Staff & Board
- Kalila Barnett, Executive Director
- Dave Jenkins, Program Director (REEP)
- Celina Lee, Membership and Communications Coordinator
- Lee Matsueda, Political Director
- Maggie Merced, Bookkeeper/Office Manager
- Staci Rubin, Senior Attorney, EJLS Program Director
- Olmis Sanchez, Community Organizer (REEP)
- Tyree Ware, Schools Program Coordinator (REEP)
- John Walkey, Development Manager
- Amanda Ali
- Mary Ann Babinski
- Diana Baldelomar
- Adanarys Barragan
- Heather Catherwood
- Tiffany Chenault -- professor, scholar, activist
- Donna Dear -- advocate, Roxbury resident
- Osa Egharevba
- Neenah Estrella-Luna -- Board Chair, Professor of urban studies, research, environmental justice and political sociology
- Dakeria Fulks -- REEP alum
- Mina Makarious
- Lauren Richter
- Jennifer Rushlow -- attorney, MEJAN volunteer
Member Leaders, Interns and Volunteers
We are fortunate to have many member leaders, interns and volunteers at ACE. The following are the folks you'll see in our office on a weekly basis.
- Sam Ames, Esq. (EJLS)
- Louise Baxter (TRU Vice Chair)
- Asia Fleming (REEP)
- Cushing Giesey, Esq. (EJLS/MEJAN)
- Cristal Martinez (REEP)
- Rosa Matias (TRU Chair)
- Javon Morris (REEP)
- Ruthy Rickenbacker (Com)
- Stuart Spina (TRU)
- Hakim Sutherland (TRU)
- Peedub Welch (TRU)
Kalila Barnett became ACE’s Executive Director in February 2009. She was previously a Senior Organizer at Community Labor United and served on ACE’s Board of Directors for 5 years. She is a Roxbury native and lifelong resident of Boston. Kalila graduated from Bates College in 2001 with a degree in American Studies and Spanish. She has also worked at Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and Madison Park Development Corporation, organizing around community development issues and affordable housing in the Roxbury and Jamaica Plain area. Kalila was also the field director for a local city council campaign in 2005.
Lee Matsueda, Political Director, joined the staff in October 2005, after serving as an ACE Board member for one year. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and holds a MS degree in the Environmental Studies Advocacy and Organizing Program from Antioch New England Graduate School. Previous to ACE, Lee was a community organizer for almost three years with the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition (GFCAC) in Dorchester. While at the GFCAC, his efforts included campaign work to gain access to rapid transit along the Fairmount line commuter rail corridor, and Boston Schoolyard Initiative projects at the Sara Greenwood K-8 Middle School and the former William E. Endicott Elementary School.
Maggie Merced, Bookkeeper and Office Manager, has more than 15 years experience in bookkeeping and has extensive experience working with non-profits and as a community activist. She holds an Associates Degree in Accounting from the Banking Institute of Puerto Rico. Her most recent position was as Office Manager and Bookkeeper for Boston Urban Gardeners. She is also a professional translator from English to Spanish and has worked as a translator for a variety of Boston-area organizations. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation and is on the the board of the Forest Glen Cooperative.
Staci Rubin is the Senior Attorney, Environmental Justice Legal Services Program Director and is honored to provide legal counsel and representation for community groups, coalitions, and ACE member committees fighting for environmental justice. Prior to ACE, Staci worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Margot Botsford of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and served as legal intern at the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General in the Environmental Protection Division and Koob & Magoolaghan, a civil rights law firm in New York City. She was an advocate at the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Before law school, Staci worked at the Association for Energy Affordability in the South Bronx. She received her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, her Master of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School, her Master of Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine where she examined the links between benzene exposure, cancer outcomes, and the legal challenges inherent in toxic tort litigation, and her bachelor of arts degree from New York University. Staci was selected for the Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership Program in 2012-2013 where she worked on human trafficking issues. She is active in the Boston Bar Association Environmental Law Section and is the co-chair of Public Service Committee.