Stacy Thompson / Executive Director
Stacy 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.
Donate to LivableStreets today via Stacy's personal fundraising page.
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.
Lynn Drew / Content & Publications Manager
Lynn 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.
Lynn has previously worked as an outdoor educator, ESL teacher, librarian, and copywriter. She grew up in Sandwich, MA and lives in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.
Want to see LivableStreets keep on publishing great content and accountability reports? Donate to LivableStreets today via Lynn's personal fundraising page.
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.
Lorraine Fryer / Web Development
Lorraine is the Web Development consultant at Livable Streets, putting her HMTL and CSS skills to work to create a more responsive and accessible website. In addition to working at LivableStreets, she digitizes and organizes photographic records for the conservation department at the Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Lorraine moved to Somerville after earning her BA in Visual Art from Brown University, and graduated from Harvard Extension School in 2016 with an MLA in Museum Studies. She enjoys spending her time designing and building websites for individuals and nonprofit organizations, and is always looking for projects that will teach her something new.
What the staff says about Lorraine
When our websites give us lemons, Lorraine makes lemonade! She can turn any issue into a learning opportunity, and is helping us keep our online presence performing at its best!
Louisa Gag / Public Policy & Operations Manager
Louisa is the Public Policy & Operations Manager for LivableStreets, deep-diving into policy research and relationships, developing programmatic positions, and handling operations for the organization. In 2019, Louisa will be focused on building an accountability framework for implementation of the City of Boston's Go Boston 2030 plan.
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.
Want to see LivableStreets up our policy game and extend our accountability work? Donate to LivableStreets today via Louisa's personal fundraising page.
What the staff says about Louisa
Louisa began her career at LivableStreets as Program Coordinator, so in addition to her growing interest in policy work she knows all of the secret inner workings of LivableStreets' quirky office.
Catherine Gleason/ Program Assistant
Catherine is the Program Assistant for LivableStreets, helping the office function by supporting staff and programs, and ensuring things run smoothly. She recently graduated with a B.S. from Northeastern University, where she studied Environmental Science, with a focus in Conservation and Food System Sustainability.
Originally from a sleepy town in southern Rhode Island, Catherine fell in love with the energy and excitement of city life upon moving to Boston. As an avid user of public transit, she recognizes the value and importance of its role in how the city, and its residents, function. Before joining the team at LivableStreets, she was able to explore both non-profit and municipal work settings, through respective positions with The Food Project and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department
Donate to LivableStreets today via Catherine's personal fundraising page.
Jeannie Hess / Volunteer Development Specialist
Jeannie 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.
Dedicated volunteers like Jeannie help us go the extra mile! Donate to LivableStreets today via Jeannie's personal fundraising page.
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!
Kristiana Lachiusa / Community Engagement Coordinator
Kristiana is the Community Engagement Coordinator for LivableStreets, coordinating outreach, events, and communications for Better Buses, Vision Zero, and a growing roster of street projects and initiatives. With a background in public health, Kristiana understands the connection between the built environment and the ways in which we move around, and how transportation impacts health and our sense of community.
Kristiana enjoys exploring the Metro Boston area by bike or on foot. She enjoys the conversations that ensue with others on the streets, and the varied perspectives she can learn while simply getting around.
Donate to LivableStreets today via Kristiana's personal fundraising page.
What the staff says about Kristiana
During Kristiana's first week at LivableStreets, she pedaled right through several severe rainstorms to make sure she got to her meetings on time. Nothing can stop this go-getter!
Tony Lechuga / Emerald Network Program Manager
Tony is the Program Manager for the Emerald Network, managing all aspects of the program including advocacy, project oversight, and technical assistance. As someone who often uses multiple modes to travel Boston's streets and greenways, Tony tries to recognize the lived experience of spaces from all angles.
Previously, Tony worked with the Boston pedestrian advocacy group WalkBoston, while completing a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. Before that he worked as a public school teacher for five years in his hometown of Denver, Colorado. Teaching middle school social studies taught Tony the value of patience, creativity, and varied perspectives, which he sees as necessary to working with and across diverse groups.
Want to see a better connected network of greenway paths across Metro Boston? Donate to LivableStreets today via Tony's personal fundraising page.
What the staff says about Tony
Tony has a pet Chilean rose tarantula that wasn't able to fly on the plane with him when he moved to Boston. He's hoping she will be able to hitchhike cross-country with friends soon. In the meantime, he's forming a Transportation for Tarantulas Coalition.
Andrew McFarland / Policy & Community Engagement Advisor
Andrew McFarland is the Policy & Community Engagement Advisor for LivableStreets. 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. He is a student in the Urban & Environmental Planning Policy program at Tufts University.
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.
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.
Maddie / Office Dog
Maddie 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!