Staff

Stacy Thompson / Executive Director

Contact: stacy@livablestreets.info

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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.


Lorraine Fryer / Digital Content Manager

Contact: lorraine@livablestreets.info

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Lorraine is the Digital Content Manager at LivableStreets, putting her skills to work to present information about LivableStreets' program areas and keep the website accessible and up-to-date. Lorraine earned her BA in Visual Art from Brown University and spends a lot of time thinking about the relationship between art, people, and place-making. She is always looking for projects that will teach her something new.

Lorraine moved to Somerville after college, bringing along her twenty-year-old bicycle and love of bike commuting. She likes to explore the Cambridge and Somerville area and appreciates living within a two-minute ride of the Somerville Community Path.

 

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 Director

Contact: louisa@livablestreets.info

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Louisa is the Public Policy Director for LivableStreets, managing advocacy, research, and relationships around state and municipal policy. She coordinates progress reports, community engagement, and events under our Vision Zero and Go Boston 2030 programs.

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 and Policy Coordinator

Contact: catherine@livablestreets.info

2018_1028_13221200-02_(2).jpgCatherine is the Program and Policy Coordinator 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.

What the staff says about Catherine

Catherine knows how to keep LivableStreets moving forward. Whether it's ensuring the office is running smoothly, tabling at events, or the all important task of keeping the office stocked with chocolate, Catherine is on top of it!


Ambar Johnson / Program Director

Contact: ambar@livablestreets.info

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Ambar is the Program Director for LivableStreets, overseeing Vision Zero, Better Buses, and managing all aspects of the Emerald Network including advocacy, project oversight, and technical assistance.

Ambar's work is guided by her belief that "transportation is freedom" to create abundant, safe and accessible infrastructure and options. Previously, she served as a transportation planner at VHB, leading technical analysis for a range of transit feasibility studies and comprehensive plans in the Southeast. Before that, she worked with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and her neighbors to expand Relay Bike Share by using transportation as a tool for community building.

Ambar is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology where she received her Bachelor of Science in History, Technology, and Society with a concentration in Civil Engineering.

Donate to LivableStreets today via Ambar's personal fundraising page.

What the staff says about Ambar

When Ambar moved to Boston, she set a new staff record for number of miles BlueBiked in a single week! She continues to rack up the miles along the Emerald Network as she attends meetings far and wide across the metro Boston region.


Kristiana Lachiusa / Community Engagement Manager

Contact: kristiana@livablestreets.info

Kristiana is the Community Engagement Manager 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!


María de la Luz Lobos Martinez / Community Engagement Fellow

Contact: mariadelaluz@livablestreets.info

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María de la Luz is the Community Engagement Fellow at LivableStreets. She helps to facilitate the communities’ access to information regarding the Emerald Network, Better Buses, and Go Boston 2030 programs. To enable equitable communication, María participates in outreach activities, creates maps and handouts easy to understand, and is producing material in Spanish.

María de la Luz is from Chile, and she bikes and walks all around Boston. She has an Architecture degree from the Universidad de Chile and a Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her background made her interested in the relationship between people, urban areas, and nature. Thus, she became a designer who focuses on the creation of spaces that assure people’s quality of life while helping the environment to thrive. María de la Luz advocates for social equity, ecological resilience, and gender justice through design.

 

What the staff says about María de la Luz

María de la Luz talks to people in different neighborhoods all over Boston - she has an infectious exuberance and passion for engaging with the community!


Shavel'le Olivier / Community Engagement Coordinator

Contact: shavel'le@livablestreets.info

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Shavel'le is the Community Engagement Coordinator at LivableStreets. She works on outreach strategies for the Blue Hill Ave, Warren Street, and Hyde Park Ave areas and supports the Street Ambassador program.

Shavel'le is the first executive director of Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition (MFFC) and holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Northeastern University. She has been a Mattapan resident for 15 years and has long been active in the Mattapan community, joining MFFC as a teenager in 2009. Before serving as executive director of MFFC, she volunteered as the Youth Program Director, overseeing MFFC Vigorous Youth and the MFFC Youth Coordinator. Shavel'le has worked to bring biking to Mattapan, founding Mattapan on Wheels in 2011, a free youth-led biking event that raises awareness that Black and Brown people do bike, provides an opportunity for young people to exercise their leadership skills, and utilizes green and open spaces for physical activity by bike.