Barr fellows

Juan Leyton

Executive Director, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

Juan immigrated from Chile two decades ago. Since his arrival to the United States, he has been involved in social justice through community organizing and development, social policy, and political work. Juan served as executive director of City Life/Vida Urbana and Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts, both organizations work in community organizing, advocacy, civic engagement, and leadership development. He was recognized as a Barr Fellow in 2011 while executive director of Neighbor to Neighbor.

He is currently the executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) --a place-based organization in the neighborhoods of Roxbury and North Dorchester. DSNI’s mission is to empower Dudley residents to organize, plan for, create and control a vibrant, diverse and high-quality neighborhood in collaboration with community partners.