Gladys Franco

Chair of the Board

Gladys Natalia Franco Rodriguez is a community organizer and educational leader. Gladys is Clerk of the Migration Advocacy Committee and has previously served as the vice-chair of the Board of Directors for the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Springfield. She has 19 years of experience in the education field and has served as a history teacher, Supervisor of Leadership Development, and Assistant Principal in the Springfield and Holyoke Public Schools. She is currently a Special Education Coordinator in the Department of Youth Services and the County Houses of Correction in the Western, Central, and Northeast regions of the State through the Collaborative for Educational Services.

Bruce Hawkins


An activist and supporter of activists since the middle 1950's and in Northampton since 1961, Bruce (and his wife, Ruth Hawkins) have played a role in making Northampton as progressive as it is today. Bruce is a physicist with a sideline in computing, still active in research. His hobbies include hiking and landscape photography.

Avery Johnson


Jeff Napolitano

Founder and Board Member

Jeff is the founder of The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice. He was previously the Program Coordinator for the Western Massachusetts program of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and has over a decade of experience in political organizing and training. He is a graduate of UMass Amherst and lives in Northampton with his two children.

Myra Lam

Board Member

Yoav Elani Elinevsky

Board Member

Yoav Elani Elinevsky is a native of Jerusalem. In graduate school at UNH, he was a student activist with a focus on Central America, and he established a CISPES chapter there in 1980. In 2002 he co-founded FFIPP, an international educational network of students and faculty for human rights in Palestine/Israel, with chapters in Europe, Brazil and the US. For over 25 years, Yoav was a professor of mathematics at Mt. Wachusett Community College and served as a department chair for many years. He is now retired and lives in Amherst, close to his children and grandchildren.

Javier Luengo-Garrido

Board Member

Hendrik Vanderberg

Board Member