WATCH Staff

Staff Jan 2019

For general inquiries, contact WATCH at 781-891-6689.

For specific program related issues, contact the appropriate staff person below.

Daria Gere

Executive Director

daria@watchcdc.org

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Daria Gere

Daria Gere has been the Executive Director of WATCH since 2013, and formerly served as WATCH'S community organizer. She has over fifteen years of experience in working as an organizer for community based non-profit organizations, including the Massachusetts Senior Action Council, State-wide Organizing for Community Empowerment in Tennessee, and the Community Media Organizing Project. Daria brings her passion for justice, practical experience, and successes in organizing around a variety of issues on local, state and federal policy campaigns.

Tania Burger

Development Director

tania@watchcdc.org

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Tania Burger

Tania Lang Burger is the Development Director at WATCH. She came to WATCH in 2013 from more than a decade of experience as Development and Communications Coordinator for a historically African-American non-profit organization in Montgomery, Alabama. At the Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama, Tania participated in the full range of organizational programs. In addition to managing fundraising, communications, and public relations activities, Tania facilitated workshops and trainings, undertook child care policy research and advocacy, and guided collaborations with partner organizations. She was particularly involved in the organization's signature program for bridging differences in the service of community development and personal empowerment.

Genoveva Tavera

Community Organizer

genoveva@watchcdc.org

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Genoveva Travera is the Community Organizer. Genoveva is an active member of the Waltham Latino community with experience in community outreach work. She has educated families on accessing community resources, developed an after-school program for 47 low-income families, created a library to promote bilingual literacy, and coordinated a community crisis response for a missing person. She has international experience in managing multi-cultural events.

Brian Logue

Adult Education Program Manager

brian@watchcdc.org

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Brian Logue is the Program Manager for WATCH’s adult education program. Brian has been teaching English as a Second Language for over ten years, including two sessions as a volunteer English teacher at WATCH. A resident of Waltham, Brian is certified in TEFL instruction at the Boston Language Institute and has extensive experience developing original curricula and lesson material with an emphasis on integrated speaking, reading, and writing instruction. Brian's focus at WATCH is leadership development and supporting students and volunteers.

Suzi Solomon

Housing Clinic Coordinator

suzi@watchcdc.org

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Suzi Solomon is the Housing Clinic Coordinator. She is a Brandeis graduate (1982) and has a Master's degree in Social Work from Simmons (1987). She has been working in the field of homelessness prevention since 1990, when she coordinated a state-funded program at the Somerville Community Corporation.  Suzi manages the WATCH Housing Clinic, in addition to working one-one-one with clients during regular office hours.

Brianna Polanco

Campaign and Communications Coordinator

brianna@watchcdc.org

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Brianna joined WATCH in August 2020 as the Campaign and Communications Coordinator and she is a proud member of the Latino/a/x community. She graduated with a B.A. in Public Relations and Communication from the University of Rhode Island and is now studying to get her Masters in Business Administration. She has dedicated much of her life to helping others and even won a couple of awards for her dedication to the Brown and Black community on her university campus. With WATCH she is responsible for campaign and policy research for the organization's community organizing agenda, as well as social media and other communications.

Karla Ortega

Tenant Advocate

karla@watchcdc.org

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Karla Ortega joined WATCH in August 2020 as a Tenant Advocate and member of the WATCH Housing Clinic. Karla graduated with honors and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in Barcelona, Spain, and a Masters Degrees from Cambridge College and Harvard University.  Given Karla’s multicultural background, she is uniquely positioned to support the under represented minorities and immigrant population in the City of Waltham.  She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Catalan.   Karla brings her passion for advocacy, her practical experience in support of legal teams, and knowledge in the area of city and state government programs to provide assistance to families struggling financially.  Consistent with WATCH's mission, she is committed to support and help the Waltham community to do well and thrive.