Magalis Troncoso Lama, MBA
About my company
The Dominican Development Center is a nonprofit organization led and directed by immigrant residents of Boston, Massachusetts. Our mission is to develop and empower Dominican immigrants and immigrants representing all communities. We strive to improve the quality of life for our members by promoting immigration issues that might affect our communities, including but not limited to current immigration laws, legal procedure, immigration and human rights among other. We do this through the programming of educational and leadership opportunities which would allow our members to learn and take full advantage of what this country has to offer, and by this have a productive life. This mission is accomplished by providing programs and activities that bring together longtime residents and newcomers of all ages and diverse backgrounds to achieve our dreams of social justice and political representation. We believe that new emerging immigrant communities are the inspiration that will bring progressive movement. The DDC embraces a future of equal representation, equal rights and equal power for all immigrant families, we hope to establish a real conversation among immigrant communities and allow them to have a voice in public debates that impact the life of Dominican immigrants and their families.
I chose this career path because
I feel my line of work is a calling. I have always been passionate about helping those in need and giving back, so a career in the non-profit sector was destiny. I started working in the non-profit arena in 1994, and in 2007 I founded The Dominican Development Center.
We serve mainly women and our focus is in Latin American Community Development and Fundraising, Grass-root Leadership Initiatives, Immigration/citizenship programs/ESL, and Bilingual programs.
I prepared for this career by
I have an Associates in Communication from The Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo(UASD) . When I moved to the United States I obtained a Bachelor's of Science degree in Community Services Management from the University of Massachusetts and then an MBA from Phoenix University.
The biggest challenge I've overcome
The biggest challenge for me was learning how to navigate various systems in the United States after I moved here. I am thankful for those challenges however, because it gave me the opportunity to grow and create a career and life that I love.
My greatest strength(s)
My greatest strengths are my abilities to connect with people, especially women, and my ability to communicate.
My greatest accomplishment to date
In Massachusetts we do a lot of leadership development and I created multiple spaces focused on career development for low income women.
My personal/professional goals
I envision a world free from injustice and a more equitable economy. I want to be involved in the development of women who overcome inequality through small changes.
In order to do that I am supporting the women I work with and for and I am furthering collaboration efforts. I then will reflect on new visions to improve lives for the better.
What/Who has inspired me the most
Looking at my strong Mom going through hardships and poverty, inspires me to do more for women like her.
I most want to be known/remembered for
I want to be remembered by the struggle and commitment I invested to support women.
I participate in the following organizations/memberships
- Greater Boston Legal Services
- The National Alliance of Domestic Women
I support the missions of these charities/volunteer my time
- Boston Women's Fund
- Women's International Network of Women's Solidarity
I enjoy the following hobbies/interests
I enjoy going to the gym, taking nutrition classes and reading. I also enjoy going to church and going to museums.