René Mardones

René Mardones

Lead Organizer
René Mardones

René Mardones leads our community organizing team, working alongside SCC members and residents in the community to build leadership and execute campaigns that will achieve equity for Somerville of all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds.This includes organizing for affordable housing, local jobs, and a community benefits agreement around new development coming to Somerville.Originally from Chile, René has been actively involved in social issues affecting low-income communities, immigrants and communities of color in the Greater Boston Area.

René first got involved in organizing as a student in his home country against the dictatorship. He saw firsthand how organizing can inspire and agitate people to fight against those conditions.  

After immigrating to the United States, René joined the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation as an AmeriCorps Organizer. He later worked with Sociedad Latina as a parent organizer, learning from immigrants whose experiences were very different from his own. He has also been a community organizer for Alternatives for Community and Environment and the T Riders Union program.

As an organizer, René recruit members, facilitates trainings and provides 1-1 support and coaching for members to develop their organizing skills. Currently René is the lead organizer with the Somerville Community Corporation, working on a range of issues, including affordable housing, local jobs, and a community benefits agreement around new development coming to Somerville.

Originally from Chile, René Mardones migrated to the US in 2000.  Since that time René has been actively involved in social issues affecting low income communities, immigrants and communities of color in the Greater Boston Area.  René grew up in a low income family that struggled to provide him with a good education.  As a student, he got involved in organizing against the dictatorship in Chile and helped to build a group of residents in his neighborhood; they came together to address some of the injustices faced in the community.  It is through these lived experiences of oppression and injustice that René learned how organizing can inspire and agitate people to fight against those conditions.  He believes that to address systemic problems you need systemic solutions. In 2003 René joined the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation as an AmeriCorps Organizer.  Later René joined Sociedad Latina as a parent organizer; there he had the opportunity to work with immigrants who wanted to better understand the educational system in Boston.  He had an opportunity to learn from immigrants whose experience was very different than his experience. René spent seven years working as a community organizer for Alternatives for Community and Environment and the T Riders Union program. In this position, along with ACE’s member leaders, he ran local bus service campaigns, conducted outreach to recruit members, facilitated trainings and provided 1-1 support and coaching for members to develop their organizing skills. Currently René is the lead organizer with the Somerville Community Corporation, working on a range of issues, including affordable housing, local jobs, and a community benefits agreement around new development coming to Somerville.

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p: 617.776.5931, ext. 226