40 Under Forty: Madeline Mendoza, 37


Homeownership program manager

NewVue Communities, Fitchburg

Lives: Fitchburg

Birthplace: Worcester

The Worcester native has been instrumental in bringing homeownership and financial literacy to North Central Massachusetts. Mendoza, an employee of NewVue since she was 19 years old, began work as part of the Massachusetts jobs training program as a front desk attendant and worked her way through the ranks to administrative assistant, property manager, housing counselor and now manager of the housing services department. She oversees three housing counselors and programs like first-time homebuyers, financial coaching and foreclosure prevention. She has expanded the company's geographical reach to all of North Central Massachusetts. Mendoza, who is both bilingual and bicultural, introduced a bilingual homeownership program to the area and launched an online program to allow residents in rural areas to access MassHousing programs. Fitchburg's North of Main neighborhood, one of the more economically depressed in the area, is getting a big helping hand from Mendoza, who started a downpayment program and helps homeowners access cash. The mom of three boys volunteers with the Spanish American Center and the Clinton Seventh Day Adventist Church. 

From 40 Under Forty judge Michael Arnum: “Madeline is a financial literacy evangelist, using her considerable knowledge to improve the financial fluency of an at-risk community.”

Who is most responsible for your accomplishments? God is first and then my mother, a single mother raising four kids at a young age. She taught me to make education important, not limit my choices, and not give up when faced with challenges.

Which actress is most like you? Julia Roberts. She is always smiling and laughing, mirroring who I am.
Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.