Our team at Immigrant Advancement
Alejandra St. Guillen
Alejandra St. Guillen was appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh in 2014 as the Director of the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement (previously known as the Office of New Bostonians) with the mandate to strengthen the ability of residents from diverse cultural and linguistic communities to fully participate in the social, economic, cultural and civic life of the city. During her tenure thus far, Alejandra has leveraged public-private partnerships to expand staff capacity and launch new initiatives, such as the Immigrant Integration & Empowerment Project, Immigrant Information Corners, a Task Force on Foreign-trained Professionals and Citizenship Day.
Prior to her appointment, Alejandra served as the Executive Director of ¿Oiste?, a statewide Latino Civic and Political Organization. In this role, she collaborated with state legislators and other governmental officials in the development and promotion of Public Policy initiatives that have directly impacted the Latino community in Massachusetts, that include Education Reform, Economic Justice Policy and Electoral Reform. Alejandra has demonstrated a strong commitment to social justice, and has worked tirelessly as an educator, community organizer, and non-profit leader. She led a statewide coalition in demanding a fair and broad state Redistricting process in 2011 that resulted in the creation of twice as many minority- majority seats in the House and the Senate.
Born and raised in Mission Hill, Alejandra is a graduate of the Boston Latin School and a City Year alumnus. Alejandra began her career in education, first as a teacher for 4 years in New York City and Boston and then in the non-profit sector working to promote educational access opportunities for city youth. She holds a B.A. in Economics and African-American Studies from Wesleyan University and a Master in Education from the City College of New York.
Mayra is the Executive Assistant/Office Manager. Since the inception of MOIA, she has seen to the proper functioning of the office on a daily basis. She offers an inexhaustible pool of information and is always ready to lend a hand. Mayra also acts as the Personnel Officer as well as the Budget Coordinator for MOIA. She is a native of Puerto Rico, a native speaker of Spanish, and has resided in Boston for over twenty-five years.
Chief of Staff / Resource Development Manager
As Resource Development Manager, Agnes is responsible for researching and securing funding opportunities, cultivates donor relationships and writes grant applications to develop and support new MOIA initiatives that impact the immigrant communities. She also assists with the annual We Are Boston Gala. Agnes is originally from Hong Kong and has been a resident of Boston for over thirty years. She is proficient in Cantonese, Shanghainese, and Mandarin.
Policy and Communications Advisor
As the Policy and Communications Advisor, An tracks, interprets, and advises relevant agencies on policies and legislation that affect Boston's diverse communities. He works with city departments and other agencies to develop initiatives and provide technical assistance to increase access to city and community services. He manages messaging on issues affecting New Bostonians and coordinates the Immigration Advice Clinics. An is a native speaker of Vietnamese.
Immigrant Integration Fellow
Celina Barrios-Millner leads the Immigrant Integration efforts for the City through a Fellowship funded by the Barr Foundation. In her role she is providing strategic direction to City Departments to ensure that immigrant residents and their needs are at the forefront of policy and program design and that they have a voice in decision-making settings. An immigrant from Venezuela, Celina has devoted herself to building power in disenfranchised communities through civic engagement and community organizing. Previously she worked to advance the immigrant rights agenda locally with the groundbreaking Student Immigrant Movement and nationally with the Immigration Reform campaign where she led organizing efforts in the Northeast. She is fluent in Spanish.
New Americans Library Corners Program Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA
A recent graduate from Suffolk University, Carol is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving as the Program Coordinator of the New Americans Library Corners. The “corners” will contain informational materials about immigration, financial empowerment, and other community resources. She is the liaison between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Boston Public Library, Mayor’s Office of Financial Empowerment, and community partners. She will also develop and coordinate programming, such as ESOL classes, tax clinics, credit-building workshops, citizenship application workshops, and immigration legal clinics at some of the library branches. Native Spanish speaker.