Jennifer Masdea is the Training Director for the City of Boston’s Racial Equity and Leadership (REAL) Initiative, where she oversees a team of 25 consultants to deliver foundational racial equity training to over 18,000 city staff. As an experienced strategist, program evaluator, facilitator, and project manager that is dedicated to the integration of racial equity and public health practice, Jennifer envisions a world where systemic racism no longer impedes one’s ability to lead a self-determined life with full physical, emotional, mental, relational, and spiritual wellness.
Prior to joining HRiA, Jennifer worked as Program Evaluator at the New York City Health Department, where she focused on designing and embedding antiracist policies and practices throughout the agency. In addition, she was a founding facilitator for the Health Department’s internal racial equity training offered to its 7,500 staff. Jennifer has also worked as Education Manager at the Boston University School of Public Health, where she designed and implemented SBIRT training for healthcare providers and peer recovery specialists. Jennifer credits her passion for community health and health equity to her experience as a Research Data Coordinator for the Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships (BCHNP) program. BCHNP places behavioral health clinicians in Boston Public Schools and community centers to reach children where they “live and learn.” Jennifer has an MPH with a concentration in maternal and child health from Boston University School of Public Health and a BA in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston.