Local Spotlight: Jovita Fontanez

Image belongs to the author's collection

Jovita Fontanez working at an election. Image belongs to the author’s collection.

On Thursdays, the South End Historical Society features people from Legendary Locals of Boston’s South End in its South End Fact social media posts. Today’s South End Fact post read:

“Dartmouth Street resident Jovita Fontanez was the first Latina elected to the Electoral College of Massachusetts.”

Here is a selection from Jovita Fontanez’s profile in the book: “Born in New York to Puerto Rican parents, Jovita Fontanez moved to the South End with her family when she was a young child. She later purchased a house on Dartmouth Street, where she raised her two children and still lives today. Drawn to aiding underserved and impoverished people, Fontanez helped found the South End Community Health Center and served as its associate director. She also worked with the director of Casa Esperanza in Roxbury to set up their Latinas y Niños Center, a treatment program that helps pregnant women and mothers recover from alcohol and drug addiction.”

To learn more about Jovita Fontanez, check out her profile on page 34 of the book (it comes out on May 5th). Pre-order your copy here.

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