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Board and Staff

Paulo De Barros

Board President
Director, Catholic Charities
Dorchester, MA

Over the course of his 19 year career, Paulo A. De Barros has gone above and beyond for his community. As a high school student he exposed the mistreatment of ESL students in South Boston High School before pursuing a career to rectify the situation from within. A former Boston Public Schools English Teacher, he has worked as a social worker with Cape Verdean families in Catholic Charities family stabilization program. After operating a series of focus groups with teens and parents between 1999 and 2001, Paulo founded Catholic Charities Teen Center at St. Peter’s. Under his leadership the program has grown to serve over 500 teens every year. Over 95% of the graduates from the program go to college, and every year teens entering the program go from at-risk for gang-involvement to firmly committed to a better future. Paulo is also one of the founding members of the Safe City Collaborative, a partnership between Catholic Charities, Dorchester Youth Collaborative, and DotWell that has brought more than $7 million into the Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood for programming over the last 5 years.

In addition to his role as the hands-on board president of CVC UNIDO, he is also President of the Strela Negra soccer team, Chair of the New England Luso-American Soccer Association, and Interim President of the board for the National Alliance of Cape Verdean Organizations.

Hermitao Rosa
Vice President
Community Organizer
Dorchester Bay, EDCbeto

Beto’s extensive experience includes business ownership, work as a mortgage officer, loan processor, home Foreclosure Prevention Counselor, and also service in the military. As a Community organizer for Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, working with over 300 families, his efforts produced 3 active Tenant Associations and 3 active Neighborhood Crime Watches. His Markey effort was organizing and leading the residents at Hendry Street who were suffering from a wave of foreclosures and crime to a successful conclusion. The work was so successful it was highlighted in many local publications including the Boston Globe. He has been a Board member of the Cape Verdean Community Unido for the past 3 years, and presently serves as Vice President of the Board.

Antonio C. Nunes

Aminah Pilgrim PhD
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies

mary annMary Ann Lomba
Executive Director

Mary Ann is a US-born Cape Verdean who is bi-lingual (English and Creole). She has spent many years in the high tech industry as a Budget, Planning and Analysis Manager for Digital Equipment Corporation/Compaq as well in senior positions with Beacon Power Corporation, and Nuestra Properties before making a choice to follow her passion and work in the nonprofit arena. She spent six years as Budget Director for North Charles Inc where she implemented budget and forecasting processes for a $6m nonprofit agency as well as managing contracts with the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Public Health. She has also worked in the public sector for groups including the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corp, Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee, Office of Economic Affairs and the Mass Venture Capital Corporation. She has been on the Board of Directors for MAPS (Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers) since 1992.  She started on the CVC UNIDO board and transitioned to the Executive Director’s position approximately two years ago. Her understanding of the Cape Verdean and American cultures combined with her desire to see this community succeed, means she is also one of the best teachers of the UNIDO Citizenship class! Mary Ann has a BA in Marketing and Accounting, from U Mass, Dartmouth and an MBA, in Management, from Northeastern University.

Jeffrey Lopes

Jose Barros
Community Organizer
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
Roxbury, MA

Jose has worked for Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative since 1996 as a community organizer, and has participated in various organizing campaigns since its founding in 1984. He is a founder and current board member of CVC Unido. He is active in various community organizations, his parish, and political advocacy in both the United States and Cape Verde.

Mavrick Afonso

Sania Santos

Sorraia Tavares
Strategic Sourcing Systems