2021 Certificate Cohort 

About the Certificate Program: 

The Mel King Institute Certificate offers a new way to engage with our programming through a more comprehensive experience culminating in a credential. By participating in existing MKI courses and workshops, participants are provided an overview of the basic skills, knowledge, and values that underlie the work of community development in Massachusetts. Graduates will be equipped with an understanding to think broadly about the needs of communities, the historic and current racism that perpetuates inequalities and the tool to address community needs through analogizing data, engaging residents, economic development, infrastructure development and more. All trainings are practitioner designed and led, and oriented towards the needs and priorities of communities.

The Course Structure:

Participants in the Certificate program will have eighteen months to participate in 9 trainings. 

Core Courses

  • Intro to Community Economic Development
  • Census Data
  • Undoing Racism or Mel King Institute approved Racial Equity Training

One training from each Learning Area

Two elective courses of the participants choosing

The Cohort: 

As a part of the certificate program, you will be a part of a cohort that meets quarterly. This will be an opportunity to network and learn from other community development professionals through conversations largely driven by your interests. 


$100, plus the MACDC rate for each training (or student/intern rate, if applicable).

Certificate Cohort Applications are now OPEN. Please submit your application HERE. Please also send your most recent resume/CV to Click here to show mail address.

Application Deadline is March 5th, 2021.

The Spring Meeting for the Certificate Cohort will be held ONLINE on March 10th, 2021. 

Please reach out to Lia Downing, the MKI Program Coordinator at Click here to show mail address if you have any questions about the program.

The Mel King Insitute Certificate Program Cohort

Donald Alexis                Carribbean Integration Community Development

Amanda DeGrace           Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE)

Samantha Montano        Jamaica Plain NDC

Kwame Dance                William James College

Alisa Galazzi                  HAC on Cape Cod

Katherine Martinez        Lena Park CDC

Anthony Britt                 Commonwealth Corporation

Melinda Ward                 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay

Nency Salamoun            City of Somerwille - Department of Health & Human Services

Ajay Kapur                     Philance

Katie Bosse                    Massachusetts Housing Partnership

Craig Panzer                  Interise 

Tanekwah Hinds            Fenway Health 

Ashley Hall                    Greater Lawrence Family Health 

Morissa Vital                 Seven Hills Behavioral Health 

Abby Jamiel                   Agency Landscape + Planning

Janice Dumas                Revere Housing Authority Community Member

Pat Shannon                  Town of Hamilton

Usha Vakil                     Saheli (Retired)

Congratulations to our 2018 - 2020 Graduates!

Breyana Ellis

Colleen Fitzpatrick        Fenway CDC

Gina Plata                      Just a Start

Stacy Carruth                 CHNA 17

Rita Shah                       Housing Corp of Arlington

Dawn Graham MassMutual

Cherline Gene               Massachusetts Department of Public Health 

Alexander Nadel           Southwest Boston CDC