The Ujima Business Alliance (UBA) is a local business association sponsored by the Boston Ujima Project for community-oriented companies within its network. Members of the UBA are business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs who are committed to advancing social and economic justice through the private sector. Ujima Businesses align their corporate practices with their values by creating good jobs, sharing ownership and wealth, meeting local needs, and generating community benefits. Business Alliance Members find strength in unity, and value cooperation over the competition to achieve shared success.

The current UBA members in this directory have joined based on relationships and information that comes out of our Neighborhood Assemblies, and are working to co-create the dues and criteria for the alliance moving forward. When Ujima’s governing body votes to approve our collective Community Standards, with the guidance of the Community Standards Committee, businesses will re-apply to join the Ujima Business Alliance based on the new standards.

LOCAL GOOD BUSINESSES DIRECTORY

 
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CERO CO-OP

CERO (Cooperative Energy, Recycling, and Organics) is an award-winning commercial composting company based out of Dorchester, MA. They provide food waste pickup and diversion services for a wide range of commercial clients in the metro Boston area, and transport compostables to local farms where they are returned to the soil and used to support the local agricultural economy. Their mission is simple: keep food waste out of landfills, save money for their clients, and provide green jobs for Boston’s hard working communities.

 

Our grassroots partners provide political leadership and root our work in ongoing struggles for housing justice, labor rights, youth empowerment, environmental justice, and more. Their expertise and membership bodies help to guide our process of creating community-led standards and investment plans for our local economy. Visit our Organize page for more information on how to support our grassroots parners.

Email nia_at_ujimaboston.com to learn about becoming a grassroots partner.

Black Economic Justice Institute is a nonprofit organization that works to advocate and develop programs that address justice and economic opportunity for black and other people of color of Boston.

 

UJIMA STAFF TEAM

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Nia Evans

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

James Vamboi, Jr.

CHIEF OF STAFF, COMMUNITY, AND CULTURE

Johnny Charles

MANAGING DIRECTOR,

UJIMA FUND

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Cierra Peters

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Jenny

Jenny Geffrard

BUSINESS ALLIANCE

COACH

Paige Curtis

CULTURE AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

Mercedes Loving-Manley

ARTS & CULTURAL ORGANIZING FELLOW

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Somala Diby

FUND INTERN

Anton Jayavendra

FUND INTERN

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Elijah McCants-Green

FUND INTERN

CO-FOUNDER: AARON TANAKA

JOIN THE TEAM

Full Time (For Immediate Hire)

Ujima Fund Analyst

Internships (Rolling)

Ujima Fund Research Intern

Ujima Fund General Management Intern

 

COMMUNITY STANDARDS COMMITTEE

Joyce Clark

Community Health Advocate, 

NAACP New England Area Conference Chair on Climate Change

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Luis Cotto

Program Manager,

Mass Cultural Council

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Mea Johnson

Director of Community Organizing,

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

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Alex Ponte Capellan

Community Organizer,

City Life/ Vida Urbana

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Elie Tigalo

Worker Owner,

Tanám

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

Alex Ponte-Capellan, Community Standards Committee

Kerry Bowie, Founder, Msaada Partners

Maya Gaul, Director of Sales, CERO

Miriam Gee, Co-Founder, Co-Everything

Pat Miguel Tomaino, Director of Socially Responsible Investing, Zevin Asset Management

ADVISORY BOARD

Bithiah Carter, President, New England Blacks in Philanthropy

Jed Emerson, Author and Strategic Advisor to Family Offices

Rodney Foxworth, Executive Director, BALLE

Darlene Lombos, Executive Director, Community Labor United (CLU)

Brian Nagendra, Assistant Director, Catalyst Impact Funds at Living Cities

Jessica Norwood, Entrepreneur and RSF Social Finance Fellow

Jocelyn V. Sargent, Executive Strategic Consultant,New Commonwealth Racial Equity & Social Justice Fund

Morgan Simon, Author and Founding Partner, Candide Group

Mark Watson, Managing Director, Boston Impact Initiative

Kat Taylor, Co-Founder, and CEO, Beneficial State Bank

Michael Curry, Esq., Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Government Affairs & Public Policy, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers