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About Liz

Elizabeth "Liz" Miranda is an example of what can become of Boston's young people when they are given the opportunity to rise above their circumstances.

First generation Cape Verdean-American and lifelong Roxbury resident, Liz has spent her entire life in the district she is running for.  She is a Wellesley College alumna and proud graduate of the John D O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. 

Liz is a true Social Entrepreneur and Philanthropist; using innovative business and community organizing techniques to activate young people and produce large-scale community events. She has had a long career in both Community Building and Youth Development which began as a teen living in the Dudley Street Neighborhood through the Nubian Roots Youth Committee, the DSNI Board, Mytown,Inc. and the Orchard Gardens Teen Center. She has remained focused on creating a better Boston for young people and communities of color by using her voice and skills since the age of 13.

Liz currently serves on the Boards of Score4More,Inc., The Roxbury Historical Society, and Union Capital Boston. She also sits on the Board of We Are Better Together, working to help end Gun Violence through community healing. Liz as a community leader helps to convene both the Youth Worker Alliance and the Roxbury Cultural Network coalitions to connect and improve Boston’s youth development sector and community Arts scene. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Boston Alumnae Chapter. Previously Liz served as the Director of Youth Opportunity Development at Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI).

Liz has been awarded countless community awards and recognition for her work in inner-city Boston with young people, including:

  • Youth Worker of the Year in Boston
  • Bank of America's Citizen of the Year
  • Two-time winner of the Citizen of the Year Awards from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., 
  • Black Woman of Excellence Award
  • Mother of the Year Award by Yawkey Club of Roxbury
  • ABCD's Community Hero Award
  • Boston Fab's Game Changer of the Year Award
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s Sapphire Awardee
  • Community Service Champion Awardee by Greater Tabernacle Church
  • 2017 and 2018 Boston Centers for Youth and Families Kevin Fitzgerald Award Winner for Community Empowerment
  • City of Boston’s Office of Women's Advancement’s first Extraordinary Woman of 2018

As an Educator, Entrepreneur and Funder Liz has always infused social innovation in philanthropic and community change practices to activate and amplify community voices. Her work at The Boston Foundation to fund fun and safe opportunities for young people across our city, as well as teaching Entrepreneurship at Bunker Hill Community College showcase her commitment to our neighborhoods through all sectors. She began Amplify Boston in 2017 and Dudley Street Dreams, as initiatives to actively promote opportunities community programs, opportunities and events to build a stronger Boston.

Liz currently serves as Executive Director of the Hawthorne Youth and Community Center. 

She is finally claiming her title as one of Boston’s most engaging and effective community builders and leaders and was elected as the next State Representative for the 5th Suffolk District.


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