Meet the Commission
The Commission consists of 13 Arlington residents, appointed by the Town Manager, the School Committee and the Town Moderator. Each of the commissioners serves a voluntary three-year term.
The Commission is further supported by the Arlington Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and over-seen by DEI's Director, Jillian Harvey.
If you are interested in being considered for any future openings on the Commission, please forward a recent resume and short note about why you are interested in joining us to email@example.com. Commissioners must be Arlington residents and commit to 8-15 hours per month.
Kristen comes to the AHRC with a wealth of international human rights experience from working on these issues in U.S. Embassies overseas. Kristen also has an American legal background. She is eager to deepen her understanding of challenges in Arlington and bring her experiences to strengthen the AHRC’s outreach and response.
Christine has served on the Commission since the 1990s. A self-described townie, she has worked to ensure her hometown is a welcoming place for all through volunteer leadership roles at several local organizations, engagement in town politics, and advancing ballot questions like the Community Preservation Act.
Gary has been a Commissioner since 2010 and served as chairman for one year. He also has been a Town Meeting member. Gary comes to the commission with over 20 years experience working with at risk youth and as an educator. He believes strongly in equal rights for all and the Constitution where it says “all men are created equal” and is always a bit dismayed when people aren’t treated that way.
Drake joined the Commission in 2019 and has lived in Arlington since 2006. He specializes in building relationships based on empowerment. Drake started Volition Project in 2014 to help brands empower their customers through more sincere and empathetic customer experiences and products. He also coaches entrepreneurial students at Harvard to start their own businesses in a way that generates the same kinds of reciprocity through empathy. Drake helps the Commission communicate its role in the community, build relationships, protect the rights of the individual, and foster the town’s win-win opportunities.
Director of DE&I
Jillian became the Town's first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator, now Director in 2019. She additionally serves as the ADA Coordinator, is a member of the Mystic Valley NAACP Branch and a steering committee member of the CHNA 17. She received a BA in Anthropology from UMass Amherst and Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree from Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Jill's prior occupations and personal experiences exposed her to the lack of access to healthcare and the educational gaps within underserved communities which compelled her to further serve underrepresented communities and combat social injustices.
Melanie comes to the AHRC with a 25 year history of fighting for a seat at the table for women and people of color in the tech sector. Professionally, she is a Backend DevOps Developer, and an analyst with a love of all things data. She was a founding member of Polaroid's Diversity Committee, and is a volunteer for the Hour Of Code. Born in Arlington, she lived in Cambridge and Somerville until returning to Arlington 10 years ago with her husband. Coming from a family of social activists, Melanie attended her very first protest at the age of 10, when she rallied at the state house for an early version of the Bottle Bill.
Sharon brings a passion for social justice and activism to the AHRC that began as a teenager. She has been deeply involved in volunteer, leadership and activist roles since moving to Arlington over 30 years ago and is a school psychologist. These experiences help to inform her passion for social justice, equity issues, and cultural awareness. Sharon believes in the AHRC’s mission as it continues to build collaborative relationships with that will continue to make Arlington a town that welcomes, appreciates, and respects all.
Hina joined the commission in 2020 and has lived in Arlington for 5 years. She has worked in healthcare for over 20 years pursuing her passion for science and education. Throughout her career as a pharmacist she has had a strong focus on patient advocacy. She has been actively fighting for social justice and matters of equal opportunity from a young age. As a member of the Arlington Human Rights Commission Hina hopes to promote diversity and inclusion while advocating for those that have been marginalized and silenced for far too long.
Kathy Rogers has lived in Arlington for 30 years. For almost 20 years, she has worked at Simmons University where she serves as chief legal officer and secretary to the board of trustees. Kathy is passionate about women’s education. She identifies with first-generation college students because she was one. She has served as an adjunct professor at Simmons teaching a course on “Unlikely Leaders,” focusing on the leadership qualities of five individuals who sought justice for themselves and others from the U.S. Supreme Court in notable civil rights cases. She joined the Commission in 2019.
Christina joined the Town of Arlington in 2020 as an Administrative Assistant for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Division. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Suffolk University and is currently obtaining her Master's Degree in Leadership from Northeastern University. Before joining the Town of Arlington, Christina worked at Winchester Hospital in the Service Response Center. Christina is passionate about diversity, equity & inclusion and is proud to work for the Town of Arlington.
Naoka joined AHRC in 2021 and has lived in Arlington since 2007. She spent much of her career working as an advocate for young people in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, addressing human rights through her work to reform the U.S. justice system. She is excited to join the AHRC’s work to address discrimination and bias in Arlington.
is a 5-time Emmy nominated journalist at Boston 25 News. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, NAACP, is a trained Mentor in Violence Prevention through Northeastern University's Center for Sport in Society and is a long-time mentor with Boston Partners in Education. Crystal holds a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College, and a Masters degree in Media Advocacy (anticipated winter 2020) from Northeastern University. She grew up in Springfield, MA, but calls Arlington home with her husband and family who've lived in town for 4 generations.
Nick has been a Commissioner since the founding of the AHRC in 1993. He is a retired political science professor who has been an Arlington resident since 1970. Nick currently serves on the Governing Board of Common Cause Massachusetts, and he has previously served as the Chair of the Arlington Fair Housing Committee, the Co-Chair of the Arlington Affordable Housing Task Force, and the President of the Arlington Civil Rights Committee. In these endeavors, Nick has been committed to promoting greater equity and fairness for all in our society.
Having made Arlington my home since the past 14 years, I have been drawn to involve myself in the town's diverse and vibrant volunteer committees. Engaging in issues that concern the most deeply marginalized people, including the students in town and also to campaign for social justice issues has led me to work with the Human Rights Commission.