Our Staff

Gloria Franqui

Interim Executive Director

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Gloria recently joined the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy as our Interim Executive Director. With more than 15 years of C-suite management and leadership experience, Gloria’s passion is to help nonprofit organizations – like the Alliance – achieve their full potential by supporting their leaders, building social relevance and impact, and improving overall effectiveness. She has held senior management positions in several human services and health organizations, including serving as interim executive director, and chief executive officer.

Gloria brings a high level of energy to all her endeavors that is fueled by the satisfaction she receives from helping organizations regain or sharpen their focus, make more of their resources, and achieve their mission more effectively. Combining her strengths with those of the teams she guides, she has successfully improved interactions with boards and staff, and has assisted in transforming organizations into efficient and revitalized forces in the world of human services.

Gloria received a Bachelor of Science degree from The City University of New York – Herbert H. Lehman College, New York, NY and a Master’s of Science degree in Social Services from Boston University School of Social Work. She is affiliated with Interim Executive Solutions, a practice providing management and executive consulting services to nonprofit organizations in transition.

Nicole Castillo

Director of Public Policy

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Nicole Castillo is a social entrepreneur with a passion for fusing technology with civic engagement. She is a co-founder of , an online career platform for Latinx Millennials, where her work as a digital content-producer focused on Latinx leadership and empowerment. Nicole has interviewed Latina politicians throughout the U.S., sharing their wisdom with the next generation, and her articles have been featured in  , Boston Latino Magazine, Project Enye, , Medium, and Latina Lista. She been interviewed by “>Forbes, , and for her insights on politics and women of color in leadership, and was recently named by Mitú, as one of 5 Latinos using social media for social good.

Nicole is an active member of , and serves on the board of directors for and . She holds a graduate certificate in Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy from the McCormack School, and an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School. Nicole has over 8 years experience working in the domestic and sexual violence movement, and is deeply committed to gender equity and cultivating the leadership of women in their homes, communities, and politics.

Vanesa Morales

Program Manager

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Vanesa Morales holds a B.S. in Sociology from Salem State University and a M.M. in Management from Cambridge College. Vanesa brings a great deal of knowledge and experience working with adolescents and nonprofit organizations, including expertise in project management, community mobilization, cross-sector collaborations, and financial management. Prior to joining the Alliance, she served in a financial management role at MFS Investment Management in Boston for 18 years; the Program Director for YGEMS at the Dorchester YMCA, a Parent Partner at Mattapan ABCD; the Program Coordinator for the Boston Neighborhood Healthy Families; and a volunteer at Youth Enrichment Services for over 10 years. Additionally, Vanesa is a Certified Professional Coach and Certified Parenting Instructor, and uses her coaching skills to mentor and guide youth as they navigate their lives and parenting journeys.

Carla Joseph

Lawrence Coordinator, Partners for Lawrence Youth Initiative

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Carla Joseph joined the Alliance in December 2016 as the Lawrence Coordinator under the Partners for Lawrence Youth Initiative. She has experience guiding individuals on navigating their career paths and becoming their best self in their community. Previously, she served as a Youth Educator on self-esteem and healthy relationships; and counseled individuals who survived abusive relationships. Carla is passionate about continuing to apply her skills in Lawrence, and building support systems for young people that will allow them to make healthy choices throughout their lives. As the Lawrence Coordinator, Carla is responsible for providing training and technical assistance (TA) to youth-serving professionals in Lawrence and in supporting their ability to offer evidence-based interventions (EBIs) for teen pregnancy, HIV, and STI prevention. She will be collaborating with community-based agencies, healthcare centers, and school systems. Carla holds a BS in Social Work, and minors in Psychology and Race, Culture, & Power from University of New Hampshire. Currently, she is working on obtaining a Master of Business Administration degree through Southern New Hampshire University’s online program.

Wil Renderos

Manager of Digital Communications & Male Engagement

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Wil joined the Alliance as the Manager of Digital Communications & Male Engagement in September 2015. He brings extensive experience in the youth leadership development field within the non-profit sector and is responsible for overseeing the strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation activities pertaining to male engagement programming. He is also responsible for the maintenance and evaluation of the Alliance’s social media and online presence to advance the goals and mission of the organization. Wil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Literature and Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University, and manages a creative consulting company specializing in audio and video production in his spare time.