Fenway neighborhood

Our Team


Steven Farrell, Executive Director
Direct: (617) 865-9858 / (617) 267-4637 x14

Prior to Fenway CDC, Steve worked with Metro Housing|Boston for 11 years, most recently as their Chief Operating Officer. After working with multiple nonprofits, including City Year, United Way, and an association of housing providers in Ohio for people with disabilities, Steve led Metro Housing’s communications, policy, information technology and facilities work. Steve is motivated in both his professional and volunteer work to improve communities by connecting those in need with the resources and information needed to create change.

Steve is currently active with the Jones Hill Neighborhood Association in Dorchester and serves on the Advisory Committee of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, where he received his undergraduate degree. He also earned a degree from St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, and a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University. In his free time Steve enjoys training for and running road races, traveling, and attending sporting events, especially the Red Sox.

Michelle Reinstein, Director of Finance and Administration
Direct: (617) 865-9889 / (617) 267-4637 x28

Michelle manages Fenway CDC’s finances and oversees human resources and administration. She joined the organization in the late ’90s as a volunteer and later became an employee. She began helping with a range of projects including event planning and housing development project management. She has worked in the accounting department for most of her time at Fenway CDC. 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.

Carrie McGuire, Accountant
Direct: (617) 865-9911 / (617) 267-4637 x13

Carrie comes to Fenway CDC from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where she worked in accounting for more than 20 years. She is also a longtime volunteer with Boston Cares. Carrie completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance at night at Northeastern University. She brings experience in accounts payable, accounts receivable, general accounting, and most recently, she worked in asset management. Carrie is excited to return to the Fenway as this was where she first lived when she came to Boston. Outside of work, Carrie has many interests and activities. She loves to read and leads a monthly book club. She’s a knitter and interested in sustainable fashion, cooking, and healthy eating, Pilates, and yoga. She has a daily meditation practice and enjoys visiting art museums.

Hang Le, Operations Manager
Direct (617) 865-9915 / (617) 267-4637 x10

Before joining Fenway CDC as an Office Manager, Hang was an active volunteer at Fenway CDC. In addition to her background and passion in event planning, Hang has extensive experience in office management. Her role at Fenway CDC focuses on administration, payroll, and 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

Sage Carbone, Community Programs Director
Direct: (781) 277-0160 / (617) 267-4637 x26

Sage began volunteering in the Fenway neighborhood while pursuing her undergraduate degree in Humanities at Wheelock College, and throughout the time she worked on a dual Masters in Communications Management and MBA at Simmons University. Through Fenway CDC’s Resident Services and Workforce Development program, she hopes to help community residents achieve their life goals and live healthier by accessing services and building stronger career pathways.

In her role as a Program Administrator at Cambridge Community Schools, Sage managed the contracts and finances to provide out-of-school-time programming to more than 1,200 students each year. She also coordinated workforce development and healthy food programs across 12 sites to equitably serve residents of all ages. She is a co-founder of the collective Cambridge City Growers, which find and distribute thousands of seedlings each year to urban gardeners. As a community gardener, she hopes to empower residents to take an active role in the food system.

Sage is an Indigenous advocate, sports fanatic, and spends her free time rescuing cats.

Jumana Rasheed-Rosenfield, Career Coach
Direct: (857) 675-1183 / (617) 267-4637 x29
Pronouns: She/her

Jumana Aljohni is a Middle Eastern peace professional. She received her Master’s degree in Peace Interventions & Conflict Resolution from Portland State University, which has enabled her to be an effective leader and team member in a variety of contexts and roles. Jumana is an active advocate for global human rights with a focus on women’s rights. She is a board member of the Center of Democracy and Human Rights, which promotes a peaceful transformation of Saudi political, social, religious, educational, and economic institutions.

Jumana is passionate about promoting equity and social justice through education, awareness-raising, and advocacy, especially for women of color. Jumana has worked in the healthcare, community services, and legal fields, but her main goal has been empowering people from marginalized and racialized communities in the workplace, as well as finding ways to amplify women’s voices.

In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hosting dinner parties, dancing, and listening to podcasts and audiobooks.

Henry Ogor, Resident Engagement Coordinator
Direct: (857) 675-1182 / (617) 267-4637 x23


I care deeply about the plight of marginalized and vulnerable groups in our society. I left Nigeria in 2019 to pursue a graduate degree in international development and social change so I could equip myself with tools and techniques needed to bring about the kind of change I sought to see in the world. While in graduate school, I took classes in Nonprofit management, social justice, youth work, and in these classes, I learnt about the pivotal forces that are shaping the contemporary human experience, and the steps we could take to help vulnerable and marginalized individuals adapt in our always changing society/world.

Before joining Fenway CDC, I worked as a program coordinator at Heading Home Inc., where I helped individuals experiencing homelessness access different social services within the community, which enabled them to move from emergency shelter into permanent housing.

At Fenway CDC, I hope to leverage my experience working with vulnerable and marginalized individuals, and my knowledge of community resources to help residents maintain successful occupancy of their housing, improve and preserve their wellbeing, implement effective and inclusive outreach programs that engage residents, and connect them to vital services and programs to improve their economic mobility and help them live healthier.

In my free time, I enjoy listening to the news, watching history documentaries, playing video games, and most importantly, spending quality time with people who are close to me.

Community Planning and Organizing

Richard Giordano, Senior Advisor for Special Projects
Direct: (617) 865-9861 / (617) 267-4637 x19

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, Director of Policy and Community Organizing
Direct: (857) 217-4370 / (617) 267-4637 x16

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.

Leo Ruiz Sanchez, Lead Community Organizer
Direct: (857) 302-0523 / (617) 267-4637 x24

Leo grew up in rural Tennessee which has played an important role in his passion for housing equity and advocacy. Leo is a graduate of the Community Health department at Tufts University where he also focused his energy and efforts in law, policy, and advocacy. He held several leadership roles within the Latino and first-generation community. Leo hopes to use his past experience to develop his passion for social justice and access to health and wellbeing. Leo is inspired by the visual image and how it can create social change and dialogue. Leo’s previous work within the Health Education department at the Fenway Institute and with the Student Clinic for Immigration Justice strengthened his commitment to working alongside vulnerable populations to create lasting and meaningful impact. Leo enjoys hiking, fitness, and exploring new places. As hitherto alluded to, Leo loves film and media so streaming is also a favorite pastime.

Jamie Culbertson, Community Organizer
Direct: (617) 807-0724‬ / (617) 267-4637 x15

Jamie Culbertson recently joined the organizing & planning team after spending time working in Fenway CDC’s community programs department. They have a degree in urban planning from MIT with a focus in housing and community development, and they’re excited to use their skills to strengthen community voices in the Fenway and support affordable housing policy.

While a student, Jamie interned for the MIT Living Wage Calculator and the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative, where they worked with a coalition of community organizations that was developing an economic development plan by and for Bronxites. They credit their upbringing in a service- and peace-focused community and their time running a cultural house/cooking co-op at MIT for developing their interests in community building, spatial justice, and good food. In their free time, Jamie enjoys cooking, reading, and making music with others.

Housing Development

Suneeth P. John, Deputy Director and Head of Real Estate
Direct: (617) 865-9871 / (617) 267-4637 x11


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 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).

Suneeth strengthens his community driven efforts by continuing to explore more cost effective building methods with a focused effort on modular construction and enhancing offsite fabrication capacity in the Northeast.

Nick Pittman, Real Estate Senior Project Manager
Direct: (617) 865-9882 / (617) 267-4637 x17

Nick supports the preservation and development of affordable housing opportunities in the Fenway neighborhood. Since 2020 he has managed the development of Burbank Terrace, the CDC’s first ground-up new development in two decades. 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 holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University and a bachelor’s in economics from Reed College. 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.

Outside of work Nick likes to make and eat food with friends and family, ride and fix bikes, and take long walks with his toddler.

Edward Quinn, Real Estate Project Manager
Direct: (617) 865-9879
Office: (617) 267-4637 x 21

Ed is excited to work in the Fenway neighborhood to help increase the development, support, and long-term security of affordable housing in the area. He has a background in residential real estate brokerage, investments, andasset management – a career he embarked on after working in operations management within the hospitality industry before moving to the Boston area in 2018.

He completed his undergraduate education in Communication and Media Studies at Hofstra University, where he worked within the Office of Residence Life as a resident assistant for 3 years providing vibrant residential communities that foster personal, social, and cultural development opportunities. Building from that experience, he is excited to advance social justice and promote diverse communities through the lens of housing at Fenway CDC.

Ed is a current resident of Somerville, and in his free time he enjoys cooking and trying new food, playing guitar, listening to music, spending time with friends and family, and exploring New England.

Ari Sugerman, Asset Management Associate
Direct: (857) 264-2354 / (617) 267-4637 x20

Ari graduated from the University of Rochester with degrees in math and social justice. Growing up in Jamaica Plain and going to high school in the Fenway, Ari has seen how expensive Boston and the Fenway have become and values the opportunity to ensure the sustainability of Fenway CDC’s affordable housing as an asset manager. Ari was first introduced to the CDC world as a summer intern with Southwest Boston CDC where he researched proposed environmental policy. Before college, Ari took a gap year and participated in a three-month cultural exchange program in Indonesia before living in Sydney with his cousin. In his free time, Ari enjoys walking, hiking, biking to explore nature, reading, and playing and watching sports.

Ahir Verma, Co-Op
Direct: (617) 865-9909 / (617) 267-4637 x22

Ahir is the current Housing Development and Community Organizing co-op. He is from New Jersey and has had a lifelong passion for political activism and social justice. He is entering his third year at Northeastern University studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a concentration in Logic and Game Theory and a minor in Linguistics. His experience includes supporting the Boston Housing Authority as a coordinator for tenant board elections as well as conducting online operations and youth outreach on local election campaigns. He is excited to combine his experience in organizing with his academic understanding of power and policy in his role at Fenway CDC. He is especially interested in strengthening public transit and integrating new affordable housing developments into dense and walkable neighborhoods.

In his free time, Ahir likes to sing and write music, perform in an acapella group, do amateur wildlife photography, and ride the train. He is thrilled to be at Fenway CDC and looking forward to supporting them in all they do to build a better Boston!

Resource Development

Iris Tan, Marketing and Development Director
Direct: (617) 865-9891 / (617) 267-4637 x25

Iris works with stakeholders to increase funding, resources, and talents to advance Fenway CDC’s work. She oversees fund development comprising of events, grants, major gifts, annual giving, and planned giving. She collaborates with public funders, many prominent businesses, and Fenway’s renowned institutions of academic, healthcare, arts, cultural, and sports institutions to create fun events and meaningful partnerships that improve lives in Greater Boston.

Iris was born and raised in Singapore and earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree with double majors in marketing and management from Murdoch University, Australia. A scholarship brought her to Boston where she earned her MBA from Hult International Business School and had an exchange program at Boston College.

Prior to Fenway CDC, Iris worked at Asian Community Development Corporation of Boston where she managed fundraising programs and organized sports, business, and entertainment events. Iris also previously worked at National Kidney Foundation, where she managed 7 business units of 170 team members to raise US$22 million.

Iris loves to read, dance, and travel. She is a board of director at YMCA Huntington and serves on the board of Boston Chinatown Main Street which promotes economic opportunities for small businesses.

Corinne Fisher, Communications & Grants Manager
Direct: (617) 865-9910 / (617) 267-4637 x12

Corinne works with cross functional teams to manage communication activities and provide support for events and grant writing management. She graduated from Fairfield University in 2017 with a degree in Marketing and Communication, where she was active in developing service learning activities for students. After graduating from college, she completed a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps where she worked with unhoused individuals in Los Angeles, California. Through this transformative year of service, Corinne developed a passion for helping vulnerable people access safe and affordable housing. She moved to Boston in 2020 to be closer to family and friends, and had been working in public policy consulting before joining Fenway CDC.

During her free time, she enjoys gardening, practicing yoga, reading historical fiction, and exploring Boston.

Phuong Nguyen, Events & Resource Manager
(617) 267-4637 x18

Phuong organizes events and provides support for resource development activities. She found a passion for event planning after being a volunteer at Fenway CDC. She was formerly a Program Assistant at Northeastern University where she identified and analyzed potential program partners by contributing her finance and project management knowledge. Phuong was born and raised in Vietnam. She earned a Master’s Degree in Project Management from Northeastern University.

She loves traveling, listening to music, and cooking.