September 24, 2018
 
Lena Park CDC Appoints Katharine Martinez as New ED

Katharine Martinez
August 30, 2018 — Lena Park Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit based in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston that provides affordable housing and programs and services aimed at strengthening the local community, recently announced that Katherine Martinez has been appointed as executive director of the organization, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year.

Martinez has been serving as interim executive director of Lena Park Community Development Corporation for the past year, succeeding Andrea Kaiser who held the same role for several years, having taken over from Kimberly Simmons, the most recent permanent executive director.

David Wright, board chair of Lena Park, said, “We anticipate that Katherine will continue to stabilize and grow Lena Park. She is an excellent asset for achieving our mission. We couldn’t be more pleased with our selection.”

Martinez said, "During my tenure as interim ED I have been able to help achieve financial stability, forge working relationships with other organizations and community leaders, support staff in its professional development, refocus programming and broaden my experience in affordable housing. I will build upon this to ensure Lena Park continues to grow as an effective and accountable organization.”

Prior to being named to her interim position, Martinez had served as business manager of Lena Park.

Earlier, she worked as a housing specialist for the City of Boston Further, and served with the Somerville Community Action Coalition.

Her experience in affordable housing began as an assistant property manager for Winn Residential where she helped manage the Lena Park Portfolio.

Martinez earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Pine Manor College.

Founded in 1968, Lena Park today provides affordable housing and services that foster financial stability for families in the southwest Dorchester and northwest Mattapan neighborhoods, as well as youth development, after school, recreation, and visual and performing arts services.

Lena Park has built a real estate portfolio consisting of six housing developments plus a three-year old Community Center, all valued at about $100 million. Going forward, the organization said its strategic focus will be on affordable housing and increased usage of the state-of-the-art-community center with more impactful programming and usage by community organizations. It also aims to reduce its dependency on real estate development revenues and more on revenue generating and self-supporting programs.

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