Staff

Archana Apte / Online Communications Intern

Contact: [email protected]

Archana, a woman of South Asian descent with curly black hair, smiles at the camera in front of pine trees.

Archana Apte is the Online Communications Intern at LivableStreets, assisting with social media, writing, and website design. Archana studied environmental sociology and design at Northeastern University, where she worked in communications and user experience design. She currently lives in Boston.

In her free time, Archana enjoys baking, exploring the city, reading, and playing video games.


Rachael Burstein / Emerald Network and Great Neighborhoods Intern

Contact: [email protected]

Archana, a woman of South Asian descent with curly black hair, smiles at the camera in front of pine trees.

Rachael is the Emerald Network and Great Neighborhoods Intern for LivableStreets, developing and updating maps and advocacy materials for both programs. Rachael studied Political Science, Environmental Studies, and Urban Studies at Northeastern University.

In her free time, Rachael loves to read, run, and play video games with friends.


Moctar Fall / Community Engagement + Advocacy Intern

Contact: [email protected]

Archana, a woman of South Asian descent with curly black hair, smiles at the camera in front of pine trees.

Moctar is the Community Engagement + Advocacy Intern for LivableStreets Alliance, supporting both the Better Buses and Street Ambassador programs. A native New Yorker, Moctar is a fourth year undergraduate student and a first year masters candidate in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, with a concentration in the histories of built and lived environments. His interests revolve around community development, transportation and lived/built environment.

In his free time, he enjoys practicing taekwondo, biking, video gaming, cooking/eating good food and watching documentaries.


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, putting her skills to work to present information about LivableStreets' program areas and keep the website accessible and up-to-date. Lorraine studied visual art from Brown University, earned a Master's degree in museum studies at Harvard Extension School, and spends a lot of time thinking about the relationship between art, communities, 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.

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


Louisa Gag / Policy Advisor

Contact: [email protected]

Louisa, a young white woman with shoulder-length brown hair, smiles at the camera while standing in front of a white brick wall.

Louisa is the Policy Advisor for LivableStreets, managing advocacy, research, and relationships around state and municipal policy. She has coordinated progress reports, community engagement, and events under our Vision Zero and Go Boston 2030 programs. She is currently enrolled in Tufts University to receive an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.

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.

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


Catherine Gleason / Program and Policy Coordinator

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 Program and Policy Coordinator for LivableStreets, working to organize our Vision Zero and policy work. Catherine supports all programs including Transit, Emerald Network, and Great Neighborhoods, and is the champion behind many of our events. 

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.


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.


Kristiana Lachiusa / Director of Transit + Outreach

Contact: [email protected]

Kristiana, a white woman with shoulder-length light brown hair, smiles at the camera while standing in front of a tree.

Kristiana is the Director of Transit + Outreach 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.


María de la Luz (Luli) Lobos Martinez / Emerald Network Mobility and Environmental Systems Analyst

Contact: [email protected]

María de la Luz, a young Latinx woman with long brown hair, looks at the camera with a smile as she crouches in front of a snowy mountain scene.

Luli is the Emerald Network Mobility and Environmental Systems Analyst at LivableStreets. Under the Emerald Network program's umbrella, she works on creating new links for the network, keeping existing greenways working appropriately, actively engaging community members, and addressing the environmental justice role of the network. She also oversees the progress along Columbia Road while leading our Gender and Mobility Initiative. When she finds some free time, she does data analysis for our Go Boston 2030 program.

Luli is originally from Chile and uses her bilingual capacity to enable equitable communication every time she can. She bikes and walks all around the Metro Boston area, and, in her recreation time, you can find her walking her cats on the streets of Camberville.

She has an Architecture degree from the Universidad de Chile and a Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a designer who focuses on creating spaces that assure people's quality of life while helping the environment thrive—Luli advocates for social equity, ecological resilience, and gender justice in our streets design.

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


Shavel'le Olivier / Community Engagement Coordinator

Contact: shavel'[email protected]

Shavel'le, a young Black woman with shoulder-length curly black hair and glasses, sits cross-legged in a grass field and rests her face in her right hand while she smiles at the camera.

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.

Donate to LivableStreets today via Shavel'le's personal fundraising page.


Anabelle Rondon / Great Neighborhoods Network Director

Contact: [email protected]

Anabelle, a Latina with shoulder-length straightened dark brown hair wearing a white shirt, smiles at the camera while standing in front of the Boston harbor with the city's skyline in the distance.

Anabelle Rondon is a strategic and passionate advocate for diverse and inclusive civic engagement driving community change. She has over 15 years of experience organizing communities to effectively engage in the creation of vibrant places policies that center the communities they will impact. Anabelle plays many roles close to her heart, all focused on the power of networks and building community. She has led extensive work in engaging, empowering, connecting and improving the network of community and civic leaders as they each commit to build, strengthen, and serve for the common good. Anabelle came to LivableStreets from the MA Smart Growth Alliance, where she directed the Great Neighborhoods Program, a platform that develops and disseminate evidence-based resources, tools and ideas to inform the actions of local activists as a means to create more livable, affordable communities that are culturally and economically vibrant in Massachusetts. Anabelle has had the privilege of serving on numerous boards and advisory committees across Massachusetts and New York City—two communities she has dedicated herself to investing in since moving to the United States from her native Dominican Republic.

Ms. Rondon earned a bachelor’s degree in business management at Cambridge College and a master’s in public administration from the School of Public Affairs at The City University of New York (CUNY).

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


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.


Kelsey Tustin / Policy and Great Neighborhoods Intern

Contact: [email protected]

Kelsey, a white woman with long blonde hair and a colorful shirt, smiling in front of a blue background.

Kelsey is the Policy + Great Neighborhoods Intern for LivableStreets, supporting various programs including Vision Zero, Great Neighborhoods, and the Planners of Color Initiative. She is also instrumental in the development and distribution of our mobility and housing focused candidate questionnaire for municipal elections in 2021. As a lifelong cyclist, Kelsey is passionate about creating sustainable, safe, and equitable ways to connect communities throughout the Boston region.

Kelsey holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. She has previous experience working in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to LivableStreets, Kelsey worked for Bigbelly Solar to implement zero-waste initiatives and help meet climate action goals in cities across North America. She also worked for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy overseeing the organization’s volunteer and education programs, as well as the USDA Forest Service to encourage outdoor education around Greater Boston.


 

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