Lora Wondolowski, Executive Director
A passion for community empowerment and coalition-building
"I am thrilled to lead Leadership Pioneer Valley, bringing the contacts and experience I have from directing programs at all levels to bear in my own backyard. This effort is much needed to strengthen the diverse communities throughout the Valley."
- Lora Wondolowski
Lora joined Leadership Pioneer Valley as its founding director in 2011 after serving as the founding Executive Director of the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters (MLEV) for 5 1/2 years. She was involved in all aspects of building MLEV into a successful, well-respected organization including administration, fundraising, management, board development, coalition-building, and strategic planning. Her political acumen and strategy has earned the organization strong support with members of Congress, the Governor, members of the legislature and the mayor of Boston. Prior to her work with MLEV, she worked for the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and National Audubon Society in DC. While at LCVEF and Audubon, she launched and organized several successful programs and training programs. She has nearly 20 years of experience with grassroots organizing and community outreach.
Lora holds a BS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a MS from Bard College. She was one of the founders of the Friends of the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turner’s Falls, was a volunteer and board member of Pride Zone Youth Center in Northampton, and was the founder of the Progressive Christian Voice at First Churches of Northampton. She serves on the Connecticut River Watershed Council, Partners for a Healthier Community, and United Way of Pioneer Valley boards.She lives in Greenfield with her spouse and two young daughters.
Greg Richane, Program Coordinator
Greg Richane comes to Leadership Pioneer Valley with a background in advocacy, events and community engagement. Most recently he worked as an organizer with the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, where he mobilized human service professionals, clergy and others to advocate for the needs of New York’s most vulnerable residents. At FPWA, he deepened participation of the organization’s membership in policy advocacy, supporting committees and campaigns focused on a range of safety net, youth and health issues. His work on these issues strengthened budgetary and legislative outcomes at the city and state level, and helped lay groundwork for recent major reforms of NYC’s welfare and early education systems.
In earlier roles Greg worked as a housing advocate, campaign field organizer and manager of large-scale fundraising events, collaborating with professional and volunteer constituencies ranging from homeless adults to elected officials. As a volunteer, Greg has been active in progressive political campaigns, anti-war efforts, and various neighborhood initiatives. He is a volunteer with the Northampton Survival Center and an active member of First Churches of Northampton. He holds a degree in Theater Studies from Boston University’s School of Fine Arts.
Amy l. proietti, program coordinator leaders on board
Amy L. Proietti comes to Leadership Pioneer Valley as the Coordinator of Financial Aid at Greenfield Community College. Her twenty year career in colleges and universities covers the spectrum of higher education administration. Along with financial aid, other positions have included database administration, residential housing, and college athletics. Amy has previously held leadership roles in three professional organizations, the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA), the Northeast Association of College and University Housing Officers (NEACUHO), and the Membership Committee of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).
Locally, Amy is a licensed foster parent and has previously facilitated a support group for foster and adoptive parents. Since 2006, she has volunteered countless hours each spring to assist college-bound students and their families with the submittal of financial aid applications. Currently, she serves on the Executive Board of her union local chapter, the Greenfield Community College Professional Association. She has a BS in Political Science from SUNY Brockport and an MS in College Student Personnel Administration from Western Illinois University. Amy is an LPV alumna of the Class of 2016.
andrew Cantwell, social media intern
Andrew comes to Leadership Pioneer Valley with a background in communication and media. He is a senior Communication/Communicative Advertising and Media Relations double major at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. In these fields he hopes to delve into the use of social media data, and how it can be used to improve the online presence of an organization. He is interested in the intersection between communication and advertising, specifically how organizations use social media to understand and reach their respective communities. Andrew is passionate about local community engagement and enjoys being able to promote community development as Leadership Pioneer Valley's social media intern.
From his extensive background in the service industry, Andrew has developed valuable interpersonal communication skills and is driven by his passion for helping others. Working at Leadership Pioneer Valley has allowed him to utilize these skills in a way that promotes community engagement and leadership development.