Staff

Louisa Gag / Program Coordinator

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Louisa is the Program Coordinator for LivableStreets, providing operational and program support to the staff, board, and Advocacy Committee. With a keen eye for detail and an elaborate hierarchy of to-do lists, Louisa is a multi-tasking maven, maintaining the database, coordinating volunteers, and taking charge of the many details that keep the LivableStreets’ office humming.

Previously, Louisa worked at the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation, where she managed the South Boston Farmers Market and coordinated business development events. She completed a self-designed degree at the University of Rochester, studying the relationship between people and their environment. A semester abroad in Copenhagen sparked her interest in the livability of cities. Louisa cut her teeth on Boston’s public transportation system while growing up in Roslindale.

 

Contact: louisa@livablestreets.info

What the staff says about Louisa

A day without Louisa in the office leads to all sorts of chaos! Printers spit and hiss and Excel spreadsheets only open in scary-clown view. Louisa is the backbone and the sweet tooth of our office, and she makes sure our staff meetings are never without chocolate.


Nidhi Gulati / Emerald Network Program Manager

Nidhi_Gulati_June_2017_(1).pngNidhi is the Program Manager for the Emerald Network, an initiative of LivableStreets. The Emerald Network is a vision for 200 miles of seamless greenways across the Metro Boston area, creating an urban recreation and transportation system that is safe and convenient for all. Nidhi manages all aspects of the program, including advocacy, project oversight, and technical assistance.

Previously, Nidhi served as a project manager at Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in New York City. During her time at PPS, she worked in over 10 states and 5 countries on community-based placemaking projects, and spoke at several national and international conferences. Nidhi holds a Master of Science in Park and Community Planning from Texas A&M University in College Station, a Certificate in Principles and Practice of New Urbanism from University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Malaviya National Institute of Technology in Jaipur, India.

Born and raised in India, Nidhi is passionate about the intersection of gender and race with the built environment, and exploring how design affects the perceived safety and usability of public spaces.

Contact: nidhi@livablestreets.info

What the staff says about Nidhi

When Nidhi arrived at LivableStreets, she immediately began placemaking efforts at her desk. A garden of images, figures, and a wall of humor grew. The rest of us looked at our wilted houseplants and sighed.


Jeannie Hess / Volunteer Development Specialist

Jeannie_Hess_June_2017.pngJeannie researches and writes grants for LivableStreets. She has over three decades of nonprofit experience in public health, community service and HIV/AIDS work. With her passion for travel on two wheels (she’s completed two bicycle tours across the US), Jeannie is deeply invested in helping LivableStreets change the transportation conversation to be more inclusive of equity, public health and climate resiliency issues, as well as in creating safe streets for all transportation modes in Metro Boston. 

 

 

 

Contact: jeannie@livablestreets.info

What the staff says about Jeannie

Jeannie is an enviable resource for national park trips and pictures and she makes excellent homemade bread. We’re thrilled to have Jeannie and her dog Maddie in our office on a weekly basis!


Lynn Holmgren / Content & Publications Manager

Lynn_Holmgren.pngLynn manages content for the LivableStreets and Emerald Network websites and oversees the organization’s print publications, including the Annual Report and Vision Zero Progress Report. As a budding urbanist with a strong creative writing background, Lynn enjoys playing with transportation jargon and fostering a more people-centered approach to streets. When she’s not at LivableStreets, Lynn is the woman behind Two Wheels Creative.

Lynn has previously worked as an outdoor educator, ESL teacher, librarian, and business communications copywriter. She grew up in Sandwich, MA and lives in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.

 

 

 

Contact: lynn@livablestreets.info

What the staff says about Lynn

Lynn is known as the “quiet storm” in our office, often assembling reports from a few bullet points and connecting the dots where they trail off . . . . She can often be spotted on her Mass Ave commute in her you-glow-girl bike vest.


Andrew McFarland / Community Engagement Manager

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Andrew McFarland is the Community Engagement Manager for LivableStreets, coordinating communications, events, and outreach around Vision Zero, Better Buses, and a growing roster of street projects and initiatives. Drawing on diverse experiences with the New York City Department of Transportation’s Public Engagement Unit, the Brooklyn-based arts collective the Silent Barn, and as a producer for Slideluck, Andrew brings strong public engagement know-how and a creative lens to LivableStreets.

A Massachusetts native, Andrew has long been enamored with the beauty of Boston’s byzantine street network. He is fascinated by the ways in which people, geography, and memory affect our collective sense of place.

 

 

Contact: andrew@livablestreets.info

What the staff says about Andrew

People who don’t know Andrew often refer to him as “that tall, skinny man trying to get me to take a survey” — we just call him our not-so-secret weapon.


Jacob Meunier/ Advocacy Volunteer

Jacob_Meunier.pngJacob is a regular volunteer in the LivableStreets office, supporting many of the behind the scenes operations. His work includes maintaining an interactive map of 80+ street projects, welcoming new members to the Advocacy Committee, and providing editorial and event support.

A long-time bike commuter and former bike racer, Jacob has been riding the streets of Boston and its suburbs since the days before two wheels were a common sight. He is an enthusiastic supporter of regional and inter-city trains, and is the author of a book on the politics of high-speed rail in France.

 

 

Contact: jacob@livablestreets.info

What the staff says about Jacob

From convincing the New England Confectionary Company to print “Buses R Sexy” on their signature candy hearts, to securing the finest bike-themed party essentials, Jacob is our go-to party planner.


Stacy Thompson / Executive Director

Stacy_Thompson.pngStacy is the Executive Director of LivableStreets, overseeing all programs including Vision Zero, Better Buses, and the Emerald Network, and ensuring overall programmatic and operational excellence for the organization.

A relentless optimist, Stacy is undaunted by the many challenges facing Metro Boston today, including increasing access to jobs and affordable housing, improving safety and public health outcomes, and building climate resiliency. Stacy believes that improving our streets isn’t simply a transportation issue, but one of justice, equity, and opportunity.

Previously, Stacy served as the Director of Events & Sponsorship at Ceres, a sustainability nonprofit organization, where she developed the strategic focus, content, and communications for major events. She also worked for the Office for Peace and Justice at the Archdiocese of Chicago where she collaborated with community partners to organize educational forums and supported a broad array of social justice initiatives. She has a Master of Arts in Social Justice from Loyola University and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education from Saint Vincent College.

Contact: stacy@livablestreets.info

What the staff says about Stacy

We don’t actually know what Stacy does all day. We’re not sure she even knows how to mail things or turn the projector on. One time she baked us these things called 401Kakes  we think that might be how she got the job.


Maddie / Office Dog

Maddie.pngMaddie the Labradoodle provides a gentle canine presence at LivableStreets. When the staff gets too people-centric, Maddie advocates for four-legged friends (Streets are for dogs, too!) Maddie was born in South Carolina and has resided in JP since 2010. She is a trained therapy dog and makes frequent visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

 

 

 

 

What the staff says about Maddie

Maddie helps LivableStreets staff and volunteers' productivity go up, while keeping blood pressure down! 


Stuart Haruyama / Community Organizing Intern

Stuart.pngStuart is the Community Organizing Intern at LivableStreets, supporting the Better Buses campaign and various administrative taks. Stuart is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School, where he is exploring the intersections of urban planning, social justice, and spiritual wellness. Previously, Stuart worked at the Rhode Island School of Design developing student leadership programs and building partnerships with local non-profit organizations. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Seattle University. Stuart came to LivableStreets admiring the organization’s pursuit of equity and inclusion in the realm of public transit. As an urbanophile hailing from the suburbs, he is excited to be challenged to consider connectivity, equity, and community organizing in new ways. He currently lives in Providence, where he commutes daily via the MBTA Commuter Rail.

 

Contact: stuart@livablestreets.info