Commonwealth Compact Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Event Date: October 15, 2012 - 3 p.m.
Event Type: Open to public
Location: Mass. Commission for Blind, 600 Washington St., 2nd Floor Conference Rm., Boston

Please join the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, and McCormack Graduate School's Commonwealth Compact in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month as they feature guest speakers:

Josiane Martinez
Executive Director, Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants

Georgianna Meléndez
Executive Director, Commonwealth Compact

on Monday, October 15, 2012 from 2-3 p.m.

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Speaker Bios

Josiane Martinez
Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI)

Josiane Martinez directs the state agency that oversees the resettlement of refugees and asylees in the Commonwealth and that coordinates state policies and programs that serve immigrant communities.

Martinez was first appointed by Governor Patrick as director of specialized media in 2011, where she served as the ethnic media spokesperson for the Governor’s Executive Office, Secretariats and Commissioners.  Prior to that, Martinez worked as a consultant for the Patrick-Murray campaign, where she launched and produced the first multicultural, multi-language ethnic media advertising and public relations strategy for a gubernatorial campaign in the history of Massachusetts.

Ms. Martinez was director of marketing and public relations for La Alianza Hispana in Boston, where she managed key relationships with community leaders, corporate partners and health care providers to serve more than 15,000 Latinos every year.  She is also an experienced reporter and photographer, covering Latino communities for El Planeta, El Mundo, Siglo 21, Color Magazine, and other ethnic news outlets. 

Josiane Martinez is founder and former director of St. Andrew’s Coffeehouse Cultural Center, an interactive peace revival space which hosts the successful “Hora del Café,” an event that blends poetry, music, theater, dance, and visual arts from all parts of the diverse community of Massachusetts. In 2008, she was one of twenty-one women selected to participate in National Hispana Leadership Institute's Executive Leadership Program.  Following in 2010 and 2011, El Planeta newspaper selected her as one of the top one-hundred most influential Latinos in Massachusetts.

Georgianna Meléndez
Commonwealth Compact

As the executive director of Commonwealth Compact, Georgianna Meléndez is successfully fulfilling its initiative to establish Massachusetts as a world leader in diversity and inclusion.  She brings to this position a wealth of leadership experience in non-profit and public administration positions impacting various Massachusetts communities.  She has served as the assistant commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance; the executive director at Casa Myrna Vazquez, New England’s largest domestic violence services agency; the executive director at RESPOND in Somerville, a domestic violence agency serving Metro-Boston; a board member for Citizens for Adequate Housing on the North Shore; the board chair for Harbor COV (Committee against Violence) in Chelsea. She also has the role of senior fellow for the Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Collaborate Leadership.  And, she has served as a member of the fundraising committee for the North Shore Christian School in Lynn, MA.

Georgianna Meléndez has been recognized several times for her outstanding service and leadership.  In 2006, she was named one of Boston's top 40 under 40 by the Boston Business Journal. The following year, she was appointed to Governor Patrick’s anti-crime council.  The 2010 Puerto Rican Festival Committee named her one of the 50 most influential Puerto Rican women in Massachusetts. In January 2012, she was named a “Drum Major for Justice” by the Town of Danvers’ Diversity Committee.  And, most recently, she was featured in a leadership anthology, Voices of the Future, written by an alumnus of the Emerging Leaders Program.

In June 2012, Meléndez completed a master’s degree in public affairs at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Bentley College studying English and cultural studies.


Commonwealth Compact is part of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.

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