Cara has been working for over 15 years in arts and culture to help people reimagine and reshape the world. She is currently on the faculty at Worcester State University and has previously taught at UMASS Boston and Wheelock College, as well as guest lecturing at a number of colleges and universities. She has produced content for MTV and NBC, and has presented at national conferences on issues of media, culture and equity. Her work has been published by Harvard University in partnership with Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation, as well as through several feminist publications. She was featured in Gloria Feldt’s No Excuses: Nine Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power and gave the inaugural symposium for the UpTake’s groundbreaking Conflict Sensitive Journalism fellowship. Cara serves the community through several Boards and Committees. She is Vice Chair of the Human Rights Commission in her hometown of Worcester, MA where she resides with her husband and daughter and plays Roller Derby as Surely Chis’l. You can reach her at cara@tcproject dot org.
Malia Lazu / Strategic Director
Malia has over two decades of experience establishing grassroots involvement in political advocacy and civic engagement, including a two-year fellowship at MIT. The passion and success of Malia’s work has earned her a reputation as one of the most insightful and critical organizers of her generation, and caught the attention of MTV, Showtime, ABC-TV’s Chronicle, Fox News, and print publications such as Newsweek, The Boston Globe, and Boston Magazine. In addition to her extensive work advocating for our youth, Malia has managed campaigns for numerous tastemakers including Grammy Award-winner and famed Civil-Rights Activist Harry Belafonte, American novelist Walter Mosley, and Peter Lewis, philanthropist and Democratic Party donor. You can reach her at malia@tcproject dot org.
Matthew Feener / Program Director
As a professional filmmaker, Matt has worked to better document and share the stories of his community since a young age. After graduating from The Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Matt returned to Lynn and joined the staff of Real to Reel, a non-profit film school using media as the canvas for creative expression which helped him get his start. At TCP, Matt ensures the quality and community accountability of our content, as well as overseeing curriculum and direction of our youth serving programs. You can reach him at matt@tcproject dot org.
Reggie Williams / Development Director
A Boston native, Reggie began his journey to build a better society through media at age 15 after getting hired for his first job by our Executive Director Cara. After attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, Reggie returned to Boston and has deepened his commitment to working at the intersections of Public Health and Media. He also currently serves our community as a Funding Panel member at Haymarket People’s Fund among other service roles. You can reach him at reggie@tcproject dot org.
Arielle Gray / Creative Director
Arielle is a Boston-based writer, poet and music journalist. She currently writes for the music website KillerBoomBox, while moonlighting as a freelance writer with work published through various mediums, including For Harriet and SoulBounce. You can catch her working on her collective for creatives of color, BLK MKT, and you can follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twi
Leora Viega Rifkin / Program Manager, AccelerateBOS
Letia Larok / Program Coordinator, Creative Classrooms
Emily Chun / Program Manager, Beyond Creative
Elizabeth Singletary / Administrative Manager
Elizabeth Singletary is the Chief Financial Officer & Positive Core Coordinator at BREAD in addition to her work as TCP’s first Administrative Manager. If you have ever been to the #StartUpClassroom BREAD events, you have more than likely seen her at the door greeting you with a smile, but she also keeps a lot of things running behind the scenes! A graduate of Boston Day and Evening Academy, Liz is also currently working at State Street through Year Up, where she is launching an exciting career in finance with a focus on racial and economic justice. You can reach her at liz@tcproject dot org.
Aleah Robinson / Teaching Artist, Western MA
Aleah is an aspiring filmmaker, recent Smith College graduate and teaching artist based in Holyoke, MA. She has worked in news media production and studied both Africana and media studies while in undergrad with a focused study in surveillance. She is excited to join the Transformative Culture Project team and to connect with young creatives as a teaching artist! You can reach her at aleah@tcproject dot org.