A Chicago native born on the crossroads of working-class, Black and female, Shay Stewart-Bouley’s career since 1997 has focused on weaving these intersections into her daily life and professional work. Since the mid-1990s, Shay has worked in the non-profit sector, during the earlier years working primarily with marginalized groups and in the later years focusing on non-profit administration working both as an Executive Director at a small faith-based non-profit in Southern Maine and non-profit consultant/grant-writer to other organizations. In the early-2000s, Shay moved from her native Chicago to Maine and, as a Black woman living in one of the least diverse spaces in the United States, found herself writing regularly about race relations, social justice, and white supremacy.
Shay is a prolific blogger at her award-winning blog Black Girl in Maine, where race is a major theme but also daily life as a Black, middle-aged woman in a world where these traits frequently are not valued. Shay also writes for the Portland Phoenix, crafting a monthly column titled “Diverse City” that celebrated its 10th year in 2013. Shay holds an undergraduate degree from DePaul University, where she self-designed a program to focus on African-American Health and Wellness and health disparities; she also holds masters of education degree in Administration and Supervision from Antioch University New England. When Shay isn’t working, she can be found on a yoga mat, where she is training to become a 200-hour registered yoga teacher in the Ashtanga tradition. If you need to reach her write her at first name at communitychangeinc dot org.
Born amidst a pack of wild dogs, she was raised to speak in Cesar's language. Actually, she was born in a paradise known as Newark, NJ where few people have had the privilege of visiting. She was known as the email queen in her college as she would mine the networked world in search of other people of color in higher ed, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. She likes reading, cooking and long walks on the beach. She's ready to meet her knight in shining armor, so she could steal the horse (the horse would undoubtedly be happier with her).
She has a teaching degree, a library degree and some years in medical school, but no medical degree. She doesn't particularly enjoy writing biographies, but loves reading them! Her favs? Assata Shakur, Nina Simone, Muhammed Ali, Piri Thomas, Malcolm X and so on and so on. She could spend a lifetime at the Pappenheim Library and be alright (We think she stole that from Malcolm X, you know the quote that says: "My alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity."). If you need to reach her write her at first name at communitychangeinc dot org.
Nancy came to CCI through the Knapsack meetup group, under the wonderful leadership of Myrna. After a small stint of volunteer work with the library, she eventually helped us get our database transferred to a new system. She is now on staff to help maintain the system. She also assists with the Knapsack group as one of the organizers, and does what she can to be involved in anti-racism work in the Boston area. For fun, she enjoys playing board games, especially cooperative ones.
Resource Center Coordinator
Rebecca Martin has been steadily volunteering at the Yvonne Pappenheim Library on Racism at Community Change, Inc for the last 2 years (maybe longer and because of her, Myrna found out about this beautiful stellarly onpoint library). Her interests lay at the intersections of libraries, civic engagement and social aspects of communication technologies. She brings several years of library service and community organizing experience to CCI, with stints, some still on-ongoing, at organizations including Radical Reference, Amnesty International USA, Boston Mobilization and ACCION International. Rebecca recently completed her Masters in Library and Information Science with a focus on Digital Librarianship at Rutgers University and now splits her work time between Harvard University Education Library and CCI. Off-the-clock, she can be found biking Boston’s streets, hiking New England’s mountains and trying her best to improve her Korean.
Alex joined the CCI community in 2015. He has been active in with the Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Boston Chapter and, as of 2017, serves on the CCI Board. Originally from a white, middle-class family in New Hampshire, Alex is committed to dismantling the institutional and cultural white supremacy -- both in his community and within himself. The CCI community has helped him to build deeper and more authentic relationships. Most importantly, CCI has shown him how building genuinely multiracial, multi-class, and intergenerational communities that center Black and Brown people is essential for liberation.
In his spare time, Alex finds joy reading, writing, painting and talking about new ideas. Most importantly, he loves spending time building community with his partner, friends, and family. He also aspires to get in touch with his family's cultural roots by learning to prepare French Canadian and Irish cooking for his loved ones!