Meet the Team
Rebecca G. Shuster, Assistant Superintendent of Equity
Becky Shuster joined the Boston Public Schools as Assistant Superintendent of Equity in November 2015 after over three decades in the field of civil rights and inclusion. Becky’s prior work includes fifteen years as Director of Training at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), where she managed and delivered internal and external discrimination prevention training programs, including the annual twelve-day MCAD-Certified Courses for EEO Professionals.
Under her leadership, the Commission conducted over two hundred external training sessions each year. Previously, Becky served as Deputy Director of Training and Organizational Development at DSZ, a civil rights consulting firm based in Boston and Washington, DC; an Equal Rights Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency; Co-Director of the Massachusetts Legal Services Diversity Coalition; and an independent diversity consultant for nonprofit organizations, universities, and businesses.
Becky co-founded the City-Wide Dialogues on Boston’s Ethnic and Racial Diversity, now the YWCA Boston Community Dialogues, including co-authoring the curriculum and spearheading efforts to bring the Dialogues to the Boston Public Schools.
Becky has a B.A. from Wesleyan University, and an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was a recipient of a 1982 Watson Fellowship, and the winner of a 2004 Governor’s Citation for Outstanding Performance. Becky lives in Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood with her daughter, Sage, a Boston Latin Academy student.
Quinnelle Gomez, Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
Quinnelle Gomez, Esq. is the Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator. Quinnelle is responsible for conducting and/or managing investigations of possible violations of the district's Equity circulars, including allegations of bias-based conduct and sexual misconduct involving students, employees, and others.
Before joining BPS, Quinnelle worked as an Attorney Investigator for the City of Boston's Office of Fair Housing and Equity, where she investigated allegations of discrimination based on state and/or federal law. Quinnelle holds a B.A. from Dickinson College, a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Quinnelle worked in the nonprofit social service sector in various compliance and management roles.
Grace Jung, Director of Training and Accommodations
email@example.comGrace first joined the Boston Public Schools in January 2016 as a Northeastern University co-op for the Office of Equity and served as Staff Assistant and Equity Manager until September 2019. As the Director of Training and Accommodations, Grace responds to disability accommodations for district employees, administers training sessions for BPS employees on their rights and responsibilities around preventing and addressing bias-based conduct under the district's internal policies, and provides religious accommodations for students and employees. Grace's work also includes partnering with school and central office leaders to provide consultation and coaching regarding bias-based incidents, accommodation requests, and other equity-related matters.
Prior to joining BPS, Grace completed her second co-op at the Massachusetts School Building Authority as a Strategy and Analytics co-op, where she developed a framework that enabled the MSBA to classify over 2,000 funding applications and led a study exploring characteristics of school districts who are rejected from the MSBA’s funding pipeline. Grace was also with the Massachusetts State Office of the Inspector General as a co-op in the Audit, Oversight and Investigations division, where she supported investigators and analysts for a year to look into claims of fraud, waste, and abuse of public funds.
Grace has a B.A. in Journalism.
Francesska Jean-Pierre, Equity Manager
firstname.lastname@example.orgFrancesska Jean-Pierre is the district’s Equity Manager. As the Equity Manager, Francesska is responsible for providing administrative and operational support to the Assistant Superintendent, the Director of Training and Accommodations, and the Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator. She also supports school and district leaders with requests for assistance related to Equity.
Francesska is a Boston native who began her career with City Year Boston, initially as an AmeriCorps member and later as City Year staff. During her time with City Year, she worked at four Boston Public Schools: the Channing, Curley, Mather, and Trotter. In 2018, Francesska joined the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry as Program Director for Roxbury Youth Programs, an after school program promoting academic success for students in the Eliot Square neighborhood.
Francesska received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from Boston College, and her Master of Arts degree in Social Impact from Claremont Lincoln University. While at BC, Francesska co-directed FACES council, an antiracist organization promoting campus dialogue. At City Year, she led the Women of Color staff affinity group. She is committed to dismantling systemic oppression, and working towards a more just and equitable society. In her free time, Francesska likes to read, write, listen to podcasts, and spend time with friends and family.
DJ Rock, LGBTQ+ Student Support Manager
email@example.comDJ Rock is the district's first LGBTQ+ Student Support Manager. In this role, DJ assists schools and students to create welcoming environments for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, or queer and their families, including conducting training on LGBTQ+ student identity and supporting transition planning for students.DJ began their career as a college access counselor at Bottom Line, a community-based organization, working with students across the district, including at the O'Bryant, East Boston High, and Margarita Muñiz Academy. DJ then joined the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where they worked as an Admissions Counselor and then an Assistant Director of Admissions for Multicultural Recruitment. There, DJ advocated for underrepresented students in the admissions process, led staff trainings around diversity, equity, and inclusion, and served as a liaison for undocumented and LGBTQ+ students.DJ received their B.S. from Boston University in Journalism, and is currently a candidate for a Master of Education from Northeastern University.