Maria Carrasco a native born Dominican with a Bachelor Degree in Education from UAS and an Associate Degree from North Shore Community College with a Major in Drug and Alcohol Substance Abuse. In 2007 she became the first Latina ever elected to office in the city of Lynn. On September 2012 Maria was appointed by the Governor of Mass to be a Member of the Trustees of North Shore Community College. She is also a former president of the Lynn Hispanic Scholarship Fund where she held the position for more than 15 years. Currently, Maria is the Vice-president of Lynn Latino Leadership Coalition
She became a member of the New Lynn Coalition in 2011 because she believes in New Lynn’s mission of addressing and confronting all the negative factors affecting the more vulnerable population of our city.
The diversity of Lynn is amazing and a great place to have family where we all feel inclusive. However, we don't see our people of color reflected within employment throughout the city as well as local politics.
Reflective Statement about her time at New Lynn:
It was an honor for me to be able to be a part of this vision that Jeff Crosby had of making a Lynn for everybody. Thank you to all who trusted me and elected me as president since 2011. Since that time, we have worked together for the residents of Lynn to form a common effort to fight for a decent quality of life for all.
We have fought on different goals from affordable housing for our low-income residents to the inclusiveness of people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds in key positions who represent our community. We have accomplished some of our efforts, but much remains to be accomplished.
Whenever we fight, even though sometimes we seem to lose, we win because we learn more about our allies and our opponents
Thanks to Jeff Crosby for this coalition of many organizations working together for a better city for all.
Si queremos, podemos/ If we want we can!