Louisa Gag / Program Coordinator

Louisa_Gag_headshot-March2016.pngLouisa is the Program Coordinator for LivableStreets Alliance. Louisa provides operational and program support to staff and the volunteer advocacy committee. 

Previously, Louisa served as the Program Manager at the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation, where she managed the South Boston Farmers Market, coordinated business development events, and assisted with affordable housing development projects. She completed a self-designed degree at the University of Rochester that examined the relationship between people and the environment, exploring climate change, sustainability, development, and human behavior. She spent a semester studying in Copenhagen that sparked an interest in the power of the built environment to impact the livability of cities.


Nidhi Gulati / Emerald Network Program Manager

Nidhi_Gulati_headshot.pngNidhi is the Program Manager for the Emerald Network, an initiative of LivableStreets Alliance. 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. She provides management, technical assistance and advocacy support to all embedded greenways in the network, and supports LivableStreets staff with other initiatives to continually advance the vision for a walkable, bikeable and livable Boston.

Previously, Nidhi worked as a project associate and manager at Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in New York City. During her three years at PPS, she worked in over 15 states and 5 countries on community-based placemaking projects, and participated in several national and  international conferences. She received her Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Malaviya National Institute of Technology in Jaipur and a Master’s in Park and Community Planning from Texas A&M University in College Station.

Born and raised in India, Nidhi has also been involved with several advocacy organizations and initiatives in the global south, and has made contributions related to developmental challenges, urban issues, as well as safety and equity in the public realm.  


Jeannie Hess / Development Specialist

jeanwithbroccoli.jpgJeannie brings over 30 years of experience with nonprofit agencies in Connecticut and Massachusetts in a variety of positions. She founded and directed a small nonprofit that taught self-defense to women and girls; was the Executive Director of an AIDS service organization at the height of the epidemic; was a public health programs manager and HIV test counselor at a community health center in Boston, and in 2012 retired from a job at Harvard Medical School where she coordinated a community service program for medical and dental students. She is an avid biker, walker and transit user who has watched Boston change dramatically over the last ten years and is passionate about helping bring about even more change to make our streets more livable. 


 Lynn Holmgren / Content & Publications Manager

Lynn_headshot.jpgLynn Holmgren is a writer who rolled into the world of transportation advocacy when she met LivableStreets at a bike-to-work event in 2015. She started Two Wheels Creative in 2016 with a mission to deliver robust, creative communications and content strategy for small business and nonprofits. Lynn is a published poet and fiction writer who enjoys organizing events around books, bicycles and breaking down social barriers.


 Andrew McFarland / Community Engagement Manager

andrewmcfarlandmoab.jpgAndrew McFarland is the Community Engagement Manager for LivableStreets Alliance, where he coordinates communications, events, and outreach efforts related to the organization’s Vision Zero, Street Projects, and Better Buses initiatives. Most recently, Andrew was a community associate at the New York City Department of Transportation’s Public Engagement Unit, where he worked to expand the agency’s real-time engagement efforts related to bike, pedestrian, and BRT infrastructure in all five boroughs. Previously, he was an organizer and resident at the Silent Barn, a collective-run, all-ages art space in Brooklyn, as well as a producer for Slideluck, a New York-based non-profit dedicated to building and strengthening creative communities worldwide by sharing food and art.

A Massachusetts native, Andrew has long been enamored with the beautiful complexity that is Boston’s byzantine street network and can often be found exploring it by bike and foot. He graduated from Boston University with dual bachelor degrees in history and journalism. 


Stacy Thompson / Executive Director

Stacy_Thompson-headshot-Feb2015.pngStacy is the Executive Director of LivableStreets Alliance, a non-profit advocating for innovative and equitable transportation solutions that provide safe, affordable and enjoyable options benefiting all people in Metro Boston.

Stacy oversees LivableStreets’ programs including Vision Zero and the Emerald Network and is responsible for ensuring overall programmatic and operational excellence for the organization. 

Previously Stacy served as the Director of Events & Sponsorship at Ceres, where she developed the strategy focus, content, and communications for Ceres' 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, Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education from Saint Vincent College.