By John Lynds
At last week’s East Boston Neighborhood of Affordable Housing’s (NOAH) annual meeting, NOAH board members Mike Lake and Lauren DeMayo were introduced as NOAH’s new board co-presidents.
Lake and DeMayo will replace former NOAH Board President Ernani DeAraujo who served for six years as president. DeAraujp will remain on the board.
Lake, a Melrose native, worked as former President Bill Clinton’s Special Assistant for White House Operations and is currently President and CEO of Leading Cities, said he was excited to continue DeAraujo’s work.
“Ernani’s shoes are very difficult to fill because he led this organization in a way that embodies the spirit of East Boston,” said Lake. “NOAH is a CDC, it is a Community Development Corporation and we often think of the real estate part of that equation. But we can never forget the community piece of this and how important it is to reach out to friends and neighbors and appreciate the struggles they have endured and the struggles ahead. NOAH has helped over 15,000 families achieve the security of owning their own home but when I think of NOAH I don’t just think of the real estate portion but as an organization that helps support the community. It is an honor for me to be a small piece of that and to support the community moving forward.”
DeMayo grew up in Eastie and attended East Boston Central Catholic then graduated from Bishop Fenwick in Peabody. She received her undergraduate Business Degree in accounting from the University of Delaware and her Masters Degree in accounting from Northeastern University.
DeMayo currently works in public accounting as an Audit Senior Manager at Deloitte.
“I’m excited for this transition to my new role in serving NOAH and our residents,” said DeMayo, who has been a NOAH board member since 2013. “We have a great organization, with a strong leader, and I look forward to continuing to use my skill set to contribute in a positive way.”