Meet Our Presenters

Lucy Allen

Equal Opportunity Specialist, HUD Region 1

Lucy Allen was hired as a U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Equal Opportunity Specialist upon graduation from Boston University School of Law in 2016. During law school Mrs. Allen interned at her current HUD placement, the Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity; as well as for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Federal Operations in Washington, D.C. In her current role, Mrs. Allen enforces anti-discrimination laws in housing, mediates disputes between parties, and investigates emerging civil rights issues. Mrs. Allen enjoyed a 10-year career as a chef prior to earning her bachelor’s degree in psychology and pursuing her J.D. Her experiences in kitchens inform her passion for equal access to justice and her devotion to enforcing civil rights.

Janine Anzalota

Executive Director, City of Boston’s Office of Fair Housing and Equity

Janine Anzalota (LICSW, MSW, MPH) is the Executive Director of the City of Boston’s Office of Fair Housing and Equity. The office investigates housing discrimination in Boston, enforces fair housing law, approves affirmative marketing plans for housing developed using public funds, and provides fair housing policy guidance to expand access to housing opportunities in the City of Boston. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, she was the Deputy Director for the office. Her previous work experience includes the Boston Public Health Commission, BPHC where she held several roles including Director of Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Health, REACH Diabetes and Hypertension project, focused on reducing health inequities in Boston’s Black and Latino residents. At BPHC, she was a founding member of the Anti-Racism Advisory Committee, and was a development and implementation team member for the Racial Justice and Health Equity Initiative. Janine was also an adjunct professor and adviser at Boston University School of Social Work.

Claudia Aranda

Senior Research Associate and Director of Field Operations, Urban Institute

Claudia L. Aranda is a Senior Research Associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute where she focuses on housing discrimination, fair housing, and housing market research. Since 2010 she has also served as the Director of Field Operations for multiple Housing Discrimination Studies funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, including studies on race and ethnicity (HDS2012), familial status (HDS-Families), disability (HDS-Disabilities), sexual orientation and gender identity (HDS-LGT), and source of income (HDS-Vouchers). Under her supervision, the Urban Institute Field Operations Team has supervised the completion of over 14,000 paired-tests in rental and sales markets nationwide. Her ongoing work investigates differential treatment on the basis of personal and household characteristics. She works closely with fair housing and other advocacy and community organizations across the country, helping implement best practices in testing methodologies and field staff recruitment, training, and management. Most recently, Claudia has led a multi-site process evaluation on jurisdictions completing Assessments of Fair Housing under the newly implemented Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. Claudia is an alumna of Stanford University and Columbia Law School. 

Eric Batcho

Trial Attorney, HUD’s Office of General Counsel

Eric D. Batcho is a native of Wellesley, Massachusetts and a graduate of Bowdoin College. Eric received his Masters in Urban Planning in 2007 from Harvard Design School, where he concentrated his studies in real estate and urban development. Eric received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2010. Eric joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of General Counsel in Boston in 2010. He advises the agency on HUD programs and practices fair housing, employment, and administrative law.

Aixa Beauchamp

President, Beauchamp & Associates

For more than 25 years Aixa Beauchamp has worked in the field of philanthropy in the United States, Europe, and Latin America, helping institutions to strengthen their programs and broaden their impact in disenfranchised communities by crafting and managing programs that cut across many sectors. She began her career in the philanthropic sector as a program officer at the NY Community Trust. As a consultant for the Association of Community Trusts in London, she facilitated dialogue to advance funder relations in diverse communities. Aixa has designed and conducted workshops and seminars to maximize giving among Latinos in the U.S. and Latin America. She has partnered with the Coalition for New Philanthropy, a collaboration among foundations to promote the practice of sustained, strategic philanthropy among African American, Latino, and Asian American donors. Past projects have included working with the Rockefeller Foundation and Hispanics in Philanthropy to promote philanthropy in Latin America and Latino communities in the United States, and to maximize donor and institutional management resources. Groups such as Rockefeller Foundation, Puerto Rico Community Foundation, Barr Foundation, and Hispanic Federation have benefited from her involvement. Aixa serves on the Boards for numerous organizations focused on philanthropy and Latino children, youth and families. Most recently, Aixa sat on the National Board of Hispanics in Philanthropy and in Massachusetts she sits on the boards of the Hestia Fund, Boston Children’s Hospital Board of Overseers, The Base, a transformational program for inner city youth and is a member of The Philanthropy Connections. In 2016, Aixa was appointed by Governor Baker to sit on the Massachusetts State Workforce Board. She is also co-founder of the Latino Legacy Fund. The Fund is a unique partnership among local Latino philanthropists and leaders, the Boston Foundation, and Hispanics in Philanthropy to establish the first Latino-focused fund in the Greater Boston area. Its mission is to use a permanent endowment to strengthen the diverse Latino community of Greater Boston and contribute to the region’s civic vitality by supporting issues and organizations that advance the socio-economic status of Latinos— while enhancing the leadership capacity of the entire Latino community.

Aixa has received numerous awards in the philanthropic, community and leadership arenas and has written articles on Latino philanthropy for Spanish media. She holds Masters in

Public Administration from the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government. A native

New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent and after living in Europe and Latin America, Aixa now lives in Newton, MA with her husband and three boys.

William Berman

Clinical Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School

William Berman is a Clinical Professor of Law. He has taught at Suffolk's Clinical Programs since 2000. He is a graduate of Union College and Boston University School of Law. Professor Berman is the Managing Attorney of Suffolk's Accelerator Practice, the third year capstone experience for the Accelerator Program, a three year course of study that introduces students to the theory, practice, business and technology skills needed to represent average income clients who otherwise are without access to the justice system. The Accelerator Practice provides students a year-long clinical experience in a fee generating law firm embedded within the law school. The Accelerator Program offers students a unique opportunity to prepare for practice in a small or solo firm. Prof. Berman is also the Director of Suffolk’s Housing Discrimination Testing Program, funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with the Fair Housing Commission of the City of Boston. HDTP's mission is to eliminate housing discrimination through testing, enforcement and education. Professor Berman and his colleagues have trained over 100 students and community members to conduct housing discrimination testing in the Boston area, and have referred numerous cases to local agencies for enforcement. Professor Berman also oversees Suffolk's Fair Housing Fellowship Program and teaches a fair housing seminar.

Professor Berman is a frequent speaker on topics related to clinical and experiential learning. Prior to working at Suffolk University Law School Professor Berman worked in private practice, at the Office of the Attorney General in Massachusetts, and at the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. He has over 27 years of experience litigating cases

Jack Brandwein

Trial Attorney, HUD’s Office of General Counsel

A former New Yorker, but here in Massachusetts since 1984, Jack is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Columbia University, and the University of Michigan Law School.  He first became acquainted with fair housing issues during college, while working at a consumer law clinic and then, later, during a housing internship with the office of the New York City Council President.  He lived in California for a few years after graduating from law school, and has been admitted to the bars of California and Massachusetts.  He’s been at HUD since 1986, and has been working on fair housing matters since the mid-90’s.

Nick Buttrick

Doctoral Student, University of Virginia, Project Implicit speaker

Nick Buttrick is a doctoral candidate in psychology at the University of Virginia.

Felix Willis Caruso

Clinical Professor Emeritus, The John Marshall Law School

F. WILLIS CARUSO - Clinical Professor Emeritus at The John Marshall Law School was Co-Executive Director of The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center & Clinic, Director of The John Marshall Law School Pro Bono Legal Clinic and Clinical Professor of Law at John Marshall.  Professor Caruso is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Northwestern Law School.

He formerly practiced law with Sidley & Austin; Caruso & Caruso; Isham Lincoln & Beale; and Keck, Mahin & Cate.  He served as the General Counsel for the Chicago Housing Authority from 1991 to 1994 and General Counsel for the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities from 1970 to 1991.

Professor Caruso has litigated over 1,000 fair housing cases, including the Village of Arlington Heights v. Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation, and Gladstone Realtors v. Village of Bellwood.  He has lectured at large-number legal seminars and provided training for government officials, real estate and banking professionals and fair housing advocates. He has authored many outlines, pamphlets, articles, and a textbook entitled Cases and Materials on Fair Housing and Fair Lending Laws, Sixth Edition, 2009.

Pedro Cruz

Spoken Word Artist

Pedro Cruz was born in the late 1980s in Boston and grew up with the “typical life of the city kid. It consisted of public schools, train rides, busy streets & neighbors that knew my parents.” Cruz grew up in the Villa Victoria neighborhood of the South End and began his creative career through drawing. Soon, however, this led to other forms of art which include poetry and photography which he was inspired to pursue by a high school English teacher. During his freshman year in college, he “fell in love with” photography. “I realized that every picture is a point of view of my life. It is the only way I know how to stop time & save memories.”

Carlos Saavedra Diaz

Director & Lead Trainer, Ayni Institute

Carlos migrated to Boston, MA at the age of 12 with his parents as an undocumented student. At 16 years old, he became active in the immigrant rights movement fighting for equal access to higher education for undocumented youth and in 2005 became a co-founder of the Student Immigrant Movement of Massachusetts.

Carlos became the national coordinator for the United We Dream Network, the first immigrant youth national organization. He led the organizing and campaign efforts that took the network from a 7 organization’s loose coalition to 52 members organizations organized by regions in 30 states. After the intense 2009-2010 Dream Act campaign, Carlos was chosen as the 2010 Progressive Activist of the Year by Nation Magazine.

He was key in organizing the End Our Pain and Right to Dream Campaigns (2011-2012) that led to the victory of legal relief for 1.4 million undocumented youth. One of the greatest victories in the last 30 years of the immigrant rights movement.

In 2013, Carlos founded the Ayni Institute to provide training, coaching and incubation of new projects towards social change. Since then, the institute has trained over 5,000 people in movement building, political education and organizational development.

Mason Dunn

Executive Director, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition

Mason Dunn is the executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and co-chair of the Freedom Massachusetts campaign. An educator and activist, Mason has been working around the country for 13 years on trans rights and advocacy. Mason is also an adjunct faculty member at UNH Manchester, teaching on LGBTQ media and perspectives, and serves on the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. Prior to joining MTPC, Mason worked in New Hampshire on trans rights and education. Mason is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association, and a 2012 graduate of the Daniel Webster Honors Scholars Program at the University of New Hampshire, School of Law. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his partner, Lauren, backpacking, kayaking, and pursuing his more geeky interests.

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal (@IvanEspinozaESQ) is the Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. In more than a decade as a public interest lawyer, Iván has worked on a wide range of civil rights issues, including racial justice, immigrant rights, and LGBT/HIV equality. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times. He speaks nationally on civil rights issues; contributes writing to the Practical Lawyer and the Huffington Post; and provides legal commentary to CNN, Univision, and Telemundo. His writing and commentary focuses on the legal needs of people who identify across intersecting lines of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, and immigration status.

Before joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Iván was the Legal Director of the Center for HIV Law and Policy (CHLP). At CHLP, he supervised a legal team on national projects using HIV as a lens to address racial justice, criminal justice, immigration, and public health issues. Before joining CHLP, Iván worked at Lambda Legal, where he developed an initiative to address the legal needs of LGBT and HIV-affected people of color and low-income people. He also focused on immigration and marriage equality cases.

Previously, he handled MALDEF’s immigrant rights docket. He served as counsel in Friendly House v. Whiting, a challenge to Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, and was a member of the legal team that successfully defended Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder, 557 U.S. 193 (2009), a landmark U.S. Supreme Court voting rights case. Before joining MALDEF, he was an associate at Fried Frank LLP. At the firm, he worked on the legal defense of an innovative municipal program in New Haven, Connecticut, that provides undocumented immigrants with an ID that allows them to receive city services they would not otherwise be able to access. Similar programs have now been rolled out in San Francisco and New York – victories for immigrant rights that would not have been possible without the precedent set in New Haven.

Iván clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. A summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he received a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar.

Anna Maria Farías

Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Anna Maria Farías currently serves as the Assistant Secretary, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). From 2001-2008, Ms. Farías worked at HUD, serving as Senior Counsel to former HUD Secretary Mel Martinez, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Initiatives, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs (CDBG) and Director for the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. From 1992-1993, Farías was a Member of the Wage Appeals Board and Board of Service Contract Appeals at the Department of Labor. Earlier in her career she worked under Secretary of Education William J Bennett from 1985-1988. From 1980-1985, Farías was an Attorney, Office of General Counsel, Merit Systems Protection Board. And from 1989-1992, she was Counsel to a Member of the National Labor Relations Board. Ms. Farías received a B.A. with honors from Boston University, a law degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she was the 3rd year class president, and was a Fellow for State and local officials at the Harvard University JFK School of Government. Ms. Farías grew up in the Crystal City Housing Projects, and from 1993-2000 returned home as the Executive Director of the Housing Authority and became one of the first Executive Directors in the country that agreed to live in the housing developments during her tenure. Under her leadership, the Housing Authority received over a dozen awards from the National Association of Redevelopment and Housing Officials (NARHO), including several Section 3 for putting housing residents to work in different construction programs. In recognition of her leadership, Ms. Farías was inducted into the Texas Woman’s Hall of Fame in 2000.

Joel Feldman

Heisler, Feldman & McCormick, P.C.

Joel Feldman is a member of the law firm Heisler, Feldman, and McCormick, P.C., which focuses its litigation practice on serving very low income clients in housing, employment, discrimination, and consumer cases. Mr. Feldman practiced housing law with various Massachusetts legal services offices from 1988 until 1995, when he became the Legal Director of the Housing Discrimination Project, litigating fair housing cases in western Massachusetts.  In 1998, he joined the law firm in which he currently works, which has received awards for its model of delivering legal services to low income clients from state and national organizations, including the American Bar Association and the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. He is currently a member of the Access to Justice Commission of the Supreme Judicial Court and his firm helped to start the grassroots organizing group Springfield No One Leaves, which organizes homeowners and tenants to fight the causes of the recent foreclosure crisis. 

Rob Forti

Intake Branch Chief, HUD Region 1

Robert Forti is the Intake Branch Chief for Region 1 in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. Robert supervises a staff of analysts who are responsible for the intake, processing and development of housing discrimination complaints for federal investigation throughout New England. Prior to becoming a branch chief, Robert spent ten years as an investigator for HUD. Robert holds a B.A. in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College and holds a Master of Science in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Erin Graves

Senior Policy Analyst, Fed. Reserve Bank of Boston

Erin researches housing and other policies that impact the people living in disadvantaged neighborhoods. She received a doctorate in urban planning and sociology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a masters in planning from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She has published her work in Housing Policy Debate, Journal of the American Planning Association, City & Community, New England Community Developments, and Communities, Banking. Erin also manages the department's Visiting Scholar program.

Ben Gworek

Trial Attorney, HUD’s Office of General Counsel

Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts from Providence College, a Master’s degree from Brown University, and a Juris Doctor from Roger Williams School of Law.  He began working at HUD in 2009 and has a wide range of experience in fair housing matters.  Before joining HUD, Ben worked as an affordable housing advocate for the Housing Network of Rhode Island and Housing Works Rhode Island.

Hillary Harnett

Trial Attorney, HUD’s Office of General Counsel

Hillary Harnett is an attorney at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Regional Counsel in Boston, where she works on litigation including fair housing enforcement actions and defensive matters.  Prior to joining HUD, she served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Mark Green of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.  Hillary graduated from Harvard Law School and received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University.

Nadiyah Humber

Director of Investigations and Outreach, Clinical Fellow, Housing Discrimination Testing Program, Suffolk University Law School

Nadiyah J. Humber is the Director of Investigations and Outreach, Clinical Fellow for the Housing Discrimination Testing Program (HDTP), funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with the Fair Housing Commission of the City of Boston. HDTP’s mission is to eliminate housing discrimination through testing, enforcement and education. Attorney Humber co-teaches a housing discrimination seminar at the law school and is a volunteer attorney for the housing unit at Greater Boston Legal Services. Attorney Humber started her legal career at the Committee for Public Counsel Services as a trial attorney in Worcester County District Courts. Prior to working at Suffolk, she was the senior assistant director of admissions at Northeastern University School of Law. She is a member of the BBA Civil Rights and Civil Liberties section committee, a member of the Women’s Bar Association, the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, and Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys. Attorney Humber earned her B.S. from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Melvin Jenkins

Attorney, Instructor, Nat’l Fair Housing Training Academy

Melvin L. Jenkins is an attorney in private practice in Omaha, Nebraska with an emphasis on civil rights matters. He is also an instructor at the National Fair Housing Training Academy located in Washington, DC. Jenkins teaches classes in fair housing litigation and conciliation. He formerly served as the Regional Director of the Central States Regional Office of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In September 1988, Jenkins was appointed by the Commissioners to serve as the Acting Staff Director for the Commission overseeing the agency’s national and regional operations. He served until April 1990 where upon he headed the Commission’s operations in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Jenkins received his undergraduate degree in history and political science from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. He received doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Jenkins did further study at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Jenkins is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association, National Bar Association, Life Member of the NAACP, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Ward Chapel AME, Church of Kansas City, MO, President of the Midwest Conference Lay Organization, and numerous other professional organizations.

Jamie Langowski

Assistant Director & Clinical Fellow, Housing Discrimination Testing Program, Suffolk University Law School

Jamie Langowski is an Assistant Director and Clinical Fellow at Suffolk University Law School. She has co-managed Suffolk’s Housing Discrimination Testing Program (HDTP) since its inception in 2012 and co-taught a seminar between 2012 and 2015 titled, “Housing Discrimination Law, Theory & Practice: Brainstorming and Implementing Solutions to Discrimination”. The HDTP’s mission is to eliminate illegal housing discrimination through testing, enforcement, and education. Since 2012 Attorney Langowski has coordinated hundreds of housing discrimination tests of the rental market throughout Massachusetts. She and her colleagues have trained over 150 students and community members as testers. Before joining Suffolk, she clerked for a Boston civil rights attorney and served as Director of Policy and Communications for a Boston At-Large City Councilor. Attorney Langowski is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and St. Cloud State University.

Cynthia Silva-Parker

Senior Associate, Interaction Institute for Social Change

Cynthia Silva Parker is an advocate for equity and justice and builds the capacity of individuals, organizations and networks to work collaboratively for social justice. She has served as a Senior Associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change since 1998 and was affiliated with the Institute for 5 years before joining the staff. She delivers training, consulting, coaching, and facilitation services to nonprofit and public organizations focused on racial equity, environmental sustainability, community development and other aspects of social justice work. She has led or co-led the development of several IISC workshops, including Diversity in the Collaborative Organization, Collaborative Social Change, and Fundamentals of Facilitation for Racial Justice Work.

Cynthia’s prior leadership experience includes Director of Boston Freedom Summer, the Ten Point Coalition’s faith-based youth leadership and community development project, and Project Administrator for the Algebra Project, Inc., a national nonprofit education group focused on access to algebra as a civil right. Cynthia holds a BA from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and a Master of Public Policy/MCRP from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Vera Schneider

Compliance Officer III, Mass. Commission Against Discrimination

Vera S. Schneider is an investigator and housing supervisor in MCAD’s Housing Unit.  Vera has an extensive fair housing background, having worked as Director of Investigations for the Boston Fair Housing Commission for eleven years.  Prior to working for the City of Boston, Vera represented plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases and families and children in juvenile and superior court matters.  Vera received a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and a B.A. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.  She is admitted in Massachusetts and New York.

Sajid Shahriar

HUD Presidential Management Fellow, HUD Region 1

Sajid Shahriar is a second-year Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in the New England Region (FHEO). At FHEO, he enforces the Fair Housing Act and related federal civil rights laws by conducting investigations into alleged violations on the basis of protected classes. Sajid is a 2016 graduate of Boston College Law School. Prior to law school, Sajid worked in development for the Greater Washington, DC branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He holds a B.S. in Political Science from Northwestern University.

Patricia Spence

Executive Director, Urban Farming Institute

As a seasoned leader Patricia brings to the table extensive experience in the areas of community engagement, project design, development and implementation; program marketing and promotions; budget preparation, fundraising and administration.

Prior to joining the Urban Farming Institute, Pat served as the Community Field & Literacy  Coordinator for Boston Public Schools, as well as having worked as an education advocate assisting parents navigate the school selection process through the Educational Options Series. Over the years, Pat has work with numerous non-profits specializing in the areas of the arts, employment and education. Her earlier beginnings started in sales and marketing for  Xerox and the Digital Equipment Corporation.  She continued in sales, in the community, working for  WILD 1090/ HOT 97.9 radio and WGBH. In the background Pat has worked on various projects and community engagement efforts to empower families and the community.

Mrs. Spence is the Founder Board member of “They Made It So Can I”, the 5th grade speakers series, and serves as the Vice Chair of the Boston Nature Center Sanctuary Committee.

Patricia is passionate about the environment, and as the daughter of a farmer, in her free time, she enjoys growing her own herbs and vegetables in her back yard.  Pat is excited about the work ahead for UFI and looks forward to empowering the community through creating farmer entrepreneurs, increasing urban land dedicated to farming and working on urban farm related advocacy issues.

Monica Valdes Lupi

Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission

Monica Valdes Lupi, JD, MPH, joined the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) as Executive Director in February 2016. Among other public health priorities, she is committed to preventing and treating substance use, strengthening the city's partnerships with healthcare organizations, and advancing health equity for all Bostonians.

As the Executive Director of the BPHC, the city's health department, Ms. Valdes Lupi manages a $162M budget and leads 1,100 employees. In addition to operating a broad range of public health programs, the BPHC includes Boston Emergency Medical Services, school-based health centers, several substance abuse treatment facilities, and the largest homeless services program in New England.  In her role as Executive Director, Ms. Valdes Lupi serves as the key advisor to Mayor Walsh on health issues and continues to build innovative partnerships across city agencies to leverage strategic opportunities for housing, economic development, transportation, education and environmental policies to positively impact the health of all Boston residents.  ​

Joseph Wardenski

Counsel, Relman, Dane & Colfax                  

Mr. Wardenski practices primarily in civil rights litigation. Prior to joining Relman, Dane & Colfax, Mr. Wardenski served as a trial attorney in the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he was lead attorney on a variety of matters enforcing federal civil rights laws protecting students in public schools, colleges, and universities from discrimination. While at the Justice Department, Mr. Wardenski also served as co-chair of the Civil Rights Division’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Working Group. Previously, Mr. Wardenski was a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York.

Mr. Wardenski received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was a Senior Articles Editor of The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. He received a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He received his A.B., cum laude, from Princeton University. Mr. Wardenski is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association and the Disability Rights Bar Association.