Our Team

Administration

Leah Camhi, Executive Director

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Leah has been an entrepreneurial non-profit leader her entire career. She has consistently been able to turn vision into reality, which is apparent in the many campaigns she has collaborated on, such as: establishing an alternative education program for adjudicated youth, launching a statewide hotline run by and for teens, training professionals on hot button adolescent issues, developing an HIV prevention training series, founding a community center for people living with HIV, and launching an agency teaching entrepreneurial skills to at-risk youth. Leah is honored to be a part of the team at Fenway CDC, located in the most exciting neighborhood in Boston. At a time when economic inequality and a lack of affordable housing has divided this great city, Leah believes we are addressing these disparities by strengthening diverse resident leadership and bringing more affordable housing to the Fenway. Leah grew up in Las Vegas, where she is wise enough to know that the house always wins.

Michelle Reinstein, Director of Finance and Administration  

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Michelle manages Fenway CDC’s finances and human resources and oversees administration. She joined the organization in the late ’90s as a volunteer and later became a full-time employee. She helps with a range of projects including event planning, housing development project management, and bookkeeping. Her background in architecture and her interest in urban spaces brought her to Boston. She lived in the Fenway when she first moved to the city and later bought a condo on the Mission Hill/JP line after taking a Fenway CDC sponsored “Homebuyer 101” class. In her free time, she enjoys taking walks in the Emerald Necklace with her dog, cooking, traveling, and visiting the MFA.

Hang Le, Office Manager

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Before joining Fenway CDC as an Office Manager, Hang was a regular volunteer and then intern for the Resource Development Department in 2018 and 2019, contributing to the success of Fenway Ball and Taste of the Fenway events. In addition to her background and passion in event planning, Hang has extensive experience in office management. Her role at Fenway CDC focuses on Administrative and Payroll & Human Resources tasks. Hang loves giving back to the community and had volunteered in events organized by the Homeless Services Bureau, Boston Public Health Commission. She is excited to work at Fenway CDC which enables her to continue serving Boston residents.

In her free time, she enjoys gardening, dancing and writing Calligraphy.

Resident Services and Workforce Development

Kris Anderson, Director of Community Programs  

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Kris has deep roots in the Fenway community, where she grew up.  She has more than a decade of experience working with diverse populations and centers her work on connecting low- to moderate-income individuals to social services to improve their quality of life.

Kris wears many hats at Fenway CDC as the Director of Community Programs. She facilitates Fenway Family Coalition (FFC) meetings and oversees the Walk to Work – Workforce Development and Resident Services Programs. Kris is experienced in providing case management and counseling to clients with diverse needs. She is also adept at nurturing relationships with community partners and employers. 

In 2015, Kris was appointed the new Chairperson for the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Community Advisory Board (CAB). She represents CAB at the BCH’s Board Committee for Community Service. In April 2016, Kris served on an Advisory Group to assist BCH and Massachusetts Department of Public Health to develop criteria for the allocation of $54 million to improve the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable families in Greater Boston.

Kris loves going deep-sea and fresh water fishing with her husband. She enjoys cooking Sunday brunch for her family and friends. She makes tasty blueberry pancakes, fried chicken, and waffles.

Anar Kansara, SCI AmeriCorps Fellow

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Anar serves as the SCI AmeriCorps Fellow at Fenway CDC. She is passionate about addressing socioeconomic and public health disparities that affect vulnerable populations in the Boston area. Her goals center on supporting and implementing community-based, collaborative programs dedicated to providing local residents with equitable access to quality health care, affordable housing, education opportunity, and employment support. Anar studied Biology and Political Science at Tufts University, where she also volunteered for The Sharewood Project, a free health services program serving the medically underserved populations in the Malden and Greater Boston area. She is enthusiastic about engaging with the vibrant Fenway community and fostering relationship-building to create a happy, healthy and strong neighborhood network.  

In her free time Anar loves to explore the city, go hiking, or curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee. 

Community Planning and Organizing

Richard Giordano, Director of Policy and Community Planning  

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Richard credits one of his parish priests, Fordham University, and the student-run Mexico Project for making him into a political and community activist. He credits his sociology degree for making him a critical thinker. Over the course of his career, Richard has briefly been a public utilities investigator, a caseworker, a NYC cab driver, an ironworker, and an aide to four different elected officials – but he has always been a community activist. In 1990, Richard discovered he could actually get paid to fight for things he believed in when he became the first staff community organizer for the Mass Association of CDCs. Since that time, he has remained involved in the community development field as a board member of two CDCs and as the Community Organizing Director for Fenway CDC since 2013.
Richard loves the Fenway community whose long history of activism has helped shape the neighborhood in powerful ways and continues to do so to this day.

One of Richard’s favorite past times is bicycling, and he wishes that his commute was actually longer. If he had more free time, he would take a bicycle trip.

Cassie White, Community Organizer 

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Cassie supports Fenway residents to advocate for a more affordable and equitable neighborhood. She holds a Masters in Community Engagement from Merrimack College where her studies focused on community organizing, leadership development, and social change. As a graduate fellow at Allston Brighton CDC, she witnessed the power of resident advocacy in slowing gentrification and displacement. Prior to graduate school, she taught in Honduras, organized church leaders in rural Minnesota, served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Brockton, and administered public funding for youth workforce programs in Boston.  In her free time Cassie enjoys knitting, growing veggies in her community garden, and walking in the woods.

Housing Development

Suneeth P. John, Director of Real Estate

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At Fenway CDC, Suneeth’s focus is on sourcing development opportunities and bringing them to life in order to strengthen the Fenway community. He enjoys building connections with development partners, local institutions, financing sources and government agencies to ensure results for internal and external stakeholders alike. Suneeth has 15+ years of experience working on domestic and international projects and has worn multiple hats in his career including those of architect, landscape architect, urban designer, real estate development manager, underwriter among others.

Suneeth’s career has been informed and enriched by volunteer leadership positions in participatory planning and affordable housing development. He is the President of the Board of Metro West Collaborative Development, a CDC focused on improving affordable housing opportunities in Boston’s western suburbs. Suneeth is also a former member of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) in Watertown, MA. Trained in architecture and landscape architecture, Suneeth also holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED).

In addition to his work and commitment to thoughtful community driven development, Suneeth continues to explore developing more cost effective building methods with a focused effort on modular construction and enhancing offsite fabrication capacity in the Northeast. 
 

Madeline Lee, Project Coordinator 

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Madeline supports relationship-building and neighborhood placemaking at Fenway CDC. Crossing over between projects in both the Community Programs and Housing Development departments, she is committed to expanding community engagement and place-based collaboration. Madeline studied Architecture and Environmental Studies at Tufts University, where she also worked for the Tufts Office of Equal Opportunity to improve campus accessibility. She has a background in community engagement and youth leadership as a former Garden Educator and Green Team Leader for Groundwork Somerville, and is passionate about Food Justice, farming, and environmental education. She is excited to advance equitable access to food, housing, and cultural events in the Fenway neighborhood.

Originally from the Cleveland metro area, Madeline loves to cook, bike, garden and paint.

Nick Pittman, Project Manager

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Nick supports the preservation and development of affordable housing opportunities in the Fenway neighborhood. He believes passionately in safe and affordable housing as a right for all, and having grown up in Cambridge has seen how many people have been priced out of living in the Greater Boston area. He recently graduated with a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts, where he focused on affordable housing development, including serving as a project manager in the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s 2020 Affordable Housing Development Competition. Before graduate school, he served in the Peace Corps as a community and youth development volunteer in Armenia and worked in economic consulting for a variety of government clients, including the U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency. In his free time Nick likes to make and eat food with friends and family, ride and fix bikes, and play music.

Fenner Dreyfuss-Wells, Housing Development and Community Building Co-op

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Fenner is a third-year undergraduate student at Northeastern, where he studies Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, with a minor in Writing. He is passionate about affordable housing and community development, and is extremely excited to work toward these goals in the Fenway community. Previously, he served as the Program Data & Evaluation Intern at 826 Boston, where he also volunteered as a tutor through Northeastern’s Alliance of Civically Engaged Students. During the school year, Fenner hosts a show with Northeastern’s student radio station, where he enjoys sharing the latest developments in the rock and indie scenes. He also loves going to concerts, playing the guitar and saxophone, and running all over the city.

Resource Development

Iris Tan, Marketing and Development Director

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Iris manages the resource development activities of Fenway CDC, which includes event planning, grants management, organizational branding, and overseeing the Fenway CDC internship program. She is also responsible for cultivating positive relationships with supporters to increase the funding, resources, and talent necessary to advance the work of Fenway CDC.

Iris collaborates with many prominent businesses and renowned institutions of the Fenway – including the Boston Red Sox – to organize fun and meaningful events that support the Fenway CDC’s mission and financial needs. She has overseen the Fenway Ball Gala, Fen-tastic Fest, and Taste of The Fenway since 2013.

Iris was raised in Singapore and earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a double major in marketing and management from Murdoch University in Australia. Her dream to live, learn, and work in the United States came true when a scholarship brought her to Boston, where she earned her MBA from Hult International Business School.

Before joining the Fenway CDC, Iris worked as an event planner at Asian Community Development Corporation of Boston, where she organized sports, business, and entertainment events. Iris also previously worked for the National Kidney Foundation, where she managed 7 business units with 170 team members and was accountable for overseeing $22 million (USD).

Iris loves to read, dance, and travel.