2016 Council Member Rica Elysee on WCVB Channel 5’s Chronicle

Check out 2016 ONEin3 Council member Modjossorica Elysee on WCVB Channel 5’s Chronicle. Rica is the co-founder and CEO of BeautyLynk, a Roxbury based in-home hair and makeup service specializing in services for women of color. Launched in 2015, BeautyLynk currently serves over 600 clients in Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, and will expand to Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and New York City this spring. Young entrepreneurs like Rica understand their stake in our city’s success and are frequently some of Boston’s most civic minded individuals.

Mayor Walsh Welcomes 2016 ONEin3 Council



On Saturday, March 19th, Mayor Martin J. Walsh welcomed the newly selected Mayor’s ONEin3 Council at the Roxbury Innovation Center in Dudley Square. The diverse, 35-member group will spend the next 12 months working to open up new lines of communication between young adults and leaders in City government.

“In Boston, we have the highest proportion of young adults of any major U.S city,” said Mayor Walsh. “The ONEin3 council selection serves as a reminder that this demographic comprises some of the city’s most civic minded citizens. This team of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders in both the private and public sectors will come together to lead their peers in becoming civically engaged residents and neighbors.”

ONEin3, which is maintained by the City of Boston and supported by the Boston Redevelopment Authority, aims to empower and support the city’s 20-34 year old population through civic engagement. The ONEin3 Council is the leadership body tasked with innovating opportunities for Boston’s young adults to play an active role in setting priorities, addressing issues, and planning for the future of the city. Under the direction of ONEin3 Manager Erin Santhouse, they will oversee programming that increases access to information and resources, expands social and professional networks, and encourages young adults become invested in their communities.

The 2016 ONEin3 Council is comprised of 35 Boston residents who live in 19 different neighborhoods across Boston. This group features social workers, small business owners, undergraduate students, photojournalists, union organizers, aspiring faith leaders and representatives from many other industries across the public and private sectors. Approximately half of the group is native Bostonians, while others grew up as far outside of Boston as Georgia, Texas, and Jamaica.

The Council is set to meet monthly. For the first time ever, this year’s Council will open several of its meetings to all members of the young adult population. All applicants and anyone interested in getting involved are encouraged to join one of two committees that have been newly formed to help the Council plan and execute events, write blog posts, register young people to vote, assist with photography, graphic design, or any number of special projects.

The first open meetings will be held later this spring. Anyone interested in joining may sign-up at bit.ly/JoinONEin3 to be notified of the date, time and location of the meetings.

Members of the 2016 ONEin3 Council:

  • Durante Barringer, Jamaica Plain
  • Katie Belgard, Dorchester
  • Kenzie Bok, Bay Village
  • Andrew Breiter-Wu, Roxbury
  • LaRay Brison, Dorchester
  • Ben Bungert, Mission Hill
  • Joshua Carr, Dorchester
  • Benjamin Cole, South Boston
  • Lauren Doty, Jamaica Plain
  • Modjossorica Elysee, Hyde Park
  • Tamika Francis, Roslindale
  • Robyn Gibson, Mattapan
  • Rosy Gonzalez, Beacon Hill
  • Art Gordon, Roxbury
  • Michael Harris, Brighton
  • Kyndal Henicke, East Boston
  • Gary Howell-Walton, Allston
  • Alexander Le, Back Bay
  • Conor LeBlanc, South Boston
  • Tariana V. Little, Dorchester
  • Oliver Madden, North End
  • Wes McEnany, Dorchester
  • Tina Natale, North End
  • Fhiwa Ndou, Brighton
  • Abigail Ogilvy, Charlestown
  • Temi Ogunbodede, Hyde Park
  • Rebecca Phu, West Roxbury
  • Michael Rodriguez, Hyde Park
  • Edith Shi, Allston
  • Jonathan Spillane, West Roxbury
  • Judith Ternes, South End
  • Darneesh Thornton-Johnson, Fenway
  • Nicholas Vance, Dorchester
  • Justin Yiu, South Boston
  • Jaclyn Youngblood, Jamaica Plain

Jonathan is #BOSTONMAde

“I originally moved to Boston for work opportunities in 2008. However, I spent the last two years traveling abroad and domestically as I completed my PhD. As I was eyeing graduation, I was seeking a community that would encourage me to grow, learn, and thrive. Boston was the only clear choice. The talent, ambition, and vibrancy of this community is empowering. Since returning, I have settled in Dorchester, founded a Jonathan_21(1)business focusing on leadership development and mentoring experiences, and joined my local Main Streets Board (Fields Corner). These opportunities have allowed me to give back to a city—in a local, community-centric fashion—that has offered me so much. Although not originally from town, I am #BOSTONMAde - and I am excited to deepen my roots in Boston!”

Become part of the #BOSTONMAde project and share your own stories with us, or recognize a neighbor, friend or colleague, using the hashtags #ONEIN3 #BOSTONMAde

Allison is #BOSTONMAde

“I left my home state of California to become a staff attorney with the Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), an organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on GLADgender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.  I’ve worked on a variety of cases, including a case advocating for the fair and equal treatment of transgender people in homeless shelters, an asylum case on behalf of a prominent Ugandan LGBTI activist, and two on-going employment discrimination cases advocating for equal benefits for same-sex spouses of gay and lesbian employees.  Boston has and will continue to serve as the foundation for my burgeoning civil rights legal career.”

Become part of the #BOSTONMAde project and share your own stories with us, or recognize a neighbor, friend or colleague, using the hashtags #ONEIN3 #BOSTONMAde