Our Board of Directors

Brenda Diana

Chair

Brenda is a partner of Ropes & Gray, in the firm’s Private Client Group. She serves as trustee of numerous trusts, represents fiduciaries in the settlement of estates, and prepares estate plans for individuals. Brenda works with multiple generations of families with accumulated wealth, entrepreneurs, private and public company executives and shareholders, and professional public personalities, and other high net worth clients. Her practice involves the administration of client estates and trusts, including post-mortem tax planning and giving advice regarding fiduciary responsibilities. Brenda serves as executor for estates of varying size and complexity, helping clients through diverse personal transitions and providing advice on risk management, fiduciary investments and efficient tax alternatives to avoid potential issues or disputes. In addition, she coordinates the proper disposition of individual and family assets including art, antiques, real estate, and other valuables and works with well-known auction houses and advisors when appropriate. Brenda’s practice also involves estate planning, including advising clients on various charitable and philanthropic endeavors. She works closely with financial planners and philanthropic advisors to develop comprehensive plans to meet the unique needs of her clients. Brenda has a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Cornell University.

Sameer Ahmed

Vice Chair

Sameer Ahmed is a Clinical Instructor in Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program, where he supervises students on strategic litigation and advocacy projects.  He was previously a law professor at Northeastern University School of Law.

Prior to that, Sameer served as a senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Southern California, where he specialized in immigrants’ rights litigation and policy advocacy. His work included challenging federal immigration national security policies that discriminate against Muslim immigrants, ensuring mentally ill immigrants have access to counsel in removal proceedings, protecting the rights of DACA recipients and immigrants in the military, and advocating on behalf of immigrants in Orange County, California. During that time, Sameer served on the board of the Orange County Justice Fund and the City of Santa Ana’s Sanctuary Policy Advisory Group.

Sameer has also served as a senior litigation associate at WilmerHale and as a Skadden Fellow at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). He has taught as an adjunct professor in the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and at the University of Maine School of Law. He clerked for Judge Kermit V. Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and for Judge Patti B. Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  He received a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Master’s Degree in Legal Research from Oxford University (where he was a Marshall Scholar), and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Stanford University.

Sameer lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter. He is the son of naturalized U.S. citizens from India, and his wife is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Canada with Iranian and Iraqi heritage.

Milton Manousaridis

Treasurer

Milton is V.P. Relationship Manager of Commercial and Business Banking at Wellesley Bank. He acquires, develops, and maintains a successful portfolio of relationships, while offering unparalleled banking service at all levels. He prides himself in providing banking service along with value to businesses, private clients as well as non-profit verticals.

Milton received his B.A. in Industrial Psychology/Organizational Behavior from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Even though he calls Boston and the Metrowest his home, he does not forget his Hellenic roots and what it means to be an immigrant. This is one of the driving reasons he has joined Project Citizenship.

In addition to multiple networking groups, he is member of USA500 Boston Seaport and serves on the Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation Board of Directors, where he has the opportunity to give back to the communities which he serves.

Alicia Rubio-Spring

Clerk

Alicia is an associate in Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Group. She represents clients in a variety of complex litigation matters in both federal and state court, including general commercial litigation, post-closing disputes, and consumer financial services litigation. Alicia also dedicates a significant portion of her practice to pro bono immigration services, devoting particular attention to unaccompanied minors and asylum-seekers. Ms. Rubio received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School. She was thrilled to join the Project Citizenship board in 2016.

Jim McGarry

Chair Emeritus

Jim is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation Group who specializes in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on the defense of financial institutions in consumer class actions, enforcement actions and complex business litigation. As a member of this practice, Jim has defended against state and nationwide class actions and multi-district class actions around the country. His work has covered a wide variety of consumer class actions and government investigations facing the financial services industry, including banks and mortgage servicers in a host of challenges to mortgage servicing, fair lending and predatory lending practices and auto lenders in loan origination and servicing matters.  Jim is a member of the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, and has written and spoken on a variety of topics pertaining to financial services and class action litigation. He attended Seton Hall University where he obtained his B.A. in 1985 magna cum laude. He graduated from Rutgers School of Law in 1993 magna cum laude. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. Jim is married with two teenage daughters, both of whom have also volunteered for Project Citizenship.

Ed Boyajian

Ed is president and CEO of EDB, and drives the development and execution of EDB’s strategic vision and growth strategy in the database industry. He joined EDB in 2008 after six years at Red Hat, where he rose to Vice President and General Manager of North America. Ed played a central leadership role in the development of the modern business model for bringing open source to enterprises. Before that, he was Vice President of Red Hat’s global OEM business, responsible for all partnerships, including the early Linux adoption by HP, IBM, and Dell. As a 15-year veteran of the open source software movement, Ed is a seasoned enterprise software executive who emphasizes that EDB must be a technology-first business in order to lead the open source data management ecosystem. He is adamant that great technology above all else drives market leadership. Ed believes strongly in the importance of investing in partnerships across the open source and commercial software and hardware ecosystem. Ed served as a Captain in the U.S. Army and trained as an Airborne Ranger. Within EDB, he coaches and encourages each employee to hone leadership skills. Ed is known for his passion, relentless energy, and strategic leadership. Ed earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and BA from Boston University.

Susan Eaton

Dr. Susan Eaton is Professor of Practice in Social Policy and Director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy. At the Sillerman Center, Susan and her colleagues engage funders and their advisors, socially concerned scholars and non-profit practitioners to increase and enhance grantmaking to social justice causes.

Susan is an author, most recently, of the book, Integration Nation: Immigrants, Refugees and America at Its Best (The New Press, 2016), about myriad efforts that welcome and incorporate immigrants into their new communities across the United States. She also is the author of the critically acclaimed, The Children In Room E4: American Education on Trial (Algonquin, 2007), which chronicles a landmark civil rights case and life in a classroom and neighborhood in Hartford, Connecticut and The Other Boston Busing Story: What’s Won and Lost Across the Boundary Line (Yale, 2001), a qualitative interview study of the adult lives of African Americans who had participated in a voluntary school desegregation effort in suburban Boston. She is co-author, with Gary Orfield, of Dismantling Desegregation: The Quiet Reversal of Brown v. Board of Education. (New Press, 1996).

Prior to her appointment at Heller in 2015, Susan was research director at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School and an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. While at Harvard, Susan founded and co-directed the storytelling project One Nation Indivisible, which amplifies the voices and work of people creating and sustaining racially, culturally and linguistically integrated schools and other social institutions.

Natalia Ivanytsky

Natalia is a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, a global network of firms delivering assurance, tax, and consulting services for businesses. Natalia primarily focuses on asset and wealth management clients in the company’s assurance practice, and she manages a number of audit teams in the practice.  She is a CPA and member of the AICPA.  Natalia is a graduate of Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a minor in International Studies. Natalia was born in Lviv, Ukraine and emigrated to the United States with her parents in 1993. She studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and was on a secondment to Melbourne, Australia with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP for three years. Natalia lives in Charlestown with her fiancé, Ryan, and their adopted dog Kali, who was rescued from a shelter in Little Rock, Arkansas. Natalia previously volunteered with the immigration department at the International Rescue Committee office in Boston, MA and has volunteered her time on various small consulting-type projects while at PricewaterhouseCoopers with different not for profit organizations.

Andy Liebman

Andy Liebman is award-winning filmmaker, software entrepreneur, and political activist. Having graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, he began his career in the early 1980’s as a producer, director, writer and editor of documentary and docudrama films for PBS and the Discovery Channel – including many episodes of Frontline, NOVA, Scientific American Frontiers, Race to Save the Planet (environment), and The Secret of Life (genetics).  He won the duPont Columbia award for excellence in journalism as well as multiple national Emmy awards for his ground-breaking work covering science, history, nature and politics. While producing a Discovery Channel series that was following a simulated human mission to Mars and that was being shot and edited by a team of people in below freezing weather in the Canadian Arctic, he conceived of technology that would enable a group of directors, video editors and assistants to work collaboratively (a problem he faced in this particular production), leading to the founding of EditShare.

Andy served as CEO of EditShare for 15 years, and his vision for how technology could fuel collaboration and bring efficiency to production had a major impact on the way television programs and films were made around the world.

As Andy stepped back from EditShare, he got involved in politics and worked diligently during the 2020 election cycle to get out and protect the vote.  Using his organization, technology, and communication skills, he helped recruit and manage a small army of phone bankers and letter writers. Moving forward, Andy plans to stay involved with political and social activism.  He is also currently establishing a new nonprofit that’s focused on getting fiction and non-fiction media to become a more constructive force in the world.

Teresa Maynard

Teresa is the owner and operator of Sweet Teez Bakery in Dorchester, MA that specialize in custom cakes, cupcakes, pies, brownies with classic flavors and creative designs since February 2016. Prior to her current position, Teresa worked at Harvard University as the Assistant Director of Fundraiser and User Support where she acquired experience in supporting senior management, data management, and organizing fundraisers. During this time, she also worked closely with the research department to develop prospect lists for peer reviews. Teresa received her B.A. and Masters in Communications from The College of New Rochelle

Mitch Montgomery

Mitch is an Associate Attorney at Chin & Curtis, LLP, one of the largest specialty immigration law firms in New England.  Mitch’s practice primarily focuses on corporate and business immigration, where he helps companies—from multinational corporations to local business—hire and retain foreign born talent.  He also advises clients in naturalization, family-based immigration, and humanitarian relief.  He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  Prior to joining Chin & Curtis, Mitch served as an AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts attorney for Project Citizenship from 2017-2018, and remains a frequent pro bono volunteer for Project Citizenship.  Mitch has also held clerkships for the Hon. Louis A. Bledsoe, III and the Hon. Michael L. Robinson on the North Carolina Business Court, a specialized state trial court for complex business cases.  Mitch is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and graduated magna cum laude from Elon University School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the Elon Law Review. Mitch lives in Somerville with his wife, Frankie, who is a Filipina immigrant, and their dog and two cats, Emma, Mittens, and Nermal.

Katherine Rivet

Katherine Rivet works for Boston Consulting Group as their Global Director of Career Development, a role she has held since 2019.   She is passionate about talent development and support for diversity, with professional experience working in Mexico, Brazil, and the US.

In addition, Katherine has actively worked to support internal efforts to promote work-life sustainability (hosting a successful internal podcast focused on personal balance and sustainability) as well as diversity and inclusion (as a member of the Global Services Inclusion Accelerator team).  She is an active Dartmouth alum, serving on Tuck Business School’s Latin American Board from 2011-2013.

She received a BA in International Relations with a minor in Latin American Studies from Tufts University and an MBA from The Amos Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College.  She lives near Boston with her husband Cesar, their children Santiago and Sofia, and their beloved dog Francisco Lopez (aka Pancho).  She is fluent in Spanish and is conversant in Brazilian Portuguese.

Nancy Rousseau

Nancy Rachel Rousseau, a Haitian-American, has lived in Massachusetts for twenty-five years. Focused on rebuilding community, Ms. Rousseau has committed her life to helping others advance their own lives and serving as a bridge to resources. She believes community will improve as each person – young and old – is empowered to do more.    Nancy is Founder of Cultivate Womanhood, Inc. – home to the Boston’s Next Top Model Summer Program, a confidence-building program for girls, which is currently under reorganization. She is a proud member of the Psi Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, for which she serves as the 1st Vice President and Chairperson of the Connection and Social Action Committee.

Ms. Rousseau is a two-time graduate of Northeastern University. She holds a Master of Science in both Nonprofit Management and Leadership and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Management.

Jean Russell

Jean Russell serves as Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits, of HUB International New England, a division of the world’s 5th largest insurance brokerage and largest in NEW England.

Outside of her leadership role with HUB New England, Jean consults for insurance carriers, non-profit organizations, and has been quoted in numerous national publications. She offers unique strategic solutions to a challenging benefits marketplace.

Jean is an active member and former President of the Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters – a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters.  She currently serves as a Board of  Trustee for Tufts Medical Center  Physicians Organization and a member of the Governors Board for Tufts Medical Center,  Executive Board of Commonwealth Compact, and has served on other boards.

Previously, Jean served as council member of MA Health Care Quality and Cost Council, dedicated to the development of health care cost controls while improving the quality of care as part of MA Health Care Reform. Jean is a recipient of the YWCA of Boston’s Academy of Women Achievers, an award recognizing Boston’s most influential women.

Detlev Suderow

Detlev Suderow is the retired Senior Vice President of Human Resource and Organization Effectiveness for FLIR Systems, Inc.  FLIR is an infrared technology company with global operations listed twice among Business Week’s 100 fastest growing companies.  Prior to joining FLIR Systems, Detlev served as Vice President of Human Resources for Inframetrics, a fast growth start up technology company.  His career includes his role as the Human Resource Manager for CLARiiON, the entrepreneurial business division of Data General Corporation, and a thirteen year career at Digital Equipment Corporation as H.R. Manager, Organizational Development Manager, and Training and Development Manager.

Detlev considers himself fortunate enough to have capped his decades-long business career with a pivot to academia: as Professor of the Practice and Senior Lecturer at the International Business School, Brandeis University.  Here he served as the career advisor for the undergraduate business program and counseled graduate students at the International Business School. He co continues to serve on numerous Brandeis University committees and boards.

For Detlev, an immigrant himself (Germany), US Citizenship is a gift that keeps on giving, and one that brings him enthusiastically into the Project Citizenship fold. He holds degrees from Brandeis University (BA), Tufts University (MA) and The University of Zurich. Together with his immigrant wife (Canada) he is the parent of two first generation sons.

Peter Torrebiarte

Peter is Starbucks’ Director of Coffee Sustainability and general manager of the Starbucks Coffee Agronomy Company. He is responsible for this multinational’s coffee sustainability programs including its Coffee and Farmer Equity Practices and other third party coffee certification schemes, including Fair Trade. Peter serves as the company’s lead representative in Central America and is a global senior spokesperson on topics of Starbucks, sustainability, economic challenges in developing countries, farmer equity, and environmental health, as well as chief advisory on matters within origin countries. He leverages strong networks of influence including relationships with suppliers, governments, NGOs and key employees of Starbucks.  Peter joined Starbucks Coffee Company thirteen years ago and has held a myriad of posts within the coffee department including global coffee trading, buying and analytics. Peter’s career is coffee based including work in exports, trading, purchasing and selling, as well as time spent at the Coffee, Sugar & Cocoa Exchange. Peter received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Universidad Rafael Landivar, been an advisor to the Guatemala’s Minister of Interior and has served on the board of directors of two major Guatemalan companies.

Kim West

Kim West has been a prosecutor at the local, state, federal and international level for more than two decades. This extensive government experience allows her to expertly assist clients in a wide range of areas including, government investigations, corporate compliance and health care matters. She is also focused on international clients and their interactions with U.S. entities. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. West was the Chief of the Criminal Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. In that capacity, she supervised a team of over 120 professionals responsible for investigating and prosecuting a wide range of financial, fraud, public corruption, narcotics, gaming, human trafficking, and other offenses; defending convictions on appeal; and assisting victims and witnesses. Ms. West joined the AGO in 2015 from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts, where she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Health Care Fraud Unit. She previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Anti-Terrorism and National Security Unit, joining the Unit after 9/11.

Ms. West also served for five years as a trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, where she prosecuted Radovan Karadžić, who was found guilty of directing the genocide of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslims in the worst massacre on European soil since the Holocaust. Ms. West started her career as an Assistant District Attorney in Plymouth County.  Ms. West resides outside of Boston with her husband and two young sons.

 

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