Dream Team

Every great organization starts with a strong team!



Maria has accomplished many trainings and has many certifications mainly addressing Environmental Issues, Leadership Development and Social Justice. She also has many publications in partnership with School of Public Health, University Of Michigan were Maria worked for over 18yrs and is still very active with the SPH mentoring students and supporting Internships. Maria is currently in a 3 year Kellogg Foundation Fellowship addressing Racial Equity, Social Justice and Institutional Racism.


LINDSEY MATSON, LLMSW, community organizer

Throughout her career Lindsey has been politically active, and believes that social workers should advocate for policy change which would benefit their clients and the communities in which they work. She is currently the Youth Organizer for Congress of Communities, where she facilitates the Latinx Youth Council, plans and organizes events, and engages in advocacy around immigration, education, and other issues which affect youth and families in Southwest Detroit.

LUCY RUIZ, administrative Assistant

Lucy consistently supports, informs, motivates and involves parents in various school activities and the educational progress of our children.  She currently works at Congress of Communities on the TANN Project and encourages the participation of leaders and residents and connects them with other community organizations to bring resources and leadership workshops.  Lucy’s second passion is in the administrative and accounting area.  She is a certified CPA and graduated from the University of Guadalajara, with accounting experience in Mexico for 15 years.

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Amanda Holiday, LMSW, Early Childhood Specialist and Community Organizer

Amanda has worked for over 10 years at Southwest Detroit non-profit organizations. She is fluent in Spanish and well known in the neighborhood. Her passion is seeing young children get the love, attention, and education they deserve and supporting their parents and caregivers to give them what they need. At CoC she manages all the projects under Early Childhood, supports and organizes the Safety Alliance work, and supports administrative work. Amanda also supervises Social Work interns from various universities in the Metro area.