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Meet the Team

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The Team

Ruth Zakarin
Executive Director

Ruth spent over 20 years working with youth and adults impacted by domestic and sexual violence before becoming the inaugural Executive Director of the Coalition in May of 2019. Ruth has her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and is also trained as a community organizer. She is particularly interested in creating models of trauma informed advocacy and policy making. Outside of her Coalition work, Ruth is very involved in local interfaith organizing, is an avid knitter and foodie, and is the proud mom of two incredible young adults.


Angelica Fontes

Community Organizer

Angelica is a second-generation Cape Verdean American who grew up in Brockton, MA. She developed an interest in civic engagement during early adolescence, and has since been driven by the pursuit of social justice and equity for BIPOC communities. Her work focuses on centering, supporting and empowering community voices that have been doing the work and living in the realities for decades. Outside of work Angelica can be found listening to music and utilizing creative mediums to express herself.


Emily Popky
Policy & Communications

Emily first joined the Coalition in 2018 while in grad school as a part-time fellow working on ERPO implementation and awareness. Emily was thrilled to rejoin the Coalition in a full-time role in 2020, bringing her public health background to our work. Emily has an MPH with a focus in public policy from the Boston University School of Public Health, and previously worked as the Legislative Director for a state representative before joining the Coalition in her current role. When not at work, Emily can be found knitting, baking, or reading.

Leadership Team

Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

President: Mark Scott

Boston Public Health Commission

Vice President: Cindy Diggs

MGH + Peace Boston

Clerk: Donald M. Osgood Sr.

Boston Public Health Commission

Treasurer: Amelia S Koch


President Emerita: Janet Goldenberg

Aminah Pilgrim

UMass Boston

Briana Butterworth

New England Aquarium

Cindy Rowe

Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

Edward Notis-McConarty

Episcopal Diocese of MA

Ellie Miller

First Church Boston

Greg Gibson

Survivor Advocate

Jack McDevitt


Madeline Ranalli

Community Organizer

Mike Gildesgame

Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

Molly Malloy

Community Activist

Nichelle Sadler


Rob Stegman

Emerson College

Stephanie Shapiro-Berkson

The University of Illinois at Chicago

Zoe Grover

Stop Handgun Violence

Community Council


Co-Chair: Tamia Jordan

Emerson College

Co-Chair: Tania Mireles

Boston Public Health Commission


Ann Haaser

UU Church of Newburyport, Moms Demand Action

Cindy Diggs

Massachusetts General Hospital, Peace Boston, Peace Commissioner

Jamal Spencer


Jarix Santiago

New North Citizens’ Council

Juanita Batchelor

Darrell Lee Jenkins Jr. Resource Center

Kaveesh Pathak

Community Organizer

Lavell Fulks

Boston Public Health Commission

Lawrence Stevenson

Survivor Advocate

Mark Beckwith

 Bishops Against Gun Violence

Masika Gadson

Violence Intervention Advocacy Program at Boston Medical Center

Nan Garrett-Logan

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, Falmouth Gun Safety Coalition

Peter Greenspan, MD

MGH Hospital for Children, MGH GVP Coalition

Sana Fadel

Citizens for Juvenile Justice

Shondell Davis

Roxbury Presbyterian Social Impact Center

Tina Cardoso

Cape Verdean Women United, Boston Medical Center

Toy Burton

DeeDee’s Cry, Light Up Boston Against Violence, Roxbury Unity Parade

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