Lorena Lama

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“Working at ABCD has helped me to give back to my community in a way that my mother encouraged when we were kids. My knowledge of ABCD services helps me reach out to struggling family members and friends who may qualify for programs such as fuel assistance. I think ABCD’s impact on the community is widespread even when you aren’t receiving a direct service.” — Lorena Lama, ABCD Operations Manager, East Boston Neighborhood Service Center

Lorena Lama came to America from the Dominican Republic at age 6 and grew up in Jamaica Plain with a community activist mom. She graduated from John O’Bryant High School and followed her dream to go to college, the first in her family to do so. Four years later she graduated from Harvard University with a degree in International Relations. After completing a graduate program in International Relations at St. Andrews School in Scotland, Lorena came home to Boston and joined ABCD as a case manager, working on immigration programs at the Jamaica Plain Area center. She was promoted to Acting Operations Manager at Dorchester NSC and just recently to Operations Manager at ABCD’s East Boston center, overseeing that entire organization. Buoyed by her success at ABCD, she dreams now of a future with an international non-profit organization, providing development services overseas.