Michelle Cilien

"I am a young Haitian American woman, born and raised in the city of Boston (Mattapan). I attended UMass Dartmouth for the 1st half of my undergraduate years and later transferred to St. John’s University in New York where I attained my degree in Government & Politics with minors in Business, and Philosophy of Law. Currently I work for Massachusetts Housing Partnership as a Program Associate for the Homeownership Program. I am responsible for educating the public, lending institutions and various non-profit/community partners about the first time homebuyer’s program, the various benefits offered and how beneficial and essential it is to the state of Massachusetts and local communities. I also volunteer for Boston Earned Income Tax Coalition as a Tax Preparer during the tax season, a Peer Leader with a local Girl Scout Troop (a former Girl Scout myself) & the Second Step Program for survivors of Domestic Violence. My passion is advocating for the communities in need of financial development/reformation, and empowering others to become financially independent in taking the right strides to preparing for their future.  
In the words of Marian Wright Edelman “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”  My goal is to be a voice for the voiceless by using my strengths to establish positive and productive outcomes in all the work I do and making a positive impact within the community and assisting in bridging gaps that need filing"