement opportunities, serving as Chair of the Class Council, and leading fundraising initiatives to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In her spare time, Stephanie seeks out new travel locations, the latest Foreign Policy or HBR magazine, and much valued time with her family. Among many of the quotes Stephanie strives to live by is one proffered by the highly esteemed Eleanor Roosevelt: “There is such a big, muddled world, so much to be done, so much that can be done if we increase in depth of understanding, in learning to care, in thinking of hunger not as an abstraction but as one empty stomach, in having a hospitable mind, open like a window to currents of air and to light from all sides.”


Simon Thompson, Special Projects Office, Blue Haven Initiative


Simon Thompson is the Special Projects Officer at Blue Haven Initiative. In this role, he manages civic non-profit projects and grant making. These projects include creating a national public service internship program for college students, supporting political reform advocacy by various organizations, and working directly with an array of grantees on youth civic engagement efforts. Outside of work, Simon is actively involved in civic life in his hometown of Portland, Maine, and his current home of Somerville. In Portland, he managed in 2015 the successful City Council campaign of a Democratic 27-year-old, first-time political candidate, winning in a highly contested three-way race. He has managed or advised the campaigns of half a dozen other Portland candidates since 2010. In Somerville, Simon directs the Young Somerville Advisory Group, a group created by the Mayor to foster civic activity among young Somerville residents and advocate for their interests. The group successfully re-launched in December 2015. Simon graduated from Harvard College in 2014 with a degree in Government. While in college, Simon’s most formative experience was serving on the staff of a student-run homeless shelter for four years, including as its finance director for two years. He also interned for the White House and the British Parliament, and worked as a research assistant to Professor David Gergen at the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, he led the College Democrats as its campaigns director in 2012 and as its president in 2013. In his free time, Simon roots for all of Boston’s sports teams, and gets to as many games as his wallet can afford. He is currently “training” for his second marathon, and spends many of his non-NLC weekends traveling and hiking around the Northeast. He hopes to move back to Maine someday, but for the time being loves his Boston life.


Sean Tierney, Research Director & Legal Counsel, Massachusetts House of Representatives


Sean Tierney is the Research Director and Legal Counsel for the Joint Committee on Housing at the Massachusetts state legislature. Born and raised in Cambridge, Sean experienced and witnessed first-hand how a city can struggle to balance development with housing affordability and how that struggle can impact the unique character of a community. He is a proud alumnus of the city’s public schools where he participated in youth sports and in high school was named captain of the football and crew teams. Sean’s experience growing up in the city shaped his understanding and view of the world. He has internalized the motto of his Alma Mater, “diversity, opportunity, respect” and tries to live out these values and share them with everyone he meets. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Sean began his professional career at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics where he organized events and discussions on public policy and public affairs at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. While preparing for an event honoring the 50th anniversary of JFK’s election, Sean was struck by the clarion calling of President Kennedy’s speech “The Responsibility of the Educated Citizen.” In this address, the President said, “The educated citizen has an obligation to serve the public… He may give his talents at the courthouse, the State house, the White House. He may be a civil servant or a Senator, a candidate or a campaign worker, a winner or a loser. But he must be a participant and not a spectator.” These words stuck with Sean and inspired him to become a lawyer and work in public service. Sean made the most of his experience at Suffolk Law School. He taught Constitutional Law to high school students at City on a Hill in Roxbury where he served as a Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Fellow. He studied international law at the University of Lund in Sweden. He served as a legal intern at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and worked on foreclosure prevention as a Rappaport Fellow in Law and Public Policy at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. Sean is now on the front lines of confronting the Massachusetts housing crisis. Housing demand in Massachusetts is reaching an all-time high with an ever-dwindling supply of affordable low and moderate income housing stock. Sean is dedicated to finding creative approaches to incentive growth and increase affordability for all.


Angela Vo


Angela is committed to a career centered on economic justice and increased opportunity for women, children, and people of color. Born to Vietnamese refugees, she knows firsthand the importance of government in improving lives. She firmly believes in grassroots, people-driven solutions and the importance of authentic ownership and decision-making power in policies impacting communities.
Angela became interested in teaching and education through her work in global health development and understanding health outcomes disparities through a race, gender, and class lens. Her time in rural Kenya as a researcher with the Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research writing a report on gender injustices for a local university led her to understand the intersection of educational disparities, structural injustices, and life opportunities. As a Teacher of Color fellow, she has worked with youth and taught in urban, under resourced public schools in Durham, NC and in Boston, MA. Angela has continued in public service and currently serves as a policy analyst and legislative aide in the Massachusetts State Senate. As part of her #MApoli adventures, she manages a diverse portfolio of progressive policy and budget priorities, among which included legislation pertaining to children and families, housing, labor and workforce development, economic development, and immigration. Angela has contributed to several policy victories regarding immigration, homelessness prevention efforts, diversity in the technology innovation sector, and proportionate workforce participation for historically under/unemployed groups. As the policy point person for constituents, advocacy organizations, and legislators on these issues in her office, she also facilitates communication between community actors and policy stakeholders.
Angela has a public policy, global health, and education degree from Duke University, and a master’s degree in youth resiliency and prevention science from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a Woodrow Wilson Rockefeller Brothers Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color, and a recipient of the Winfred Quinton Holton Educational Research Prize (2010) and the Fulbright Hayes India Award (2010). She serves on the board of the Asian American Resource Workshop and is a member of a state policy work group addressing the racial wealth gap.
Angela loves hip-hop, hot yoga, street food, Sriracha, nerdily documenting #BOSpoli, or taking pictures of her food at @heyayvo or girlonacyclo (Instagram). She proudly calls Dorchester home. 


Don Washington, Trainer/Mandated Reporter, Mass Advocates Standing Strong

Boston-Washington.JPGDon Washington has lived in Boston almost all his life. While he loves living here, it has not been easy for him. Growing up, he was unable to talk for the past four years. It was at that time he was diagnosed with autism. Communication was very difficult for him. However, once he taught himself how to talk through reading, communication was almost like a breeze. Don has 13 years of experience in the health care industry through working at Brigham and Women's Hospital in the Department of Radiology. When he was not working there, Don works as a peer trainer at Mass Advocates Standing Strong where he teaches individuals with disabilities how to recognize, report, and respond to abuse. He also serves on councils such as Mayor Walsh's ONEin3 Council, the Young Leaders Council at TD Garden's Sports Museum, and the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council. With his involvement in so many councils, it is crazy to think that Don has free time to relax. However, his heart lies in his passion of disability awareness through his volunteering with Autism Speaks New England and Easter Seals. He also enjoys doing community service with Boston Rotaract. When Don has free time, he loves going to concerts, watching his favorite team, the New England Patriots, and going to art galleries. Don loves helping people in any way he can. Besides that, he has spoken at colleges such as Boston University and Lesley University about his life with autism and his fierce self-advocacy. Don is determined to make a change in the city of Boston and is incredibly excited to be part of the NLC family.