Maria Salgado-Cartagena

Development Director

Maria Salgado-Cartagena, known as the Puerto Rican People’s Historian of Holyoke, is working to ensure the visibility of Puerto Ricans in the city’s vibrant past. A longtime resident of Holyoke, she has been involved in community organizing since high school. She has worked in the nonprofit sector of Holyoke for more than 20 years. She has served on the various boards of directors for organizations in Holyoke including Wisty Museum and Nueva Esperanza. In 2013, she was recognized by the Latino Scholarship Association as the Carlos Vega Community Champion and in 2015 she was recognized by the South Holyoke Neighborhood Association with the Maria Berrios activist award. Maria came to Neighbor to Neighbor after a decade working in higher education. She has organized Holyoke Bound, a day-long orientation for Five Colleges Inc, centering the voices of community knowledge keepers as educators. She’s also served as the Pa’lante Restorative Justice Community Advisory Board convener, and the district’s Ethnic Studies coordinator on curriculum development. Maria is determined to preserve the history and stories of Puerto Ricans who made Holyoke home as many are facing displacement through gentrification. Maria is excited to step into this new journey as Development Director at Neighbor to Neighbor.