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 & Operations Manager

Contact: louisa@livablestreets.info

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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

Contact: catherine@livablestreets.info

2018_1028_13221200-02_(2).jpgCatherine 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

Contact: jeannie@livablestreets.info

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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!


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.


Kristiana Lachiusa / Community Engagement Coordinator

Contact: kristiana@livablestreets.info

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!


Andrew McFarland / Policy & Community Engagement Advisor

Contact: andrew@livablestreets.info

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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. Andrew is taking a leave of absence during the summer of 2019 to do a Rappaport Summer Policy Fellowship in the Office of Councilor-at-large Michelle Wu.

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

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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!


Jessika Brenin / Community Engagement Intern

Contact: jessika@livablestreets.info

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Jessika is the Community Engagement Intern for LivableStreets. She is excited to strengthen LivableStreets' relationship with the Greater Boston community by coordinating spot improvement projects and mobilization campaigns, providing evaluation and technical assistance, and immersing herself in community meetings and events. Her work will tie into the Columbia Road and GoBoston2030 initiatives.

Jessika is currently a graduate student at Tufts University studying urban planning and food policy. She is a new bike commuter and values the green spaces available along her route in Medford, Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston.

 


Ta-wei Lin / Environmental Fellow

Contact: ta-wei@livablestreets.info

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Ta-wei is an Environmental Fellow that will be working on projects aimed at improving Metro Boston's transportation system, including a community engagement plan and accountability framework for the City of Boston's Go Boston 2030 plan and a community-driven bus improvement campaign along Blue Hill Avenue. Ta-wei received an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health and is currently a Doctor of Public Health Candidate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Ta-wei has been a Boston resident for over a decade. He loves exploring the city on his bike, taking leisurely strolls through Franklin Park, and is an avid rock climber.