Who is a Social Capitalist?

2010 Community Social Capitalists

Who is a Community Social Capitalist?  A Community Social Capitalist is a volunteer who impacts the lives of others by leveraging their personal and professional network to make a difference.  Recipients may have mobilized a group to volunteer, or organized an event in their neighborhood, or brought a diverse group to work together on a common issue.  Honorees personify the spirit of strengthening communities through civic engagement.

Some Social Capitalists are company leaders who are fostering an ethic of civic engagement in their company or are helping to build the capacity of important community-based organizations; some are co-workers who are inspiring their peers to give their time to help the community; and some are non-profit leaders nominated by a company for their exemplary community work. 

Too often, these people are not recognized for their powerful acts of community-building.  SCI seeks to change that!  Honor a 2011 Community Social Capitalist from your corporate family for his or her commitment to making a difference in Massachusetts at SCI’s Social Capital Luncheon.

Recognition.  All 2011 SCI Community Social Capitalists will be recognized at the Luncheon and receive a plaque to celebrate their invaluable contribution to their community. Honorees will also be featured in press releases directed to community publications.

2011 Community Social Capitalists:

Elaine Dougherty – Nominated by The YMCA of Greater Boston, North Suburban Location

Elaine Dougherty is the Director of the YMCA International Learning Center in Woburn. The YMCA provides free English classes to immigrants in the Woburn area through funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Under Elaine’s leadership, the YMCA ILC has become an integral resource for the local immigrant community.

Elaine continually seeks to build bridges between her students and the broader Woburn community. She creates opportunities for students to share their cultures, make connections, and navigate American society more effectively. This spring, ILC students are partnering with Social Capital Inc. (SCI) to present the multicultural festival WorldFest Woburn. Students also benefit from a variety of speakers and resources, including visits from area businesses and community leaders. Elaine is an outstanding example of an active citizen working hard to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity for success and happiness.

Sergio Martin Jaramillio – Nominated by Jay Ash, Chelsea City Manager & Compare Supermarkets, Chelsea

Sergio Martin Jaramillo is a businessman whose reputation is only exceeded by his integrity. Those who visit his Liberty Loan and Broadway Jewelers get great value. That alone merits respect, but does not begin to define a man that many cherish as a friend and admire as a do-gooder.

Sergio has been recognized with numerous businessman and citizen awards for his leadership, selflessness and impact. The Commonwealth has cited him for heroism in intervening in a domestic violence dispute. A Chelsea Rotarian of the Year, among Sergio’s noble acts was a recent mission to Venezuela to aid doctors performing surgery for suffering children.  His election as the Star of Bethlehem’s Master of the Lodge has led to expanded philanthropy from that institution founded in 1843.

Sergio places a greater level of emphasis on the needs of others than he does on his own.  His efforts have made the world a better place.

Sonia L. Alleyne – Nominated by DotWell

Sonia L. Alleyne is originally from London, England and currently the Vice President and Community Reinvestment Division Manager for New England at Sovereign/Santander. Sonia began her career in the banking industry in September, 2002. Her responsibilities include managing over two million dollars for the Sovereign Bank Charitable Foundation. Sonia’s duties include providing grant support to numerous non-profit organizations throughout New England. She also manages the United Way Program for the bank in New England and any other special projects. Sonia also developed a corporate wide volunteer program and manages the volunteer opportunities for the bank in New England.

Sonia is a graduate of Dorchester High School and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics, with a minor in Political Science, from Northeastern University. She also holds a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in State and Local Government from Suffolk University.

Guarionex Rodriguez – Nominated by F.U.E.L. & Compare Supermarkets, Lynn

Guarionex Rodriguez, a bilingual special education teacher, is being honored for his development and implementation of an individualized education program for each special education students. Rodriguez’s program identifies goals tailored to each student’s needs and abilities. He coordinated with teachers, parents, teaching assistants and various service providers to include occupational and physical therapists for students with speech impairment and other learning disabilities.

Rodriguez also employed diverse techniques to promote active learning, including individualized instruction, problem solving assignments and small group work. He has exercised flexibility within the classroom addressing students’ needs through various special accommodations. Rodriguez has been working in the Lynn Public School system since 1991; he received his Master of Education in Special Education from Salem State College in 1998.

Kitt Sawitsky - Nominated by Goulston & Storrs

Kitt Sawitsky, a Director at Goulston & Storrs, practices general corporate and business law.  Kitt has a reputation as a deal maker and served as the firm’s co-managing director for nine years, and is currently the Co-Chair of the firm's Corporate group.  He has advised clients in connection with business planning and strategy, asset and stock sales, debt and equity financings, M&A, entity structuring and shareholder and partner relationships.  He has particular experience representing consumer businesses in their domestic and cross-border operations, as well as extensive workout and restructuring expertise.  Kitt's General Counsel representation has included Shawmut Design and Construction, Betsey Johnson, Fuddruckers, Tweeter Home Entertainment, MooBella and other middle market companies.

Kitt serves on the Board of Directors for STRIVE-Boston Employment Service, OXFAM America, Strategies for Children and Open Learning Exchange.  Kitt received his J.D. from Boston College Law School and his B.A. from Princeton University.

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