Jonathon began working with the New Lynn Coalition as a volunteer and later as a researcher while studying community controlled development for a Master’s Degree from Tufts University in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. Since moving to Lynn in 2011, he has been a member of Neighbor to Neighbor, the Highlands Coalition, and the North Shore Labor Council. Jonathon has also worked for Neighbor to Neighbor on the 2015-16 Raise Up Massachusetts campaign, and for IUE/CWA Local 201 as an internal organizer. He was honored to serve as the volunteer campaign director for Marven Hyppolite for Ward 5 City Council in the 2017 municipal elections, a campaign that lost by less than 100 votes but contributed to a rising progressive wave in local politics. Jonathon is a homeowner and landlord in Lynn, and is a musician with a Lynn-based rock and roll band with some regional acclaim. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College, a Certificate in Environmental Policy from UMass Dartmouth, and a Masters of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. He was also a fellow of the Jewish Organizing Institute and Network. Jonathon was hired by NLC as a part-time organizer in 2016 and promoted to Organizing Director in late 2017.
Spanish Engagement Organizer
Michelle Guzman is a community organizer in Lynn. She grew as a leader during her years working at the Lynn Community Health Center as a member of 1199SEIU. There, she got politically involved and participated in several social movements around issues like immigration, health, and workers’ rights. At the health center, Michelle worked for 7 years in several positions but her passion was to inform and engage other union members. She also advocated with patients around language barriers, resulting in effective changes in processes at the health center. In 2015, Michelle quit her full time job to become a Personal Care Attendant (PCA), part-time, to take care of her mother. Since then, she has participated in the Massachusetts Workforce Council for PCA and Labor Management and in community organizations to empower and open opportunities for the Spanish-speaking community in Lynn. Michelle came to New Lynn Coalition when she was looking for more classes in Spanish for the Latino community at the Lynn Community Enrichment Program. Michelle was hired as a Bilingual Community Organizer and assistant to the night school. Michelle grew up in Guatemala and has lived in Lynn for 23 years. She is also a mom to a 10 year old boy. She has two Associates Degree from North Shore Community College and a Certificate for Medical and Community Interpretation. She plans to get a Certificate in Labor Studies from the University of Massachusetts in the near future.