WORCESTER -- Open Sky Community Services, a behavioral health and human services agency, has elected Gina Plata-Nino to its Board of Directors.
Plata-Nino is an attorney at Central West Justice Center, an affiliate of Community Legal Aid, and specializes in food insecurity.
Plata-Nino has been recognized for her extraordinary efforts on behalf of people who relocated to Massachusetts after being displaced by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and more recently for efforts to assist the community during COVID through the Worcester Together coalition.
She was honored with the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Rising Star Award in 2019 for effective advocacy around the issue of SNAP/ Food Security.
In 2021, she was the recipient of the Katherine Erskine Award for Business and Law from the YWCA.
She is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and served as a judicial law clerk in the Massachusetts Appeals Court. She has also practiced law at an international law firm in Southeast Asia.
Open Sky was formed through the 2018 affiliation of Alternatives Unlimited and the Bridge of Central Massachusetts. With more than 100 programs throughout Central Massachusetts, the organization provides services and supports to more than 4,900 adults, young adults and youth with mental health challenges, developmental disabilities, brain injury, substance use disorders, homelessness or other complex challenges.
Open Sky also provide services and supports for LGBTQIA+ youth through its Safe Homes program, as well as expert training for human service professionals and school personnel on evidence-based practices and best practice treatment models through the Bridge Training Institute.
For more information about Open Sky, visit openskycs.org.