Kimberly Hirsh joined The Midas Collaborative in September 2018 as Executive Director. She brings a Masters Degree in Business from Johns Hopkins University and over two decades of management experience in corporate, non-profit, and educational settings. Having transitioned from for-profits to non-profits fourteen years ago, she is dedicated to contributing her energies and experience to mission-driven organizations. An experienced manager of human and financial resources, she has served on multiple senior management teams and boards of directors. She specializes in steering organizations through significant growth and change – from startup to small business – through significant mergers and acquisitions, and via organic growth.
Prior to joining Midas, Kimberly worked in public health. She is interested in the intersections overall health and wellness and financial health. In her spare time, Kimberly volunteers her time to various causes. Her hobbies include financial planning and investing, art, reading, writing, and travel. Kimberly would love to have a beehive at home, but someone else would need to take care of it.
Anahit Fitzpatrick is the Asset Development Program Advisor at The Midas Collaborative. She manages the matched savings programs and many other initiatives. Anahit received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with minors in Business and Spanish from Bentley University. She has been with The Midas Collaborative for seven years now, and has learned a great deal about non-profit management, supervision and leadership through management of Midas’s Matched Savings Program. Through this growth, she has become well versed in how to successfully run a matched savings programs. This has led to opportunities to collaborate with CFED on projects to better improve Midas’s programs and working to improve the technical assistance that is provided to grantees for AFI’s programs. She has also learned a great deal about the financial education infrastructure in Massachusetts through her work with the MassSaves Coalition in her first few years. Anahit always strive to learn more about the industry and is committed to her and her colleague’s professional growth. In May 2016 Anahit completed the Institute of Non-Profit Management and Leadership’s CORE Certificate program, to better improve her management and leadership skills. And of course, she thinks bees are okay, but honey is better.
Danielle is the Asset Development Program Manager at The Midas Collaborative. She just graduated with her Masters in Macro Social Work from Boston College and her interests are around building and advocating for economic self-sufficiency and food security with low income communities. Danielle has previously worked with two of Midas’ member organizations, The Neighborhood Developers and EMPath, both in direct service and advocacy roles. Danielle has been stung by a bee once, and even though it was a bit traumatic, she thinks bees are okay.
Maia is the Asset Development Program Associate at the Midas Collaborative. She joins Midas from a background in public health, having most recently managed a grants program for The Samfund, serving young adult cancer survivors; she's also the author of several books in the field of disability studies. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Maia's work is focused on projects that address public health issues through the arts. At Midas, Maia helps to manage the matched savings program, and she's happy to say she's only been stung by a bee twice.
The Midas Collaborative Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from full members of the Collaborative, and at-large professionals from around the state who are passionate about the mission of Midas.
Katherine Adam is a strategic communications professional at Denterlein, a public relations and public affairs firm based in Boston, guiding clients in managing the complexities of today’s multi-faceted communications landscape. Katherine previously served as the Director of Communications and Interim Chief of Staff for Massachusetts State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Education. In these positions, Katherine built the communications and digital strategies for bold initiatives to help close the student achievement gap, promote economic development in low-income communities and communities of color, and improve transparency and accountability in government. Katherine also managed Senator Chang-Díaz’s 2012 reelection campaign.
Prior to her time in Senator Chang-Díaz’s office, Katherine worked and consulted on a variety of political campaigns, specializing in communications and digital strategy.
Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Katherine is a graduate of Boston College, where she studied sociology and music.
Blair Benjamin is an asset development practitioner, managing Assets for Artists, an IDA program for low-income artists and artisans in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. He is a member of the Midas Collaborative, served on a working group of the Massachusetts Asset Development Commission, and writes about the asset development field on his Asset Almanac blog (assetalmanac.wordpress.com). He is also Co-Founder of SaveTogether, an innovative national fundraising website that partners with Midas and other leading matched savings programs around the country. His experience in community development includes serving as Director of Real Estate and Community Development for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). In that capacity, Blair is responsible for all commercial real estate development and leasing for 125,000 square feet of income-producing space that has played a major role in revitalizing the downtown business community of North Adams, Massachusetts. He serves on the board of the Berkshire Creative Economy Council and the Northern Berkshire United Way. Previously, he spent five years as Director of Development for MASS MoCA, worked as Director of Marketing, Development and Community Relations for the Flatbush Development Corporation (a nonprofit community development corporation in Brooklyn), and served as a Peace Corps volunteer supporting agricultural and craft-based microenterprise development in the Ivory Coast in west Africa.
Angela Gomes is an associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group in the Boston office of Skadden, Arps. Ms. Gomes concentrates in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and general corporate matters. She advises clients, including public companies, on a broad range of corporate and securities matters, including securities law compliance, disclosure and periodic reporting and corporate governance matters.
While attending Boston University School of Law, Ms. Gomes was an active member of the Black Law Students Association, serving as vice-president and president during her second and third years, respectively. Ms. Gomes also served as an articles editor for the Journal of Science and Technology Law. In April 2010, the Boston University School of Law Black Law Students Association awarded Ms. Gomes its Young Alumni Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the legal community, including the students of the BU BLSA.
Tom Keydel is currently an author and a life coach. Mr. Keydel is the author of Zanshin: Finding the Power Inside Your Decisions (2017). Previously, Mr. Keydel spent twelve years working as a technical writer, instructional course developer, and software quality assurance reviewer. He has additional experience as a trainer and adult education teacher. Mr. Keydel is a Certified Public Accountant. He holds a M.Ed in Human Resources Education from Boston University and a M.S. in Financial Education from Northeastern University. His Bachelor’s degree is from Bowdoin College and he was certified to teach high school social studies.
Jennifer Lowe joined EMPath in 2008 and currently serves as the Vice President of Shared Learning and Member Networks. In this role, she leads the organization’s Economic Mobility Exchange network and provides oversight and strategic direction of EMPath's outcomes initiative and research projects. She has authored Social Networks as an Anti-Poverty Strategy (2012), and has co-authored From Opportunity to Burden: Profiles of Low-Income Households Caught in the Credit Trap (2014) and Massachusetts Economic Independence Index (2013). Prior to joining EMPath, Jennifer served as the Associate Director of the Boston based civil rights organization, Organization for a New Equality. She has taught undergraduate courses in Sociology at Northeastern University and Bryant University. In 2010, Jennifer was presented with the annual Sociologist of the Year award from the New England Sociological Association (NESA). Since 2003, Jennifer has served on the Executive Council of the New England Sociological Association (NESA). Jennifer earned her PhD in Sociology from Northeastern University, specializing in social inequalities and urban sociology.
Nelson Ortiz is a communications and digital strategy expert with 17 years of experience across the financial services and non-profit health insurance industries. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Mr. Ortiz joined Liberty Funds (now Columbia Management) as a retirement plan customer service representative in 1999 holding NASD Series 6 and 63 licenses from 1999-2005. He joined Fidelity Investments Personal, Workplace and Institutional Investing in 2001 as a communications specialist on retirement and tax reconciliation topics, later becoming a Digital Communications Senior Manager with Fidelity Investments Corporate Affairs. He is now a Corporate Communications Project Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
Mr. Ortiz has been a cultural competency and diversity & inclusion champion since 2008. He was the founder and Steering Committee member of Aspire, the Latino & Black Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Fidelity Investments and currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Employee Resource Group Council. As a Lexington resident, he serves on the Lexington Town Committee for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Mr. Ortiz has served these groups as part of their leadership teams, national events manager, and marketing and public relations representative.
Mr. Ortiz holds an MA in Integrated Marketing Communications from Suffolk University and a BA in International Studies from Universidad Central de Venezuela.
Gül is an experienced financial professional and portfolio manager, with more than two decades of investment experience. She is currently an angel investor and member of Launchpad Venture Group, and is also an adjunct faculty member at Boston College. Previously, she was a Senior Managing Director and Co-head of Private Equity for Liberty Mutual Insurance between 1998-2017. In that capacity, Gül represented Liberty Mutual on numerous fund advisory boards, as well as on several corporate boards. She is a CFA Charterholder, and a member in good standing with the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Boston. She has an MBA from Cornell University, and a BA from Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Symone Crawford is an immigrant from the island of Jamaica, migrating to the United States in 1998 and has been a Boston resident since 1999. She has been volunteering at MAHA since 2004, serving on MAHA’s Board of Directors from 2009 until 2018 when she joined the staff as the Director of Homeownership Education.
Prior to joining the staff at MAHA, Symone Crawford worked for Encompass Insurance for seventeen years where her most recent responsibility was as a Claims Service Leader. She is a graduate of Roxbury Community College, Northeastern University and Southern New Hampshire University online MBA finance concentration program. She is very passionate about her faith, her family and the needs of her community.
Symone Crawford learned about and became interested in Midas Collaborative through the positive impact both MAHA and Midas jointly have had on the housing community. She has recently answered the call to serve on Midas’s board and considers this to be in line with her core values. She is most satisfied when she is helping those in need, creating a positive impact in that person’s life.
Kimberly Zimmerman-Rand, MSW AFC® CHC® FFC®
Kimberly Zimmerman Rand is Principal at Dragonfly Financial Solutions, a professional services firm that provides personal finance consulting, education and coaching. She is a strategic thinker and problem solver bringing results-oriented design to nonprofits, government agencies and employers looking to strengthen the financial capability of their communities. She is also an excellent facilitator who develops and conducts informative and engaging personal finance training to audiences throughout the country.
Prior to her consulting work Kimberly held a variety of positions at the International Institute of Boston, including Interim Vice President for Operations, Director of Economic Development, and Coordinator of the Citizenship Center. She began her career as a trainer in the Microenterprise Division of Jewish Vocational Service in Boston.
Kimberly’s leadership experience includes serving on the Social Work Grand Challenges Practice Work Group on Financial Capability and Asset Building for the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare; the Certification Advisory Council of the Association of Financial Counseling, Planning and Education; and formal and informal mentoring to rising financial capability professionals.
Kimberly has been providing training to consumers and nonprofit professionals for over 20 years on both live and web-based platforms. Her subject matter includes but is not limited to: values and goals around money, household cash management, maximizing income, building an emergency savings account, choosing the best bank, paying off debt, building credit, insurance and asset protection, saving for retirement, wills and estate planning, and purchasing a home.
She also trains nonprofit professionals on how to develop and manage asset building and financial capability initiatives at their own organizations. Kimberly’s specialty is bringing clarity to complex personal finance topics while working with low-to-moderate income consumers, entry-level workers and foreign-born employees.
Kimberly is an Accredited Financial Counselor®, Certified Housing Counselor®and Financial Fitness Coach®. She is also a Credit as an Asset Master Trainer. Kimberly holds a Master of Social Work in Social and Economic Development and Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Colby College.
Jacqueline Cooper founded Financial Education Associates in November 2001. In demand as an instructor of home buying classes, Jacqueline started FEA to present unbiased information to people seeking to get their finances in order to achieve home ownership and other financial goals.
Jacqueline has managed the company and also provides services as an independent consultant. Financial Education Associates is contracted with Massachusetts Housing Partnership’s One Mortgage Multifamily Counseling and Post Purchase Homeowner Education programs to provide first time homebuyer education programming. FEA, a member of CHAPA’s Massachusetts Homeownership Collaborative, was one of the first homebuyer education agencies to provide online homebuyer education and counseling for Massachusetts’ first time homebuyers. The organization is also contracted through other government, non-profit organizations and residential communities to provide homebuyer education and financial education to their constituents.
Her work with first-time homebuyers led her to helping clients improve credit and other aspects of their personal finances. Jacqueline currently serves as an independent financial counselor and coach to those planning for major events in their personal and professional lives.
Jacqueline has a Masters in City Planning specializing in Housing, Community & Economic Development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Information Systems from Northeastern University. She holds an Accredited Financial Counselor and Financial Fitness Coach designations from the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education. (AFCPE). She is a life-long Boston resident.
Charlene Bauer is the Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach for Metro Credit Union in Chelsea, Massachusetts.
Metro Credit Union is the largest state chartered credit union in Massachusetts with more than $1.9 billion in assets, and serving over 200,000 members. In 2018 Metro received Juntos Avanzamos recognition for its work with the Hispanic community. Metro has 15 branch offices, 2 high school branches, a Financial Opportunity Center, and is also a leader in workplace banking, serving over 1,200 companies across the Commonwealth.
In her role at Metro, Charlene oversees Advocacy, Community Engagement, Business Development and Financial Wellness initiatives. Charlene is a founding partner of CONNECT, a financial opportunity center in Chelsea, MA serving over 4000 low income clients annually achieve economic stability. Working closely with community members, employees from workplace banking sites, high school students and Metro employees, Charlene delivers financial education and customized programming to create financial wellness. She has been in the financial industry for more than 30 years. Her first job at a Financial Institution was with The Bank For Savings where she was the Director of Sales and Business Development. She then went to a larger Mutual Savings Bank, Salem Five Cents Savings Bank, as the VP of Branch Administration overseeing the sales, operations, and security for the retail division. In 2000 Charlene moved to Metro Credit Union as the VP of Marketing and has never looked back being an advocate of Credit Unions. She was promoted in 2001 to the SVP of Retail Services and Member Relations. As the Chief Development Officer, Charlene brings the founding principal of “People Helping People” to her programming.
Charlene participates on the following Boards and Community Organizations:
President: The Neighborhood Developers (formerly Chelsea Neighborhood Developers)
Managing Partner: CONNECT
Vice President: Opportunity Communities
Board Member: Massachusetts Cooperative Credit Union Association Tri County Chapter Board
Board Member: Massachusetts Cooperative Credit Union Association Social Responsibility Board
Chelsea Summer Youth Employment Initiative Advisory Board
Foundation Chair/Past President: Chelsea Rotary Club
Sara Garrity-Gentile is a consultant at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, where she has served clients in a variety of industries including education, technology, and financial services. Prior to her current role, Sara served as Strategy and Digital Health Advisor at Boston Children’s Hospital and before that as a Program Manager at Public Partnerships, LLC, a financial management services firm supporting public programs for individuals with disabilities and long-term care needs. Sara has volunteered for a number of organizations over the years, including Beacon Hill Village, a nonprofit serving older adults aging in-place at home. She is currently an elected officer and board member of the global Alumni Association of Brown University, where she received her BA and studied Public Policy. Sara also holds a MBA from Harvard Business School where she received the Dean’s Award in recognition of her contributions to the well-being of society through her work with community organizations and commitment to increasing opportunities for students to gain exposure to the nonprofit sector.