BUILD Boston

Launched in 2011

“Entrepreneurship is the hook;

college and career success are the goals”

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Students Served

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Teachers Trained

The BUILD Boston Story

Before there was BUILD in Boston, there were three big-hearted venture capitalists with a dream to make a difference in the lives of teens in their community. In 2008, Jeff Glass, Ajay Agarwal, and Scott Friend of Bain Capital connected with BUILD’s founder and then CEO, Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, and the plans to bring BUILD to Boston were born. 

The Boston site was launched in 2011 with 90 students in four schools by Ayele Shakur, now CEO of BUILD National. Ayele brought decades of experience as an innovator in urban education to BUILD, including 11 years as a classroom teacher in Boston and Los Angeles Public Schools. Under her leadership, the Boston site grew to serve more than 300 students per year in six schools, launched several innovative pilots, and celebrated numerous achievements. Here are a few highlights that exemplify BUILD’s leadership and innovation in Boston over the past decade:

*As a long-standing partner at Jeremiah E. Burke High School, BUILD Boston was instrumental in the school’s transformation from state-designated turnaround status in 2010 to Boston’s most improved school in 2015 – the only high school in the state to exit turnaround status. 

*Boston launched Cookie Boss, BUILD’s most successful student business to date. Founded in 2012 by a team of 9th graders from Another Course to College high school, Cookie Boss went on to win first place at the BUILD’s annual pitch competition, sold more than $40,000 in customized cookies, and was managed by three graduating classes of BUILD students. 

*In 2018, Boston Public Schools selected BUILD as one of their top 30 nonprofit partners out of more than 300 organizations. 

*That same year, BUILD Boston launched the Business Pathways Program at Charlestown High School, in partnership with Bunker Hill Community College, where high school students gain real college credit while enrolled in BUILD business courses. 

*Over the years BUILD Boston’s pitch events and sales showcases have garnered more than a few celebrity supporters, including Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary (“Mr. Wonderful”), Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, former Patriots player Jerod Mayo, and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, to name a few.

*In 2019, BUILD expanded our service area through the launch of our Satellite Partnership Program, offering one- and two-year entrepreneurship experiences to high school students in schools outside of Boston, including Randolph, and Framingham, Massachusetts. 

*Most recently, BUILD is co-leading the pilot of a new game-changing initiative called Campus Without Walls (CWW). CWW is a framework that leverages the power of public schools and technology to promote greater equity, access, opportunity, and liberation for all students. Through a statewide cross-sector collaboration of schools, universities, employers, nonprofits and out-of-school-time providers, CWW will deliver a 21st Century education that is meaningful, student-centered, relevant and rigorous using a blended, digitally mediated approach.

Today, there’s unprecedented momentum and interest in BUILD’s work in Boston and across the country. Now, more than ever, America needs entrepreneurship education. BUILD is recognized as a leader in teaching self-agency, resilience & grit, growth mindset and helping high school students to develop social capital, financial literacy, and valuable 21st Century skills. As an entrepreneurial organization working at the intersection of education innovation, racial equity, and community, BUILD is uniquely positioned to not only address the challenges our students face navigating high school, college, and career success, but also drive lasting social change. We now recognize that it’s not enough for us to work within a system not built for equity – we have to work to change the system itself.

Meet BUILD Boston Students

Kanye

Kanye, Class of 2022 at Dearborn STEM Academy, is CEO of Petdanas, “a pet bandana (bandana, collar, leash) to keep your pet looking fresh and in style.” He shares his journey through BUILD and how his mindset has changed since operating his own business.

Lenylse

Lenylse graduated Valedictorian from Dearborn STEM Academy. As a key speaker at the 2019 BUILDFest Pitch Challenge, she reflects on her BUILD journey and the relationships she made with her mentor and student business team, Towel Tote.

MultiBUILDer

As part of the BUILD Boston Virtual Design Challenge, MultiBUILDer, a student business team from Jeremiah E. Burke High, launched “An app that provides a holistic approach to improving your health during the COVID-19 pandemic.” They placed second in the regional challenge.

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The BUILD Greater Boston Team​

Alankrita Narang

Position: Manager of Strategy and Business Development, Boston Harbor Now

Alankrita Narang

Manager of Strategy and Business Development, Boston Harbor Now

Alison Mooradian

Position: Director of Marketing, Wildgrain

Alison Mooradian

Director of Marketing, Wildgrain

Allie Richards

Position: Grants & Communications Manager

Allie Richards is Community Development Advocate and Non-profit professional, passionate about serving under-resourced communities. Before joining BUILD, Allie served as a Community Manager at a small business incubator and previously worked as a consultant on community development projects. Allie has a B.A in International Development & Social Change and an M.A in Community Development & Planning, both from Clark University.

Allie BUILDs because it allows her to highlight the voices of our young people and put them on a path of upward mobility.

Allie Richards is Community Development Advocate and Non-profit professional, passionate...

Allie Richards

Grants & Communications Manager

Amir Nashat

Position: Partner, Polaris Partners

Amir Nashat

Partner, Polaris Partners

Amy Trutor

Position: Fixed Income Trader, State Street

Amy Trutor

Fixed Income Trader, State Street

Annie Le

Position: Student Experience Program Manager
Email: ale@build.org

Annie Le graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Education and Mathematics and has worked in Boston Public Schools for ten years as a math teacher and the Engagement and Student Affairs Coordinator. She currently volunteers at the Networking Organization of Vietnamese-Americans to spearhead the Little Saigon Cultural District in Fields Corner. She is passionate about preserving and promoting the Vietnamese culture, helping people navigate the city, and working with youth to help them learn and grow.

Annie loves to work with people and is inspired by what the community has to offer. Moving from California, the community in Boston has created a new home for her where she can learn and grow. When she is not volunteering or attending community events, you can find her dressing up and taking pictures of her dog, Gravy or walking around the city with her husband.

For the students! Working with students outside of the classroom provides flexibility that did not exist in the confines of a classroom. It allows me to work directly with the students to support their future goals and aspirations.

Annie Le graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in...

Annie Le

Student Experience Program Manager

Ayele Shakur

Position: CEO
Email: aShakur@build.org
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Ayele Shakur brings almost three decades of experience as an innovator in urban education. Prior to coming to BUILD, she served as the President and CEO of the Boston Learning Center for 15 years. Under her leadership, the Center expanded from serving 100 students annually in Boston to 700 students across the state. Ayele joined BUILD in 2011 as Boston’s Founding Regional Executive Director.

A veteran classroom teacher, Ayele taught for eleven years in the Los Angeles area and in the Boston Public Schools, and co-authored the book Boost School Performance – A Parent’s Guide to Better Grades Fast. Ayele is the recipient of the 2012 Boston Celtics Heroes Among Us Award, and the 2007 Nan Bennett Kay Great Friend to Kids Award presented by the Boston Children’s Museum. In 2014, she was appointed as Chair of the Education Committee for the Boston NAACP, and held this post for three years. In 2015, she was appointed by the Boston School Committee to co-chair the Opportunity and Achievement Gaps Task Force for the Boston Public Schools. She was honored with the 2017 Barr Fellowship, which recognizes outstanding nonprofit leaders in Boston, and in 2018 became part of the GK100 Most Influential Black Bostonians. She is a motivational speaker and a blogger for the Huffington Post.

A native of Boston, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Boston University and a Master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

Ayele Shakur brings almost three decades of experience as an...

Bill Dunigan

Position: Director, BlackRock

Bill Dunigan

Director, BlackRock

Bill Wagner

Position: President & CEO, LogMeIn

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Bill Wagner

President & CEO, LogMeIn

Cendy Moliere

Position: Search Engine Optimization Specialist, eGenerationMarketing

Cendy Moliere

Search Engine Optimization Specialist, eGenerationMarketing

Christina Luconi

Position: Chief People Officer, Rapid7
Phone: BUILD Boston Board Chair
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Christina Luconi

Chief People Officer, Rapid7

Curt Hunnewell

Position: Director, Bank of America

Curt Hunnewell

Director, Bank of America

Daniela Visnijic

Position: M&A Associate, Jump Ventures & Aura

Daniela Visnijic

M&A Associate, Jump Ventures & Aura

Dave Henault

Position: Director - Global Fund Banking, Silicon Valley Bank

Dave Henault

Director - Global Fund Banking, Silicon Valley Bank

Diego Posada

Position: VP, Transaction Banking Product, Santander

Diego Posada

VP, Transaction Banking Product, Santander

Dr. Lindsa McIntyre

Position: Secondary Superintendent, Boston Public Schools

Dr. Lindsa McIntyre

Secondary Superintendent, Boston Public Schools

Dr. Mary Loeffelholz

Position: Dean, Northeastern College of Professional Studies

Dr. Mary Loeffelholz

Dean, Northeastern College of Professional Studies

Emily Trautwein

Position: Manager of Strategic Partnerships

Before joining BUILD, Emily worked as a Donor Relations Coordinator at Big Sister Association, where she managed their Young Professional Board and supported the VP of Development and CEO with individual donors. Before development, she was a recruitment specialist at Big Sister, building a pipeline of volunteers through corporate and community events. She graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Communications and has returned there part time to pursue her Master’s in Nonprofit Management.

“I BUILD because I believe in the transformative power of BUILD’s program. Not only do we build a space for students to learn real-life skills, we build a space where their ideas are heard, valued, celebrated, and where it’s okay to fail. I am an advocate for mentoring, opportunities, and access for all youth, and I have seen the difference our program can have in a student’s confidence and competence.”

Before joining BUILD, Emily worked as a Donor Relations Coordinator...

Emily Trautwein

Manager of Strategic Partnerships

Frank Graziano

Position: Partner, PwC

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Frank Graziano

Partner, PwC

George Moker

Position: Director Of Entrepreneurship Programs, Suffolk University

George Moker

Director Of Entrepreneurship Programs, Suffolk University

Greg Bohenko

Position: Acquisitions Manager, Samuels & Associates

Greg Bohenko

Acquisitions Manager, Samuels & Associates

Hayden Broberg

Position: VP of Partnerships, Insurify

Hayden Broberg

VP of Partnerships, Insurify

James Evans

Position: Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group

James Evans

Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group

Jamie Bader

Position: Executive Advisor, EY-Parthenon

Jamie Bader

Executive Advisor, EY-Parthenon

Jarred Diorio

Position: Enterprise Account Executive - North America, LogMeIn

Jarred Diorio

Enterprise Account Executive - North America, LogMeIn

JD Sherman

Position: Advisor, Hubspot

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

JD Sherman

Advisor, Hubspot

Jeff Glass

Position: CEO, Hometap Equity Partners

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jeff Glass

CEO, Hometap Equity Partners

Jeffrey Newton

Position: Founder & Managing Director, Gemini Investors

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jeffrey Newton

Founder & Managing Director, Gemini Investors

Jenise Gonzalez

Position: College & Career Access Coordinator
Email: jGonzalez@build.org

Jenise Gonzalez is the College & Career Access Coordinator at BUILD Boston. Jenise is a Boston Public Schools alum and is passionate about serving youth in underserved communities. Jenise served an AmeriCorps year with The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship at BUILD Boston working with juniors and seniors with college & career access work. Jenise has a B.A. in Sociology from Stonehill College in Easton, MA.

Jenise grew up in the Hyde Park/Roslindale area. She enjoys blogging, fashion and traveling!

“I BUILD because I see myself in my youth. I was once that student who needed a caring adult in their life to push them towards their goals/aspirations. My youth are full of life, energy, and are innovators. I enjoy listening to them talk about their college and career goals. It also excites me to see their growth throughout the year and relationships they create with peers, mentors, and BUILD staff”

Jenise Gonzalez is the College & Career Access Coordinator at...

Jenise Gonzalez

College & Career Access Coordinator

Jennifer Cain

Position: Apparel Development Manager – Outerwear & Woven’s, Converse

Jennifer Cain

Apparel Development Manager – Outerwear & Woven’s, Converse

Jennifer Tribush

Position: Senior Vice President, State Street Corporation

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jennifer Tribush

Senior Vice President, State Street Corporation

Joelle Paolino

Position: Community Engagement Manager
Email: jPaolino@build.org

Joelle has spent her career working with youth. She graduated Quinnipiac University in 2013 with a degree in Psychology and spent her senior year interning as a Social Emotional Class Aid to a 5th grade class in Hartford CT. Joelle continued to work with youth as a Unit Supervisor in a residential facility for girls with trauma based behavioral issues, as a nanny and now at BUILD. Joelle began her career at BUILD working with our students and now works to help prepare our mentors with the tools they need to be extraordinary support systems for our students.

“I BUILD because it has become increasingly clear how necessary it is for a program like this to exist. The skills, confidence, guidance and connections our student’s receive makes a huge difference in their drive to finish high school and pursue a career they are passionate about.”

Joelle has spent her career working with youth. She graduated...

Joelle Paolino

Community Engagement Manager

Jon Kanter

Position: CFO, Goodwin

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jon Kanter

CFO, Goodwin

Jon Lang

Position: Partner, EY

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jon Lang

Partner, EY

Josh Nwozor

Position: Risk Assurance, PwC

Josh Nwozor

Risk Assurance, PwC

Kaitlin Moroney

Position: Attorney Development Manager, Goodwin

Kaitlin Moroney

Attorney Development Manager, Goodwin

Kenny Roberts

Position: Program Director
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Kenny Roberts is the Program Director of BUILD Boston and has served at BUILD for the past 4 years. Kenny is passionate and committed to working with families and local residents of underserved communities. Before working at BUILD, Kenny served as a Teen Advocate for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, as well as a youth minister in Riverdale, Georgia. Kenny holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

Kenny lives in Winchester, MA with his wife Tachera and son John Roberts, III. He enjoys golf, fishing, and football.

“Why I BUILD”; Kenny enjoys the opportunity to empower young people through the vehicle of entrepreneurship which can in turn empower their families with valuable resources to expand their outlook on educational opportunities, concepts of financial literacy, and professional development.

Kenny Roberts is the Program Director of BUILD Boston and...

Kenny Roberts

Program Director

Kira Ross

Position: Director of Philanthropy
Email: kRoss@build.org
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Kira Ross

Director of Philanthropy

Lindsay Kitendaugh

Position: Account Director, Fama PR

Lindsay Kitendaugh

Account Director, Fama PR

Maggie Georgieva

Position: Managing Direcor, Founder Institute Boston

Maggie Georgieva

Managing Direcor, Founder Institute Boston

Marianna Zarinksy

Position: CEO & Founder, Norka Health

Marianna Zarinksy

CEO & Founder, Norka Health

Mark Gallagher

Position: Senior Market Manager (Northeast and Canada), Silicon Valley Bank

Mark Gallagher

Senior Market Manager (Northeast and Canada), Silicon Valley Bank

Matt Flanagan

Position: Founding Partner, Fama PR

Matt Flanagan

Founding Partner, Fama PR

Max Campion

Position: Co-Founder & VP of Business Development, HomeTap

Max Campion

Co-Founder & VP of Business Development, HomeTap

Michael Kesselman

Position: Head of Product/VP Product Management, Forward Financing

Michael Kesselman

Head of Product/VP Product Management, Forward Financing

Nicki Ambrose

Position: Entrepreneurship Program Associate
Email: nAmbrose@build.org

Nicki Ambrose is the Entrepreneurship Program Associate at BUILD Boston. Before joining BUILD, Nicki worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound as an Enrollment Specialist, interviewing “Bigs” and “Littles” and matching them together. Nicki also served an AmeriCorps Year with City Year Seattle King County. She is a proud graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Isenberg School of Business.

“I BUILD because watching freshman high school students found their own business, pitch for funding, and earn profit from their product in the course of a school year is truly amazing and inspiring.I have the privilege of working intensively with freshman and sophomore BUILD students and teachers helping them prepare for selling events and competitions throughout the school year.”

Nicki Ambrose is the Entrepreneurship Program Associate at BUILD Boston....

Nicki Ambrose

Entrepreneurship Program Associate

Robert Glazer

Position: Founder & CEO, Acceleration Partners

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Robert Glazer

Founder & CEO, Acceleration Partners

Russ Follansbee

Position: Director - Technology Banking, Silicon Valley Bank

Russ Follansbee

Director - Technology Banking, Silicon Valley Bank

Sava Berhané

Position: Chief Executive Officer, eCaring

Sava Berhané

Chief Executive Officer, eCaring

Scheba Cius

Position: Private Banker, First Republic Bank
Phone: Associate Board Chair
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Scheba Cius

Private Banker, First Republic Bank

Scott Friend

Position: Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Scott Friend

Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

Sue Dalelio

Position: Interim Regional Executive Director
Email: sdalelio@build.org
Top: 2

Sue has over 25 years’ experience as a regional and national nonprofit executive, successfully building and leading cross-functional, inclusive, high performing teams. Sue began her career with audience development work for Shear Madness/Cranberry Productions, one of the nation’s longest-running theatrical productions. She moved into the nonprofit sector with her role as the Director of Registration and Student Services at the Boston Center for Adult Education and eventually as its first Director of Development. She then became Director of Posse Boston at The Posse Foundation, an acclaimed national college access and diversity program. After transforming the Boston site to a revenue self-sustaining and programmatically successful one, Sue rose to Regional Vice President, implementing the strategic plan and ensuring overall health of the organization while overseeing numerous chapters. During her subsequent tenure as a member of the executive team at Health Leads, a social enterprise, she led in several areas including national program and revenue and helped to position the organization to capitalize on market changes through greatly increased programmatic efficiency and productivity. Later, at Peace First, Sue served as a Senior Advisor to the executive team in a variety of functional and strategic areas, and, more recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. Sue also served as Chair of the board of directors for Y2Y Network, an innovative, student-run, overnight shelter which provides a safe and affirming environment for young adults experiencing homelessness.

Sue has over 25 years’ experience as a regional and...

Sue Dalelio

Interim Regional Executive Director

Tony Bordon

Position: Managing Director, Spinnaker Analytics

Tony Bordon

Managing Director, Spinnaker Analytics

Trish Walker

Position: Senior Advisor, Best Buy

Trish Walker

Senior Advisor, Best Buy

Vanessa Welch

Position: Anchor, Boston 25 News

Vanessa Welch

Anchor, Boston 25 News

Venkat Srinivasan

Position: Managing Director, Innospark Ventures

Venkat Srinivasan

Managing Director, Innospark Ventures

Will Hawkins

Position: Senior Associate, Founder Collective

Will Hawkins

Senior Associate, Founder Collective

Allie Richards

Position: Grants & Communications Manager

Allie Richards is Community Development Advocate and Non-profit professional, passionate about serving under-resourced communities. Before joining BUILD, Allie served as a Community Manager at a small business incubator and previously worked as a consultant on community development projects. Allie has a B.A in International Development & Social Change and an M.A in Community Development & Planning, both from Clark University.

Allie BUILDs because it allows her to highlight the voices of our young people and put them on a path of upward mobility.

Allie Richards is Community Development Advocate and Non-profit professional, passionate...

Allie Richards

Grants & Communications Manager

Annie Le

Position: Student Experience Program Manager
Email: ale@build.org

Annie Le graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Education and Mathematics and has worked in Boston Public Schools for ten years as a math teacher and the Engagement and Student Affairs Coordinator. She currently volunteers at the Networking Organization of Vietnamese-Americans to spearhead the Little Saigon Cultural District in Fields Corner. She is passionate about preserving and promoting the Vietnamese culture, helping people navigate the city, and working with youth to help them learn and grow.

Annie loves to work with people and is inspired by what the community has to offer. Moving from California, the community in Boston has created a new home for her where she can learn and grow. When she is not volunteering or attending community events, you can find her dressing up and taking pictures of her dog, Gravy or walking around the city with her husband.

For the students! Working with students outside of the classroom provides flexibility that did not exist in the confines of a classroom. It allows me to work directly with the students to support their future goals and aspirations.

Annie Le graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in...

Annie Le

Student Experience Program Manager

Ayele Shakur

Position: CEO
Email: aShakur@build.org
Top: 1
Top: 1
First:

Ayele Shakur brings almost three decades of experience as an innovator in urban education. Prior to coming to BUILD, she served as the President and CEO of the Boston Learning Center for 15 years. Under her leadership, the Center expanded from serving 100 students annually in Boston to 700 students across the state. Ayele joined BUILD in 2011 as Boston’s Founding Regional Executive Director.

A veteran classroom teacher, Ayele taught for eleven years in the Los Angeles area and in the Boston Public Schools, and co-authored the book Boost School Performance – A Parent’s Guide to Better Grades Fast. Ayele is the recipient of the 2012 Boston Celtics Heroes Among Us Award, and the 2007 Nan Bennett Kay Great Friend to Kids Award presented by the Boston Children’s Museum. In 2014, she was appointed as Chair of the Education Committee for the Boston NAACP, and held this post for three years. In 2015, she was appointed by the Boston School Committee to co-chair the Opportunity and Achievement Gaps Task Force for the Boston Public Schools. She was honored with the 2017 Barr Fellowship, which recognizes outstanding nonprofit leaders in Boston, and in 2018 became part of the GK100 Most Influential Black Bostonians. She is a motivational speaker and a blogger for the Huffington Post.

A native of Boston, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Boston University and a Master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

Ayele Shakur brings almost three decades of experience as an...

Emily Trautwein

Position: Manager of Strategic Partnerships

Before joining BUILD, Emily worked as a Donor Relations Coordinator at Big Sister Association, where she managed their Young Professional Board and supported the VP of Development and CEO with individual donors. Before development, she was a recruitment specialist at Big Sister, building a pipeline of volunteers through corporate and community events. She graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Communications and has returned there part time to pursue her Master’s in Nonprofit Management.

“I BUILD because I believe in the transformative power of BUILD’s program. Not only do we build a space for students to learn real-life skills, we build a space where their ideas are heard, valued, celebrated, and where it’s okay to fail. I am an advocate for mentoring, opportunities, and access for all youth, and I have seen the difference our program can have in a student’s confidence and competence.”

Before joining BUILD, Emily worked as a Donor Relations Coordinator...

Emily Trautwein

Manager of Strategic Partnerships

Jenise Gonzalez

Position: College & Career Access Coordinator
Email: jGonzalez@build.org

Jenise Gonzalez is the College & Career Access Coordinator at BUILD Boston. Jenise is a Boston Public Schools alum and is passionate about serving youth in underserved communities. Jenise served an AmeriCorps year with The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship at BUILD Boston working with juniors and seniors with college & career access work. Jenise has a B.A. in Sociology from Stonehill College in Easton, MA.

Jenise grew up in the Hyde Park/Roslindale area. She enjoys blogging, fashion and traveling!

“I BUILD because I see myself in my youth. I was once that student who needed a caring adult in their life to push them towards their goals/aspirations. My youth are full of life, energy, and are innovators. I enjoy listening to them talk about their college and career goals. It also excites me to see their growth throughout the year and relationships they create with peers, mentors, and BUILD staff”

Jenise Gonzalez is the College & Career Access Coordinator at...

Jenise Gonzalez

College & Career Access Coordinator

Joelle Paolino

Position: Community Engagement Manager
Email: jPaolino@build.org

Joelle has spent her career working with youth. She graduated Quinnipiac University in 2013 with a degree in Psychology and spent her senior year interning as a Social Emotional Class Aid to a 5th grade class in Hartford CT. Joelle continued to work with youth as a Unit Supervisor in a residential facility for girls with trauma based behavioral issues, as a nanny and now at BUILD. Joelle began her career at BUILD working with our students and now works to help prepare our mentors with the tools they need to be extraordinary support systems for our students.

“I BUILD because it has become increasingly clear how necessary it is for a program like this to exist. The skills, confidence, guidance and connections our student’s receive makes a huge difference in their drive to finish high school and pursue a career they are passionate about.”

Joelle has spent her career working with youth. She graduated...

Joelle Paolino

Community Engagement Manager

Kenny Roberts

Position: Program Director
Top: 3

Kenny Roberts is the Program Director of BUILD Boston and has served at BUILD for the past 4 years. Kenny is passionate and committed to working with families and local residents of underserved communities. Before working at BUILD, Kenny served as a Teen Advocate for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, as well as a youth minister in Riverdale, Georgia. Kenny holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.

Kenny lives in Winchester, MA with his wife Tachera and son John Roberts, III. He enjoys golf, fishing, and football.

“Why I BUILD”; Kenny enjoys the opportunity to empower young people through the vehicle of entrepreneurship which can in turn empower their families with valuable resources to expand their outlook on educational opportunities, concepts of financial literacy, and professional development.

Kenny Roberts is the Program Director of BUILD Boston and...

Kenny Roberts

Program Director

Kira Ross

Position: Director of Philanthropy
Email: kRoss@build.org
Top: 4

Kira Ross

Director of Philanthropy

Nicki Ambrose

Position: Entrepreneurship Program Associate
Email: nAmbrose@build.org

Nicki Ambrose is the Entrepreneurship Program Associate at BUILD Boston. Before joining BUILD, Nicki worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound as an Enrollment Specialist, interviewing “Bigs” and “Littles” and matching them together. Nicki also served an AmeriCorps Year with City Year Seattle King County. She is a proud graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Isenberg School of Business.

“I BUILD because watching freshman high school students found their own business, pitch for funding, and earn profit from their product in the course of a school year is truly amazing and inspiring.I have the privilege of working intensively with freshman and sophomore BUILD students and teachers helping them prepare for selling events and competitions throughout the school year.”

Nicki Ambrose is the Entrepreneurship Program Associate at BUILD Boston....

Nicki Ambrose

Entrepreneurship Program Associate

Sue Dalelio

Position: Interim Regional Executive Director
Email: sdalelio@build.org
Top: 2

Sue has over 25 years’ experience as a regional and national nonprofit executive, successfully building and leading cross-functional, inclusive, high performing teams. Sue began her career with audience development work for Shear Madness/Cranberry Productions, one of the nation’s longest-running theatrical productions. She moved into the nonprofit sector with her role as the Director of Registration and Student Services at the Boston Center for Adult Education and eventually as its first Director of Development. She then became Director of Posse Boston at The Posse Foundation, an acclaimed national college access and diversity program. After transforming the Boston site to a revenue self-sustaining and programmatically successful one, Sue rose to Regional Vice President, implementing the strategic plan and ensuring overall health of the organization while overseeing numerous chapters. During her subsequent tenure as a member of the executive team at Health Leads, a social enterprise, she led in several areas including national program and revenue and helped to position the organization to capitalize on market changes through greatly increased programmatic efficiency and productivity. Later, at Peace First, Sue served as a Senior Advisor to the executive team in a variety of functional and strategic areas, and, more recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. Sue also served as Chair of the board of directors for Y2Y Network, an innovative, student-run, overnight shelter which provides a safe and affirming environment for young adults experiencing homelessness.

Sue has over 25 years’ experience as a regional and...

Sue Dalelio

Interim Regional Executive Director

Amir Nashat

Position: Partner, Polaris Partners

Amir Nashat

Partner, Polaris Partners

Bill Dunigan

Position: Director, BlackRock

Bill Dunigan

Director, BlackRock

Bill Wagner

Position: President & CEO, LogMeIn

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Bill Wagner

President & CEO, LogMeIn

Cendy Moliere

Position: Search Engine Optimization Specialist, eGenerationMarketing

Cendy Moliere

Search Engine Optimization Specialist, eGenerationMarketing

Christina Luconi

Position: Chief People Officer, Rapid7
Phone: BUILD Boston Board Chair
Top: 1

Christina Luconi

Chief People Officer, Rapid7

Curt Hunnewell

Position: Director, Bank of America

Curt Hunnewell

Director, Bank of America

Dr. Lindsa McIntyre

Position: Secondary Superintendent, Boston Public Schools

Dr. Lindsa McIntyre

Secondary Superintendent, Boston Public Schools

Dr. Mary Loeffelholz

Position: Dean, Northeastern College of Professional Studies

Dr. Mary Loeffelholz

Dean, Northeastern College of Professional Studies

Frank Graziano

Position: Partner, PwC

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Frank Graziano

Partner, PwC

George Moker

Position: Director Of Entrepreneurship Programs, Suffolk University

George Moker

Director Of Entrepreneurship Programs, Suffolk University

Jamie Bader

Position: Executive Advisor, EY-Parthenon

Jamie Bader

Executive Advisor, EY-Parthenon

JD Sherman

Position: Advisor, Hubspot

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

JD Sherman

Advisor, Hubspot

Jeff Glass

Position: CEO, Hometap Equity Partners

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jeff Glass

CEO, Hometap Equity Partners

Jeffrey Newton

Position: Founder & Managing Director, Gemini Investors

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jeffrey Newton

Founder & Managing Director, Gemini Investors

Jennifer Tribush

Position: Senior Vice President, State Street Corporation

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jennifer Tribush

Senior Vice President, State Street Corporation

Jon Kanter

Position: CFO, Goodwin

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jon Kanter

CFO, Goodwin

Jon Lang

Position: Partner, EY

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jon Lang

Partner, EY

Maggie Georgieva

Position: Managing Direcor, Founder Institute Boston

Maggie Georgieva

Managing Direcor, Founder Institute Boston

Mark Gallagher

Position: Senior Market Manager (Northeast and Canada), Silicon Valley Bank

Mark Gallagher

Senior Market Manager (Northeast and Canada), Silicon Valley Bank

Matt Flanagan

Position: Founding Partner, Fama PR

Matt Flanagan

Founding Partner, Fama PR

Michael Kesselman

Position: Head of Product/VP Product Management, Forward Financing

Michael Kesselman

Head of Product/VP Product Management, Forward Financing

Robert Glazer

Position: Founder & CEO, Acceleration Partners

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Robert Glazer

Founder & CEO, Acceleration Partners

Sava Berhané

Position: Chief Executive Officer, eCaring

Sava Berhané

Chief Executive Officer, eCaring

Scott Friend

Position: Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Scott Friend

Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

Tony Bordon

Position: Managing Director, Spinnaker Analytics

Tony Bordon

Managing Director, Spinnaker Analytics

Trish Walker

Position: Senior Advisor, Best Buy

Trish Walker

Senior Advisor, Best Buy

Vanessa Welch

Position: Anchor, Boston 25 News

Vanessa Welch

Anchor, Boston 25 News

Venkat Srinivasan

Position: Managing Director, Innospark Ventures

Venkat Srinivasan

Managing Director, Innospark Ventures

Alankrita Narang

Position: Manager of Strategy and Business Development, Boston Harbor Now

Alankrita Narang

Manager of Strategy and Business Development, Boston Harbor Now

Alison Mooradian

Position: Director of Marketing, Wildgrain

Alison Mooradian

Director of Marketing, Wildgrain

Amy Trutor

Position: Fixed Income Trader, State Street

Amy Trutor

Fixed Income Trader, State Street

Daniela Visnijic

Position: M&A Associate, Jump Ventures & Aura

Daniela Visnijic

M&A Associate, Jump Ventures & Aura

Dave Henault

Position: Director - Global Fund Banking, Silicon Valley Bank

Dave Henault

Director - Global Fund Banking, Silicon Valley Bank

Diego Posada

Position: VP, Transaction Banking Product, Santander

Diego Posada

VP, Transaction Banking Product, Santander

Greg Bohenko

Position: Acquisitions Manager, Samuels & Associates

Greg Bohenko

Acquisitions Manager, Samuels & Associates

Hayden Broberg

Position: VP of Partnerships, Insurify

Hayden Broberg

VP of Partnerships, Insurify

James Evans

Position: Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group

James Evans

Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group

Jarred Diorio

Position: Enterprise Account Executive - North America, LogMeIn

Jarred Diorio

Enterprise Account Executive - North America, LogMeIn

Jennifer Cain

Position: Apparel Development Manager – Outerwear & Woven’s, Converse

Jennifer Cain

Apparel Development Manager – Outerwear & Woven’s, Converse

Josh Nwozor

Position: Risk Assurance, PwC

Josh Nwozor

Risk Assurance, PwC

Kaitlin Moroney

Position: Attorney Development Manager, Goodwin

Kaitlin Moroney

Attorney Development Manager, Goodwin

Lindsay Kitendaugh

Position: Account Director, Fama PR

Lindsay Kitendaugh

Account Director, Fama PR

Marianna Zarinksy

Position: CEO & Founder, Norka Health

Marianna Zarinksy

CEO & Founder, Norka Health

Max Campion

Position: Co-Founder & VP of Business Development, HomeTap

Max Campion

Co-Founder & VP of Business Development, HomeTap

Russ Follansbee

Position: Director - Technology Banking, Silicon Valley Bank

Russ Follansbee

Director - Technology Banking, Silicon Valley Bank

Scheba Cius

Position: Private Banker, First Republic Bank
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Scheba Cius

Private Banker, First Republic Bank

Will Hawkins

Position: Senior Associate, Founder Collective

Will Hawkins

Senior Associate, Founder Collective

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