Community Development Awards

2016 Award Winners


Richard Giordano, Fenway CDC - 

Richard has had a variety of jobs over the course of his life – from foster care worker, taxi driver, iron worker and shop steward to an aide for a State Representative, a State Senator and two City Councilors. He has been an elected board member for two Community Development Corporations for more than 23 years. He has been an activist and an organizer for his whole adult life. Happily for some of those years he has had the honor and privilege of being a paid organizer – first for MACDC and now for Fenway CDC.

As a board member of Back of the Hill CDC, Rich served on the steering committee that guided the completion, in partnership with the JPNDC, of a project consisting of a 34-unit limited-equity co-op and 44 units of affordable home ownership with attached rental units. As a board member of the Mission Hill NHA, Rich was involved in the joint venture of the neighborhood retail and commercial complex in Brigham Circle. He worked at MACDC for six years in the 1990’s where he engaged member groups in advocacy.

For the last three years, he has served as the Director of Community Organizing at the Fenway CDC, where he has been organizing the long-term residents on Clearway Street to prevent their displacement, engaging Fenway residents in the successful CPA campaign and working with residents to fight institutional expansion that hurts the neighborhood.



Dariela Maga, Allston Brighton CDC -

Dariela was raised as an affordable housing resident in the Grove Hall area of Boston, MA. Working in her neighborhood from a very young age created a desire to make a larger impact for low-and moderate-income residents in Boston. In less than two years, she has created and supervised Allston Brighton CDC’s resident service program and become an integral part of its real estate development team. In her capacity as Housing Project Manager, Dariela manages the AllBright Homeownership Program, designed to support the growth of owner-occupant homeownership in the Lower Allston area while also assisting on several new housing development projects.


Rafael Medina, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción -

As IBA’s Senior Program Director, Rafael supervises the organization’s programmatic work. He also oversees each program component with topics ranging from curriculum development, to data collection, assessing program impact as well as ensuring outcomes are in sync with IBA’s mission. Rafael joined IBA four years ago, after serving five years as Supervisory Geographer for the U.S Census Bureau Boston Regional Office, and one year as Project Manager for the Chelsea STAR research project, a collaboration between Boston University School of Public Health & the Chelsea Collaborative. He recently culminated a six-month fellowship with NALCAB (The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders), where he designed a new program component: IBA’s Financial Household Readiness Program to aid residents in building assets.

Robert Torres, Urban Edge -

Robert is the Director of Community Engagement at Urban Edge, where he has implemented programming aimed to leverage the relationship between health, housing and education. Robert leads a team that builds relationships with community stakeholders, partners and residents, and advocates for new housing opportunities in Boston. Prior to his work at Urban Edge, Robert worked as the Chief of Staff to Massachusetts State Representative Liz Malia, Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. In 2015, Robert received his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston, where his research focus was on housing stability and correlating health outcomes. Robert is originally from a small town outside of Fresno, California, and moved to Boston after graduating from Arizona State University in 2006.

David Valecillos, North Shore CDC -

David joined North Shore CDC in 2014 as a Senior Project Manager. David is responsible for all aspects of project management including the design, financing, and construction of affordable residential projects throughout the North Shore of Massachusetts. Currently, he is overseeing the development and rehabilitation of over 110 residential units and 3,000 SF of commercial space in Salem. In addition, he has worked with the Boston Redevelopment Authority and various community development organizations promoting economic development through real estate development and land use changes. David holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Boston University, where he received the Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies. David also holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina.



The Ricanne Hadrian Award:

This award is for a CDC project manager or organizer who meaningfully engages local residents in building economically and racially just communities.

Ricanne Hadrian was MACDC's Deputy Director for housing and community reinvestment until her death in October 1996. She also designed the community organizing initiative, RHICO, name in her honor.

2015Katie ProvencherUrban Edge
2014Marcia ThornhillNuestra Comunidad
2013Angela KellyMadison Park DC
2012Sarah HorsleyFenway CDC
2011Kyle RobidouxJPNDC
2010Dan GelbtuchDBEDC
2009Nelson ButtenLCW
2008Paul HernandezOak Hill CDC
2007Juan GonzalezABCDC
2006Lindolfo CarballoCBA
2005Allison MorontaJPNDC
2004Meridith LevySomerville CC
2003Elizabeth Palma DiazABCDC
2002Alma Couverthie
Liz Gutierrez
2001Jethro HeikoFenway CDC
2000Donald BianchiHilltown CDC
1999Teodora DuarteDBEDC
1998Lizbeth HeyerJPNDC
1997Stacey Chacker
Sothea Chiemruom

The Richard Smith Award:

MACDC presents this award to a CDC staff person or board member who exemplifies outstanding commitment, leadership and achievement on behalf of the statewide movement.

Richard Smith was the Executive Director of the Fitchburg CDC. He worked tirelessly on behalf of his organization and his community. MACDC has presented this award in his memory since 1992.

2015Jeanne PinadoMadison Park Development Corporation
2014Amy ShapiroFranklin County CDC
2013Steve TeasdaleMain South CDC
2012Gordon GottscheJust-A-Start
2011Gail LatimoreCodman Square NDC
2010Mossik HacobianUrban Edge
2009Danny LeBlancSomerville CC
2008Susan RutherfordQuaboag Valley CDC
2007David KielsonHilltown CDC
2006Richard Thal
Fran Volkmann
Valley CDC
2005John WaiteFranklin County CDC
2004James HoffmanMission Hill NHS
2003Jeanne DuBois
Suzanne Buglione
Oak Hill CDC
2002Gwen PelletierLower Cape Cod CDC
2001Joanne CampbellValley CDC
2000Louann HarveyCDC of So. Berkshire
1999Robert Van Meter
Mary Lou Petit
Lower Cape Cod CDC
1998James HolderbyTwin Cities CDC
1997Barbara Burnham
Angel Bermudez
Fenway CDC

The Rising Star Award:

This award is presented to Executive Directors, staff or board members that are 40 years old or younger who have demonstrated their potential, outstanding innovation, leadership and achievement in community development.

2015Andrea Aldana
Charise Canales
Rachana Crowley
Jason Desrosier
Lisette Le
Community Development Partnership
Worcester Common Ground
Valley CDC
Allston-Brighton CDC
2014Alia Abubakar
Shannon Erb
Sigute "Siggy" Meilus
Madeline Mendoza
Rosario Ubiera-Minaya
Urban Edge
Somerville CC
Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern MA
Twin Cities CDC
North Shore CDC
2013Janelle Chan
Mashael Majid
Mark Matel
My Nguyen
Melinda Vega
Aspasia Xypolia
Asian CDC
Somerville CC
Nuestra CDC
Valley CDC
Jamaica Plain CDC
2012Jackie Giordano
Timothy Doherty
Iola Key
Michelle Miser
Robert Corley
Spencer Bucholz
North Shore CDC
Asian CDC
Fenway CDC
Allston Brighton CDC
South Shore NHS
Lawrence CommunityWorks
2011Kristin Anderson
Thais DeMarco
Jackie Flores
My Lam
Patricia Mallios
Anne Schweitzer
North Shore CDC
Somerville CC
Oak Hill CDC
2010Mickey Northcutt
Courtney Koslow
Maddie Ribble
Kevin Johnson
Quynh Dang
Melissa "Casey" Starr
Northshore CDC
Somerville CC
Madison Park DC
Main South CDC
2009Erica Schwartz
Karla Torrez
Katie Provencher
David Thibault-Munoz
Jennica Huff
Urban Edge
Twin Cities CDC
Valley CDC
2008Emily Loomis
JoAnna Ain
Luz Colon
Alex Zhang
Evelyn Hilaire
Chelsea NDC
Housing Corp. of Arlington
Madison Park DC
Asian CDC
2007Dychell Reeves
Anabelle Rondon
Katie Anthony
Marissa Guananja
Jeremy Liu
Dorchester Bay CDC
Somerville CDC
Chelsea CDC
Asian CDC
2006Heather Knopsnyder
Franklin Miller
Tamar Kotelchuck
Moira Noonan
Ana Luna
Allston Brighton CDC
Dorchester Bay EDC
Lawrence CommunityWorks
Lower Cape Cod CDC


Excellence in Community Development:

MACDC presents the Excellence in Community Development Award to an individual or agency from the public sector that has provided exceptional support and leadership for the community development movement in Massachusetts.

2015State Representative Sarah Peake & State Representative Stephen Kulik 
2014Aaron GornsteinUndersecretary for Housing and Community Development,
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
2013Mayor Kimberly Driscoll
Mayor Lisa Wong
City of Salem
City of Fitchburg
2012Governor Deval Patrick 
2011Mayor Thomas M. Menino
Attorney General Martha Coakley
2010Senator Sue Tucker
City Counselor Barbara G. Haller
2009Massachusetts Housing Partnership 
2008Tina BrooksMassachusett's Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development
2007Kenneth WadeNeighborWorks America
2006State Rep. Torrisi 
2005State Rep. Bosley 
2004State Senator Jack Hart
State Rep. Michael Rodrigues
2003State Senator Harriett Chandler
State Rep. Kevin Honan
2002Mayor Mary Clare HigginsCity of Northampton
2001State Rep. Kevin Fitzgerald 
2000U.S. Congressman Barney Frank 
1999State Senator Diane Wilkerson 
1998U.S. Congressman John Olver
State Senator Stanley Rosenberg
1997U.S. Senator John Kerry
Patricia Canavan
City of Boston

The Jeffrey Graham Award:

This award is presented to a person or organization from the private sector that has provided exceptional support and leadership for the community development movement in Massachusetts.

Jeffrey Graham was a community reinvestment officer who demonstrated a genuine commitment to supporting CDCs and their communities. In 2002, MACDC named this award in Jeffrey's memory.

2015Clark University 
2014Ezra GlennMIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
2013Michael DurkinThe United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
2012Paul GroganThe Boston Foundation
2011The Home Funders 
2010Harbor One Credit Union 
2009Ann LisiGreater Worcester Community Foundation
2008Mazonson Insurance 
2007Margaret HarrisonBank of New York Mellon Corp.
2006Joe FlatleyMass Housing Investment Corp.
2005Pam JonesLISC
2004Cambridge Savings Bank 
2003Mathew ThalLISC
2002Gene ClerkinMass Housing Investment Corp.
2001Greenfield Savings Bank
The Life Initiative
2000Surdna Foundation
Felicity Hardee Esq.,
Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP
Citizens Bank
1998Boston Community Capital 
1997Sister Annette McDermott, SSJSpringfield Catholic Archdiocese