September 28, 2017

Passionate, accomplished social and environmental justice champion to lead twenty-four (24) year old organization committed to eradicating environmental racism and classism, creating healthy, sustainable communities, and achieving environmental justice.

Today, Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) named social and environmental justice champion Dwaign Tyndal as its next Executive Director, effective October 2, 2017. ACE builds the power of communities of color and low-income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities, and achieve environmental justice. ACE is a membership organization anchored in Roxbury, and from these strong roots, organizes residents and builds coalitions using an environmental justice framework to win significant concrete victories in Greater Boston and Massachusetts.

Dwaign has over twenty-five years of professional experience in economic development, community and neighborhood development, youth development and workforce development. Throughout his professional experience, Dwaign has effectively led capable and diverse teams and has also been able to communicate complex public policies to various stakeholders to show how community-based partnerships can build stronger communities and empower residents and businesses to take active roles in their neighborhoods.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, chaired by Tiffany Chenault, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Salem State University. "We are extremely excited to have Dwaign as our new Executive Director." "His experience, passion, and knowledge around environmental and social justice issues will help to move the organization forward", said Tiffany.

“I am extremely pleased to become the Executive Director of ACE. ACE has a long and respected history advocating for environmental justice and other issues impacting our neighborhood and communities. I am looking forward to joining the talented team at ACE. The work ahead of us is both complex and difficult, but with ACE and the strength of our various neighborhoods, these various challenges will be met,” said Dwaign.

ACE was formed in 1993 and has been a clear and consistent voice for eradicating environmental racism and classism across the state. Sue Heilman has served as Interim Executive Director since the departure of former Executive Director Kalila Barnett last spring. “As Dwaign takes the helm, we want to thank Sue Heilman for her strong leadership during this transition,” added Tiffany.

For more information, visit ACE at www.ace-ej.org.