Lora Wondolowski, Executive Director

A passion for community empowerment and coalition-building

"I am thrilled to lead Leadership Pioneer Valley, bringing the contacts and experience I have from directing programs at all levels to bear in my own backyard. This effort is much needed to strengthen the diverse communities throughout the Valley."

- Lora Wondolowski Lora Wondolowski

Lora joined Leadership Pioneer Valley as its founding director in 2011 after serving as the founding Executive Director of the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters (MLEV) for 5 1/2 years. She was involved in all aspects of building MLEV into a successful, well-respected organization including administration, fundraising, management, board development, coalition-building, and strategic planning. Her political acumen and strategy has earned the organization strong support with members of Congress, the Governor, members of the legislature and the mayor of Boston. Prior to her work with MLEV, she worked for the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and National Audubon Society in DC. While at LCVEF and Audubon, she launched and organized several successful programs and training programs. She has nearly 20 years of experience with grassroots organizing and community outreach.

Lora holds a BS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a MS from Bard College. She was one of the founders of the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls and was a volunteer and board member of Pride Zone Youth Center in Northampton,  She currently serves on the Connecticut River Conservancy, Public Health Institute of Western MA, and United Way of Pioneer Valley boards. In 2018 she received the Women's Professional Chamber's Woman of the Year Award.  She lives in Greenfield with her wife and daughters aged 12 and 9.  

Amy Britt, Leaders OnBoard Program Coordinator


Amy Britt comes to Leadership Pioneer Valley with a background in communications, marketing, and event management. She worked for Tapestry, a major regional public health agency, for over 10 years, most recently as the Director of Communications where she oversaw the communications and marketing for the organization, worked with the Development Department on fundraising campaigns and events, and supported the agency’s state and federal advocacy efforts.  Amy is passionate about authentic, grassroots efforts to create change for our communities and is currently working to support Root Studio, a nonprofit that serves teen girls who live in low-income communities in Turners Falls and struggle with poverty, abuse, addiction, and sexism. 

Amy graduated from Smith College with a BA in Biology, and in 2012 was selected as an American Fellow in a U.S. State Department program focused on Women's Health Leadership in Brazil. She is a 2014 Leadership Pioneer Valley graduate and currently lives in Greenfield with her husband, daughter, two dogs and chickens.



Rosemary Manu holds a master’s degree from George Washington University in International Development Studies with a concentration in Energy. Prior to that, she earned her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from The University of Connecticut.

Her most recent experience as a Consultant for USAID Food for Peace provided her with monitoring and evaluation skills. She and her team were responsible for evaluating and assessing the effectiveness of combining emergency assistance and resilience-building. She also has deep experience overseas with the UN Women in Bangkok, Thailand in the Disaster Risk Reduction department. During her time there she strengthened her research and writing skills. She compiled and submitted an energy report which provided her department with research on the nexus between energy and women in Asia.

Ms. Manu is passionate about helping develop communities and individuals. She hopes to bring all the many skills she acquired into her new role as program coordinator for the LEAP program. 


Emily McGuinness, Marketing and social media intern

emilyEmily McGuinness is currently a third-year student at Western New England University where she is working towards a Bachelor’s degree in English. Emily has held several leadership positions at WNE including Orientation Group Leader, Junior Representative and Treasurer of the English Honor Society - Sigma Tau Delta. She also works as a Student Assistant in the Office of First Year Students and Students in Transition, as well as a Writing Center tutor in the English Department at Western New England. Emily cares about bettering the community and helping others strive to be leaders in whatever work they do.

Emily hopes to utilize her role as a Marketing and Social Media Intern at Leadership Pioneer Valley to strengthen her professional business writing skills, as well as impact the Pioneer Valley area through assisting to enhance Leadership Pioneer Valley’s social media personality.   



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