LDI is delighted to announce the addition of two new staff people to meet the growing demand for its trainings, Isaac Martinez and Emily Jendzejec. Isaac will be joining the team as Program Manager, working with Duncan to recruit for and run the flagship program. Emily will be joing the team as part-time Training Manager to work on training design and implementation outside of Massachusetts and the flagship program.

Isaac hails from New Mexico and came to Massachusetts to attend Harvard College, which he graduated from in 2009. Since then he has been working at Next Street, a multi-disciplinary economic development firm serving urban nonprofit and small business clients. There he was responsible for designing and managing training programs. Isaac discovered the Episcopal Church as a young adult and is now a member at The Crossing and St James in Cambridge. As of last month he also became a nominee for Ordination for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church.

Isaac explained his excitement for joining the LDI team:

“I am ecstatic to join LDI because I’ve benefited so much from its transformative power to draw leadership from the soul outwards. I see my own lay leadership and my calling to ordained ministry as the work of organizing, and I’m thrilled to help spread that vision across the diocese and the country. I look forward to bringing my gifts and talents, nurtured at a nonprofit and small business consulting and training firm, to LDI to enable and strengthen its life-changing reach. And I can’t wait to engage with fellow leaders of all kinds who strive to make the Kingdom of God a beautiful reality.” 

Emily is originally from Maine and moved to Massachusetts in order to attend Boston College. She graduated in 2013 from Harvard Divinity School with a Masters in Divinity. While there she took Marshall Ganz’s class on community organizing and has since become a teaching fellow and trainer. Emily worked as a coach with LDI in 2012 and 2013 and this past program year as a facilitator.  Last year she began working as a chaplain to young adults at the Paulist Center in Boston

Emily expressed her reasons for joining LDI:

“Over the past three years I have had the privilege of being an LDI coach and experiencing the transformational effects of the program in my own life and in the communities I have worked with.  The work that LDI is doing in the church and world is groundbreaking and at the exciting intersection of prophetic witness and faith in action.  I feel honored and blessed to be joining the LDI team as Training Manager and look forward to being more deeply connected with the greater LDI community.”

They will begin working with LDI in August. Please join us in welcoming them!