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Meet the Team

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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 first-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. As a Community Organizer for the Coalition, Angelica Fontes is dedicated to supporting and uplifting communities across the Commonwealth. Her work focuses on centering, supporting and empowering community voices that have been doing the work and living in the realities for decades Angelica received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Bridgewater State University in 2020.


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.


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

Brianna Butterworth 

Our Moment PAC

Greg Gibson

Survivor Advocate

Mike Gildesgame

Temple Emunah

Zoe Grover

Stop Handgun Violence

Molly Malloy

Community Activist

Ellie Miller

First Church Boston

Carl Miranda


Edward Notis-McConarty

Episcopal Diocese of MA

Aminah Pilgrim

UMass Boston

Madeline Ranalli

Community Organizer and Student

Cindy Rowe

Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

Nichelle Sadler


Stephanie Shapiro-Berkson

Temple Israel

Rob Stegman 

Emerson College

Community Council


Co-Chair:Tamia Jordan

Emerson College

Co-Chair: Lawrence Stevenson

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

Mark Beckwith

The Episcopal Diocese/Bishops Against Gun Violence

Toy Burton

DeeDee's Cry, Roxbury Unity Parade

Tina Cardoso 

Cape Verdean Women United/Brockton City Councilor

Shondell Davis

Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center

Cindy Diggs

Massachusetts General Hospital and Peace Boston

Sana Fadel 

Citizens For Juvenile Justice 

Lavell Fulks

Boston Public Health Commission

Masika Gadson

Boston Medical Center VIAP

Nan Garrett-Logan

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence

Peter T. Greenspan, M.D.

Massachusetts General Hospital

Ann Haaser 

Moms Demand Action 

Tania Mireles

Boston Public Health Commission

Kaveesh Pathak

Community Organizer

Jarix Santiago

New North Citizens' Council