Worcester Common Ground Staff and Board Members
Our staff is highly qualified in each of their specialties and frequently collaborates to implement events or to get out a grant or project application on deadline. The stability that is reflected in the length of service has helped us manage even with the reduction in staff that was required in past years due to the financial challenges facing CDCs.
A second-year at Mount Wachusetts Community College, Ryan is our resident artist and marketing manager. He has a keen eye for photography, and is currently learning other art forms such as cartooning, water color, spray painting, and graphic design. He incorporates these skills into the designs for his community-building signs for our gardens, our building murals, and all of our publicity materials. He is also taking a leadership role in the creation of our new youth artist group, Urban Revival BlaQ Ink'D. This group is playing an active role in building positive perceptions of our Piedmont neighborhood, and empowering youth to make their communities more beautiful.
Jon joined us in January 2015. He will lead WCG’s real estate development activities and support management of its diverse asset portfolio. Coming in with 22 years of experience as a Project Director of a Boston low-income housing organization, Jon knows how to skillfully navigate affordable housing development projects. He will guide WCG’s new projects from inception through close out. His strong communication skills and attention to detail will surely come as an asset when negotiating and driving new real estate projects for our Piedmont community.
Front row from left to right: Eddie Jimenez, Phil Stone, Lisa Stewart; Back row from left to right: John True, Robb Zarges, Jono O'Sullivan, Jeff Ortiz, Jose Reyes, Marge Purves; Not pictured: Arline Rosario, Ramon Borges-Mendez
WCG-CDC is governed by a Board of Directors of up to (18) individuals, 51% of whom must be neighborhood residents and all of whom are elected at the annual meeting. The composition of the board reflects the organization's commitment to developing resident leaders in the neighborhoods it serves.
Jono O'Sullivan, President - Piedmont Neighborhood Resident & Business
Marge Purves, Clerk - Piedmont Neighborhood Resident
John True, Treasurer - Central MA AHEC
Jeffrey Ortiz - Piedmont Neighborhood Resident
Phil Stone - Attorney / Activist
Eduardo Jimenez - Piedmont Neighborhood Resident & Business
Lisa Stewart - Piedmont Neighborhood Resident
Ramon Borgés-Méndez - Piedmont Neighborhood Resident & Business
Robb Zarges - Kainos Coaching and Consulting LLC
Worcester Common Ground, Inc. 5 Piedmont Street Worcester, MA 01610 USA508-754-0908
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