2021 New Board Members

Welcome CRI's newest board members!
Stephanie Monteiro Merritt headshot

Stephanie Monteiro-Merritt is the Chief Organization Officer of The BASE, Inc., a national organization that is shifting mindsets and re-imagining pathways to success for urban youth through sports and educational opportunities. Prior to joining The BASE, Stephanie was the Director of Community Partnerships for Cathedral High School in Boston, where she is also an alum. She is a passionate leader committed to community change and ensuring that access and opportunity for urban youth is a right, not a privilege. Over the past 23 years, she has worked in the youth development, non-profit, and for-profit sectors.

In 2018, she received the Chica Project Community Partnership Award; City of Boston City Council Citation for service and commitment to young women; and United States Senate Citation for her dedication and leadership to Boston’s youth. She is also a proud 2020 alum of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice.




Kiz Headshot

Kiz Syed is an associate on the commercial real estate development team at WS Development where he works on projects in metro-Boston communities. While he has a deep background in the investments and asset management industry, he spent the first half of his career in public service working on covert action, counterterrorism, and counterintelligence issues. His focus has always been on project leadership, people leadership, and storytelling – how to convert technical information into actionable results through collaboration.

Kiz also serves as a project manager for Community Consulting Teams, an organization that amplifies the impact of Boston-area nonprofits through pro bono management consulting projects led by experienced MBAs from top business schools. In this capacity he has worked on inclusion-based market growth opportunities in the continuing education and clinical trials spaces. He also serves as a business career fellow at Wesleyan College where he advises undergraduates, particularly underrepresented groups, on career outcomes.

While Kiz was rowing before he got to CRI, he learned how to row under the encouragement of Coach Ellen, the patience of Jon Smith, and the persistence of John Sisk. He was drawn to CRI because of its enduring mission of “Rowing for All.” As a first-generation, low-income immigrant, who grew up down the street from CRI, Kiz hopes to leverage this mission in support of CRI’s commitment to welcome all members of the community. 







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Michael Cookson has also joined the board! Bio forthcoming.