Board of Directors

 Daniel Wilson  (Chairperson)


Dan is one of our re-entry residents (Formerly Incarcerated) who serve on New Start Project’s Board of Director’s Chairperson. Since his release he has been a part of our re-entry empowerment group and has volunteered several hundred hours in our Upper Room and Masterbuilders Empowerment Group. Dan is a committed person, whose focus is empowering others, self-healing and sharing his experience about re-entry. Leonard also the founder of Master builders Publications, which is the name we gave our mentoring program.

.Susan Tordella (Treasurer)

Susan Tordella

Susan’s path in life has lead to work in prisons since 2009 where she co-founded eight prison toastmasters programs. Michelle Alexander’s book,”The New Jim Crow:Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” launched Susan into to taking grassroots action against one of the worst injustice’s of our time, Mass Incarceration. Susan is a member of the First Unitarian Church in Littleton. She can be often found at the statehouse advocating for justice! Previously Susan is a speaker, author,blogger,consultant, and educator. Susan holds a Master’s Degree in English. She previously worked as a Newspaper editor and  Executive Director of a Non-Profit that serves fortune 500 companies. The mother of four children ages 26-33years old. Susan is a native a Delaware who enjoys empty nest on Sandy Pond in Ayers with her Husband of 33 years.

Nancy Griffin ( Secretary)

Nancy Griffin

Nancy is a database administrator for Facing History and Ourselves, where she has worked for nine years. She was born in Iowa and lived in numerous states and countries before attending college. She obtained her B.A. from Hamline University in St Paul Minnesota. Prior to her employment at Facing History, Nancy taught elementary school for seven years and was a childcare worker in a residential treatment facility. She volunteers at Community Change Inc, and Union of Minority Neighborhoods, and also helps organized around the issues combating racism. Nancy’s commitment to New Start Project is born out of the awareness of the injustice of the criminal justice system and the need for society to welcome back people who returning home from incarceration.

Carolyn Nelson



Jeff Perry


Jeff is  a re-entry resident (formerly incarcerated) who is currently working in an entry level position for a local Home Depot. Following his release in February 2016, he has been a volunteer for New Start Project’s Masterbuilder Empowerment Group and has pushed to give back to our organization.  Jeff has spent many years in the past managing retail food outlets and has done so primarily relying on his own drive to move forward. During our transitional period (As we prepare to welcome our new executive director) he has again stepped up and will be acting as an interim Administrative Director with a team of very dedicated and talented volunteers.


Cambridge City Councilman Nadeem Mazen (Honorary Member)

Nadeem Mazen

Nadeem Mazen is the first Arab American elected to the Cambridge City Council in 2013. Preceding his election he served as the head coach of MIT’s squash team for 5 seasons. As an undergraduate at MIT, he was a mentor and coach for Kosovo refugees. In addition, Mazen coached middle school students in MIT’s Science Technology Engineering and Math Summer Program. From 2007-09, he was a one-on-one instructor for beginner and intermediate players in the greater Boston area. A 2006 graduate, Nadeem earned a bachelor¨s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Nadeem is passionate about social justice including mass incarceration, creating opportunities for success for men and women returning home from incarceration, and is leading the way in the Cambridge City Council to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour





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