Jennifer Kate Santos, of West Roxbury, an attorney of Portuguese descent, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS). Jennifer joins 12 other current board members of Brazilian, Portuguese and Cabo-Verdean ethnic backgrounds.
Santos graduated magna cum laude in Biology from the College of the Holy Cross in 2001, earned her Master’s in Public Health in 2006 from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and her doctorate in Law from the George Washington University Law School, in the same year.
Since 2005, the newest MAPS Board member has developed her career in Law within the pharmaceutical and health industries, having worked as an Associate at Ropes & Gray LLP and as an Associate General Counsel for Tufts Medical Center, Inc. and Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization, Inc.. She currently serves as a Senior Corporate Counsel at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated.
Jennifer was born and grew up in New Bedford, immersed in the Portuguese culture. Her father immigrated to the US from the Portuguese island of Madeira at the young age of thirteen, and her mother was born in the US to parents of Portuguese descent.
“I am honored to be a part of MAPS. Growing up with a grandmother who only spoke Portuguese and was responsible for raising six children, I understand the struggles of immigrants who come to a foreign country hoping for a better life,” Santos said. “I look forward to supporting and advocating for MAPS and all of the essential services it provides
“We at MAPS are thrilled to add yet another successful member of our communities to our Board of Directors,” said MAPS Executive Director Paulo Pinto, MPA. “Jennifer brings a great deal of knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the organization, especially when it comes to health and legal issues.”
Two other vacancies remain on the non-profit health and social services organization’s 15-member Board. To learn more about MAPS or its Board of Directors, call 617-864-7600 or visit www.maps-inc.org. MAPS, with six offices in greater Boston, Lowell and Framingham, has provided a wide range of culturally and linguistically competent services for Portuguese speakers and other community members since 1970.