Reverend Cheng Imm Tan, Director
Rev. Tan was appointed by Mayor Thomas M. Menino in 1998 as the Director of the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians with the mandate to strengthen the ability of residents from diverse cultural and linguistic communities to fully participate in the social, economic, cultural and civic life of the city.
Under her leadership, the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians has become a national model for immigrant integration and promotion of diversity. Her work has focused on ensuring that the diverse immigrant communities have a voice, facilitating collaboration among diverse communities and sectors, and promoting the contributions of immigrants.
Reverend Tan has also focused her work on some of the city's most vulnerable - victims of domestic violence and refugee women and children. She is the founder of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, a grassroots movement that addressed the hidden issue of domestic violence in Asian communities. Additionally, she founded the Asian Shelter and Advocacy Project (the only battered women’s shelter with multilingual and multicultural resources that serves Asian battered families in New England), Rice Sticks and Tea (the only Asian food pantry program) as well as Arise, a refugee-immigrant women’s empowerment program. In addition, she founded and leads Gund Kwok, the only Asian Women’s Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe in New England that performs all over the region, with a mission centered on Asian women’s empowerment.
She is active with many refugee and immigrant community groups and served on the Governor's Advisory Council for Refugees and Immigrants, the Governor's Commission on Domestic Violence and the Governor’s Asian American Commission.
Rev. Tan has received several awards for her leadership, published numerous articles, and led workshops on domestic violence, women's empowerment and Asian empowerment in the US, India, Cambodia, Malaysia, Japan, Kenya and China. Rev. Tan is originally from Malaysia and lives in Boston.
Mayra Canetti, Executive Assistant
Mayra is the Executive Assistant/Office Manager. Since the inception of MONB, she has seen to the proper functioning of the office on a daily basis. She offers an inexhaustible pool of information and is always ready to lend a hand. Mayra also acts as the Personnel Officer as well as the Budget Coordinator for MONB. She is a native of Puerto Rico, a native speaker of Spanish, and has resided in Boston for over twenty-five years.
Agnes Chang, Resource Development Manager
As Resource Development Manager, Agnes is responsible for collecting and developing relevant resources for New Bostonians in the city, creates the annual Newsletter and the Annual Report, and assists with the New Bostonians Summit and We Are Boston Gala. Agnes is originally from Hong Kong and has been a resident of Boston for over twenty years. She is proficient in Cantonese, Shanghainese, and Mandarin.
Armando J. Silva, Constituent Advocacy Coordinator
Armando Silva is the Constituent Advocacy Coordinator and works with our constituents on a one-on-one basis. He assists communities to gain access to City services and coordinates the city Volunteer Interpreter Pool. He is also the coordinator of New Bostonians Community Day and the Cultural Awareness Series. Armando is from Peru and has resided in Boston for 28 years. He is a native speaker of Spanish.
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