The Greater Worcester Community Foundation and Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, co-sponsors of Leadership Worcester, have announced the Leadership Worcester Class of 2020.

From a competitive pool of applicants, 28 rising leaders were selected to make up the program’s fifth cohort. Beginning in the fall, they will embark on a nine-month experiential learning program that will explore critical public policy issues, engage with local leaders, and create meaningful relationships. Through day long sessions on a myriad of topics, participants will learn more about Worcester’s opportunities and challenges and hone skills that will help them move our region forward. 

“Community leadership programs like this one work really well when you are able to bring together people with different backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. Leadership Worcester creates a space for them to learn and discover ways their work and interests overlap all with the common goal of advancing our community,” said Sarah Shugrue, Program Officer, Greater Worcester Community Foundation. “The fifth cohort is one of our most dynamic groups yet. We’re excited that interest came from so many corners of Worcester.”

The Class of 2020 will join more than 100 professionals that make up Leadership Worcester’s alumni network. These individuals are advancing our community in bold and innovative ways by joining boards, spearheading local initiatives, and running for office.

“Part of the equation when it comes to the Chamber’s recruit, retain, incubate mission is to harness the power of leadership within the existing workforce. By supporting their efforts and encouraging these rising leaders to make strong connections with the greater community, the Chamber and GWCF are investing in the future of this great city,” said Timothy P. Murray, President and CEO, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to the development of this fifth cohort and seeing their unique contributions to the growing Leadership Worcester organization and our community.”

Members of the Leadership Worcester Class of 2020 are:

Natalie Anumba

UMASS Medical School

Elena Arranz Alonso

Worcester State University

Danielle Beauregard


Sean Brennan

Lamoureux Pagano

Ethan Brown

MassHire Central Workforce Development Board

Jennifer Carlson

Redemption Rock Brewery

Dr. Bob Caron

Becker College

Valerie Cohen

Temple Emanuel Sinai

Alicia Colizza

UMASS Memorial Healthcare

Elizabeth Condron

Pine Street Inn

Lisa Drexhage

Worcester Business Development Corporation

Patrick Flanigan

Consigli Construction

Cassie Gevry

College of The Holy Cross

Emily Gowdey-Backus

Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Ariel Lim

City of Worcester, Office of Economic Development

Amanda Misilo

Berkshire Bank

Julia Moriconi

Mrs. Moriconi’s Ltd.

Craig Mortley

YWCA of Central MA

Charisse Murphy

YOU Inc.

Milka Njoroge

Century Homecare LLC.

Alicia O’Connell

O’Connell & O’Connell, PC

Michelle Alexandra Santana

Community Activist

Erin Simpson

Fallon Health

Grace Sliwoski

Regional Environmental Council

Robert Totaro

Webster Five Cents Savings Bank

Alexandra Vazquez

Fidelity Bank

Jennifer Vu

Family Health Center of Worcester

Jessika Zequeira

The Shine Initiative