Analiese Barnes-Classen, Program Manager

Analiese was born and raised in Roxbury. After graduating from Boston Latin Academy, she went on to earn her bachelor's degree in Public and Community Service Studies from Providence College in 2017.

Since her first job as an intern in the Boston City Council office, Analiese has had a passion for making a positive impact in the community through empowering others to make a change. She is driven by a desire to help others reach their fullest potential and make their voices heard. In the past, she has worked for many notable youth programs throughout the City of Boston including Action for Boston Community Development’s SummerWorks and Camp Harbor View, where she helped young people develop their leadership skills.

Outside of helping her community, Analiese enjoys reading, yoga, and exploring the never-ending attractions her hometown has to offer, in particular the exciting Boston restaurant and food truck scene.

Layla O'Kane, Data Analyst

Layla is from Cairo, Egypt, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics and international relations in 2014. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she worked at Welch Economic Consulting, focusing on labor economics and litigation surrounding gender issues, as well as at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. She was also the chairwoman of Bloomers Comedy, an all-female musical sketch comedy group. After graduation, she went on to work at NERA Economic Consulting in New York, doing antitrust consulting for mergers, acquisitions, and litigation.

Layla is currently living in Cambridge, MA and pursuing a Masters in Public Administration/International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is very excited to be working for the Boston Women’s Workforce Council as a Data Consultant, as it combines her interests in economics and gender issues, as well as her passion for public service.

In addition to her academic and professional interests, Layla enjoys theatre, cooking, knitting, and spending time with her kitten, Luna.


Gianina Chua, Undergraduate Intern

Gianina Chua was born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 2009. She is currently a Senior studying Political Science at Boston College.

Gianina’s internship at the New American Leaders Project has paved her passion for empowerment, advocacy, and policy among immigrants and women. As a McNair Scholar at Boston College, Gianina is currently researching the Municipal ID programs across the United States and analyzing how the Municipal ID program assists in the social integration of immigrants within their communities. Gianina is also a Resident Assistant for first year women and has been the first-responder to their needs. In the past, Gianina interned for MA State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and City Councilor Michelle Wu. Gianina was also a fellow at the Asian American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI), which is the only nonprofit organization in the country that is designed for the empowerment and engagement of AAPI women in politics and government. 

Aside from her interests in government and advocacy, Gianina enjoys the arts, fitness, food, and adventures. She loves to sing, dance, eat good food, getting lost in Boston, take photos, and everything in between.

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Vivian Tam, Undergraduate Intern

Vivian was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently a senior studying American Studies and Community Health at Tufts University.

Vivian is a Writing Fellow for her school's Academic Resource Center where she engages with  undergraduate student writing. She is also a News Editor for the Tufts Observer, the oldest student publication on campus. In the past, Vivian interned for the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center and Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, working on marketing and publicity projects. Vivian was also a fellow at the Asian American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI) and interned for MA State Representative Aaron Michlewitz. Through these experiences in her undergraduate career, Vivian is hopes to combine her interests in research, communications, and marketing/outreach to better address communities needs.  

Outside of her academic and professional commitments, Vivian enjoys cooking, trying new food, watching Netflix documentaries, and traveling.