About Us

Governor Charlie Baker speaks at our annual Youth Mentoring Day.
MMP Board Member Sonja Kelly with 2015 KELLY Award winner, Tynnetta Jerry.

Based in Boston, Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships  across Massachusetts. MMP serves more than 250 mentoring and youth development programs statewide supporting more than 33,000 youth in mentoring relationships. We assess programmatic needs and organizational capacity, as well as provide customized strategies that empower youth, families and communities.

Our program network includes schools, religious organizations, community non-profits, and workplaces serving youth 5 to 18-years-old. These institutions utilize a variety of program structures including one-to-one mentoring, group mentoring and e-mentoring.

History and Accomplishments

Mass Mentoring Partnership was founded in 1992 by the then-president of Boston College, J. Donald Monan, S.J., and the CEO of New England Telephone, Paul O'Brien, as Greater Boston One-to-One, the first local extension of the national organization One-to-One. Since then, MMP has had a rich history of catalytic involvement in the start-up and sustainability of high-quality mentoring programs.

Our highlights from 2015 include:

  • Expanding our mission to include providing services and support to youth serving organizations in addition to mentoring programs, growing our number of youth impacted to more than 250,000.
  • Increasing state funding by 20% for state Mentoring Matching Grants line item from $400,000 to $500,000 thanks to advocacy from programs and the support of numerous legislative champions.
  • Fully launching the Mayor’s Mentoring Movement, an exciting initiative to increase the number of empowering relationships for youth in Boston, in coordination with the City of Boston and Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
  • Creating and implementing several new, specially-designed trainings, including Cultural Responsiveness Level II, Supporting Youth with Disabilities, and Opening the Door for Men to Volunteer.

Awards

  • 2014 winner, Excellence in Communications award, Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
  • 2013 co-winner, Boston Business Journal Corporate Citizenship Summit Partner of the Year, for partnership with Bank of America
  • 2013 Charity Navigator 4-Star charity rating, the highest rating, illustrating sound fiscal management
  • 2013 GuideStar Exchange Silver Participant, one of the highest levels of membership, demonstrating a commitment to transparency
  • 2012 featured initiative for the Boston Business Journal Leaders in Diversity Event
  • 2010 finalist for Mass Nonprofit Network’s Annual Excellence in Advocacy Award
  • 2009 MENTOR Manza Excellence in Leadership Award in recognition of the highest-performing state mentoring partnership in the country
  • Selected in each consecutive year since 2007 by the Celtics as the sole community partner for the Season Ticket Exchange, providing more than $850,000 in tickets to mentoring matches statewide
  • Recipient of Eastern Bank’s inaugural “Community Quarterbacks” for outstanding leadership and commitment to the community
  • Winner of the New England Publicity Club’s top Bell Ringer Award for the Red Sox Mentoring Challenge

Our Mission

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand empowering youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts. MMP serves more than 250 programs statewide supporting over 33,000 youth in quality relationships. We work with mentoring programs and youth development organizations to assess programmatic needs and organizational capacity to provide customized strategies that strengthen youth, families, and communities.

Our Strategic Partners

Meet Our Team

Executive
Marty Martinez
Title: President & CEO
Phone: 617.695.2448
Email: mmartinez@massmentors.org
Department: Executive
Marty Martinez has close to 20 years experience working on behalf of young people, families and communities. He first joined MMP in 2007 overseeing program services before becoming President and CEO in 2012. In his current role, Marty has set MMP’s organizational path to create and sustain empowering youth-adult relationships that help every young person reach their full potential. He oversees MMP’s mission to ensure that the mentoring movement is diverse and reflective of the communities being served across Massachusetts. Before joining MMP, Marty held senior positions at JRI Health, the Boston AIDS Consortium and the City of Somerville, where he led youth and educational services. In addition to his professional experience, Marty has deep roots in civic and political life serving on a variety of nonprofit boards and running for municipal office. He is dedicated to improving the lives of his neighbors and the community as a whole. Marty holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in Urban and Social Policy from Tufts University.
External Affairs
Mike McCormick
Title: Director of Marketing and Public Awareness
Phone: 617.695.2478
Email: mmccormick@massmentors.org
Department: External Affairs

Mike has been with MMP since November 2014. In his role, he leads the analysis, planning, and implementation of MMP’s marketing, communications and branding efforts. Mike previously worked in the health insurance world for a non-profit organization serving Medicaid recipients. He began his career in marketing and sales promotion at the Boston Globe.  He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University. 

C.T. Ransdell
Title: Senior Manager of Development
Phone: 617.695.2432
Email: ctransdell@massmentors.org
Department: External Affairs

C.T. Ransdell brings with him seven years of experience in the Boston nonprofit sector. He moved to Boston to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, transitioning into a full-time development role at one of our partner organizations – Generations Incorporated, where he served as Director of Development. In his current role, C.T. oversees MMP’s fundraising operations including grants management, individual cultivation and stewardship, and maintains and improves development systems. In addition to his professional experience, C.T has been civically engaged as a Partner in Our Commonwealth, a Boston-based organization that facilitates and accelerates friendships among emerging leaders, and has supported local organizations by doing things such as serving as a Big Brother or running 100 miles in the Zach Attack 100-Miler for the Progeria Research Foundation. C.T. holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Northeastern University.

Chelsea Aquino
Title: Manager of Government Relations & Public Policy
Phone: 617-695-2476
Email: caquino@massmentors.org
Department: External Affairs

Chelsea Aquino joined Mass Mentoring Partnership in May of 2016. As the manager of Government Relations and Public Policy, she develops and manages MMP’s policy efforts and advocacy campaigns, maintains relationships with state and local agencies, and constructs approaches for driving public financial resources to the field. Prior to her work at MMP, Chelsea served as the Associate Director for the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus and was the former Finance Director for Boston City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley’s ticket-topping 2011 and 2013 re-elections. A Cum Laude graduate of UMass Amherst with a BA in Political Science, Chelsea also received a Graduate Certificate from the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy program at UMass Boston. Chelsea is also involved with Big Sister’s Big for a Day program and the New Frontier Network at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. 

Afi Tettey-Fio
Title: Manager of Targeted Communities
Phone: 617.695.2439
Email: atettey-fio@massmentors.org
Department: External Affairs

Afi joined MMP in September 2015 as the Manager of Targeted Communities.  In her role, her main focus is building relationships and mobilizing resources that raise the profile of empowered youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2013 with a major in Cultural Psychology.  Previously, Afi served as the Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring at East End House in East Cambridge.

Melany Mendoza
Title: Manager of Targeted Communities, Western MA
Phone: 413-262-1227
Email: mmendoza@massmentors.org
Department: External Affairs

Melany joined Mass Mentoring Partnership in April 2016 as a Manager of Targeted Communities with a focus on Western Massachusetts. Melany has 15 years of experience leading and supporting after school programs.  Melany has also provided training and support to youth development programs in Western Mass. In her role, her main focus is building relationships and mobilizing resources that raise the profile of empowering youth-adult relationships across Massachusetts.  A native of Puerto Rico,  Melany graduated with a BA from the University of Puerto Rico and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices from Bay Path University.

Katie Maningas
Title: Community Outreach and Advocacy Fellow
Phone: 617-695-2447
Email: kmaningas@massmentors.org
Department: External Affairs

Katie recently joined the MMP team as the Community Outreach and Advocacy Fellow for the Fall of 2016.  She will be responsible for supporting and furthering MMP’s mission to expand youth-adult relationships throughout Massachusetts. As someone who highly values the mentors in her life, she believes all young people deserve the opportunity for growth and empowerment that could be fostered through these relationships. She is currently a junior at Boston University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a minor in Public Relations.

Arthur Xia
Title: Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring
Phone: 617-695-2447
Email: axia@massmentors.org
Department: External Affairs

Arthur Xia joined Mass Mentoring Partnership in September 2016 as the Community Outreach Associate, serving as a Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassador of Mentoring. He is responsible for managing match activities and coordinating with mentoring programs, youth-serving organizations, and other community stakeholders to expand the Mayor's Mentoring Movement and My Brother’s Keeper initiatives. Prior to joining Mass Mentoring, Arthur worked for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Senate President Stan C. Rosenberg, State Senator Joan B. Lovely, U.S. Senator Scott P. Brown, and Associate Justice Judd J. Carhart. As a Fulbright Scholar, he also holds a B.A. in Legal Studies with a minor in Chinese from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Operations
Greg Smith
Title: Operations Manager
Phone: 617.695.2441
Email: gsmith@massmentors.org
Department: Operations

Greg joined MMP in June 2015 as the Operations Manager.  In his role, he provides day-to-day human resources, IT, financial administration and office management.  Prior to joining MMP, he was a program manager at a cross-cultural consulting firm.  Originally from Delaware, Greg attended high school in Switzerland and received his BA in Economics from The University of Vermont.

Program Services
Beth Fraster
Title: Vice President & Chief Program Officer
Phone: 617.695.2431
Email: bfraster@massmentors.org
Department: Program Services
Beth joined MMP in January 2014, and has more than 25 years of experience leading, evaluating, and managing youth development programs. Beth has provided training and technical assistance to behavioral health programs throughout Massachusetts and across the country while also providing consultant services to federal agencies. Beth leads the Program Services team to promote the most effective and high-quality standards in all aspects of mentoring, and the development of sound and sustainable organizations. She earned a B.S. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts and an MSW from Boston University.
Janeen Smith
Title: Senior Manager of Program Services
Phone: 617.695.2436
Email: jsmith@massmentors.org
Department: Program Services

Janeen Smith joined MMP in March 2015 as a manager of training and technical assistance. In her role, she builds the capacity of youth mentoring and other youth-serving programs across the state.  She gained experience in youth development and program management during her time as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow and most recently worked in adult programming at YWCA Boston.  A New Jersey native, Janeen earned her BA from Smith College and an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the Heller School at Brandeis University.

 

Nate Baum
Title: Manager of Training and Technical Assistance
Phone: 617.695.2473
Email: nbaum@massmentors.org
Department: Program Services
Nate joined MMP in October 2013 after working as an educator in Greater Boston, where he regularly saw the amazing impact mentoring had on the academic performance and lives of his students. As one of the managers of training and technical assistance, he provides technical assistance, support and training to the 200+ mentoring organizations in MMP's network. Nate has a B.A. in psychology and master of education from UMass Boston.
David Dawiskiba
Title: Mass Mentoring Counts Project Associate
Phone: 617.695.2438
Email: Ddawiskiba@massmentors.org
Department: Program Services

David joined MMP in September 2016 as the Mass Mentoring Counts Project Associate, helping to administer our biannual survey of mentoring programs. He previously served at MMP as the Knowledge Management Associate through the Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring program.  Having grown up in the Virgin Islands, he traveled to Boston to attend Boston University, graduating in 2014 with a degree in History.  

Board Members

Chair: George Neble, Ernst & Young
Vice-Chair: Steven W. Powell, SS&C Technologies Inc.
Treasurer: John J. Mahoney, retired from Staples Inc.
Clerk: Ann Burke, Economic Development Council of Western MA
 
Directors:
Felix Arroyo, City of Boston
Colin Burch, Boston Red Sox
Sec. Andrea J. Cabral, former Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety
Tom Caron, New England Sports Network
Jacqui Conrad, Cambridge College
Paul Cronin, First Niagara
Mark Eldridge, ALKU
Sonja Kelly, The Kelly Family Foundation
Deb Lawrence, Bank of America
Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., Boston College (co-founder)
Paul C. O’Brien, The O’Brien Group (co-founder)
Regina M. Pisa, Goodwin Procter
Randall P. Seidl, Revenue Acceleration, LLC
Brian Sullivan, Northeastern University
Allison Werder, MassLive.com
Warren Zola, Boston College Chief Executives Club
 
Past Chairs:
Jim Connolly, National Bank Holdings Corp
Edmund F. Kelly, Liberty Mutual Group
Regina M. Pisa, Goodwin Procter

Jobs in the Mentoring Field

Job Title Organization Name Posted Date
Imagine Boston 2030 Engagement Team City of Boston Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Executive Director Steps to Success Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Initiative Director -- Springfield Works Economic Development Council of Western MA Thursday, August 11, 2016