D. Beth Griffith — Executive Director

D. Beth Griffith, GIP™ is a Servant Leader with a demonstrated history of working in Nonprofit Organizations, Training, Project Management, Team Building, and Public Speaking. She is an internationally certified Green Infrastructure Practitioner. Her passion is teaching, community organizing, and giving back. She has 19 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has taught workshops at Suffolk University about entrepreneurship for women of color, co-hosted webinars showcasing the benefits of owning a business, and makes appearances on the Black Community Information Center’s Drumbeat Radio show.

Yonerky Santana — Board President 

Yonerky is a passionate advocate for immigrant and worker rights. She has 12 years of experience as a community and immigrant activist. She is a native of the Dominican Republic. She is also passionate about holistic wellness and green building practices.

Rhodes Pierre — Board Vice-President

Rhodes is an ordained minister, immigrants’ rights, patient, and financial literacy activist. In addition to being a well-respected community ally. He is the board president of the IFSI-Immigrant Family Services Institute. He is also a member of and has served on the boards of a number of other local nonprofits such as MAMLEO. He has worked for several years in the insurance industry. He is also passionate about podcasting, comedy, and acting. Before becoming a BIDG board member, he served as a volunteer French and Haitian Creole translator for the organization.

Rahim Abbasi — Board Secretary & Treasurer

Rahim is a gig worker, community organizer, and advocate. He has 12 years of experience in the transportation industry. He is also a leading subject matter expert in areas of the Muslim community, and how to be inclusive and culturally competent when interacting with Muslim and Southeast Asian communities. He excels in forging community relationships. He is a long-time Boston resident and is passionate about immigrant, religious and animal rights.

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