Melvyn Colon is the Executive Director of the Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance in Connecticut. Mr. Colon has 25 years of experience working in different facets of community development, as a practitioner, teacher, researcher, and consultant. He was executive director of Nuestra CDC, a housing and community development corporation in Roxbury, MA. He also developed a $2 million loan fund for YouthBuild USA for employment training programs.
Mr. Colon was on the faculty of Tufts University’s graduate program in Urban and Environmental Policy for 12 years, teaching courses on various aspects of community development. He was also on the faculty of UMASS Boston’s College of Public and Community Service for three years teaching courses on housing development, housing finance, and community planning. His various consulting projects include an evaluation of Rural LISC’s multi-year rural development initiative (with Nancy Nye) and work with a local foundation and a community group to define economic development priorities in a disinvested Boston neighborhood.
Mr. Colon is an ABD candidate at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies, where his dissertation work will review the experience of the MA Housing Finance Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development with the disposition of close to 2,000 units of federally subsidized housing to tenant groups or groups designated by tenants.