If you could have dinner with 1 person who you regard as a leader, who would it be and why?

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of In the Heights and Hamilton, first of all because I am a Latina theater kid, but second because I would love to talk to him about using art and theater to create lasting social impact.

What motivates you to create social impact?

I am motivated to create social impact because I want to find new, better ways to serve those in need.

Host Site Overview

The Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) is an association of mission-driven community development organizations dedicated to working together and with others to create places of opportunity where people of diverse incomes and backgrounds access housing that is affordable, benefit from economic opportunities and fully participate in the civic life of their community. We achieve this by building and sustaining a high performing and adaptive community development sector that is supported by private and public investment and sound public policies.

Host Site Project

The Mel King Institute for Community Building is a statewide initiative led by MACDC, Boston LISC and Mass Housing with other local partners. The Institute increases the capacity of practitioners to revitalize their neighborhoods, and build more equitable environments for lower income communities. The Institute provides educational opportunities to advance the skills, knowledge and leadership abilities of practitioners, board members, nonprofit staff and leadership. The Institute does this through the following strategies: ? Professional Education – Providing high quality professional development courses, workshop and seminars to community development professionals, board members, AmeriCorps service members and volunteers. This year we are launching a certificate program? ? Field Building – Engaging our network in the Innovation Forum to provide a structured process for engaging the wider community of practitioners, academics, and researchers in discussions about new ideas and approaches to promoting comprehensive community development. ? Community Building – Serving as a professional development resource and network through our website, newsletter, and our growing network of partners. ? Confronting Racism – Addressing issues of inequity, racism and inclusion in community development and our organizations, through the multi-sector coalition The Alliance – Advancing Community Development by Confronting Racism. Building professional networks with through the Community Development Mentoring Program.