Board of Directors
Board President- Lor Holmes
Lor Holmes is General Manager and leads business development with CERO Cooperative. She worked as a Boston school bus driver and community organizer before earning master’s degree in Community Economic Development. Driven by her passion for environmental and social justice, sustainable economic development and democratic models for community ownership, Lor started Roxbury’s first micro enterprise program and, as founding director at HarborCOV (Harbor Communities Overcoming Violence), she worked with immigrant communities to develop the country’s first permanent housing and economic development center for families affected by violence. Working class African American and Latino entrepreneurs from Roxbury and Dorchester founded CEROCooperative. They raised financing from small community investors and began operations in October 2014, providing commercial compost services to local grocery stores, schools and restaurants. Since then Cero has created 7 full time living wage jobs and diverted more than 2 million pounds of organic “waste” from landfill and incineration, instead to be returned to revitalize soil and support urban agriculture.
Board Vice President - Fatou Fatty - Coordinator of Revere Community School (RCS). Fatou has over 30 years’ experiences working in the field of social justice, economic development, participatory adult education, program development &fundraising. She received her Master’s Degree from the Heller Graduate School, Brandeis University.
Prior to joining Revere Community School, Fatou is the founder and Executive Director of Women Encouraging Empowerment Inc. ( 2010-2013), a non-profit organization in Revere that work to educate, advocate, protect and advance the rights of immigrants, refugees and low income women and their families. She also worked for Cooperative Economics for Women (CEW) from 2000-2009 as a trainer, curriculum Developer and Associate Director.
In addition, Fatou served five years on the funding panel and board of directors at the Haymarket People’s Fund, and the allocation committee for Boston Women’s Fund, where she aided in funding different community projects throughout the state of Massachusetts. Fatou is presently a board member of Haymarket Peoples Fund, Women Encouraging Empowerment Inc. and a core group member of Network for African American and Immigrant in Solidarity of Boston. She is also a member of REVERE CARES Coalition. In December 2017, Fatou received a Partnership Champion Award from REVERE CARES and on February 4th, 2019, she received the Black Excellence on the Hill Award from the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus and an official citation from Commonwealth of Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert A. Deloe and the Massachusetts State Senate..
Board member - Kourou Pich,
Kourou has been at HarborCOV since its founding in 1998 when she joined as the Cambodian Advocate. Since then, Kourou has served as the Director of Community Services and as the co-executive director since 2008. Kourou works in a shared leadership model at HarborCOV with Lynn, and together they oversee nearly 30 full- and part-time direct service, fiscal, administrative and operations staff members and consultants. She served on the Jane Doe Inc. Board of Directors for seven years and as President in 2012 and 2013. Kourou has served as a consultant for the Women of Color Network since 2011, providing anti-oppression technical assistance to domestic and sexual violence coalitions across the country and supports its national Leadership Project. Kourou’s work experience includes rape crisis counseling at the former Greater Lowell Rape Crisis Center. She is bilingual/bicultural and is fluent in English and Khmer.
Treasurer- Mariellen Malloy Jewers
Vice President of Open Avenues Foundation.
Before joining OAF, Mariellen was Executive Director of Women
Encouraging Empowerment and a Research Scientist at George Washington University. Mariellen has extensive experience in non-profit management, program evaluation and policy analysis; her work has been published by USAID, Migration Policy Institute, Inter-American Dialogue, and New England Journal of Medicine. Mariellen served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and as an Americorps*VISTA in Massachusetts. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University, and is a doctoral candidate at George Washington University.
Board member - Dimple RanaDimple's advocacy for Revere, Massachusetts spans across neighborhoods, sectors, and generations of Revere residents. As Director of the City's Department of Healthy Community Initiatives and Co-Director of Revere On the Move, she has worked with residents, businesses, and stakeholders to increase access to opportunities for active living, healthy eating, civic engagement, and youth leadership. She is a recent graduate of Tufts University’s, with a Master in Public Policy from the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning program. Dimple's commitment to building a vibrant, engaged, and active Revere also extends to her work as a champion of small businesses and a longtime civic leader. Dimple is the first woman of color to run for office in Revere. She ran in 2017 for 1 of 5 seats as Councillor At-Large. She will run again in 2019 and is hopeful in being elected. A first generation Indian American, Dimple grew up in Revere, attending public schools and working in her family’s small, independent convenience stores in the North Shore. At the stores, she learned the value and struggles of a small family-owned business, from the unique perspective of immigrant families. In high school, she worked as a peer leader at a youth organization that fostered her love for youth leadership and organizing. After graduating from Hofstra University in Community Health and Education in 2002, she returned to Greater Boston and became a community organizer, working with many organizations focused on HIV/AIDS prevention, and LBGTQ and immigrants rights. From 2001 to 2010, she worked independently with grassroots and advocacy organizations as a community organizer and leader on the issue of deportation of Cambodians, other green card holders, and refugees within the National Immigration and Anti-Deportation Movement. In 2012 she returned to Revere and founded a youth leadership organization, Revere Youth in Action, where young people worked to ensure they had opportunities to grow, lead, and promote a safe, and inclusive community in Revere. In 2016, the Revere Chamber of Commerce named her Youth Mentor of the Year. In 2013 she joined the Women Encouraging Empowerment, Inc. board where she continues to serve as the Vice-Chair. WEE is the only organization in Revere that works with immigrant and refugee women and their families through organizing, leadership development, and service delivery. Also, in 2016 she was appointed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo as a commissioner to the Massachusetts Asian American Commission. In 2018, she served as the Secretary of the AAC. Currently, Dimple is serving her second term with AAC. Dimple loves and is deeply committed to her family, especially her young niece and nephews. Dimple looks up to the older and younger people around her who continue to push, ask questions, challenge the status quo, and who are the change we want to see in our world. Her passion for organizing and grassroots change is expressed through a quote by Audre Lorde “If I cannot air this pain and alter it, I will surely die of it. That's the beginning of social protest.”
Other Former Board Members are Julie Brown and Yrlen Ysias