Advancing Equity and Opportunity for Immigrant Families

Spring Social Issue Talks
April 02, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Spring Social Issue Talks

Join the Social Innovation Forum on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 from 12:00 PM-1:30 PM for the Social Issue Talk "Advancing Equity and Opportunity for Immigrant Families." Lunch will be provided. Space is limited so please RSVP. 

Dr. Paul Watanabe, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Dr. Paul Watanabe is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He served on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and as the first Chair of the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. He is President of the Board of Directors of the Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund; a member of the Advisory Board of the New Americans Integration Institute; the Board of Directors of the South Shore Health System; and the Board of Trustees of the Harry H. Dow Memorial Legal Assistance Fund. His publications have appeared in the principal journals of his field as well as in scholarly volumes. He is the author of Ethnic Groups, Congress, and American Foreign Policy and principal author of A Dream Deferred: Changing Demographics, New Opportunities, and Challenges for Boston. Dr. Watanabe received his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University.  


Marcela García, Editorial Writer for the Boston Globe

Marcela García is an associate editor and member of the editorial board at the Boston Globe. She writes editorials – the daily unsigned essays representing the official view of the Boston Globe as an institution – and participates in editorial board meetings and discussions that shape the Globe’s editorial positions. Marcela also writes opinion columns under her byline. She has been a part of the Globe editorial desk since early 2014. Marcela has more than 10 years of experience working as a bilingual journalist in Boston, covering a broad range of US Latino issues. Previously, she was a correspondent for Telemundo Boston; a special contributor to the Boston Business Journal; and the editor of El Planeta, Boston’s largest Spanish-language publication. Marcela, who was born and raised in México, received a graduate degree in journalism from the Harvard Extension School in 2005 and also holds a B.S. degree in Economics.

Claudia Green, Executive Director of English for New Bostonians 
Claudia Green

Claudia Green is Executive Director of English for New Bostonians (ENB), whose mission is to invest in the future of our region by creating opportunities for English language learners to pursue their educational, economic, and civic aspirations. Under Claudia’s leadership since 2006, ENB has incorporated and defined itself as a strong, independent organization; re-crafted its grant making approach and expanded its reach to serve over 1,200 immigrant adults in the City of Boston. Claudia also led the launch of ENB’s pioneering statewide English Works Campaign calling for greater public and private investment in the ESOL system. With a background in urban planning, workforce,and community economic development, much of Claudia’s work has focused on promoting career advancement by low-skilled and immigrant workers in the region. Claudia led the Center for Community Economic Development at the Gastón Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has pushed innovation in workforce development at the community and municipal levels. Claudia holds a Masters’ in City Planning from MIT.

Marty Martinez, Chief of Health and Human Services to the City of Boston

Marty Martinez is the Chief of the Mayor's Office Health and Human Services for the City of Boston. Previously the President and CEO for Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP

), Marty has served Boston and the surrounding area for over 20 years combining a career in youth development and public health. Most recently Marty led Mass Mentoring to unprecedented growth across the Commonwealth, strengthened advocacy efforts and state budget dollars on behalf of mentoring and young people, and elevated the role of diversity and inclusion in the mentoring movement. 

Before joining MMP, Marty held senior positions at the Boston AIDS Consortium, the Regional Center for Healthy Communities at Mount Auburn Hospital, and the City of Somerville, where he led youth services. As the Chief of Health and Human Services in Boston, Marty helps to oversee the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Center for Youth and Families, the Department of Youth Employment and Engagement, the Disabilities Commission, the Office of Fair Housing and Equity, the Mayor's Office of Food Access, the Mayor's Office for Immigrant of Advancement, the Mayor's Office of Recovery Services, the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly and the Office of Veterans Services. 


English for New Bostonians (ENB) creates opportunities for adult immigrants to learn English and pursue their goals of economic advancement and civic participation, including supporting their children’s education. ENB supports English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs, designs customized curricula, trains teachers, contributes community and policy research, and stimulates investment in the Massachusetts ESOL system.

Track Partner

Shipley Foundation


The Social Innovation Forum (SIF) is excited to announce the expansion of our annual March Social Issue Talk Series to all of spring. With the optimistic energy necessary to live and work in Boston, we are ushering in the start of spring early with our first event on February 21. The newly renamed Spring Social Issue Talk Series is still made up of eight free, educational events across the city but now takes place throughout the months of February to April. At each event, funders and community leaders can hear from leading experts and our 2019 Social Innovators about the latest trends, best practices, and exciting innovations across a variety of fields.

Learn about the entire series here.