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.

2015 Katie Provencher Urban Edge
2014 Marcia Thornhill Nuestra Comunidad
2013 Angela Kelly Madison Park DC
2012 Sarah Horsley Fenway CDC
2011 Kyle Robidoux JPNDC
2010 Dan Gelbtuch DBEDC
2009 Nelson Butten LCW
2008 Paul Hernandez Oak Hill CDC
2007 Juan Gonzalez ABCDC
2006 Lindolfo Carballo CBA
2005 Allison Moronta JPNDC
2004 Meridith Levy Somerville CC
2003 Elizabeth Palma Diaz ABCDC
2002 Alma Couverthie
Liz Gutierrez
2001 Jethro Heiko Fenway CDC
2000 Donald Bianchi Hilltown CDC
1999 Teodora Duarte DBEDC
1998 Lizbeth Heyer JPNDC
1997 Stacey 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.

2015 Jeanne Pinado Madison Park Development Corporation
2014 Amy Shapiro Franklin County CDC
2013 Steve Teasdale Main South CDC
2012 Gordon Gottsche Just-A-Start
2011 Gail Latimore Codman Square NDC
2010 Mossik Hacobian Urban Edge
2009 Danny LeBlanc Somerville CC
2008 Susan Rutherford Quaboag Valley CDC
2007 David Kielson Hilltown CDC
2006 Richard Thal
Fran Volkmann
Valley CDC
2005 John Waite Franklin County CDC
2004 James Hoffman Mission Hill NHS
2003 Jeanne DuBois
Suzanne Buglione
Oak Hill CDC
2002 Gwen Pelletier Lower Cape Cod CDC
2001 Joanne Campbell Valley CDC
2000 Louann Harvey CDC of So. Berkshire
1999 Robert Van Meter
Mary Lou Petit
Lower Cape Cod CDC
1998 James Holderby Twin Cities CDC
1997 Barbara 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.

2015 Andrea Aldana
Charise Canales
Rachana Crowley
Jason Desrosier
Lisette Le
Community Development Partnership
Worcester Common Ground
Valley CDC
Allston-Brighton CDC
2014 Alia 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
2013 Janelle Chan
Mashael Majid
Mark Matel
My Nguyen
Melinda Vega
Aspasia Xypolia
Asian CDC
Somerville CC
Nuestra CDC
Valley CDC
Jamaica Plain CDC
2012 Jackie 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
2011 Kristin Anderson
Thais DeMarco
Jackie Flores
My Lam
Patricia Mallios
Anne Schweitzer
North Shore CDC
Somerville CC
Oak Hill CDC
2010 Mickey Northcutt
Courtney Koslow
Maddie Ribble
Kevin Johnson
Quynh Dang
Melissa "Casey" Starr
Northshore CDC
Somerville CC
Madison Park DC
Main South CDC
2009 Erica Schwartz
Karla Torrez
Katie Provencher
David Thibault-Munoz
Jennica Huff
Urban Edge
Twin Cities CDC
Valley CDC
2008 Emily Loomis
JoAnna Ain
Luz Colon
Alex Zhang
Evelyn Hilaire
Chelsea NDC
Housing Corp. of Arlington
Madison Park DC
Asian CDC
2007 Dychell Reeves
Anabelle Rondon
Katie Anthony
Marissa Guananja
Jeremy Liu
Dorchester Bay CDC
Somerville CDC
Chelsea CDC
Asian CDC
2006 Heather 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.

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

2015 Clark University  
2014 Ezra Glenn MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning
2013 Michael Durkin The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
2012 Paul Grogan The Boston Foundation
2011 The Home Funders  
2010 Harbor One Credit Union  
2009 Ann Lisi Greater Worcester Community Foundation
2008 Mazonson Insurance  
2007 Margaret Harrison Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
2006 Joe Flatley Mass Housing Investment Corp.
2005 Pam Jones LISC
2004 Cambridge Savings Bank  
2003 Mathew Thal LISC
2002 Gene Clerkin Mass Housing Investment Corp.
2001 Greenfield Savings Bank
The Life Initiative
2000 Surdna Foundation
Felicity Hardee Esq.,
Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP
1999 CEDAC
Citizens Bank
1998 Boston Community Capital  
1997 Sister Annette McDermott, SSJ Springfield Catholic Archdiocese