Governor to Sign Executive Order Creating Council on Latino Empowerment

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BOSTON — Governor Maura T. Healey will sign an Executive Order establishing the Governor's Council on Latino Empowerment and will appoint more than 40 Latino leaders from across the state.
This council will advise Governor Healey and Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll on strategies to expand economic opportunities for and improve the overall wellbeing of Massachusetts' Latino community. The Governor will sign the Executive Order and appoint the members at the first meeting of the Council on Wednesday, April 5th, 2023. 
"Our Latino community makes Massachusetts strong. With the collective vision and drive of this incredible group of Latino leaders, we will grow even stronger," said Governor Healey. "Together, we can break down systemic barriers and expand access opportunity by prioritizing education, job training, entrepreneurship and affordability." 
Members of the Governor's Council on Latino Empowerment will include: 
  • Chair Josiane Martinez, Former Executive Director, Office for Refugees and Immigrants; Founder and CEO, Archipelago Strategies Group 
  • Vice Chair Gladys Vega, Executive Director, La Colaborativa  
  • Liliana Patino, Director of Community Engagement, Eliot Family Resources Center 
  • Grace Moreno, Executive Director, Massachusetts LGBT Chamber of Commerce 
  • Eneida Román, President and CEO, Amplify Latinx 
  • Margareth Shepard, Community Leader and Former Framingham City Councilor 
  • Heloisa Galvão, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Brazilian Women's Group 
  • Lenita Reason, Executive Director, Brazilian Worker Center 
  • Adrian Velazquez, Chief Advocacy Officer, Cooperative Credit Union Association, Inc. 
  • Carmen Arce-Bowen, COO, The Partnership, Inc 
  • Oscar Escobar, CEO, Blue Nest Real Estate 
  • Amanda Fernandez, CEO and Co-Founder, Latinos for Education 
  • Brandon Cardet-Hernandez, Chief Strategy Advisor, Mrs. Wordsmith /Boston School Committee Member 
  • Marty Martinez, CEO, Reach Out and Read National; Former Chief of Health and Human Services for the City of Boston 
  • Carolina Trujillo Executive Director, Citizens Inn, Inc. 
  • Cristina Aguilera Sandoval Executive Director, Massachusetts Immigrant Collaborative 
  • Luisa Peña Lyons, Founder and CEO, Bridge Forward Fund 
  • Roxana Rivera, Vice President, 32BJ SEIU 
  • Zamawa Arenas, Founder & CEO, Flowetik 
  • Celina Barrios-Millner, Co-Vice President, Office of Race and Equity Research at the Urban Institute 
  • Betty Francisco, CEO, Boston Impact Initiative 
  • Representative Andy Vargas, Vice Chair, Black & Latino Legislative Caucus 
  • Carlos Aramayo, President, UNITE HERE Local 26 
  • Patricia Sobalvaro Executive Director, Agencia ALPHA 
  • Damaris Frias-Batista, Chief of Operations & Co-Founder, Center for Assistance to Families/ Centro de Apoyo Familiar 
  • Gladys Ortiz, Bilingual Advocacy and Systems Change Manager, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence 
  • Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, CEO, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) 
  • Grace Corporan, Site Director, Families & Youth Initiative/PATCH Lawrence 
  • Nahir Torres, Senior Program Officer, The Hyams Foundation 
  • Monica Lowell, Former Vice President Community Health Transformation/Community Benefits at UMass Memorial Health 
  • Samalid M. Hogan, Western Mass Regional Director, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center 
  • Juan Lopera Fernando, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Beth Israel Lahey Health 
  • Juan Carlos Morales, Founder and Managing Partner, Surfside Capital Advisors LLC 
  • Carolina Avellaneda, Chief Strategy Officer & Strategic Counsel, UMass 
  • Yvonne Garcia, Chief of Staff to CEO, State Street 
  • Rosalin Acosta, Managing Director, Government & Public Sector at Ernst and Young; Former Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development 
  • Dan Rivera, President and CEO, Mass Development 
  • Dr. Joseph R. Betancourt, President, The Commonwealth Fund 
  • Mary Skelton Roberts, Climate & Philanthropy Strategist 
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Berkshire Economic Recovery Program Announces Technical Assistance Offerings

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire, in partnership with Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and with support from the United States Economic Development Administration, announced the final slate of technical assistance offerings of the Berkshire Economic Recovery Program (BERP).
The Berkshire Economic Recovery Program Technical Assistance series has been able to support more than 80 businesses through targeted training offerings, resulting in notable business improvements, and quantified by the over $800,000 in funding collectively accessed by businesses through their participation. Going into the Summer of 2023, the series continues with two final cohorts: "Jumpstarting Your Crowdfunding Campaign" with Laura Christensen, and "Social Media and Digital Marketing Basics" with Francesca Olsen.
Participants in each topical cohort will join a scheduled kickoff workshop with the technical assistance provider. Upon completion of the workshop, each participant will be provided up to two hours of free one-on-one technical assistance from the consultant leading the workshop. 
The BERP Technical Assistance series is free, and offered to any business in the Berkshires. Each cohort has a capacity of seven participating businesses, so space is very limited and registration is required. For details on these technical assistance offerings and to register, visit:
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