Louisa Gag / Program Coordinator
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
What the staff says about Tony
Tony's the new kid on the block in the LivableStreets' office. He's originally from Denver, so he obviously hates hiking or anything outdoors.
Andrew McFarland / Community Engagement Manager
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Stuart Haruyama / Community Organizing Intern
Stuart is the Community Organizing Intern at LivableStreets, supporting the Better Buses campaign and various administrative tasks. 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.
Lorraine Fryer / Web Development Intern
Lorraine is the Web Development Intern 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.
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!