“Portraits of Leadership” Video Participant Biographies

Mayor Michelle Wu, Mayor of Boston

Michelle Wu is the Mayor of Boston. She is a daughter of immigrants, Boston Public Schools mom to two boys, MBTA commuter, and fierce believer that we can solve our deepest challenges through building community. As Mayor, Michelle is working in coalition to deliver bold, systemic change and make Boston a city for everyone.

Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtic and Community Impact Philanthropist

NBA All-Star Jaylen Brown was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating Wheeler High School, Jaylen attended University of California at Berkeley before being drafted by the Boston Celtics with the third pick of the first round in the 2016 draft. Off the court, Jaylen is deeply committed to using his knowledge, network, resources, and platform to interrupt the detrimental consequences of human apathy and systemic racism and work towards an equitable society and sustainable planet.

Rosario Ubiera-Minaya, Executive Director, Amplify Latinx

Rosario is an afro-Latina leader, community activist and social entrepreneur, originally from the Dominican Republic. With over 25 years of experience under her belt, she strives to develop paths for economic opportunity, educational access, and community empowerment through creativity, emphasizing civic agency and leadership representation as essentials to achieving systemic change.

Hannah Mu, MFA Teen Arts Council

Hannah Mu is a rising high school junior from Massachusetts at the Winsor School in Boston and a member of the MFA’s Teen Art Council. A diligent student, and lover of the arts, she hopes that she and her peers at the MFA can use their leadership to create a space in which all the museum visitors feel supported.

Marcus McNeil, Community Activist and Civic Leader

Marcus is an incoming freshman at American University and previously a member of the Transition Committee and an Advisor to the Mayor of the City of Boston, Michelle Wu. Driven to change society for the better, he passionately advocates for young people to occupy decision-making positions they were previously excluded from.

Oleksandra Kovulchuk, Acting Director of the Odesa Fine Arts Museum

Oleksandra is the acting Director of the Odesa Fine Arts Museum in Ukraine. Currently residing in her parents’ home north of Boston, she has become a unifying, trailblazing voice for her international community, fighting to save her country’s art and preserve Ukraine’s identity as a free and independent country.

Thais Rocha, co-founder of LGBTQ Nightlife Events

Thais is the co-founder of LGBTQ Nightlife Events, which has been hosting events since 2016. As a Brazilian lesbian familiar with the Sapphic and queer gaps of Boston’s social landscape, she aims to open a venue to create more inclusive events by creating safe and welcoming spaces meant to cater to their diverse crowd.

Stephen Hamilton, artist in the MFA collection and arts educator

Stephen is an artist and arts educator living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. His life’s work aims to address the persistent lack of positive, multi-dimensional representations of African and African diasporan cultural discourses. Through visual comparison of shared philosophies and aesthetics ubiquitous among Black peoples he seeks to describe a complex and varied Black aesthetic.

Mark Kerwin, Deputy Director and CFO Emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Mark Kerwin was the Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer of the MFA, responsible for strategic financial planning and financial administration of the Museum along with operational accountabilities. During his tenure, he provided financial leadership of the Museum’s $345M new American Wing, and developed financial plans supporting the MFA’s last four Strategic Plans amongst many other achievements.

Darian B. Gambrell, Executive Director, DEAF, Inc.

Darian is currently the Executive Director for DEAF, Inc. in the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts and has been in this role since September 2021. In her mission to support people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and late-deafened, she meets with people in the community to spread awareness on the five values DEAF, Inc. stands for: Community-driven, Access, Self-Determination, Empowerment, and Mutual Respect.

Rob Worstell, Linde Family Director of Studio and Community Art at the MFA and US Navy Veteran

Rob is the Linde Family Director of Community and Studio Arts in the Education Department at the MFA, overseeing the Community Arts programming for the Education Department, and a U.S. Navy veteran. He works closely with a team of MFA adjunct educators who craft multiple collaborative art-making projects, studio art courses for all ages, and specific community-related educational programs for multiple Boston area organizations.