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Board of Directors


Edwin is a Salvadoran immigrant, and is one of the Immigrant Workers Rights Organizers for Massachusetts Jobs With Justice with primary responsibility for our immigrant rights and workers rights work.  Edwin has been active for many years in the immigrant rights movement and organized labor as a service provider, advocate and organizer.  Most recently has been an activist, along with many other African American, Asian, and immigrant organizers, in the struggles to bring change around issues that affect communities of color in Greater Boston; particularly around education reform, economic justice, and political empowerment.  He is a leader of the immigrant rights movement and organized labor in Massachusetts and in the New England region, currently working to provide strategic support for state wide immigrant rights initiatives and campaigns as well as just and humane immigration reform at the national level. Edwin is a board member of the Chelsea Collaborative, United for a Fair Economy and La Comunidad Inc.



Melonie has a long history of community engagement/ advocacy in the Boston area. Her work as a community organizer began in 2008 at City Life/ Vida Urbana, shortly after fighting off a post foreclosure eviction that allowed her and her family to remain in their home. She played a crucial role in building a base of community leaders that organize around housing displacement and gentrification in Greater Boston and Brockton. Much of this work happened through the National Right to the City Alliance, where she served as a steering committee member for 2 years. In 2103 she became the Organizing Director of Mass Jobs with Justice, after serving on the Executive Committee for 4 years. She is currently organizing communities in Boston and Brockton around worker’s rights, immigrant rights, public education and corporate accountability. As part her effort to build a black organizing network in Boston, she is  committed to prioritizing projects that open up access to political education and leadership development for grassroots leaders of color. Melonie's other affiliations include: Black Immigration network (BIN), Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD), Black Economic Justice Institute (BEJI), Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ), Black United Struggle Coalition, (BUSC), NAACP Labor and Economic Development Committee and the Boston Taxi Drivers Union Advisory Council.


Andrei has been a high school teacher and union activist for the past thirty-five years. He was elected President of his local nine times and served both on the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) Board of Directors and as the MTA representative to Jobs With Justice. For several decades he has worked to ensure safe and welcoming schools for students of all sexual orientations and genders.  He continues to be active in his union while joining the struggle against predatory bank practices.  He has attended 68 Springsteen concerts and enthusiastically awaits the next tour.



Mike has spent the last 25 years working with and advocating for low-wage workers.  From working with Janitors in the 1990’s to helping coordinate the National Staffing Workers Alliance(NSWA), the focus of his work has been to increase the capacity of the most vulnerable workers to organize and unite.  Since 2012 Michael has been serving as the coordinator of the NSWA, a coalition which began as an effort to bring together organizations from around the country who were working with staffing/temporary workers. 


Molly co-directs Working Films, a national nonprofit that uses documentary film to advance social and environmental justice and sustainability. In her 15 year tenure, she has planned and directed national media engagement campaigns, facilitated partnerships and coordinated coalitions centered on the use of powerful films to enhance communication, reach beyond the choir, and make an impact. Molly has designed and led dozens of trainings for filmmakers, grassroots organizations, and NGOs focused on using film and online media to make change. She directs the Reel Engagement initiative, which positions documentary media in target states throughout the U.S. to strengthen support clean energy solutions, economic justice, and democracy.  



Diana is a doctoral candidate in the public policy program at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston. Her dissertation focuses on the factors determining the proposal and passage of state-level immigration laws and their implications for migrant communities, particularly women. Ms. Salas Coronado came to UMass Boston after serving as the associate director for the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner. She brings nearly 10 years of applied research and advocacy experience. 









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