Community Development Awards

2015 Award Winners


Katie Provencher, Director of Community Engagement, Urban Edge - 

As the Director of Community Engagement at Urban Edge, Katie led a team of organizers and resident service coordination professionals who focus on supporting active neighborhood associations and providing social service coordination to community residents.

Now, as the Director of Business Operations, Katie is leading the charge on a $10 million capital campaign to build an indoor multi-sport athletic facility that will provide recreation and youth programs to thousands of children and families. Katie is a key member of a team advancing economic development in Jackson Square. This team works with legislators, developers, and residents to bring over 400 new units of affordable housing to the community.

Originally from Lowell, Massachusetts, Katie received her Master’s in Community Organizing, Planning, Policy, and Administration at Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work. She has been working with residents of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain for over twelve years. Katie is a proud alumnus of City Year Boston ’04 and was recognized with The Comcast NBC Universal National Leadership Award for City Year Alumni in 2012 for her outstanding leadership as a community organizer and advocate for affordable housing.



Jeanne Pinado, Executive Director, Madison Park Development Corporation  -

Jeanne Pinado has been the Chief Executive Officer of Madison Park Development Corporation in Roxbury, MA since 1998. Madison Park owns 1,250 units of multi-family housing, as well as commercial space and community space in Dudley Square. In the past ten years, the organization has produced 113 affordable homeownership units, including the 60-unit Davenport Commons project that won the 2003 Fannie Mae Foundation Maxwell Award of Excellence due to its innovative partnership with Northeastern University.

Ms. Pinado has been a statewide and national leader in the community development field throughout her time at Madison Park DC. She has served on MACDC’s board since 1999 and has served as our treasurer for over 10 years. She has played an active role in our policy, capacity building and professional development programs while always making time for MACDC staff and CDC colleagues who needed assistance or advice about a complex challenge. Ms. Pinado has also served in a leadership role at our sister organization, CHAPA, recently being elected to chair its board of directors. Finally, Ms. Pinado is a leader nationally, serving on boards within the Neighborworks America network.

In 2003, Jeanne received the African-American Achievement Award for Community Service from The City of Boston and in 2005 received Suzanne King Public Service Award from New England Women in Real Estate. In 2006, she received a fellowship from the Barr Foundation and has traveled as a Barr Fellow to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mexico and Haiti.



Andrea Aldana, Community Development Partnership -

A first generation, US-born daughter of Colombian immigrants, Andrea moved to Manhattan in 2003 where she graduated from New York University with a BA in Urban Studies in 2007. After college, she was a Research Administrator for a tobacco cessation public health program by day and a food justice activist in Brooklyn by night.

In 2011, she moved to Eastham and after a few weeks of volunteering with the CDP in 2011, she was brought on staff. In 2015, she was promoted to Business & Homeownership Programs Manager, where she gets to develop and implement program activities related to local food, homeownership education, and organizational data collection systems and evaluation.


Charise Canales, Worcester Common Ground -

Charise joined WCG in August 2014. She is responsible for door-to-door outreach in the Greater Piedmont neighborhoods, increasing the organization’s engagement with residents and businesses, and building leadership opportunities for members within WCG. Charise supports WCG’s Community Land Trust leaseholders and rental tenants, manages the membership pool and supports a wide range of communication and marketing activities. A recent graduate of Clark University’s Master’s program in Community Development and Planning, Charise has been living and working in Worcester since 2009 and has done past work in the fields of public health, social entrepreneurship, and event planning.


Rachana Crowley, Valley CDC -

Rachana joined Valley CDC’s Board of Directors in 2009 and currently serves as its Clerk. As an active Board member, she is highly committed to its mission. Rachana brings to the board her vast knowledge of affordable housing development through her role as a senior project manager with The Community Builders.Rachana has been persistent as a Board member in encouraging her fellow members to confront social justice issues.

Rachana holds a Master of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science from Connecticut College with a major in anthropology.


Jason Desrosier, Allston-Brighton CDC -

Jason has been the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation’s Community Engagement Coordinator since August 2014. He is a community planner and organizer with with over seven years of experience in stakeholder engagement, youth development, and community partnership. At the ABCDC, Jason oversees and manages community initiatives, coalition building and partnerships.

Jason earned a Master’s degree in Urban & Regional Policy at Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and has a B.S. degree in Urban Sociology from Bridgewater State University.


Lisette Le, Viet-AID -

Lisette has been on Viet-AID’s Board since the summer of 2014. A first generation Vietnamese-American, she is committed to building a social justice movement with low-income immigrants and people of color at the center. She joined Viet-AID’s board to support the mission of building a strong and vibrant Fields Corner community, a diverse community in the heart of Dorchester, MA. Lisette has over nine years of experience in community organizing, civic engagement and advocacy. She is currently the Civic Engagement Coordinator to the Right to the City Boston, an alliance of community-based organizations across Boston, supporting a citywide “right to remain” campaign and leading the alliance’s electoral and civic engagement work. Lisette holds a bachelors in American Studies form Tufts University.



State Representative Sarah Peake & State Representative Stephen Kulik -

For their incredible support of small businesses and small business technical assistance in Massachusetts.



Clark University - 

Since the inception in 1986 of the Clark University/Main South CDC Urban Institutional Partnership, Clark has remained a leader and steadfast partner in efforts to improve the social, economic and physical well-being of the Main South neighborhood for the benefit of its existing residents.
For almost thirty years, Clark has invested its economic and educational resources in supporting the revitalization of Main South through community-led development efforts. During this period, Clark has provided Main South CDC with gap financing to support its affordable housing development work, invested in the purchase of a significant allocation of the CDC’s CITC allocation, provided free tuition to Clark for eligible neighborhood residents and committed senior-level research staff to support efforts to reduce youth and gang violence. It is presently undertaking the development of a new athletic track and field facility in the heart of the neighborhood that will be shared with the adjacent Boys & Girls Club for recreational programming. Finally, Clark spearheaded the development of the nationally recognized University Park Campus School, a model for inner-city educational success.
Former President Traina who initiated this Partnership and strongly believed Clark had a moral responsibility to provide economic and educational opportunity for the Main South community would have been proud to receive this award.



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.

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.

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.

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.

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 sectcor 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.

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