Staff

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 Turner’s Falls, was a volunteer and board member of Pride Zone Youth Center in Northampton, and was the founder of the Progressive Christian Voice at First Churches of Northampton. She serves on the Connecticut River Watershed Council, Partners for a Healthier Community, and United Way of Pioneer Valley boards.She lives in Greenfield with her spouse and two young daughters.  

 

Greg Richane, Program Coordinator

Greg Richane comes to Leadership Pioneer Valley with a background in advocacy, events and community engagement. Most recently he worked as an organizer with the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, where he mobilized human service professionals, clergy and others to advocate for the needs of New York’s most vulnerable residents. At FPWA, he deepened participation of the organization’s membership in policy advocacy, supporting committees and campaigns focused on a range of safety net, youth and health issues. His work on these issues strengthened budgetary and legislative outcomes at the city and state level, and helped lay groundwork for recent major reforms of NYC’s welfare and early education systems.

In earlier roles Greg worked as a housing advocate, campaign field organizer and manager of large-scale fundraising events, collaborating with professional and volunteer constituencies ranging from homeless adults to elected officials. As a volunteer, Greg has been active in progressive political campaigns, anti-war efforts, and various neighborhood initiatives. He is a volunteer with the Northampton Survival Center and an active member of First Churches of Northampton. He holds a degree in Theater Studies from Boston University’s School of Fine Arts.

 

 

 


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