Georgianna Melendez, Executive Director

Georgianna served in these previous leadership roles:  Assistant Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance; Executive Director at Casa Myrna Vazquez, New England’s largest domestic violence services agency; Executive Director at RESPOND in Somerville, a domestic violence agency serving Metro-Boston; board member for Citizens for Adequate Housing in the North Shore; board chair for Harbor COV in Chelsea; and currently serves on the fundraising committee for North Shore Christian School in Lynn, MA. In 2007, Meléndez was appointed to Governor Patrick’s anti-crime council. She has a BA from Bentley University and is a senior fellow for the Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Center for Collaborative Leadership. She has recently been featured in a leadership anthology, “Voices of the Future” written by ELP alumni. She is pursuing an MSPA at UMass Boston.

Melendez was named Drum Major for Justice by the Danvers Council on Diversity. She was also honored by the Boston Center for Community and Justice with a “Humanitarian Award.”  She has also been named one of the 50 Most Influential Puerto Rican Women in Massachusetts by the 2010 Puerto Rican Festival Committee.

Robert L. Turner

Robert L. Turner, Senior Advisor

Bob worked as a reporter, columnist, and member of the editorial board of the Boston Globe from 1965 to 2007 where he retired as deputy editor of the editorial page. His specialties included various state and local policy issues, such as education reform. He was State House Bureau chief twice, and covered every presidential campaign from 1972 to 2004. He authored two books: I’ll Never Lie to You; Jimmy Carter in His Own Words (1976), and Dukakis, an American Odyssey (with Charles Kenney)(1987).  In 2002 he was the lead convener of Beyond the Big Dig, an award-winning collaboration among the Globe, MIT, and Channel 5 that sought to improve the Rose Kennedy Greenway. He believes in community, and Commonwealth Compact is a major initiative to promote healthy community in Boston and Massachusetts.

Turner is a board member of WriteBoston and of the Town of Milton Library Foundation. He is a Red Sox fan who still carries around his stub from Game 6 in 1975, and was lucky enough to see John Lester’s no-hitter from great seats in 2008.  He graduated from Columbia College and has an MPA from the Kennedy School at Harvard.