Staff

Melanie Torres

Interim Executive Director

Melanie joined Project Citizenship in 2015. She served as Director of Programs and Operations and a DOJ Accredited Representative at Project Citizenship for five years. 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. Prior to her position at Project Citizenship, she worked as a Site Manager at Chelsea Community Schools, providing ESOL, arts and recreation courses for families of the Chelsea community. Melanie previously served on the Commission for Immigrant Rights and Citizenship for the City of Cambridge from 2016-2018.  In July, 2020, Melanie assumed the role of Interim Executive Director.

Erin Fricker

Staff Attorney

Erin joined Project Citizenship in August 2019 as a Staff Attorney. Erin’s interest in immigration issues began after she studied abroad in India and worked in refugee resettlement. The great-granddaughter of immigrants, Erin previously worked as an immigration attorney at a legal services organization and for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Erin graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Boston College Law School.

Irene Egan

Director of Development

Irene Egan joined Project Citizenship in 2019 as the Director of Development. She has many years of experience in fund development for social services and health care organizations, most recently at Circle Home in Lowell.  She graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Journalism. As the granddaughter of immigrants from Slovakia who deeply appreciated their citizenship, she has had a lifelong interest in issues related to immigration and cultural competence. Her responsibilities include donor services and mobilizing support to grow Project Citizenship’s resources and impact.

Kat Roach

Communications and Data Manager

Kat joined Project Citizenship in July 2019 as the Communications and Data Manager. Her responsibilities include managing all social media, newsletters, and press as well as gathering data to demonstrate to funders. Kat previously served in the NAIP AmeriCorps program and continued to volunteer with PC even after her service year was done. She then went on to help manage another AmeriCorps program called AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts. With her personal ties to the process of citizenship as a child from Colombia, Kat is passionate about immigrants and the difference that they make in the U.S.

McKenzie Bell

Program Manager

McKenzie joined Project Citizenship in September 2020 as a Program Manager focused on community outreach, volunteer communication, and citizenship workshops. She most recently worked as a legal advocate for Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter in Boston. Previously, she was an AmeriCorps member and then service fellow at a local community health center assisting primarily immigrant patients. Experiences studying Spanish at university, particularly volunteering in adult ESL classrooms and spending a semester in Spain, reinforced her desire to work with immigrant community members. She’s thrilled to continue learning and collaborating.

Gloria Donati

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate of MA

Gloria joined Project Citizenship in September 2020 as an AmeriCorps Legal Advocate of Massachusetts. Holding American and Italian citizenships, while also being of Ethiopian descent and having lived in several countries abroad, Gloria understands the importance of supporting immigrant communities in achieving their goals. Gloria earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in Italian and French laws from the University of Bologna and the University of Nanterre, as well as a Master’s degree in law from the University of Bologna. She recently graduated with an LLM degree from Boston University School of Law.

Jennifer Gonzales

AmeriCorps Legal Advocate of MA

Jennifer joined Project Citizenship in January of 2020 as an AmeriCorps Legal Advocate of Massachusetts. She recently received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Boston University. As the daughter of two Peruvian immigrants, she has always felt compelled to serve immigrant communities. Jennifer has studied abroad in London and Madrid and worked as a legal intern at various immigrant-serving nonprofits. She is interested in eventually practicing immigration law and serving underrepresented immigrant populations, including but not limited to asylees, refugees and undocumented immigrants.

Sara Kniaz

NAIP AmeriCorps Member

Sara joined Project Citizenship in September 2020 as a NAIP AmeriCorps Member. She recently received a Bachelor’s degree in international relations from Tufts University. Sara’s interest in citizenship stems from volunteering with a few immigration organizations in college and studying refugee policy while abroad in Copenhagen. She also loves to cook and travel to learn about different cultures. Sara plans to go to law school in the future.

Gigi Vujovich

NAIP AmeriCorps Member

Gigi is serving with Project Citizenship as a NAIP AmeriCorps member. She became interested in working in the immigration field through an internship she did at the LGBT center OC, which provides support to asylum seekers in Orange County. She received a B.S. degree in Environmental Science & Policy from Chapman University last year, and would like to continue her education in immigration/refugee law.

Lissa Damus

Haitian Creole Intake Specialist

Lissa Damus joined Project Citizenship in September 2020. She graduated at the University of Massachusetts Boston with a degree in International Relations. She is currently pursuing her master’s International Relations as well. Lissa speaks Haitian Creole, French and English. Her interest in immigration comes from the fact that she and her parents are immigrants from Haiti. She understands the importance of getting citizenship and is passionate about helping others accomplish that goal.

 

 

Owen Diana

Development Associate

Owen Diana joined Project Citizenship in the fall of 2018. Owen graduated from Oberlin College in 2017, majoring in Latin American Studies with a minor in Hispanic Studies. Since then, he has volunteered at numerous workshops with Project Citizenship as a Spanish translator. In addition to his volunteer work, Owen is the founder and editor of Just For Kicks, a blog about soccer around the world.

Zoe Halpert

Legal Intern

Zoe joined Project Citizenship in August 2020. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Connecticut College and is currently in her second year at Northeastern University School of Law. Zoe grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe. As a descendant of immigrants from Eastern Europe, she is passionate about supporting immigrant communities and recognizes the opportunities that citizenship can provide.

Stephanie Forester

Development Intern

Stephanie is a senior studying Communications & Media studies and psychology at Emmanuel College. She is interested in helping others and the opportunity to work for an organization that helps facilitate the process for those looking to become citizens of the United States is exciting for her. Stephanie studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary and has always enjoyed traveling in order to learn about other cultures around the world.

 

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