new trustees M. Pollack, R. Ubiera-Minaya, F. Purcell

l-r, Michael Pollack, Rosario Ubiera-Minaya, Dr. Francesca Purcell

Governor Charlie Baker has appointed three new leaders to serve five-year terms on the North Shore Community College Board of Trustees. They are: Michael Pollack, a litigation associate at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo; Dr. Francesca Purcell, Senior Lecturer on Education & Faculty Director at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Rosario Ubiera-Minaya, Executive Director of Raw Arts, Lynn.

Pollack is a litigation associate at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo. Prior to that he was an Assistant District Attorney, Trial Court and Appeals Unit of the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, and Special Assistant District Attorney for the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.             

In addition to his law background, Pollack has served in state government, as Law Clerk and Program Coordinator, Office of Boards and Commissions in the Executive Office of the Governor. He is in the JAG Corps, Deputy Chief of Legal Assistance, Rank of Captain Massachusetts Army National Guard, Hanscom AFB. 

Dr. Purcell has over 30 years of experience in higher education in Massachusetts. She has previously served as Program Director at the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Provost/Chief Academic Officer at Massachusetts Bay Community College, and Associate Commissioner for Academic and P-16 Policy at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. 

Dr. Purcell co-chairs the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Statewide Strategic Planning Advisory Committee and served on its Advisory Council for the search for the new commissioner.

 Ms. Ubiera-Minaya has over 25 years of experience advocating for the Latinx community in the arts, education, housing, voter engagement and health. She recently joined RAW Art Works in Lynn as its Executive Director. Formerly she served as Executive Director of Amplify Latinx and is also the founder of Cojuelos’ Productions, a social enterprise that celebrates black and brown artistic expression. 

Previously, she was Chief Program Officer of North Shore Community Development Coalition, Inc., Director of Outreach and Enrollment for North Shore Community Health, Inc., Executive Director for the Salem Education Foundation, Program Director at the Peabody Essex Museum, and Marketing and Promotions Manager for Telemundo-Boston.

“NSCC is extremely fortunate to have these three distinguished professionals join its Board of Trustees,” said NSCC President Dr. William Heineman. “The diversity of backgrounds, skill sets and expertise will augment our existing board and position the college to even more fully implement its new five-year strategic plan. I’m very grateful for their willingness to serve our students and college community.”

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