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. Under her leadership, the Office of Equity has been recognized as a national model for best practices in addressing bias-based incidents, including receiving a Telly Award for the district’s prevention program, 24/7 Respect.
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 training programs, including the annual twelve-day MCAD-Certified Courses for Equal Employment Opportunity Professionals.
Becky’s previous experience includes serving as Deputy Director of Training and Organizational Development at DSZ, a national civil rights consulting firm; an Equal Rights Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency; and Co-Director of the Massachusetts Legal Services Diversity Coalition.
Becky holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was a recipient of a 1982 Watson Fellowship, and winner of a 2004 Governor’s Citation for Outstanding Performance. Becky lives in Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood, and is the proud mother of a recent BPS graduate.
Emily Pina, Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
Emily Pina, Esq. is the Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator. Emily 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.
Prior to joining BPS, Emily worked for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office for six years, most recently investigating and prosecuting criminal offenses as an Assistant District Attorney. Emily holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Emily worked as a victim witness advocate, supporting and advocating for victims of crime as they navigated the criminal justice system.
Emily is a Boston native and past BPS student. She loves to read, cook and spend time with family and friends.
Grace Jung, Director of Training and School Support
Grace first joined the Office of Equity as a Northeastern University co-op student in 2016. Subsequently, she served as the Office’s Staff Assistant, Equity Manager, and Director of Training and Accommodations.
In her current role as Director of Training and School Support, Grace manages, designs, and conducts mandatory, remedial, and voluntary training sessions and presentations on preventing and addressing bias-based conduct and sexual misconduct for school administrators, Central Office leaders, educators, and other district employees. Grace's work also includes providing consultation and coaching to school and district leaders regarding bias-based incidents, accommodation requests, and other equity-related matters, and overseeing the 24/7 Respect educational program and online resources for classrooms.
Grace’s prior experience includes data analysis work at the Massachusetts School Building Authority and supporting investigators at the Massachusetts State Office of the Inspector General.
Grace holds a B.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University, and currently attends Northeastern University Law School.
Francesska Jean-Pierre, Director of Accommodations
Francesska Jean-Pierre is the district’s Director of Accommodations. Previously, she served as Equity Manager and Assistant Director of Compliance and Accommodations in the Office of Equity. As Director of Accommodations, Francesska responds to requests for disability, religious, and pregnancy-related accommodations for employees, and religious accommodations for students. Francesska is also a trained mediator who completed forty hours of mediation training in accordance with M.G.L. ch.233 § 23C with MWI in Boston, MA.
Francesska is a Boston native who began her career with City Year Boston, first as an AmeriCorps member and later as staff. During her time with City Year, she worked at the Channing, Curley, Mather, and Trotter Schools helping students to improve their attendance, social emotional learning, and academic performance. Later, as a program manager, Francesska led a team of AmeriCorps members, led the Women of Color staff affinity group, and was recognized as one of City Year's top program managers in the nation. 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 B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Boston College (BC), and her M.A. in Social Impact from Claremont Lincoln University. While at BC, Francesska co-directed FACES Council, an antiracist organization promoting campus dialogue. She is committed to dismantling systemic oppression, and working towards a more just and equitable society. Francesska likes to read, write, listen to podcasts, and spend time with loved ones, including her two cats.
Bruce Bolling Jr., Assistant Director of Compliance
Bruce Bolling, Jr., is the Assistant Director of Compliance. He is responsible for conducting investigations of allegations of bias-based conduct or sexual misconduct brought by employees, students, and families based on the district’s Equity circulars, including disability, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
Bruce holds a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Legal Studies from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He is a recent graduate of Boston College Law School, where he obtained his Juris Doctor. While at Boston College Law School, Bruce served as the Vice President External and Community Service Chair for the Black Law Students Association.
Prior to joining BPS, Bruce’s experience includes managing events to promote health equity, and community outreach and engagement initiatives; working with youth; and helping to ensure city construction projects engage in practices that promote fairness and inclusion.
Bruce is a Boston native and a BPS graduate. He loves to watch the Boston Celtics and New England Patriots, and to travel, learn, and spend time with family and friends.
Chrismary Gonzalez, Equity Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Chrismary Gonzalez is the district’s Equity Manager. Chrismary first joined the Office of Equity as a Northeastern University co-op student in January 2020. She was promoted to Senior Equity Assistant a year later, and to her current position in March 2022.
As Equity Manager, Chrismary provides administrative and operational support to the Office. She leads the Office’s intake process, working with Equity assistants to respond to thousands of requests for assistance each year.
Chrismary earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Political Science from Northeastern University. At Northeastern, she served as a program assistant at the Social Justice Resource Center, a Husky Fellow at the Latinx Student Cultural Center, and a Resident Assistant. Chrismary’s senior capstone paper focused on disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline, and she is passionate about dismantling systems that oppress people with marginalized identities. She likes to read, watch documentaries, and travel.