ELP alumni board members participating in Christmas in the City as part of the ELP Cares initiative

Community Impact

The Center for Collaborative Leadership’s Emerging Leaders Program connects project teams with nonprofit and government organizations to research, analyze, and develop solutions that support the organizations strategic initiatives. The projects focus on civic engagement, building a leadership base for Greater Boston that is ready to tackle the big challenges that ensure the broader economic and social well-being of the region. 

We have consistently seen that our alumni increase their commitment to a variety of civic issues, as demonstrated below. 

Change Agents

Maryanne Basler (ELP 2016) of Blue Cross Blue Shield was recently recognized by Mayor Walsh for her work on the Mother Caroline Academy board as a mentor. Mayor Walsh states in the Boston Herald, "Maryanne’s mentorship has helped Bermina build self-confidence, make healthy choices and prepare for the next big step: high school. Maryanne’s presence in Bermina’s life is a simple thing that has had a huge impact." Read more.

Ron Bell (ELP 2005) helped to organize a trip for UMass Boston students to mark the 50th anniversary of the pivotal "Bloody Sunday" march. Bell collaborated with Kevin Peterson (ELP 2003), founder, New Democracy Coalition; UMass Boston Senior Lecturer of Africana Studies Anthony Van Der Meer; and community advocate Leonard Lee to make the trip possible. On March 8, 2015 the organizers along with the students crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. A reporter and photographer with The Boston Globe accompanied the group and documented the trip. Additional coverage can be found via UMass Boston News

Dr. Renée Boynton-Jarrett (ELP 2008), MD, ScD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine  is featured in a new PBS Documentary that examines children's wellbeing in America called The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation. In it, she makes the case to reframe the debate about what American society can do to ensure a strong start for every infant. 

Ana Patricia Muñoz (ELP 2012) of the Boston Federal Reserve's Regional & Community Outreach department co-authored a report, The Color of Wealth in Boston, in partnership with the Ford Foundation and the Duke University's Consortium on Social Equity. The report has garnered a lot of attention, and Muñoz has been making the rounds at various organizations to discuss racial inequality and income disparities.

Linda Rossetti (ELP 2002) authored Women & Transition: Reinventing Work and Life. Rossetti's book features her own transition story and stories from her research with more than 200 women – each of whom decided to pursue transition in hopes of living the life she imagined. Read our feature story, UMass Boston Emerging Leaders Program Alumna Helps Women Navigate Transition.  

Ken Weber (ELP 2002) leveraged his executive education and management skills to take a leap of faith to follow his path of wanting to help others full time by establishing Recovering Champions, a Cape Cod based full service rehabilitation center. Read our feature story, UMass Boston Emerging Leaders Program Alumnus Making a Difference in Recovery Treatment.

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