Steven likes to make physical, digital, and social infrastructures for communities to achieve more equitable and sustainable outcomes. He focuses on advocacy work and regional planning, combining his experience in communications, planning, management, and building communities of practice. He connects people and knowledge in organizations, organizations to constituents, and policy to communities to realize ideas for action. He is an award-winning planner and designer and can get totally geeky with technical systems. He grew up in West Virginia and saw first hand how highways changed fragile towns and cities, creating environmental and public health disasters. He holds a Master of Public Policy from Tufts University and will talk your ear off about urban systems and history. Don't get him started.
Brian leads Ceres' online communications work including overseeing the organization's three websites (Ceres, INCR and BICEP), engaging audiences through social media platforms as well as developing podcasts, videos and other multimedia material. Brian is also responsible for arranging media partnerships for the annual Ceres Conference and manages the production of the Ceres Annual Report. Prior to joining Ceres, Brian was the Online Organizer for TrueMajority.org where he worked to engage everyday people on progressive political issues including universal health care, election protection and climate change. Prior to that, he developed and managed the online communications program at Corporate Accountability International. In addition to online communications, Brian has experience in a variety of areas including international media, strategic planning and fundraising. Brian earned his BA from University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2000.
Kendra is part of the forensic accounting and business valuation services team at Edelstein & Company. Working primarily in family law, she tracks marital assets and helps clients reach a settlement. Kendra also develops programs to increase female engagement in public accounting within Edelstein’s Women’s Initiative Committee. Kendra has always loved cities with vibrant street life—even growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, a city which has minimal urban planning and public transportation infrastructure. Since moving to Massachusetts in 2012, she has discovered the new hobby of “urban hiking” and now relies on her legs as her primary mode of transportation around Boston and Cambridge.
Kathryn Carlson is an economist at Fidelity Investments, focusing on energy, commodities and macro analysis. She holds a B.A. in Economics from WellesleyCollege and an MSc in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics. She grew up in Milwaukee under the “New Urbanism” administration of Mayor John Norquist, which helped fuel her passion about urban land use. Prior to joining Fidelity, she worked in the Administration of Governor Jim Doyle on financial regulation issues. She has been an avid bike commuter in Boston, London, Paris and Madison, WI and has to look up the price of gasoline on Bloomberg. Kathryn joined the LivableStreets board in 2012 with the hope of helping to spread the idea of sustainable, convenient and enjoyable urban lifestyles.
Charlie holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science, and works as a software developer for Geode Capital Management, a financial services company in Boston, MA. As a bike commuter, walker, transit rider, and occasional driver he is a passionate advocate for safer and more appealing streets. Charlie has worked with LivableStreets since 2004 and has been on the Board of Directors since 2007. His primary focus with LivableStreets is direct advocacy through government agencies, local media, and other local organizations. In addition to his role with LivableStreets, he is also Vice Chair of the Somerville Bicycle Committee and a member of WalkBoston, MassBike, and the Boston Cyclists Union.
Nina Garfinkle is a designer. She provides a usability lens to an array of design solutions that focus on people and their needs, whether it is visual communication, home and office organization, or urban streets. Nina imagines how people will interact with what they see to devise creative, simple and user-friendly solutions for everyday environments. As principal of Garfinkle Design since 1987, Nina has over 25 years of experience building brands through corporate identities, logos, signage, annual reports, websites, and direct mail. She is a frequent collaborator with prominent New England advertising agencies and design studios. In 2005, expanding on her skill for de-complicating situations, Nina created a Clutter Consulting business, to offer her "less is more" organizing systems to residential and commercial clients. Over the last 8 years, she has extended her philosophy to “Street Interface” design, making options to walk, bike, and take transit easier for people through signage, maps, educational materials, presentations and workshop and advocacy development. Nina is a past board president of LivableStreets Alliance and current Governance Committee chair; she also serves on the board of WalkBoston, where she chairs the Communications Committee. She is a former board member, Membership Chair and Vice President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts/Boston Chapter and a founding member of the virtual community SouthEnd.org. She earned a BFA in Graphic Design from Boston University's School of Fine Arts.
Stephen Gershman is a Principal Consultant at Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, where he builds technology for leading hospital networks to deliver better care to patients. In his role as Board Chair at Compass Partners he has enabled more than 1000 student entrepreneurs to start their careers in college and develop four core values: participate proactively, think adventurously, live consciously, and commit unreasonably. Stephen has an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University and a BA in International Relations and Entrepreneurial Leadership from Tufts University. In 2015 he traveled in a glider for the first time, took first prize in a chili cook-off, and hiked in the Sierra Nevadas.
Josh Greenberg is an attorney, and currently serves as the Vice President of Government Relations at Boston Children’s Hospital. His primary responsibility is oversight of city, state and federal fiscal and public policy issues, including work on Medicaid/CHIP, pediatric quality, child/public health concerns, research, and medical education. He previously served as Manager of the Children’s Division at Health Care For All, where he directed the Covering Kids Program for Massachusetts. He also coordinated other children’s work, including projects on health quality, teen health and mental health. Prior to joining Covering Kids, Josh founded an innovative legal aid program (now known as the Medical-Legal Partnership) based at the Boston City Hospital Department of Pediatrics. Josh is a member of policy leadership committees for the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and the Massachusetts Hospital Association, and has served on the boards of several legal aid organizations. When not at work, he like to spend time on his bike. Josh is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Northeastern University’s School of Law.
Ken is a private consultant specializing in the design of civil infrastructure, focusing on integrated public transport systems, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and roadway and bridge design. In his life and in his profession. He is also an adjunct Research Associate at the Center for Transportation and Logistics and Lecturer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the MIT. Ken served as Associate Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Works from 1983 to 1991, where he was responsible for bridge and highway engineering, and where he co-authored the book: Bridge Design--Aesthetics and Developing Technologies. In the 1970's and early 80's he was Project Manager of the Southwest Corridor Project in Boston, a $750 million investment in railroad and rapid transit facilities, city streets, parkland and urban revitalization that received a Presidential Design Award and was named the Outstanding Engineering Achievement of 1988 by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. Kruckemeyer is an Architect with degrees from Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University.
With a background in urban planning and public health, Russ was a co-developer of one of the first courses on the built environment and health. He is the author of a text book on the built environment, a history of the effort to use planning and architecture to promote health, and a book on the urban environment. His latest book is a history of Boston’s South End. His published articles include studies on urban sprawl, income inequality, and racial segregation. In addition to extensive experience with community advocacy organizations, Russ has worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston in housing, environment, and community development agencies and is currently a part time lecturer at Northeastern University.
Steve was the co-founder of Boston's Hub On Wheels Bike festival and was subsequently a Gubernatorial appointee on the state’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board. He was Board Chair of TechBoston Academy, a public pilot high school whose achievements were honored by a visit from President Barak Obama in 2010, and led Mass Networks’ NetDay Campaigns that mobilized over 20,000 volunteers across the state to help network schools for technology-facilitated education reform – leading to an invitation to present at President Clinton's 1999 National Education Summit. Previously, working with state union leaders, he helped found the Massachusetts’ Coalition for Occupational Health & Safety, which just celebrated its 45th year. He has also worked in high tech, helping with the start-up of Lotus Development Corporation then, after a fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government, becoming Director of Strategic Planning for the Commonwealth’s Office of Management Information Systems. Steve has served on the national boards of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), the Consortium for School Networks (CoSN), and as chair of Grassroots International (GRI). Miller has published four books on public policy, hosted a radio discussion show, and was the on-screen Science & Technology Commentator for a national cable network. He currently publishes a weekly blog titled, “The Public Way: Transportation, Health, and Livable Communities.”
Co-founder of LivableStreets Alliance, Jeff served as Executive Director until 2007. For the past seven years, he was a transportation planner and street design engineer for the City of Cambridge. He is currently a Phd candidate at MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He serves on MassDOT’s Transportation Advisory Board appointed by Governor Patrick, serves on Boston's Complete Streets Advisory Committee, the Alliance for Biking and Walking Board of Directors, and participates in the Bicycle Subcommittee of the National Committee on MUTCD. Jeff has over 20 years experience in consulting, research, training & education, public policy, and community advocacy at the intersection of environment, business, and community engagement. Prior to founding LivableStreets, Jeff has worked on sustainable development projects in Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East through Cadmus Group and the Urban Institute. He used to work for the Business & Sustainability group at Tellus Institute. Jeff holds a Masters degree in Environmental Engineering and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University (working with the Green Design Research Initiative), and a Professional Engineering License from the State of Maine.
As a consultant in Blue Cross’s Strategy and New Business Solutions division, Sam has led engagements in process improvement, strategy development, mission and vision creation, business planning, process redesign, project management, organizational redesign, functional assessment, and others. Sam earned a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management from Boston University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. Sam is a certified Lean Green Belt. Prior to joining Blue Cross, Sam worked in Human Resources at Lahey Clinic Medical Center, where he was responsible for allied health recruiting and assisted with physician recruiting.
With a diverse background in urban planning, marketing & communications, and local and national politics, Julia has a passion for connecting people and disciplines and rethinking the possibilities of urban space. A native of Northern California, Julia earned her BA in Environmental Studies and Education at UC Santa Cruz and later an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. Jargon like ‘spatial justice’ and ‘democratizing the streetscape’ may be top discussion-starters for Julia, but really anything having to do with re-imagining urban form and creating more equitable and sustainable communities are enough to get her going. Since moving to Boston (for the second time) in 2007, Julia has worked for Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, the City of Somerville, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Somerville Community Corporation (SCC). Today, she works as Executive Director of MassCommute- a coalition of 12 Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) working to improve and provide sustainable transportation options to commuters- and most importantly as a new mom to her baby girl Maya!