Jennifer Matias is an organization and leadership development consultant, coach, and trainer. She has over 30 years of experience working with social justice and social change organizations, and over 25 years of nonprofit management experience. Jennifer has overseen the creation and implementation of several cutting edge and nationally recognized executive leadership development programs. These have included a nonprofit executive coaching program for Black, Indigenous and People of Color leaders serving communities of color, a nonprofit management training institute, and a six-month leadership forum for womxn of color leaders called "And Still We Rise."
Jennifer is a social justice activist, community builder, and leader who is deeply committed to creating a more just, compassionate, and equitable world. She has a long history of community activism. She is one of the founders of Massachusetts Asian and Pacific Islanders (MAP) For Health, has served on the board of directors of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) and the steering committee of the Asian and Pacific Islander Women's Social Justice Project. She led the founding of the Jasmine Asian Women's Giving Circle in collaboration with the Boston Women's Fund and the Haymarket People’s Fund. She was also involved in the planning and coordination of the Welcoming Massachusetts Campaign of the Massachusetts Refugee and Immigrant Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition, an immigrant rights initiative to welcome and facilitate the positive integration of immigrants and refugees into their Massachusetts communities. Jennifer also served on the board of directors of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership.
Jennifer has been trained as a co-active coach through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), a program accredited by the International Coach Federation. She is a racial equity and cultural humility consultant and trainer with a background in Equity Institute and Empowering Multicultural Initiatives training models. Jennifer is also certified as a trained mediator in the state of MA. She has a degree in social work from Salem State University and is a graduate of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Boston University School of Management.
Be the change you want to see in the world
~ Mahatma Gandhi
What People are Saying...
" It is important that you know how special you are to me for bringing the Women of Color Leadership Forum into my life during a very challenging time. I didn't see myself as a leader during that time and our phone conversation... made me feel ten feet tall and led me to the Forum. I feel like I have been given a drink after a very long thirst... Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you have done for me and the women of color in Boston."
- Joyce Coleman, Women of Color Leadership Forum Participant
"Your efforts and vision have enabled nonprofit directors to serve clients more efficiently and effectively."
- Chuck Doran, Executive Director, Mediation Works Inc.
"You have been such a strong and important resource for MAP for Health as we have grown and built infrastructure to better serve the Asian and Pacific Islander community. We cannot thank you enough. Your compassion and generosity of spirit inspire us. There is no doubt you take your heart wherever you go."
- Jacob Smith Yang , Executive Director, MAP for Health
"You are an innovative, thoughtful, and fore-sighted leader and manager, and I know that you will continue to do great things in your life and career. I admire you, your work, your vision, and your great dignity."
- Curinda Hill, Executive Coach and Consultant
"The dedication, creativity, and spirit you brought to your work were amazing."
- Donna Bivens, Executive Director Women's Theological Center
"Your hard work and creativity was responsible for the wonderful quality of the training programs."
- Margaret Bellucci, Trainer and Consultant
Dance the Dream Coaching and Consulting
Leadership Coaching and Consulting for Social Justice and Social Change