Jeremiah Program has appointed Emilia Diamant as the organization’s first executive director in Boston. Diamant comes to Jeremiah from Prozdor of Hebrew College where she has been serving as Assistant Director. She begins work June 22.
In her new position, Diamant will head efforts to grow current and new approaches to delivering the core elements of Jeremiah’s two-generation model to families in the Boston area. Jeremiah began its work in Boston in fall 2014 with two pilot locations, joining with Endicott College, local housing providers and the YMCA to ensure support for a career-track college education, quality early childhood education, safe and affordable housing, and empowerment training.
The pilot at Temple Place is off to a good start, with 21 women currently in the pipeline to begin empowerment training this summer and fall. Diamant will also oversee the evaluation of the pilots to determine if the Boston model can deliver the same successful outcomes for women and children as Jeremiah’s flagship model.
Diamant is a Boston native whose areas of expertise are social justice, leadership, and cross-cultural dialogues with young people. She has taught in Boston, New York, Costa Rica, North Carolina, Ukraine and Italy, in many languages and settings. Her training as a social worker enables her to employ both micro (therapeutic) and macro (systemic) techniques in her work. She graduated from New York University with a degree that combined her professional and academic experiences to create a major exploring the need for high-quality, non-traditional educational programs in urban spaces. She holds a master’s in social work and a certificate in nonprofit leadership and management from the University of North Carolina. Diamant was a JOIN for Justice fellow in 2012-2013, where she was trained in community organizing, communal power, and strategic planning.
“Emilia has a deep understanding of the systems that keep people in poverty,” says Gloria Perez, Jeremiah Program’s President and CEO. “We know she will bring her passion and creativity to our pilot programs in Boston.”