Community Fellows Program Faculty
Faculty Director, 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.
Executive Director, Family Independence Initiative
Chrismaldi Vasquez is currently the Associate Director of Family Independence Initiative, Boston. FII Boston leverages the power of information to support economic and social mobility in America. Rather than impose solutions or fixes on behalf of others, FII is proving that documenting and investing in the initiative and ingenuity of low-income families and communities is the most effective way forward.
Prior to joining FII in 2013, Chrismaldi was Director of Capacity and Assessment for Boston Rising, a start-up foundation focused on breaking the cycle of generational poverty in Boston neighborhoods. Before that, she was Director of Community Impact with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimac Valley focused on grant making to youth serving organizations. Chrismaldi spent 11 years at the Hyde Square Task Force, a youth community development nonprofit, where she rose from youth organizer to Manager of Organizing and Policy Initiatives. Chrismaldi has earned a national reputation for her leadership in several grassroots youth community organizing campaigns including one that defeated a plan for a K-Mart in Jackson Square and one that sought to end sexual harassment on Boston's streets and in its public schools. She also led a successful effort for a new civics curriculum in the Boston Public Schools. Many campaigns she has led have received national media attention and several have been featured in youth development journals and academic books She graduated from Bentley University with a B.S. in Economics and Finance and minored in International Studies.