Founder and Director

Joyce Mandell has worn many hats at different times of her life – mom, community organizer, sociologist, community development specialist, urban studies professor and just general feisty rabble-rouser.  She is excited to add “channeling the spirit of Jane Jacobs” to the list.  She has lived in Worcester, Massachusetts for over twenty years and first moved to the East Side when she served as the Economic Development Director of Oak Hill Community Development Corporation from 1995 – 1998.  She believes in the potential of Worcester, the power of praxis and the truth to be found both in stories and stillness.

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