Boston Rising Conversation Series
Boston Rising is hosting a series of discussions with community leaders and resident experts on the issue of poverty and what it takes to Rise above it. Last month, four of Boston's thought leaders shared their powerful stories. On June 21st Imari Paris Jeffries, Boston Rising’s Partner for Catalyst & Innovation, will have a discussion with Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz and Councillor Tito Jackson about rising and politics.
The discussion will run from 12pm until 1pm. Doors will open at 11:30am. In order to keep our Conversations about rising intimate, space is limited to 30 people.
About Our Speakers
Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz
Sonia Chang-Díaz is the first Latina elected to the Massachusetts State Senate. She is serving her second term on behalf of the Second Suffolk District, which is comprised of the Boston neighborhoods of Back Bay, Bay Village, Beacon Hill, Chinatown, Dorchester, Fenway, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roxbury, and the South End.
Senator Chang-Díaz is a thoughtful, honest, and tenacious champion for the voiceless. She is widely recognized as a strong advocate for public education, CORI reform, access and opportunities for low-income and immigrant communities, and for those affected by foreclosures, hate crimes, and youth violence. She has also been a strong voice for sound fiscal reform and good stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
Senator Chang-Díaz serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Education and the Vice Chair of the Senate Redistricting Committee. She also serves as a member of the Joint Committees on Children, Families & Persons with Disabilities, Municipalities & Regional Government, and the Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development committees, and the Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures & State Assets.
Prior to attaining elected office, Senator Chang-Díaz served as a public school teacher in the Lynn and Boston school systems, where she learned first-hand the challenges facing our public school students, teachers, and parents and the role our state government can play in improving our educational system. Senator Chang-Díaz has also worked in public service as a Senior Legislative Aide to former state Senator Cheryl Jacques, as a key political adviser at the Barbara Lee Family Office, and as the Director of Outreach at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a non-partisan fiscal policy think tank.
Councillor Tito Jackson
Councillor Tito Jackson was raised in the Grove Hall section of Roxbury and is a proud life-long resident of District 7, which includes all of Roxbury and parts of the South End, Dorchester, Jamaica Plan and the Fenway.
Councillor Jackson is the son of Herb and Rosa Jackson, two beloved community activists. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. He is an active leader in youth development programs such as Citizen Schools and Anytown/The Leadership Initiative.
Tito is a much sought after public speaker at career days, motivational seminars and community events. In this capacity, he addresses youth development issues, such as how to better motivate young people to pursue careers in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Education.
Tito spent more than 10 years as a sales and marketing professional and, through that experience, he developed extensive knowledge of the healthcare, technology and government sectors.
In 2007, Tito became the Industry Director for Information Technology in Governor Deval Patrick’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development where he was responsible for creating and sustaining jobs within Massachusetts and helping local businesses grow. As a member of the Patrick Administration, Tito brought 2,500 jobs to Massachusetts. Later, he became the political director on Governor Patrick’s successful re-election campaign in 2010. He now sits on the boards of Heading Home and the Global Citizens Circle.
As City Councillor, Tito is working on the economic revitalization of District 7, starting with The Dudley Plan. Tito knows that the key to economic recovery is entrepreneurship and facilitating a range of employment opportunities. Providing our children with world-class education is also high on Tito’s agenda.
Tito is now the Chair of the Committee of Arts, Film, Humanities and Tourism, and Vice Chair of the Post Audit & Oversight Committee. The Councillor also serves on the Committees of City and Neighborhood Services and Veteran Affairs, Education, Environment and Health, Labor, Youth Affairs and Human Rights, Ways and Means, Women & Healthy Communities, and the Special Committee on Asthma.
Imari Paris Jeffries
Imari Paris Jeffries has a history of driving performance and results for nonprofits as well as a deep commitment to the Boston community. Imari served as the first full-time Executive Director of Friends of the Children-Boston. He has held leadership positions at the Massachusetts Service Alliance, the BELL Foundation, and Jumpstart. Imari began his career of service in the U.S. Armed Services during the First Gulf War.
Imari has served on the boards of the African American Federation of Greater Boston, the Massachusetts Mentoring Partnership, The Elizabeth Peabody House and Save the Harbor, Save the Bay. He holds a Master’s in Education and American Studies as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts.
About Boston Rising
Boston Rising is an antipoverty fund. Our mission is to end the cycle of poverty once and for all in Boston by clearing the way for the Rising Class. We do two things: we catalyze resources and we invest for huge impact. Boston Rising believes that each individual best knows his or her own goals and ambitions. We invest in programs and leaders who believe the same and do business accordingly. By connecting and engaging an unprecedented number of advocates for the Rising Class, we will end the cycle in Boston once and for all. www.bostonrising.org
Boston Rising is an antipoverty fund. Our mission is to end the cycle of poverty in Boston by clearing the way for the Rising Class. We do two things: we catalyze resources and we invest for huge impact.
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