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.
Lorraine Fryer / Digital Content Manager
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
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.
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
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
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!
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.
María de la Luz Lobos Martinez / Community Engagement Fellow
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!
Azka Shoaib / Better Buses Community Engagement Fellow
Azka is the Better Buses Community Engagement Fellow at LivableStreets, facilitating bus ride audits, analyzing data, and drafting recommendations for the MBTA and the City of Boston to improve communities' experience in their neighborhoods and riding the bus.
Azka is passionate about making transit accessible for all and enjoys getting into the nitty gritty of Metro Boston’s transportation system. Her interests lie at the intersection of transportation, affordable housing, and economic development. She has a masters in city planning from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and hopes to put her degree to good use through her work with LivableStreets Alliance.
What the staff says about Azka
Azka is a champion of bus ride focus groups! With several under her belt, she knows just how to get to the heart of older adults' experiences riding the bus.