Nancy Coan, director
Nancy has served as the Director of the Lowell Alliance since March 2016 and has worked in non-profit management for 20 years. Her experience spans a number of different sectors including international civil society development, women’s empowerment, nonprofit capacity-building, advocacy, and humanitarian assistance. She holds a Masters in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Nancy serves on the board of Budget Buddies, an organization that helps low-income women become financially self-sufficient, and also provides pro bono consulting services to nonprofits in Lowell and Lawrence. She lived and taught English as a Second Language in Slovakia for three years, and has traveled to 36 countries.
Soady Ouch, Community Organizer
Soady Ouch came to Lowell in 1988 and has worked at the Lowell Alliance since 1996. Prior to that she was employed by the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, and St. John’s Hospital in Lowell. She was born in Phnom Pen, Cambodia.
Soady works directly with Khmer families mostly living in the Lower Highland and Acre neighborhoods. She helps connect them to local resources and services, advocates for families with service providers to ensure their needs are met, and provides translation services. She facilitates a weekly Khmer Support Group and Mobil Food Pantry, and coordinates the Franklin Court Community Garden.
MARY Tauras, Family Advocate
Mary Tauras was born in Guatemala to American-born international aid workers who both came from low- to middle-income families. She moved ten times before the age of 18, and has lived in or visited 12 countries. She holds her Masters in Community Psychology from UMass Lowell and a Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict, which focuses on community resilience, civic engagement, program development and evaluation, advocacy and public policy. In her role as Family Advocate, she interfaces with DCF and other agencies, works to help families learn about local resources and navigate systems to meet their needs, and helps residents build civic-mindedness and confidence to become leaders in their own neighborhoods.