Interim Executive Director, French, Spanish, German
Gail joins Project Citizenship after 25+ years as Executive Director of The Clubhouse Network, a global network of community-based centers where young people from low-income neighborhoods explore their own interests, build skills, and develop confidence in themselves through the use of technology. Under her leadership the organization grew from a single location in Boston to more than 100 Clubhouses in 21 countries around the world. Earlier in her career Gail spent 12 years as a management consultant with Gemini Consulting and 3 years as a Senior Research Associate at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Oberlin College. As a granddaughter of immigrants, Gail is honored to be working in support of Project Citizenship’s mission and services on behalf of immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship.
Interim Deputy Director, French, Moroccan Arabic
Molly is a Project Citizenship veteran who previously worked as the Community Programs Manager from 2018 to 2020 and rejoined as Interim Deputy Director in June 2023. In April 2023, she graduated from the University of Michigan with her MBA and M.S. in Environment & Sustainability. Previously, Molly conducted migration-related research in Morocco on a Fulbright scholarship and has also taught ESOL in Morocco and the U.S. She received an M.A. in Migration & Diaspora Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2016. Molly is excited to be back at Project Citizenship working to help increase the naturalization rate in the Greater Boston area.
Community Engagement Manager, Spanish, French
Jamie joined Project Citizenship in August 2023 as the Community Engagement Manager. Though she is from the greater Boston area, Jamie attended Scripps College near Los Angeles, California, and she graduated with a degree in Political Studies, as well as Foreign Languages. At Scripps College, she developed her passion for immigration justice and advocacy and published a thesis on immigration, xenophobia, and democracy. Most recently, in 2021, Jamie received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant for Spain’s Fulbright Program, and she spent two years working in Galicia, Spain.
Operations & Programs Coordinator
Maria joined Project Citizenship in September 2022, as a Communications & Operations intern. She recently graduated from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, with a Bachelor’s in Political Science. She also received a double minor in Human Rights and Immigration Studies. Maria is second generation, from her father who is an Italian Immigrant. This background has inspired her passion for social justice, and immigration services. She looks forward to her work with Project Citizenship and making a meaningful impact in her community by supporting naturalizing immigrants.
Program Coordinator, Haitian Creole, French
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.
Staff Attorney, French, Italian
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.
Caity joined Project Citizenship in August of 2023. She comes to the organization with experience in employment-based immigration at one of our pro-bono partners, Fragomen. She graduated from Tufts University with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Mathematics. She has lived and studied abroad in Spain and Jordan, sparking her interest in global migration, and exposing her to a variety of immigration systems and processes. She comes to Project Citizenship with an excitement to engage our partners and help collaborate on impactful citizenship workshops.
Madeline joined Project Citizenship in September 2021 as a Communications Coordinator focused in effective communication skills, marketing strategies, and promotional campaigns. She took on the role of Communications Manager in September 2022. Outside of this work, she is pursuing her M.F.A in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She’s currently a Teaching Fellow for undergraduate courses. Her experience lies in social media marketing with digital and data- driven content creation experience. She is passionate about her work and supporting immigrant communities throughout Massachusetts and beyond
Andre joined Project Citizenship in 2022 as part of an AmeriCorps State and National program. Andre is a recent graduate of Brandeis University and a New England native. He decided to pursue an opportunity serving immigrants after the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan. Both his parents are naturalized U.S. citizens and he is excited to help others navigate the bureaucracy of the immigration system.
Michael retired in 2018 after serving as a litigator, regulatory lawyer, and transactional lawyer for Met Life, Inc. for almost 20 years. Upon graduation from Columbia University School of Law, where he was the Executive Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems, Mike began his legal career as an Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. Upon moving to Boston, he joined the Litigation Department at Palmer & Dodge as an Associate and then Partner, where he worked on a wide variety of litigation and transactional matters. In retirement, Mike now volunteers at Newton Wellesley Hospital and the Wellesley Council on Aging. As an Access to Justice Fellow, Mike will partner with Project Citizenship to educate immigrants about the benefits of citizenship and to assist eligible, legal permanent residents to overcome barriers to naturalization.
NAIP AmeriCorps Service Member, Spanish
Marissa graduated from Boston University in 2022 with a major in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. She has always been passionate about using Spanish as a tool to communicate with folks from various backgrounds and temporarily lived in Granada, Spain after graduating college to continue progressing toward Spanish fluency. She decided to pursue a year of service offering legal assistance to immigrants going through the naturalization process at Project Citizenship, where she is able to merge her interest in serving disadvantaged communities in the Boston area with her love of speaking Spanish. Ask her about her bunny, Princess Poppy Seed!
Heather joined Project Citizenship in 2023 as the Development Director. She has a decade of experience in nonprofit fundraising and communications, working to actively build thoughtful relationships, foster collaborative thinking, and communicate need and impact through strength-based storytelling. She graduated from Bates College with degrees in Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies, and she strives to leverage her educational, personal, and professional experiences to encourage inclusive and equitable community engagement and opportunity.
Grants & Finance Officer, Cantonese
Eva comes to Project Citizenship to assist with Grants and Finances. She is very appreciative of the fantastic work Project Citizenship does, both for the client and for our society at large. She has been working for 6+ years as the Finance Director of WorldTeach, a non-profit that sent volunteer teachers to many countries around the world. Now, she helps Project Citizenship to service people from 130 countries to unite as citizens of the United States.
James Richardson joined Project Citizenship in the Summer of 2021 as an AmeriCorps Legal Advocate of Massachusetts. James recently graduated from Suffolk University Law School where he was certified as a student attorney and worked in Suffolk’s Housing Clinic. It was there, that he became interested in public interest law. Prior to law school, James studied political science and history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Program Director, Spanish
Vanessa joined Project Citizenship in 2023. She has experience in strategic planning and capacity building for nonprofits serving migrant and displaced communities. She believes all immigrants deserve the same access to tools and resources to integrate in their recipient communities and is excited to support individuals in their path to citizenship, a pivotal form of immigrant integration.
In the past, Vanessa worked facilitating access to legal services for detained immigrants in DC and supporting refugee workforce development in Boston. Vanessa obtained her Law Degree from the Catholic University of Colombia and a Master of Laws in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from American University.
Sun Young joined Project Citizenship in June 2023. She recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Law from Boston University School of Law. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and a Master’s in Neuroscience from Korea. Sun Young’s passion lies in leveraging her legal and neuroscientific expertise to help individuals facing health-related challenges. She is enthusiastic about her role in assisting those in need to attain citizenship and providing support to immigrant communities.
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