About

BREAD focuses on the belief that Boston’s communities of color are sufficient and capable of becoming prosperous by investing value in ourselves, while serving others. We believe it is possible to express our strengths and to share these strengths in a mutually beneficial way to help each of us prosper and grow, but only if we create space to collectively nurture our human connections.


 
 

Our Values

We believe that entrepreneurs, creatives, and millennials are central to dreaming, designing and implementing systems that serve and benefit the whole of our community. 

We believe that anything is possible when equipped with the waypower, the tools needed to make lasting, positive change. 


 
 

OUR FAMILY

   Leora Viega Rifkin  , Chief of Possibility ,   is both an intrapreneur and an entrepreneur, and a connector. She has extensive experience developing mutually beneficial community partnerships in Boston. Leora served as the Community Programs Educator and BNY Mellon Youth Leaders Program Manager at Boston Children’s Museum. In addition to BREAD, she is the director of the Transformative Culture Project's Accelerate Boston cohort and alumni network. #AccelerateBOS is Boston's most successful urban accelerator program with 85 businesses, 20+ have gone to market, 96% of founders are under 40, 77% creators of color, 53% female, and funded 14+ businesses.    Leora is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with her master’s in Applied Positive Psychology. You can find her writing and speaking passionately about her life's work," Defining a Positive Citizenship; Wellbeing for Emancipation ".    Leora believes in play, possibility, vulnerability, connectivity, gratitude, compassion, creativity and people.    You can reach her at leora@makebreadboston.com.    

Leora Viega Rifkin, Chief of Possibilityis both an intrapreneur and an entrepreneur, and a connector. She has extensive experience developing mutually beneficial community partnerships in Boston. Leora served as the Community Programs Educator and BNY Mellon Youth Leaders Program Manager at Boston Children’s Museum. In addition to BREAD, she is the director of the Transformative Culture Project's Accelerate Boston cohort and alumni network. #AccelerateBOS is Boston's most successful urban accelerator program with 85 businesses, 20+ have gone to market, 96% of founders are under 40, 77% creators of color, 53% female, and funded 14+ businesses.

Leora is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with her master’s in Applied Positive Psychology. You can find her writing and speaking passionately about her life's work,"Defining a Positive Citizenship; Wellbeing for Emancipation".

Leora believes in play, possibility, vulnerability, connectivity, gratitude, compassion, creativity and people.

You can reach her at leora@makebreadboston.com.

 

  Reginauld "Reggie" Williams ,  Chief of Operations,  is an impact catalyst, philanthropist and storyteller, with over a decade of nonprofit management experience. Reggie has worked in the federal government, and the public and private sectors, with organizations like  IBM ,  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts  and  New England Cable News (NECN) . Currently, Reggie is the Development Director of the  Transformative Culture Project , leading the social enterprise's fundraising and public relations efforts to active Massachusetts' creative economy. As an advocate and community leader, Reggie has presented at Emerson College, Boston University, and the Museum of Fine Arts. He serves on the leadership council for  MassCreative , a statewide arts advocacy organization and as a social justice funder, Reggie volunteers with the  Haymarket People’s Fund . In his time with Haymarket's Funding Panel, Reggie has provided $1.2M in funding to support organizations combating racism and systemic oppression across New England.

Reginauld "Reggie" Williams, Chief of Operations, is an impact catalyst, philanthropist and storyteller, with over a decade of nonprofit management experience. Reggie has worked in the federal government, and the public and private sectors, with organizations like IBMBlue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and New England Cable News (NECN). Currently, Reggie is the Development Director of the Transformative Culture Project, leading the social enterprise's fundraising and public relations efforts to active Massachusetts' creative economy. As an advocate and community leader, Reggie has presented at Emerson College, Boston University, and the Museum of Fine Arts. He serves on the leadership council for MassCreative, a statewide arts advocacy organization and as a social justice funder, Reggie volunteers with the Haymarket People’s Fund. In his time with Haymarket's Funding Panel, Reggie has provided $1.2M in funding to support organizations combating racism and systemic oppression across New England.

   Justin Springer ,  Chief of Brand Strategy & Digital Marketing,  is the President of Outside The Box Agency. Outside The Box Agency is a creative, think tank agency that pairs cutting edge ideas with revolutionary talent to offer their clients unparalleled services in Brand Management, Public Relations, and Consulting. His passion is in philanthropy, and he recently launched a successful youth program, Dream Builders Youth Project, at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School. Dream Builders Youth Project received media attention for the art visual mural they sponsored honoring five time Grammy award winning artist and disco queen, Donna Summer, who is an alumni of the Jeremiah E. Burke High School.    Justin is committed to making knowledge accessible to all those who are hungry to develop themselves. He feels passionate about bringing resources into Boston that connect, inspire and motivate local entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams. He recognizes and cultivates the potential that Boston’s local entrepreneurs, young and old bring, and how collectively, we can contribute to a unified and thriving economy fueled by creativity.

Justin Springer, Chief of Brand Strategy & Digital Marketing, is the President of Outside The Box Agency. Outside The Box Agency is a creative, think tank agency that pairs cutting edge ideas with revolutionary talent to offer their clients unparalleled services in Brand Management, Public Relations, and Consulting. His passion is in philanthropy, and he recently launched a successful youth program, Dream Builders Youth Project, at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School. Dream Builders Youth Project received media attention for the art visual mural they sponsored honoring five time Grammy award winning artist and disco queen, Donna Summer, who is an alumni of the Jeremiah E. Burke High School.

Justin is committed to making knowledge accessible to all those who are hungry to develop themselves. He feels passionate about bringing resources into Boston that connect, inspire and motivate local entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams. He recognizes and cultivates the potential that Boston’s local entrepreneurs, young and old bring, and how collectively, we can contribute to a unified and thriving economy fueled by creativity.

  Elizabeth Singletary ,  Chief Financial Officer  &  Positive Core Coordinator.  If you have ever been to the #StartUpClassroom BREAD events, you have more than likely seen her at the door greeting you with a smile. When she's not being a greeter, she can be found assisting Leora in keeping it together behind the scenes. If you see her at the BREAD HQ her trusted pal, Misty Knight the ratchet cat, will be right at her side. 

Elizabeth Singletary, Chief Financial Officer Positive Core Coordinator. If you have ever been to the #StartUpClassroom BREAD events, you have more than likely seen her at the door greeting you with a smile. When she's not being a greeter, she can be found assisting Leora in keeping it together behind the scenes. If you see her at the BREAD HQ her trusted pal, Misty Knight the ratchet cat, will be right at her side. 

  Sofia Rivera,   Guest Writer , studies communications, journalism, and Spanish in Boston at Simmons College, where she also bartends, writes and plans future travels.

Sofia Rivera, Guest Writer, studies communications, journalism, and Spanish in Boston at Simmons College, where she also bartends, writes and plans future travels.

  Michelle Musoke,   Marketing Intern , studies Arts Administration, Business, Marketing, in Boston at Simmons College. Michelle is excited to connect with her community as a Dorchester native and provide BREAD with awesome material!

Michelle Musoke, Marketing Intern, studies Arts Administration, Business, Marketing, in Boston at Simmons College. Michelle is excited to connect with her community as a Dorchester native and provide BREAD with awesome material!