The Mass NOW Leadership Board

The 2022 Mass NOW INC & Foundation Boards were elected at the Mass NOW State Conference on December 12, 2021. Email us at massnow@massnow.org if you’re a member and would like an e-introduction to any one!

Naitasia V. Hensey, Esq. is a graduate of Stetson University with a BA in psychology, where she began her interest in women’s studies and feminist issues, has an MBA, and she is licensed to practice law in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts as well as admitted to the Federal Bar. She is currently an Assistant Vice President, Associate Counsel at State Street.

Additionally, Naitasia is the creator of Women of Color: Legal Diaries, a podcast that showcases women of color in the legal profession sharing their intersectional stories. Naitasia is a committed advocate for the unheard. When she’s not working, Naitasia enjoys traveling with her sisters, face masking, cuddling her maltipoo, and fighting for intersectional justice. 

Email Naitasia at Naitasia@massnow.org

Kristine Acevedo is a native New Yorker, first generation Latina, who went to Penn State for a Bachelor’s degree, became an activist & has lived in Boston for almost 20 years. She has been fighting for animal rights, womens’ rights, & environmental justice for over 20 years. Kristine volunteers for many organizations such as Last Hope K9, helped elect Julia Mejia to the Boston city council (by one vote) & is on the Boston Urban Tree Community Advisory Board. In her free time she enjoys reading non-fiction, is a huge baseball fan & a major chocoholic.

Email Kristine at kristine at massnow dot org

Adrienne Pomeroy, MPP is a lifelong advocate for intersectional feminism and inclusion in all forms. Her colorful career path has given her the privilege of serving others in the political, education and non profit sectors. She truly believes that learning from each other is the best way to grow and make positive impact for change.

During my time working towards a Master of Public Policy at Simmons University, I served students on the autism spectrum in the Boston Public Schools System. This allowed me to witness the gaps and inequalities for students and the teachers that help them in the unique education sector.

I currently serve MASS Advocates Standing Strong as Operations Coordinator. I do so at the pleasure of our board and our staff. I run our day-to-day operations and work closely with other administrative staff on fundraising, communications, human resources, and related projects. This experience so far has expanded my perspective on the importance of inclusiveness and accessibility.

Email Adrienne at adrienne at massnow dot org

Alessandra Pollina is the founder and owner of Quotable Media Co. which she launched in 2012 at 23 years old. Quotable Media Co. is a PR and media agency which works to elevate women-led brands and produces Quotable: A Female Millennial Entrepreneur Podcast and Quotable Magazine. She is also the founder of the Female Entrepreneurs of Boston networking group which aims to bring like minded entrepreneurs and business owners together. She lives in Dorchester with her husband and 6-year-old son.  

Email Alessandra at Alessandra@massnow.org

Allie Puleo is a community-builder, equity advocate and attorney who works for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, where she leads two new grant programs. A longtime public servant, Allie is also the former Policy Director for the Boston Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement. She lives in Boston with her family, where you will probably find her sharing unusual items with neighbors in her Buy Nothing group.

Email Allie at Allie@massnow.org

Kat Cline is the Associate Director of Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. Prior to joining the MWPC, she served as the Congressional campaign manager to Ihssane Leckey in the competitive 2020 CD-4 race. During Shannon Liss-Riordan’s Senate campaign, she was Political and Operations Director. In Cline’s first race, she managed State Senator Becca Rausch’s winning campaign against a four-term incumbent. A graduate of Simmons University, Cline has also been a Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fellow.

Email Kat at Kat.Cline@massnow.org

Linda Rogers is an at-large board member of the Foundation. She was previously Treasurer from 1993-2003. One of the founders of the Mass NOW Foundation, Linda’s active involvement in NOW arose from her experience as a single mother which led to her keen interest in economic justice. As a CPA, she included a focus on nonprofit organizations. Currently, Linda is also Treasurer of the Mass Music & Arts Society in Mansfield. She is retired and enjoys reading, theater performances, yoga, meditation, and spending time with friends and family. Linda has two grown children and seven grandchildren.

I’ve 15+ years of professional experience. I am currently serving my community in various capacities. I am a co-founder of a Bangladeshi American group helping the community register voters and educate them on legislation and community involvement. We helped register thousands of voters in the 2020 election. We sent our over 40,000 postcards in Bangla language to get out the vote. I work with new Bangladeshi Immigrants in MA educating them about the laws and legislations of this country, helping them contact their legislators and connect them with agencies who provide free legal immigration help. I also work with young immigrant women giving them career advice.

I currently serve on the Hopkinton Cultural Council and also served on the Town Board of Health. Some key issues I am passionate about are immigrant women’s health and education and assisting them in adjusting to a new country.

Email Naisiba at nasiba at massnow dot org

Nazia Ashraful (she/hers) is a committed advocate and organizer for minority populations and women’s rights. She is the former Director of Government Affairs at the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Massachusetts.  During her time at CAIR-MA, she built the first ever politically focused department to serve the Massachusetts Muslim community.  Nazia holds a Masters of Public Health from Boston University where she specialized in Reproductive Justice. Nazia believes her true purpose is to pass the mic (and cape!) to marginalized individuals and communities.

Email Nazia at Nazia@massnow.org

Quiana Agbai has 8 years of corporate experience in the advertising industry both client and agency side. She’s run my own integrated marketing consultancy for 8 years and have been on the boards of Moms Demand Action, Wellesley Racial Justice Initiative and Wellesley College Alumnae of Boston. As a Black woman, especially as a descendant of enslaved Africans married to a 1st generation Nigerian-American, raising children all of these identities inform her quest for justice and equality especially issues of how my community is disproportionately impacted by gun violence, economic inequality and maternal justice issues. 

Hannah Schwichtenberg is a Junior at Natick High School and community leader dedicated to addressing disparities in education and public health. She has managed and promoted fundraising events for the 40+ members of her Promoting Body Neutrality group. Through lobbying for progressive legislation under Massachusetts High School Democrats, drafting her own in Karen Spilka’s Youth Advisory Council, and giving testimony for the I AM Bill at the Joint Committee of Public Health she has learned how to analyze policy effectively. She trains other young feminists to view issues through an intersectional lens, through leading Generation Ratify-Natick, a coalition of intersectional feminists in the movement to ratify the ERA and advance gender justice.

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