Nuestra Comunidad is devoted to building the wealth and health and enhancing the physical, economic, and social well-being of Roxbury and other underserved populations in greater Boston through a community-driven process that promotes self-sufficiency and neighborhood revitalization.
Nuestra accomplishes this community revitalization mission by:
Building and selling affordable homes in order to close the racial wealth gap;
Leveraging construction spending to achieve industry-leading levels of contracting with Minority Business Enterprises and hiring workers of color;
Using cultural economic development to sustain Roxbury businesses and artists;
Developing high quality mixed-income rental housing, including artists housing, to stabilize communities and prevent displacement; and
Engaging neighbors to plan economic development programs and projects aligned with a shared vision for closing the racial wealth gap in Boston.
Nuestra Comunidad has worked in the Roxbury community and nearby Boston neighborhoods since 1981.
Hundreds of homes
Nuestra has built and sold nearly 200 homes to new home owners in Roxbury, generating $35 million in equity. Approximately $23 million more in equity will be realized for another 166 homeowners at Bartlett Station.
Nuestra has paid more than $100 million to MBE construction businesses; created more than 500 jobs for workers of color; and placed dozens of local businesses in our commercial spaces.
Nuestra uses cultural economic development to sustain Roxbury businesses and artists. Our Oasis arts program supports local art projects as well as programs developed by MBE cultural vendors.
Board Executive Committee
Donna Cramer, Board President, Principal, Isaacson, Miller
Marilyn Sanchez, Board Vice President, Office Manager, Greater Boston LISC
Kelvin Juarbe, Board Treasurer, Senior Technical Product Manager, Siemens Digital Industries Software
Alfonso Sira, Board Clerk, Principal, Alfonso Sira Architect
Jean Calixte, Board Member, Director of IT, Theseus Pharmaceuticals
William Elsbree, Board Member, Vice President, Creative Property Management Co.
Maria Latimore, Board Member, Principal, Maria Latimore Group
Joseph Panchamsingh, Board Member, Senior Consultant, Citisoft
Scott Pollack, Board Member, Principal, Arrowstreet
Charissa Reed, Board Member, Construction Professional
Joel Sklar, Board Member, President, Samuels and Associates
Rev. Francisco A. Tolentino, Board Member, Board President, NeighborWorks America