Makayla Comas / Community Engagement Manager

Contact: [email protected]

Makayla, a young Black woman with long twisted braids and tortoiseshell glasses, stands and smiles at the camera. She is outside in a snowy forest, and is wearing a brown down coat.

Makayla is the Community Engagement Manager for Livable Streets. She oversees the Street Ambassador program, and is responsible for building and coordinating outreach campaigns that advance the goals of LivableStreets’ Transit, Emerald Network, Vision Zero, and Great Neighborhoods advocacy initiatives. Makayla approaches her work with an intersectional framework that she learned as an environmental and racial justice organizer in New York City and which she is committed to applying in her current work. Makayla is particularly interested in the ways Race, Place, and Mobility overlap.

Makayla has worked previously on the MBTA’s Community Engagement Team. She is a graduate of SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry, with a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies, as well as Tufts University, where she earned a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy.

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

Jason Desrosier / Deputy Director

Contact: [email protected]

Jason, a white man with blonde hair pulled back into a ponytail, smiles at the camera from in front of a door way.

Jason is the Deputy Director for LivableStreets. He oversees the Great Neighborhoods Network
and is responsible for fundraising and communications. Jason approaches his work through a
racial justice and equity lens that has been informed through his experience as an organizer
working in communities such as New Bedford, Brockton, and Boston – and is committed to
bringing this perspective to his work at LivableStreets.

Previously, Jason served as Manager of Community Action at Allston Brighton CDC where he
oversaw and managed community initiatives, coalition building and strategic partnerships. Jason
is a community planner and organizer with a background in stakeholder engagement, policy
advocacy, and community partnerships.

Jason has a Master’s degree in Urban & Regional Policy and Planning from Northeastern
University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and has a Bachelor of Science in
Sociology from Bridgewater State University.

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

Lorraine Fryer / Content + Culture Manager

Contact: [email protected]

Lorraine, a white woman with short brown and blue hair, smiles at the camera from in front of a green wooden door.

Lorraine is the Content + Culture Manager at LivableStreets, keeping the website up-to-date, designing reports, and spending a great deal of time contemplating the nature of organizational culture; she is always looking for projects that will teach her something new. Lorraine has a B.A. in Visual Art, an M.L.A. in Museum Studies, and considering how much time she spends thinking about transit-oriented development and affordable housing, Lorraine may be due to return for another degree soon.

Lorraine moved to Somerville after college, bringing along her twenty-year-old bicycle and love of bike commuting. She has spent the better part of the last decade as a founding member of Bay State Cohousing, which is going to be ready for move-in this year! If you're curious about cohousing, Lorraine will happily talk your ear off about it.

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

Catherine Gleason / Public Policy Manager

Contact: [email protected]

Catherine, a young white woman with shoulder-length dark brown hair pulled back from her face, smiles at the camera; there is a tree in the background.

Catherine is the Public Policy Manager for LivableStreets, working to organize our Vision Zero and policy work.

As a multi-modal traveler, Catherine understands the importance transportation options play in mobility, and recognizes the connections between transportation and other issues, such as housing and climate. Before joining the team at LivableStreets, she held positions with The Food Project and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. She holds a B.S. from Northeastern University, where she studied Environmental Science with a focus in Conservation and a minor in Food System Sustainability.

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

Ammi Hosur / Program Assistant
Contact: [email protected]

Ammi, young Indian-American woman standing on top of Porter Square during sunset.

Ammi Hosur is the Program Assistant at LivableStreets Alliance. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications & Journalism from Suffolk University, with a concentration in Public Relations. While attending school next to the State House in the heart of Boston, Ammi began to educate herself about social, political, and environmental injustices. After seeing how people are directly affected by ongoing flaws in the system, Ammi’s empathy drove her to make a personal commitment to contributing to a larger cause: creating a safe and affordable environment while providing equitable opportunities for everyone, regardless of their personal background.

Ammi is passionate about music, art, and food. She loves singing and exploring local restaurants and live shows in the Metro Boston area. You will find her with a pair of headphones in her ears a majority of the time. In 2021, she was in the top 0.05% of listeners for Spotify. In 2022, she hopes to make it to the top 0.01%.

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

Abby Jamiel / Emerald Network Project Manager

Contact: [email protected]

Abby, a young white woman with dark brown bangs and shoulder-length brown hair that fades dramatically to blonde, smiles at the camera. She is wearing glasses with striped brown frames, a collared shirt with a pattern featuring a multitude of cats, and is in front of an exterior wall with white siding.

Abby is the Emerald Network Project Manager. She builds relationships with community members and partners to actualize miles of greenways within Boston. As an Urban Planner, her interest lies in bringing joy and justice to cities. She is particularly interested in the intersection of public space, arts and culture, and climate migration.

Abby has a B.A in Art History from Ithaca College where she rowed on the Varsity Crew Team. She also has a Master's Degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Urban Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She loves to go to live shows, explore new cities on bike and foot, works as a fitness instructor, and dabbles in creating art.

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

Ambar Johnson / Program Director

Contact: [email protected]

Ambar, a young Black woman with her hair braided in long, thin cornrows, smiles at the camera while standing in front of green foliage and a brick wall.

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.

Olivia Poston / Community Engagement and Emerald Necklace GIS Fellow

Contact: [email protected]

Olivia, a white woman with long blonde hair cascading over her right shoulder, stands at a slight angle to the camera and smiles with her mouth closed, looking at the viewer. The lighting is dramatic, with a dark background.

Olivia Poston is the 2022 Community Engagement and Emerald Network GIS Fellow for Livable Streets. Olivia Poston is an architect, cartographer, and researcher studying topics on environmental histories and infrastructural networks. Both her academic and professional projects reflect her drive towards mitigating emergent environmental issues and expanding accessibility through architecture, urban design, and advocacy. Olivia has successfully completed her first year in the Master of Design Studies program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) within the Ecologies domain and is a recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. In addition to her experience in the architectural profession, Olivia has taught multiple design studios at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and led workshops at the GSD through the Fabrication Lab. Through design collaborations, workshops, and building curriculum, she explores the relationship between the city and resource accessibility within a framework of data visualization and geography.

Nrithya Renganathan / Fare Policy Intern

Contact: [email protected]

Nrithya, an Indian-American with brown eyes, brown skin, and black hair, smiles at the camera in front of a light blue wall.

Nrithya is the Fare Policy Intern for LivableStreets this summer. Currently, she is working with RTAs across Massachusetts to support the fare-free bus advocacy movement and researching federal transportation funding sources with MassBudget, a partner organization of LivableStreets. Over the past few years, Nrithya has been educating herself on environmental injustices and inequities across a variety of social issues and understands that they are all interconnected. Nrithya is committed to working towards a safe and equitable future for all and believes that accessible transportation and affordable housing are essential building blocks to that end.

Nrithya is a rising sophomore at MIT. She intends on majoring in Urban Studies and Computer Science and is excited about how we can best use technology to help improve people’s lives. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, listening to music, and exploring the greater Boston area.

Stacy Thompson / Executive Director

Contact: [email protected]

Stacy, a white woman with asymmetrically-cut, chin-length brown hair, smiles at the camera while standing in an urban area featuring trees.

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.

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