Community Organizer and advocate working alongside communities of color. Having 15+ of experience managing projects, initiatives, bringing resources into the community for residents of Boston who have often been underserved. Maridena is the Community Engagement Manager at the Boston Project and a part of the leadership team for the Talbot-Norfolk Triangle Neighbors United + Community Improvement Association Partnership civic groups in South Dorchester. Having been recognized by former City Council Andrea Campbell Boston’s City Council and Senator Nick Collins for the The Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus. As a Community Fellow at MIT CCC, Maridena is working for the Real Talk for Change program and Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence with the Engagement Lab at Emerson. Due to her background of working in and alongside community members she brings with her a level of expertise that is informed by her neighbors, community, grassroot and community based organizations.