On March 16, the Boston kicked off the exploration of a new community-centered initiative that will support the collective strength of a community as it moves through and beyond the pandemic – Chelsea 2021. The event, Chelsea 2021 and Beyond: Toward a Just and Equitable Recovery, brought together data, ideas and anecdotes in a presentation that was informative and emotional, by turns hopeful and angry.
After a welcome from Boston Foundation Chief Philanthropy Office Kate Guedj came an intro from her colleague, Chelsea resident and Assistant Director of Programs Vetto Casado. He shared his lifelong love for his hometown, recalling how as a youngster he had helped out and spent afternoons in his mom’s hairdressing shop.
Kate Guedj, Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropic Officer, The Boston Foundation
Vetto Casado, Assistant Director, Programs, The Boston Foundation
Trevor Mattos, Research Manager, Boston Indicators
Alberto Calvo, Founder, Stop and Compare Markets
Marcela Garcia, Columnist, The Boston Globe (Moderator)
Kelly Garcia-Mirza, Chairwoman, Chelsea School Committee
Yahya Noor, Community Advocate and Owner, Tawakal Cafe
Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Kraft Center for Community Health - MGH
Gladys Vega, Executive Director, OneChelsea / La Colaborativa
Thomas G. Ambrosino, City Manager, City of Chelsea