ABOUT US

Kriola’s Professional Association

We are the first 501c3 dedicated to helping Kriolas and women of color broaden their knowledge and grow their network through resource sharing and programming. Our mission is to bring together Cabo Verdean women of diverse occupations and provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking, and support.

Our Principles

CONNECT

We seek to meet like-minded Kriolas and other women of color who might become a potential mentor, partner, or employee.

IMPROVE

We pursue continuous learning opportunities that help us develop essential skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

GIVE BACK

We believe in enhancing our knowledge and, while at it, advancing our community. Getting involved will strenghten our business, career, and personal growth.

Meet the  Leadership Team

Tamara Tavares-Viega

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tamara is originally from Cabo Verde and moved to Boston in 2012 with an English from Beyonce song. She attended Suffolk University as an international student, where she received her BSBA in Global Business/Marketing and an MBA.

Her passion for equity, access, and representation led her to launch KPA in 2019. Kriola’s Professional Association is the first 501©3 professional association in the U.S. for the professional advancement of Cabo Verdean and other women of color. Her current focus in KPA is to bring in resources to develop equitable programs and create access to bridge the economic and educational gap of the Cabo Verdean, black and brown community.

 She is always open to learning. Tamara intentionally applies the complex experiential learning theory to her job in higher education, business, consulting work, and KPA. She is a Faculty and Affiliate of the Institute for Experiential Learning. Tamara’s career has been in higher education, serving as the first and only Kriola Faculty at Suffolk University at the age of 23. Her experience in higher education covers student services, event planning, research and assessment, and curriculum development and implementation. Currently, Tamara manages the Alumni Volunteer process at MIT Sloan with the Office of External Relations.

Outside of higher ed, she has consulted for various companies and non-profit organizations in adjusting their strategy and marketing. She also leads several small businesses, from real estate to car rental, to event planning. 

All together, Tamara is a Kriola, educator, hustler, dog mom, wife, and founder of KPA.

Chantal Lima Barbosa

CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Chantal Naomi Lima Barbosa is a young Kriola, community advocate, music artist, songwriter, and a founding member of Kriolas Professional Association (KPA).

Born in Boston, MA, and raised in Praia, Cabo Verde, Chantal is a proud graduate of the Jeremiah E. Burke High School (Class of 2012). She went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science of Political Science in 2016 and a Masters of Higher Education and Administration in 2018 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

In the spring of 2019, Chantal contributed to the founding and establishment of KPA, the first 501c3 dedicated to helping Kriolas and women of color broaden their knowledge and grow their network through resource sharing and programming. She currently serves as KPA’s Executive Assistant, and manages fundraising initiatives such as KPA Kares, and supports KPA’s community involvement and partnerships.

In February of 2020, Chantal began working as the Cabo Verde Liaison for Mayor Walsh in the Office of Neighborhood Services. In this role, Chantal served as the primary contact for the Mid Dorchester and Cabo Verdean community. Chantal was a critical source for residents learning to navigate city services, including the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, Chantal serves as the City Council Liaison to the Mayor, located in the Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental Relations. She has served under former Mayor Janey, as well as for present Mayor Wu. Chantal has been in this role since February 2021.

In the summer of 2021, Chantal decided to get in touch again with her first “love,” music, by joining ISLDNZ Sounds music label. Chantal, also known as Queency in the musical world, joined other Cabo Verde artists during a weekend retreat in 2021, to create a project that showcased each artists’ talents, and highlight the unity between CV artists in the U.S. Together, Chantal along with ISLDNZ Sounds, has released 2 songs, 2 music videos and is slated to release more in the New Year.

Dahlia DaSilva

ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER

Dahlia currently serves as the Administrative Manager with KPA, keeping all projects moving.

Dahlia was born and raised in Boston. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2020 with a bachelor of arts in Portuguese, where she was able to work in the Amherst/ Pelham regional school system as a translator. Since then has worked with the City of Boston as the project and marketing coordinator for the Office of Public Service and Community Outreach. Currently, she is the head of marketing and co-founder of Dahlia’s Garden LLC, where she specializes in customer service, development, and marketing. Dahlia is also an office administrator for Design Construction Consulting Services Inc., specializing in marketing, customer service,  bookkeeping, and business development. Outside of her career, Dahlia has a passion for languages and design, where she spends most of her time decorating and creating new concepts to change the spaces around her. She also spends her time traveling, exploring, and reading about other languages and cultures to be able to apply these concepts to help the community around her overcome language barriers. 

Ania Dos Reis

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Ania currently serves as the Social Media Manager with KPA, managing all things social media including: Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Ania is originally from Praia, Cabo Verde and moved to the US at the age of 4. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in Communication and currently works as a Marketing Strategist and Outreach captain for Archipelago Strategies Group Inc. (ASG). She is also an after school dance teacher for Sarah Greenwood and Tech Boston High School through the 3-Point Foundation. Outside of work, Ania enjoys traveling, giving back, restaurant-hopping and dancing. 

Dahlia was born and raised in Boston. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2020 with a bachelor of arts in Portuguese, where she was able to work in the Amherst/ Pelham regional school system as a translator. Since then has worked with the City of Boston as the project and marketing coordinator for the Office of Public Service and Community Outreach. Currently, she is the head of marketing and co-founder of Dahlia’s Garden LLC, where she specializes in customer service, development, and marketing. Dahlia is also an office administrator for Design Construction Consulting Services Inc., specializing in marketing, customer service,  bookkeeping, and business development. Outside of her career, Dahlia has a passion for languages and design, where she spends most of her time decorating and creating new concepts to change the spaces around her. She also spends her time traveling, exploring, and reading about other languages and cultures to be able to apply these concepts to help the community around her overcome language barriers. 

Meet Our Founding Members

Tamara Tavares-Viega

   FOUNDER

Nicole Veiga

   CO-FOUNDER

Chantal Lima Barbosa

   CO-FOUNDER

Neilda Alves

   CO-FOUNDER

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