Community Fellows Program Faculty
Aviva Luz Argote
Faculty Director & Vice President, Institute for Nonprofit Practice
Aviva’s experience draws on 18 years in the nonprofit and public sectors facilitating group processes, creating generative workplace cultures and building relationships among diverse stakeholders. Most recently, Aviva directed Harvard University’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations where she managed global civil society research teams, and taught courses on transformational leadership, collaborative team design, nonprofit finance and fundraising. Aviva’s prior professional experience has focused on higher education administration, social sector leadership and bringing voice to historically marginalized communities, including work with the RAND Corporation, Los Angeles County, and Coro leadership centers. Aviva’s passions center on inspiring professional and personal resilience, modeling authentic leadership, and developing cross-cultural competency. She is routinely recognized for her aptitude and fluency in group facilitation and public speaking. A native of New York City, Aviva holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from Pomona College. Aviva resides in Cambridge, MA with her husband and two children.
Tammy Tai brings over twenty years of experience in the nonprofit sector, primarily in the areas of youth development and mentoring. She most recently served as vice president and chief mission officer at MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, the unifying champion for expanding the quantity and quality of youth mentoring in the United States. In this role, she provided strategic leadership to advance the organization’s vision that every young person have the supportive relationships needed to grow and develop into a thriving, productive and engaged citizen. During her tenure, MENTOR strengthened its efforts to: provide support to a national network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships; create researchbased tools and products for mentoring programs; and provide national training and technical assistance. Under Tai’s leadership, MENTOR was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to develop and manage the National Mentoring Resource Center and also launched the National Quality Mentoring System to support mentoring programs in the implementation of the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™. Tai’s commitment to mentoring began over fifteen years ago when she first served as a mentor to a young Latina high school student through the goals-based mentoring program New Pathways for Youth; the experience transformed her professional trajectory and she eventually went on to serve as the organization’s first Program Director.
Previously, Tai served as the Teen Development Program Officer at the Boston based Hyams Foundation. While in this position, she designed and implemented the Foundation’s signature initiative Teen Futures that provided significant multi-year funding to community-based organizations and schools focused on addressing the high school dropout crisis in Boston and Chelsea. Tai’s commitment to tap the power and potential of young people was solidified through early work directing summer and after-school programs in Boston’s Mission Hill community. Tai also served as an elementary bilingual Spanish teacher in Phoenix, Arizona.
Tai has a BA in Sociology from Harvard University and an MBA from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Raised in New York by immigrant parents from Jamaica, Tai resides in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood with her husband, a nonprofit CEO, and their three funloving children.
Director of Impact and Evaluation, Lewis Family Foundation
As the Director of Impact and Evaluation, Angie Jaimez provides analytical expertise to inform the Lewis Family Foundation’s programmatic and funding practices in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan neighborhoods. Born and raised in East Palo Alto, California, a city plagued by similar social and economic disparities, she is committed to changing young people’s lives. As a teenager, her career aptitude test instructed her to be an anti-terrorist agent, anti-narcotics agent or an anthropologist. Having an aversion to violence and possible death, she chose to study the latter at Yale and began her career tracking primates in Africa, teaching 1st grade in Hawaii, and studying the Toba in Argentina. Angie has lived in Boston for the last 5 years, and joined the Lewis Family Foundation after managing Citizen Schools Boston regional operations as Chief of Staff.
Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of Boston
Carl Thompson was born and raised in New Jersey. After moving to Boston, he began his career working with the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester as the Athletic Director. As Athletic Director, Carl worked with young people ages 6-18 and provided them with quality athletic programs that developed them in the areas of fitness, good sportsmanship, team work, and leadership. Four years into his role as Athletic Director, Carl was looked to by the organization to lead their Wellness Initiative. As a result, he was named the Wellness Coordinator where he focused on improving the health and wellness of the members, families, and neighboring communities by providing quality health services through partnerships, resources, workshops, and education. After serving as both the Athletic Director and Wellness Coordinator for eight years, Carl was promoted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston to open and serve as the Director of their newest club located at the James W. Hennigan Elementary School in Jamaica Plain in March of 2013. During the year and a half that he was the Director, Carl enrolled over 100 young people ages 6-12, developed over a dozen community partnerships, and developed program opportunities that helped young people in the areas of Health and Wellness, Character & Leadership, and Academic Success. After serving as the Director of the Hennigan Boys & Girls Club, Carl received another promotion by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston to return to the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club as the Executive Director in August of 2014. Carl oversees a staff of 30 youth development professionals, an advisory board, fundraising efforts, a state of the art 40,000 square foot facility, 12 program departments, dozens of community partnerships, and a membership base of over 650 young people. Carl received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Montclair State University in 2003 and received a certificate of achievement from Boston University’s School of Management after completing the Institute for Non-Profit Practice Core Certificate Program in 2013.
Carl’s commitment and dedication to the youth of Boston has always been at the forefront of his career. He believes that every young person despite their race, gender, family circumstance, or economic status, should be afforded endless opportunities to become successful. Serving as a leader for over fourteen years has given him the opportunity to provide a safe-haven filled with hope and opportunity for the young people of Boston that need it most.
In addition to his career, Carl is a devoted family man. He has been married for twelve years and has three beautiful children.