BBC Leadership Structure

Get to know the Boston Builds Credit leadership team

Our Leadership Structure

Boston Builds Credit’s leadership structure is made up of three core parts: The BBC Director / Leadership Team, the Board, and the committees. BBC has ambitious goals, but we can’t reach them alone, so both the Board and BBC’s committees are designed to share power with our cross-sector partners and Boston residents.

There are currently four committees within our leadership structure:

  • Service Delivery
  • Systems Change
  • Safe Products (in partnership with Bank On Boston),
  • Community Advisory Council

For more information on these committees or on BBC’s Board, please contact our Director, Allison Kroner Barron at  akroner@supportunitedway.org

    BBC Leadership Team

    Get to know the team behind Boston Builds Credit.

    Boston Builds Credit

    Allison Kroner Barron

    Director, Boston Builds Credit 

    As Director, Allison is focused on building the partnerships and systems the BBC network needs to meet its bold goal of empowering 25,000 Bostonians to reach a prime credit score (660+) by 2025. Previously, Allison served as the head of Corporate Social Responsibility for B.GOOD, a Boston-based fast-casual restaurant chain focused on making local, healthy food more accessible.

    In this role, she managed the company’s corporate giving and community engagement programs, and also served as the Founding Executive Director of the B.GOOD Family Foundation. Prior to joining B.GOOD, Allison gained experience with philanthropy as a Fellow at the New York Community Trust as a Development and Communications Specialist at Boston Rising, a small family foundation. She also has deep experience with direct social service agencies, having run the executive office at Catholic Charities Boston.

    Email: akroner@supportunitedway.org

     

    Paul Francois

    Marketing Specialist, Boston Builds Credit

    Paul serves as the Communications and Marketing specialist for Boston Builds Credit. Before his time with BBC, Paul served as the Marketing Manger for CLLCTV.US, and as a third party, managed initiatives and projects for several notable organizations. His past work includes projects managed for Boston based clients that include the MFA Boston, Converse, Bodega, and Reebok. As a resident of the Roxbury area, Paul’s goal is to help members of the greater Boston community gain access to valuable information that can help them realize their economic goals

    Email: pfrancois@supportunitedway.org

     

    Maureen Kenmeni

    Database Administrator, Boston Builds Credit | United Way
    Maureen serves as a liason with Boston Builds Credit’s external financial coaches to leverage process automation, track user adoption, and identify training enhancements. She also enjoy using her skills to contribute to the exciting technological advances that happen every day at United Way of Mass Bay.

     

     

    Community Advisory Council

    Brit Johnson

    Community Advisory Council – Chair

    Brit Johnson serves as the Community Advisory Council Chair for BBC, with lead responsibility for oversight and coordination of the 20-person Boston resident council. Brit is a strong presenter with experience speaking to all age groups about generational wealth, budgeting, investing and small business ownership.

    Brit is an experienced small business owner with a demonstrated history of working as a real estate agent and investor.  Brit has a BA focused in Business Management, Fashion Merchandising, and Economics from Fisher College

     

    Cynthia Jones

    Community Advisory Council

    Roxbury resident Cynthia Jones had gotten to the point of dreading her mail. “When you don’t have money to pay off debt, you don’t want to look at it or touch anything related to it,” she said. “It feels like you’ll just get more discouraged.” Cynthia began her journey with Boston Builds Credit when she attended United Way’s Connect event at the Reggie Lewis Center. There she met Maddie Deeds, a financial coach with the Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment. With help from Maddie, she enrolled in financial coaching as she was able to increase her credit score by 100 points in six months. She has now joined the Boston Builds Credit team as a network leader supporting public outreach and education for the Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment.

     

    Bank On Boston

    Michael D Andelman

    Program Manager, Bank on Boston

    Michael D. Andelman program manages the Bank On Boston Coalition within the Boston Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment. At 14, Michael started his first business, a direct mail and database management corporation sustainably employing youth and stay at home parents. His entrepreneurial successes in variegated industries, like cafes, entertainment, construction and hospitality has enabled non-business minded individuals, especially artists to quit their day jobs becoming fiscally responsible and solvent. As the chief creative officer of the Massachusetts Jump$tart Coalition, Michael created the Massachusetts Financial Regatta, a real-life sailing and personal finance competition for high schoolers. Michael has been an awarded, active member of the FDIC’s Money Smart Alliance since 2008.

    Email: michael.andelman@boston.gov

    BBC Board Members

    Boston Builds Credit’s Boad is an essential component of our leadership structure. It is comprised of community and organizational partners

    Board Members

    • Karley Ausiello, Senior Vice President, United Way of Massachusetts Bay
    • Daniel Dodd-Ramirez, Director for the Office of Community Affairs, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    • Robert B. Burns, Senior Vice President for Community Relations, Citi
    • Emilio Dorcely, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Edge
    • Karen Kelleher, Executive Director, LISC Boston
    • Carmina Lass, Chief Program Officer, Credit Builders Alliance
    • Constance Martin, Deputy Director, Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment
    • Tina Petigny, Senior Program Officer for Economic Opportunity, LISC Boston
    • Gail Sokoloff, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Foundation Relations, United Way of Massachusetts Bay
    • Mimi Turchinetz, Assistant Deputy Director, Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment

    BBC Committees

    The four committees of our leadership stucture that help give external insights to BBC’s initiatives.

    Systems Change Committee

    • Emily Jones, LISC – Co-chair
    • Mimi Turchinetz, Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment – Co-chair
    • Silvana Bastante, LISC
    • Michael Best, National Consumer Law Center
    • Brigid Boyd, United Way
    • Monét Eugene, Midas Collaborative
    • Jason Ewas, Commonwealth
    • Shirley Fan-Chan, Heading Home
    • Lopamudra Jhamb, Saheli
    • Danielle Kim, United Way
    • Michael Rousseau, Urban Edge
    • Janet Iraola, Community Advisory Council

    Safe Products Committee

    • Co-Chair: Jason Andrade, Compass Working Capital
      Co-Chair: Jason Pollens, Jewish Vocational Services JVS
      Staff: Michael D. Andelman, Bank On Boston
      Director: Allison Kroner-Barron, The United Way
      ● Akwasi Agyemang, Massachusetts Division of Banks
      ● Silvana Bastante, Local Support Initiatives Corporation LISC
      ● Charlene Bauer, Metro Credit Union
      ● Lauren Bringle, Self Financial
      ● James Carden, City of Boston Credit Union
      ● Susanne Cameron, JPMorgan Chase
      ● Lori D’Alleva, Charlestown Adult Education & CharlestownWorks
      ● Tori L. Hamilton, Connecticut Association for Human Services, Bank On CT
      ● Tracy Harvard, Dedham Savings Bank
      ● Shawn Judge, Metro Housing Boston
      ● Sue Katz, American Consumer Credit Counseling
      ● Kristi Kenworthy, Dora p/b USAlliance Financial
      ● Natalia Lima, Citizens Bank
      ● Robert “Bob” McLaughlin, Digital Equity and Bank On New Hampshire
      ● Peter Mosbacher, Webster Bank
      ● Peter J. Mullen, American Consumer Credit Counseling
      ● Brad S. Papalardo, Massachusetts Bankers Association
      ● Leneva Penton, Urban Edge
      ● Shannon Redmond, USAlliance Financial
      ● Kristin Schell, Working Credit
      ● Shannon Tobin, USAlliance Financial
      ● Mimi Turchinetz, Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment
      ● Maureen “Mo” Wilkinson, Harbor One

    Community Advisory Council

    • Carl Baty
    • Curtis Chambers
    • Ketura Cordon
    •  Fabienne Eliacin
    • Sophia Garcia
    • Jesse Grant
    • Shane Hampton
    • Sharon Hinton
    • Janet Iraola
    • Brit Johnson
    • Latisha Johnson
    • Cynthia Jones*
    • Luz Leon
    • Alina Lopez Thomas
    • Jehla Lugo
    • Denisha McDonald
    • Shirley Porcena
    • Reina Reyes
    • Yolanda Talbert
    • Bishnu Tamang
    • Curlette White

    *Network leader

    Service Delivery Committee

    •  Gail Sokoloff, United Way
    • Alan Gentle, Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment 
    • Michael D. Andelman, Bank On Boston
    • Carlos Moreno, EMPath
    • Constance Martin, Mayor’s Office for Community Empowerment 
    • Jason Andrade,  Compass Working Capital
    • Jenny Geffrard, Boston UJIMA Project
    •  Jason Pollens, Jewish Vocational Services
    • Paola Liendo, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp.
    • Ricki Lowitz, Working Credit
    • Ronice Kimbrel, Boston Tax Help Coalition
    • Nathalie Kallab Racimo, NOAH
    • Rafael Medina, Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion
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