Staff and board

Andrea Shapiro, our CEO and Board President, founded Second Chances in 2005 because she knew there was a better way to get more clothing to people who needed it. She is the third generation of textile and clothing entrepreneurs in her family. Andrea has had a long career in nonprofit management, after working in the private sector at a management consulting firm and earning an MBA with a finance and real estate focus. She is a lifelong resident of the Boston area and has lived in Somerville since 1994.

Kate Berliner, our Board Clerk, joined the Second Chances board in May 2017. She is interested in exploring the intersection of her work and experience in the local nonprofit sector and her interest and education in fashion design and textiles. She has been involved with Second Chances since 2014 as a volunteer and as a partner through Somerville CAN, a collaboration of local nonprofits. She is currently the Program and Operations Coordinator at the Somerville-based nonprofit Community Cooks. Kate is a Somerville resident and her goal is to create positive social change in the local community.

Paul Connolly, our Board Treasurer, was raised in a household where public service and giving back to the community were a way of life. Paul worked for the City of Somerville for 23 years before moving to his current position at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a Program Manager in the Community Planning and Development Office, where he has served for the past 15 years. Paul has also served as a board member and chair of Bethany Place in Framingham and as a member of the Corporate Board of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston. As a corporate board member, he was the Director representative for Fontbonne Academy, a sponsored ministry for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Milton.

Fiona Crimmins, a member of our Board of Directors, began working with Second Chances as a volunteer in the summer of 2014. Fiona continued volunteering over the next several years, helping to plan the 10th anniversary celebration, proofreading newsletters, and tabling at community events. Fiona met the Executive Director of Food For Free, a Cambridge nonprofit that fights food insecurity and rescues surplus food, at a Second Chances event, and through that connection became Food For Free's Program Director. Fiona has lived in Somerville since 2009 and loves being involved in the fabric of the local community.

Daniele Levine, a member of our Board of Directors since 2010, joined the Second Chances Board after seeing the impact of our work firsthand during her many years at RESPOND, Inc., a local domestic violence agency. For more than 20 years, Daniele has worked at a broad range of Greater Boston human service organizations serving vulnerable individuals and families. She is currently the Executive Director at the Somerville-based nonprofit Community Cooks. Daniele was born and raised in New York City but has proudly called Somerville and Cambridge home since 1992.

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Second Chances Board warehouse tour
Board members enjoying a tour of our warehouse. Each of those cubes of clothing (bales) weighs more than 1,000 pounds.

Second Chances Board meeting
Some of the hardworking volunteers from our Board of Directors take a little time our for snacks and smiles.