Speakers 2018

Adam Foss

“I learned the power of the prosecutor is to change lives instead of ruin them.”

As Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of Suffolk County, Adam Foss has become one of Boston’s leading voices for compassion in criminal justice. Recognizing that prosecutors have a unique opportunity to intervene in offender’s lives, Foss co-founded the Roxbury CHOICE Program, a collaborative effort between defendants, the court, the probation department, and the D.A. to recast probation as a transformative experience rather than a punitive process.

In addition to his work with the DA’s office, Foss is the founder of the SCDAO Reading Program, a project designed to bridge the achievement gap of area elementary school students.

Watch Adam’s TED talk

Atyia Martin

“If we do not take care of each other and the planet we will all be equally extinct.”

Dr. Atyia Martin is a Certified Emergency Manager with a diverse set of experiences in public health, emergency management, intelligence, and homeland security. Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed her as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. In this role, she is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Boston’s Resilience Strategy. Boston will focus on advancing racial equity as the foundation of the Resilience Strategy process to increase our shared ability to thrive after emergencies.

Watch Atyia’s TED talk

Chris Siteman

Che Anderson

“The question to me was never, When will Worcester become a cultural epicenter?, but rather, When will the world notice that Worcester already is one?”

Experienced Assistant To The City Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Strong administrative professional skilled in Editing, Public Speaking, Spanish, Fundraising, and Program Development.