Staff


Veronica Serrato

Executive Director
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Veronica Serrato joined Project Citizenship in 2014 as its first Executive Director. Veronica’s interest in citizenship stems from the fact that she is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who became naturalized citizens. Veronica’s legal experience has focused on family law while at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain, Casa Myrna Vasquez and Volunteer Lawyers Project. Veronica also has experience as a prosecutor, hearing officer for the Department of Children and Families and as a Lecturer at Boston University School of Law in the Legal Research and Writing Program. Veronica graduated from Harvard University and Boston University School of Law.

Phone: 617-530-1026
Email: [email protected]

 

Matthew Jose

Director of Programs and Development

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Matthew is the Director of Programs and Development at Project Citizenship. As a DOJ Accredited Representative, he manages citizenship workshops for both applicants and volunteers, administers grants to community partners, and facilitates all development activities. Before he was hired in 2013, Matthew interned at Project Citizenship for several months while in graduate school. He received his MA degree in American Politics at Boston College in 2013 and his B.A. in Political Science from Assumption College in 2010. In between degrees, Matthew volunteered through AmeriCorps in Providence, RI providing elementary school students with after school academic enrichment.

Phone: 617-530-1027
Email: [email protected]

Melanie Torres

Director of Programs and Operations

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Melanie joined Project Citizenship in 2015.  She is the Director of Programs and Operations and a DOJ Accredited Representative at Project Citizenship. She manages citizenship workshops, immigrant outreach, grants to community partners, and finance. As the daughter of a naturalized citizen, her interest in immigration and citizenship has shaped her studies and career. Melanie graduated from Boston University with a degree in International Relations, and then spent some time working abroad in Latin America. She spent the last three years working as a Site Manager at Chelsea Community Schools, providing ESOL, arts and recreation courses for families of the Chelsea community. She served on the Commission for Immigrant Rights and Citizenship for the City of Cambridge.

Phone: 617-530-1028
Email: [email protected]

Rachel Naggar

Staff Attorney

Rachel joined Project Citizenship in 2017 as a Staff Attorney. Previously, she worked as an immigration attorney at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. Rachel gained a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland and a JD from Boston College Law School. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland and Massachusetts. Rachel is fluent in Spanish.

Phone: 617-694-5949 x 109
Email:[email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Crosky

New Americans Integration Program (NAIP) AmeriCorps Fellow

Sarah joined Project Citizenship in 2017 as a New American Integration Program AmeriCorps Fellow. After graduating from Brown University with a B.A. in Human Biology, she worked as a bilingual research assistant and taught ESOL classes in Providence, RI. She has since lived in South America, where she taught a wide range of English classes and assisted other foreign teachers in the orientation process with the Council for International Educational Exchange. Most recently, she earned a training certificate as a Medical Interpreter for Spanish. Sarah chose to serve with Project Citizenship to assist eligible immigrants overcome obstacles to citizenship so they may become more integral parts of their communities.

Phone: 617-694-5949 x 110
Email: [email protected]

 

Peter Haskin

New Americans Integration Program (NAIP) AmeriCorps Fellow
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Peter joined Project Citizenship as an NAIP AmeriCorps Fellow in 2016. His duties include screening applicants for eligibility, planning workshops, recruiting volunteers, and translating for applicants at interviews. Since attending his first Project Citizenship workshop as a volunteer in 2015, Peter has developed an enthusiasm for working with Greater Boston’s immigrant communities. He holds a degree in history from Boston College, where he was a resident of a Spanish-language dormitory. Peter has studied in the Middle East and in Latin America.

Phone: 617-694-5949 x 105
Email: [email protected]

 

 

Mitch Montgomery

AmeriCorps Citizenship Attorney

Mitch joined Project Citizenship in 2017 as an AmeriCorps Citizenship Attorney. He graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Political Science. Mitch graduated magna cum laude from Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, NC in 2015. While in law school, Mitch was an Articles Editor on the Elon Law Review, and studied human rights law in Ireland and international business law in Vietnam and Singapore. He is admitted to practice law in North Carolina.

Phone: 617-694-5949 x 112
Email: [email protected]

 

Karyn Ann Shealy

AmeriCorps Citizenship Advocate

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Karyn (Kas) joined Project Citizenship as an AmeriCorps Citizenship Attorney. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Sociology and minors in Social and Economic Justice, and Sexuality Studies. Before attending law school, Kas spent two years as a college adviser in Charlotte, NC with the National College Advising Corps. Most recently, she graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she participated in the Immigration Justice Clinic and developed her passion for immigration law. Kas has interned at the Urban Justice Center Sex Workers Project, Her Justice, and Brooklyn Defender Services Immigration Unit. She is excited to focus on serving the diverse immigrant communities of Boston.

Phone: 617-530-1029
Email:  [email protected]

 

 

 

Jessica Slicer

New Americans Integration Program (NAIP) AmeriCorps Fellow

jessica-slicerJessica joined Project Citizenship this year as a New Americans Integration Program AmeriCorps member. She will spend her year of service helping to spread the word about Project Citizenship’s services through the website, newsletters, social media, and outreach to immigrant communities. She is currently gaining a graduate certificate in International Conflict Resolution at UMass Boston, and she hopes to obtain a Master of Social Work following her year of service. Jessica received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in International Studies. She has previously served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with YouthBuild USA.

Phone: 617-694-5949 x 108
Email: [email protected]