Thank you all for participating in the Mass Cultural Council Institute – Unleashing the Power of Culture - on March 17th. Five hundred of you came from cities and towns across the state to meet your colleagues, learn from others and understand your importance as an economic driver in your communities. What incredible energy you brought with you and we here at the Mass Cultural Council are so inspired by the work that you are doing day in and day out to weave the Power of Culture into the fabric of your communities. Thank You!


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Celina Miranda

Hyde Square Task Force
Executive Director
Celina Miranda is Executive Director of Hyde Square Task Force (HSTF), a youth community development organization located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. Celina is deeply committed to HSTF’s mission: to develop the skills of youth and their families so they are empowered to enhance their own lives and build a strong and vibrant urban community. Before joining HSTF in August of 2016, she was senior program officer at the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation for over four years, where she managed grants in education and economic mobility. Prior to the Smith Family Foundation, she was vice president and charitable giving manager for BNY Mellon Public Affairs office in New England from 2005-2012. Among her accomplishments at BNY Mellon she is most proud of her leadership role in the development of a multi-year initiative focused on youth aging out of foster care. Celina began her career in philanthropy at The Hyams Foundation, where she managed grants and provided leadership on initiatives in the teen development area. Celina is a trustee of the Rutland Corner Foundation and an adjunct lecturer at Boston University School of Social Work in the Macro Practice Department. Celina holds a B.A. from Smith College in Latin American Literature and Latin American Studies, an M.S.W and Ed.M. from Boston University. Celina also holds a Ph.D. in Social Work and Sociology from Boston University. Her dissertation research looked at the integration of positive youth development in community-based youth organizations. Celina is originally from El Salvador and lives in Milton with her husband and 3 year-old daughter.