“As a mutual bank, providing fairly priced financial services to organizations & people
in our market area has been a guiding purpose since our founding 200 years ago,”
said Bob Rivers, Chair & CEO of Eastern Bank.
“Aligning community challenges & interests to Eastern’s core
banking products & philanthropic & advocacy efforts has long been our approach--
one we think is both ‘right’ and ‘smart’—and we are so pleased to welcome
Steve, Mitzi, Rebecca, Herby, Malia, & Jody to our Board.
They are thoughtful leaders, & we look forward to their insights in areas that include
real estate & economic development, community lending, support of minority-owned
businesses, innovation & start-ups, & the advancement of women & diverse communities.”
A leading facilitator & thought leader,
Malia is highlighting the value of & facilitating inclusion in business, civic engagement,
& a number of other areas in Greater Boston.
(HW): What first inspired you to create Epicenter Community?
What influence does this have over your direction and passion today?
(ML): I love the city of Boston & don’t think we are living out our full potential.
Boston is in the midst of redefining itself, it important to include diverse culture in this conversation.
There are so many amazing things happening throughout this city
& yet only a few neighborhoods are celebrated.
I am passionate about building a city where all residents
want to contribute something of value to society.
By: S. I. Rosenbaum : Published in Boston Magazine
Malia Lazu grew up in Hawaii, an ideal place to be a mixed-race kid:
People of color make up 75 percent of the population there.
Lazu compares the culture of her childhood to the ubiquitous Hawaiian “plate lunch,”
where Korean, native Hawaiian, Portuguese, & Japanese food might share a single plate.
When she arrived in Boston, she found that “everything is so much more black and white,”
“It’s the culture. Everything is compartmentalized.”
"I believe Future Boston’s celebration of the design community will continue to grow.
There is so much design work in this city.
It doesn’t make sense that we’re not filled with boutiques
& that we’re filled with chain stores instead."
Written by : The Nation
"So what should grassroots activists & candidates do?
Consultants have made campaigns seem like rocket science, but they aren’t.
The basic formula is "50 percent + 1 = power," but there are a lot of ways to reach that goal.
Malia Lazu, Mel King Community Fellow at MIT, has come up with
10 things progressives can do to build a campaign for candidates who deserve to win."
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