Project Citizenship Appoints Melanie Torres as Interim ED
July 20, 2020 — Project Citizenship, a Boston nonprofit that provides services to help Massachusetts residents attain citizenship, recently announced that Melanie Torres has been appointed interim executive director.
Project Citizenship said the interim appointment follows the retirement of Veronica Serrato, who served as the organization's first executive director since 2014.
“We are excited that Melanie has agreed to serve in this capacity as we continue implementing our transition plan to find a permanent leader," said Brenda Diana, board chair of Project Citizenship.
Torres has more than five years of experience with Project Citizenship as director of programs and operations.
She is a graduate of Boston University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in international relations focusing on Latin American environment and development, as well as a Certificate from the Questrom School of Business in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Torres is a Department of Justice accredited representative.
“I am delighted to be able to use the knowledge and skills I have gained at Project Citizenship to step in and offer leadership at this critical time. I have never been more committed to stand with immigrants pursuing their paths to the American dream by becoming U.S. citizens,” Torres said. “We’ll continue to help many brave people who seek citizenship, and to champion the tremendous contributions that new citizens offer this country.”
“Veronica’s powerful leadership has made this agency into New England’s largest provider of citizenship services,” Diana said. “We will always be deeply grateful for her extraordinary accomplishments as our founder and her fierce commitment to immigrants.”
Project Citizenship, a statewide nonprofit agency offering free legal services works to increase the naturalization rate in Massachusetts and beyond, by providing free legal services that permanent residents need to apply for and to achieve U.S. citizenship.
The agency works with local community partner organizations and with over 1,000 volunteer attorneys from Boston’s leading law firms and corporations. Since its founding in 2014, Project Citizenship has helped more than 7,800 Massachusetts residents become U.S. citizens.