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Board Members


Jeff Similien

Commercial Broker

Jeff is the Founder and CEO of Boston Trust Realty Group Commercial, LLC. BTRG Commercial is located in the heart of Mattapan Square, providing real estate services to members of the community. BTRG Commercial main focus is to educate their clients to make the best decisions when it comes to selling, purchasing, or leasing commercial real estate properties. We work with owners who prefer trading their assets off market to protect their privacy.


Alex Edwards

Principle Broker

Alex E. Edwards prides himself with the ability to communicate across all facets and barriers with the population he serves. His initial experience began in the banking industry where he held a variety of management positions and accumulated many accomplishments. Alex has been a licensed Massachusetts Real Estate agent since 2009. Today, Alex continues to strive for greatness by obtaining his Brokers license and starting his very own Brokerage.

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Jeffrey Forbes

Private Client Advisor

Jeffrey is a licensed financial professional with over 10 years experience in the industry working for a Fortune 500 company. He has over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector holding executive roles for various organizations helping build, cultivate, and foster new relationships in the space.


Ashley Hunter

Senior Training and Communication Specialist

In the corporate world, Ashley is a Training & Communication Specialist. But, on the side she does everything from social media strategy to websites. She is passionate about education, issues pertaining specifically to Black women and men, and all things art & design.


Sandy Heierbacher

Communications & Project Manager

Sandy is an experienced nonprofit leader, network builder, project manager, business advisor, writer, marketer, and event organizer.  She currently serves as HR Communication & Project Manager for the Executive Office of Health & Human Services of Massachusetts. Sandy founded and ran a national association of communication professionals for 16 years called the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation. In that role, she gained extensive experience in event planning, fundraising, virtual team management, marketing and communications, as well as deep knowledge in conflict resolution, race relations, social justice and community change. Sandy has a Master’s in International and Intercultural Management.


Mike Reid

Branch Manager

Mike is a seasoned professional with over 13 years of management experience in the retail and banking industries. He is well-versed in the business acumen of net deposit sales growth, small business lending, and advising credit analysis solutions. Mike has a strong passion for developing and mentoring people while demonstrating an unparalleled level of customer service.

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Shawn Lawson

Solutions Center Consultant

Shawn Lawson is a man on a mission. He comes with a lifetime of experience devoting his time to ensure that the community can move forward and advance economically. Shawn has 8 years of experience in the banking/finance world that he's used to help clients reach their full financial potential. He lives by a specific African Proverb, “if you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together!”

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