Issue #163 - January



Issue #163 - January 2022




Welcome Makayla, our new Community Engagement Manager

makayla comas, a young Black woman with long dredlocks and wearing hoop earrings and glasses, stands in a snowy forest and smiles at the camera.

We are thrilled to have Makayla Comas join us as our new Community Engagement Manager! She has been a great addition to our team, bringing creative and thought-provoking ideas to every conversation. Just a few weeks in, she has already been actively participating in meetings and projects around local communities. We are thrilled to have her with us and cannot wait to see the impact she will make at LivableStreets Alliance! Feel free to drop her a note at [email protected].

We're hiring - please forward!

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LivableStreets keeps growing! Now that Makayla and Ammi are on board, we're looking to add a Deputy Director and an Emerald Network Project Manager. Full job descriptions, salary information, and application instructions can be found at livablestreets.info/careers and emeraldnetwork.info/our_work (or click on the job titles above).

The application deadlines for both positions is February 11, so please forward this information to anyone you know who might be interested. If that anyone is you, we hope you'll apply!

We Ended 2021 Strong with our StreetTalk 10-in-1 + Tour de Streets!

a screenshot of some of the speakers on zoom at the virtual 2021 streettalk 10-in-1

After flooding your inboxes throughout December, we're pleased to announce that Tour de Streets: Winter Edition was a success! Though we were just short of our fundraising goal, the number of donors who contributed increased substantially, which means that, thanks to all of you, we're reaching more people!

We are also excited to have returned (virtually) to our classic 10-in-1 StreetTalk, and want to send a shout out to Annie Shreffler and her team at the GBH Forum Network - they have been fantastic partners for our virtual events throughout the pandemic (just as they were before COVID), and we hope to have the chance to work with them in person again soon! You can see the recording of the StreetTalk on GBH Forum Network's website and YouTube channel.

Fare-Free Bus Momentum Grows

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We’ve been strong advocates for fare-free bus service and last week, we were excited to see a letter, signed by 15 municipalities across the MBTA region, asking the MBTA to make it easier to set up fare-free bus pilots by creating a standardized process. We hope that this will lead to fare-free bus pilots expanding much faster and further!

Read the letter here.


LivableStreets Board Transitions

a view of the mass ave bridge crossing the charles river, with the boston skyline in the background

As we welcome new faces to the LivableStreets team, we are also saying goodbye. Board member Jascha Franklin-Hodge has moved on from our board, as he shifted into his new role as Chief of Streets for the City of Boston. We are wishing Jascha all the best in his exciting new role!



  • Chief of Planning, City of Boston: The City of Boston seeks to hire a cabinet-level Chief of Planning to build a Boston with and for everyone. This role will have primary responsibility for driving the Mayor’s vision for planning that advances the goals of a more equitable, resilient, transit-oriented, and affordable city. Learn more and apply here.
  • Multiple positions, Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance:
  • E-Bike Grant Manager, MassBike: MassBike is seeking a part-time / 30 hours-per-week position to implement a 2-year grant program to distribute electric bicycles and track their usage amongst select populations in Worcester. Learn more and apply here.
  • Transit Justice Organizer, GreenRoots: The Transit Justice Organizer will work to carry out grassroots, base-building that results in broad-based resident engagement, particularly with the most ethnically and racially diverse, lowest income and hardest to reach residents who are most dependent on public transit and affected by environmental injustice. Learn more and apply here.
  • Sustainability Engagement Manager, City of Cambridge: The Sustainability Engagement Planner facilitates partnerships between community organizations, advocacy groups, city departments, and other municipalities to ensure that our programs and planning processes are equitable and engage fully with the diverse communities of Cambridge. Learn more and apply here.
  • Multiple positions, Massachusetts Fair Share Amendment:

As a policy, LivableStreets will only advertise opportunities that include salary or compensation information.


Thank you!

Check out the following resources to learn more about what we've been up to lately!

  • Press: Read local and national press featuring LivableStreets and our work.
  • StreetFilms: Watch videos highlighting our advocacy and events.
  • Greenway Stories: Join us as we explore greenway successes and challenges around the Boston area.

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