MPU has been built by parents, for parents.
Massachusetts Parents United started as three parents meeting in a public library around one big idea. We believe parents have more to add to the conversation about our children than simply planning the next bake sale. Now with the active engagement of over 7,000 members, MPU has become the largest urban parent advocacy organization in the Commonwealth and we are growing stronger every day. MPU reaches over 150,000 families across the Commonwealth every month through our MPU Live meetings, and we have empowered thousands of parents to become powerful voices on the issues that affect their families, including safe neighborhoods, affordable housing, food security, and high quality education.
Keri Rodrigues, Mom-in-Chief
Keri Rodrigues is the founding president and Mom-in-Chief of Massachusetts Parents United. Keri received her GED from Boston Public Schools. Keri’s interest in advocacy developed early in her career as a political journalist and radio broadcaster and was then amplified through her work as a labor activist organizing the highly recognized labor union, 1199SEIU. After personally struggling with the educational system of her own children, Keri shifted gears and began focusing on educational reforms to help parents find their voice at the policy-making table so they can improve the lives of their families. Keri’s energy and enthusiasm for advocacy work is a core component in the success of MPU.
Tim Langan, Chief of Staff
Tim Langan is Max and Dylan’s Dad and the Chief Operating Officer of the National Parents Union and Massachusetts Parents United where he focuses on supporting leadership development, delegates and members with the tools needed to advocate for the children and families across the nation from their neighborhoods to at the table with elected officials and policy makers. He is also one of the co-hosts of NPU’s popular “Dad-to-Dad” program - a first of it’s kind effort to connect fathers across the country to advocate for their children from their unique perspective.
Tim studied English at New York University, holds a M. Ed in Secondary Education and has more than a decade of experience in operations and people management. As a proud member of the ILA - AFL-CIO and the son of a former union president, Tim has now channeled his experience to help support of parents and families across the country has helped them to create a powerful voice to change the education policy conversation and informed the “experts” about the realities faced by communities at the grassroots level.
Tim lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, enjoys podcasts and is continuing to build his epic music collection.
Natasha Megie-Maddrey, Chief of Policy
Natasha Megie-Maddrey is the Chief of Policy for Massachusetts Parents United. Natasha is working with parents across Massachusttes to ensure that they know their rights, and are able to fight for the education their children deserve. As the daughter of Haitian/Dominican immigrants, Natasha knows the importance of hard work and giving back. Natasha was the first in her family to go to college. She earned her B.A. from Regis College in Western MA with a major in Political Science and a minor in Sociology. She then continued her education by earning her J.D from New England School of Law. She has lived with her husband in Lynn for 22 years and is the proud mother of five children ages 14-24. Natasha has been a long time advocate in her community and has a pure desire to bring parents' voices to the table so together we can improve the lives of everyone. Contact info phone # 617-755-3853 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Rodolfo Aguilar, Parent Organizer
Rodolfo Aguilar is a parent organizer for MPU as well as an advocate for school reform in the Boston Public Schools, the school system that he attended as a child after migrating to the United States. As an advocate, Rodolfo offers his experiences as a student of the Boston Public Schools and voices his concerns about the lack of changes in practices that are detrimental to positive student outcomes. Along with being an education reformer, Rodolfo volunteers in youth soccer leagues and serves as the executive producer and host of a television show titled “Concepto” at BNNTV.org which airs on Saturdays at 3pm on the public access channel. Rodolfo’s passion for parent organizing is a key component to assisting MPU in helping families across Massachusetts.
Andy Stern - Honorary Senior Advisor
Andy Stern is the former president of the 2.2 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU). He is now President Emeritus of SEIU, which grew by more than 1.2 million workers during his tenure. Called a “courageous, visionary leader who charted a bold new course for American unionism,” Stern has been featured on 60 Minutes and CNN,as Fox News Power Player of the Week and on the covers of the New York Times Magazine, Fortune, and Businessweek. Stern was a senior fellow at Columbia University, and is now a Senior Fellow at the Economic Security Project. He was a Presidential appointee on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, best known as Simpson-Bowles.
He is Chair of the Board of the Broad Center, and a Board Member of the Open Society Foundations, and the Hillman Foundation. In March, 2010, Stern was the Alice B. Grant Labor Leader in Residence at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He is the author of two books, A Country That Works (2006), and Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream (2016).
Since our launch, we have welcomed the support from donors, big and small, as well as foundations who believe in our mission including: