Who We Are

Who We Are

The Mel King Institute is a collaborative enterprise that leverages the resources of many institutions including MACDC, LISC, MassHousing, NeighborWorks America, Massachusetts Housing Partnership, Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, Department of Housing and Community Development and several CDCs. Partnering with public agencies, nonprofits, universities, private consultants and experts will allow us to avoid duplication within the sector and provide higher quality training at a lower cost.

Staff

Shirronda AlmeidaShirronda Almeida

Director of the Mel King Institute

Shirronda Almeida is the Director of Membership Initiatives for MACDC, assisting CDCs in improving their capacity as community resources and serving on MACDC’s management team.  She manages the Mel King Institute (a joint program of MACDC and LISC) and the Community Development Mentoring Program in partnership with the Alliance – Advancing Community Development by Confronting Racism.  Shirronda has worked on various local and statewide youth development, organizing, prevention and public art programs. She holds a Master's degree in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education where she focused on adolescent Risk and Prevention and social change. She received her B.A. from Simmons College in International Relations. Shirronda also enjoys traveling, dancing, practicing yoga and reading.

  

 

Sarah Byrnes

Manager, Public Housing Training Program

Sarah Byrnes manages the Mel King Institute’s Public Housing Training Program, which helps residents of public housing meaningfully participate in the oversight of their housing developments. Launching in 2017, the Program will offer trainings and network-building opportunities to tenant representatives on Local Housing Authorities and other resident leaders. Prior to joining the Mel King Institute, Sarah was the Director of New England New Economy Transition program at the Institute for Policy Studies, where she focused on community organizing in Jamaica Plain, Boston, and founded a regional network of grassroots groups called the New England Resilience & Transition network. Sarah has also worked with Americans for Financial Reform, Americans for Fairness in Lending, and the Thomas Merton Center. She has a BA from Boston College and Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She lives in Roslindale with her husband and two children.

 


 Fehintola Abioye

 Program Coordinator of the Mel King Institute 

Fehintola Abioye is a program coordinator for the Mel King Institute for Community Building providing training development and programming support. As a MKI      Fellow, she is also responsible for implementing the MKI Certificate Program. Fehintola grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and recently graduated from Tufts University  where she studied International Relations and Anthropology. During her undergraduate career, she was exposed to various opportunities to learn about community  development, public policy and planning and the Massachusetts government. These opportunities have led to her passion for working to create equity for all in her  home state. She also enjoys traveling, music and photography.

 

               Steering Committee

 
Antonio Torres Senior Loan Officer MassHousing
Beyazmin Jiminez Program Manager CHAPA
Emily Torres-Cullinane Community Engagement Manager MAPC
Ezra Glenn Professor MIT Dept. of Urban Planning
Jason Desrosier Manager of Community Building & Engagement Allston Brighton CDC
Joe Kriesberg President & CEO MACDC
John J Fitzgerald Advisor Mel King Institute
Machiko Sano Hewitt Attorney / Legal Referral Director The Lawyers Clearinghouse
Matt Wilson Executive Director MASSCreative 
Maria Fernandez- Dominique Senior Specialist NeighborWorks
Maria Mulkeen Program Officer, Affordable Housing Hyams Foundation
Mathew Thall Principal Mathew Thall Consulting
Meridith Levy Deputy Director Somerville Community Corporation
Sara Barcan Housing Development Program Manager CEDAC
Susan Connelly Director of Community Housing Initiatives MHP
Sarah Lamitie Vice Pres. & Community Investment Officer Boston Private Bank & Trust
Tamar Kotelchuck Senior Community Development Analyst Federal Reserve Bank of Boston