Meet the people working to make the Greenway and Boston a greener, better place!
Jesse Brackenbury leads the Conservancy’s public-private partnership with a keen understanding of the Greenway’s position as an economic driver for the Commonwealth and its role as both a front-yard for neighbors and a destination for visitors. Jesse works with the Board of Directors on strategic planning and revenue generation, and he oversees organizational management and external relations.
Jesse’s leadership has been instrumental in Greenway placemaking initiatives and financial strategy. Under his leadership, the Conservancy constructed designed the landmark Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove, and installed one of Massachusetts’ largest free Wi-Fi networks that runs the entire length of the Greenway. Jesse was the creator and manager of the nationally recognized Greenway Mobile Eats Program, which has significantly grown the Conservancy’s earned income. Jesse oversaw a strategic shift in park programming toward partnerships that brought more events (~300 annually, up from 120 in 2010) at lower cost. The Conservancy’s programming, sustainable practices, and public art have all won awards under his stewardship. He is passionate about making the park a fun, beautiful and innovative public space.
The Conservancy is dedicated to advancing contemporary public art in the Commonwealth, and Jesse serves on Governor Deval Patrick’s Public Art Task Force. He is also a member of the state’s Public Market Commission which is overseeing the development of a permanent, year-round, regional food market adjacent to the Greenway.
Jesse joined the Greenway Conservancy as Chief Operating Officer in December 2009 and was named Executive Director in January 2014. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Jesse was with The Boston Consulting Group, where he worked on strategy, real estate, organizational development and other projects for Fortune 500 companies and government. At the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation, Jesse oversaw a billion-dollar capital budget and managed a 14-person special projects team. Jesse has also implemented a leadership development program with the United Nations World Food Programme in Italy. Jesse has an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in Political Economy from Williams College. On weekends, Jesse can often be seen with his wife and three young children enjoying the splendors of Boston's newest public park.
Steven joined the Conservancy in July 2007 and oversees all park operations functions and maintenance of the Greenway including horticulture, facilities (including fountains) and public security. He also oversees volunteer and educational programs. For 16 years prior to joining the Conservancy Steven was a project manager, construction manager, and manager of park design for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and The American Society of Civil Engineers. He has attended Roxbury Community College, the Boston Architectural College and Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Keelin joined the Conservancy in January 2014 and is responsible for leading the Conservancy’s Volunteer program, including recruitment, event organization, and development of partnerships with individuals, schools, and corporate groups.
Keelin’s previous experience includes education positions at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY, Longwood Gardens, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. She holds a BS in Plant Science from Cornell University and a MS in Public Horticulture from the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware.
Stu joined the Conservancy in May of 2009 as a member of the Horticulture staff and in April of 2011 assumed his current role as Superintendent where he currently oversees a department of 7 staff that are charged with the care of the Greenway’s lawns, trees and plant collections. He also plays a leading role in the Horticultural education and the management of the Conservancy’s Volunteer Program. Stu’s previous experiences have led him to run his own successful Design/Build/Maintain Landscaping business and as a Supervisor with the Central Park Conservancy in New York City. He is a AOLCP with NOFA and a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Urban Horticulture & Turfgrass Management.
Bob joined the Conservancy in August 2009 and is responsible for the maintenance of all hardscape elements of the Greenway to include fountains, lighting, electrical, site furnishings, drainage and pavements. In addition he oversees the subcontractor, WORK Inc. who is responsible for litter and trash pickup, snow removal and many other tasks. Bob is a registered Landscape Architect and also has several years’ experience managing landscape construction projects prior to joining the Conservancy. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Connecticut.
Darrah joined the Conservancy in April 2011 and is responsible for in-house horticulture design including perennials, bulb selections, and container design and maintenance; as well as managing the plant inventory and phenology records, contributing to our “What’s in Bloom” blog and leading volunteer events in the field. Darrah has previously worked with Heronswood Nursery and Dan Hinckley in the Pacific Northwest, owned a small organic farm, and worked on estate gardens in Maine and the North Shore, including Oyster Point Gardens, Skylands, and The Chimneys. She studied at Rhode Island School of Design, and holds a BA from San Francisco State University, and NOFA certification in Organic Land Care Management.
Eric joined the Conservancy in April 2011 and is primarily responsible for the Plant Health Care program on the Greenway, including the brewing and application of organic compost teas, the vermiculture operation, and monitoring for any pests and diseases relating to the plants in the park. Eric’s previous experience includes time with a commercial landscape company where he managed various accounts in downtown Boston, an organic land care company on the South Shore of Massachusetts, as well as time spent working in perennial gardens on the site of a registered historic landmark. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture with a minor in Business as well as well as being an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) through the NOFA Organic Land Care Program.
Anthony joined the Conservancy in June 2009 and is responsible for the direct oversight of the Horticulture crew and the day to day horticulture activities on the Greenway. He is also responsible for the management of the organic program and the irrigation system of the Greenway. Anthony’s previous experience includes working in all aspects of the Green industry throughout the years, but specializing in Sustainable/Organic Landcare. He holds an Associate’s degree in Turfgrass Management from Stockbridge University and a Bachelor's degree in Plant and Soil Science from UMass Amherst.
Samantha joined the Conservancy in February 2014 and works as a part of our Programs department as the Public Programs and Events Coordinator, facilitating Greenway events and helping interested organizations access the parks. Samantha’s previous work experience includes working with the Beacon Hill Civic Association. She holds a BS in Community and International Development from the University of Vermont.
Sam joined the Conservancy in August 2014 and works as a part of our Programs department as the Public Programs and Events Coordinator, facilitating Greenway events and helping interested organizations access the parks. Sam’s previous work experiences include positions with the ICA/Boston, the Chinati Foundation and other domestic and international art institutions. He holds a BA in Communications/Media Studies and Cinema Studies from Northeastern University.
Meredith joined the Conservancy in April 2014 and is responsible for the production of creative content and communications aimed to engage, entertain, and educate our visitors. Meredith’s previous work experience includes various roles in marketing, outreach, and communications for local Boston documentary project, Wander, Wonder, Wilderness, The Outdoor Academy Semester School in North Carolina, and Peak Performance Corporate Teambuilding in Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management from Southern Illinois University and extensive training in video and film production.
Charlie joined the Conservancy in February 2012 and is responsible for public programming and events on the Greenway, including creation, management and coordination with many third party organizations. In addition, Charlie oversees our Mobile Eats program, our Greenway Carousel operation, fee-based sampling and promotion as well as PR, website and social media. Charlie’s previous experience includes Executive Director at the Austin Parks Foundation and a number of management and technical roles at Apple, Inc. Charlie holds a BA from Colby College in Political Science and History.
Laura joined the Conservancy in May of 2010. She collaborates with other Conservancy departments to propose, execute and manage improvements along the Greenway. Most recently, Laura worked on the new Greenway Carousel from project conception through design, construction and now operation. Other projects include developing a long range planning process for Greenway Parcel 12, launching a bench sponsorship program, coordination of the Dewey Demo Garden, and adding tables, chairs, umbrellas and other furniture along the corridor. Laura holds a BA in Architectural Studies from Tufts University and is finishing a graduate degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.
Linda joined the Conservancy in 2006. She is responsible for all planning and design functions of the Conservancy which range from capital improvement planning and project management of park amenities; design review of third party projects within the parks; and review of private development projects abutting the Greenway. Linda has over thirty years of experience in public project management, landscape design and construction, and city planning. Linda received a BA degree in Government/City Planning from Skidmore College and a Graduate Certificate in Landscape Design from Harvard University’s Radcliffe Seminars program.
Shawn joined the Conservancy in June 2013 to cultivate individuals, foundations and corporations who wish to support the Greenway, and to oversee the annual Greenway Gala. Shawn relocated to Boston from Jackson Hole, Wyoming where she directed development efforts for the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Grand Teton National Park Foundation and The Nature Conservancy. Shawn has also consulted on development strategies with a number of non-profit organizations. She received a BA degree in English from UCLA.
Ace started at the Conservancy in May 2012 and acts as an aide to the Development team, including database administration and member correspondence. She comes to the Greenway from NEAVS, an animal advocacy organization. Ace holds a BA in English from Wells College.
Jodi joined the Conservancy in August 2011 and oversees all private fundraising efforts for the Greenway Conservancy. She has held fundraising positions at a variety of Boston non-profits for the past 19 years. In addition, Jodi has held management roles at the Boston Children’s Chorus, the Children’s Trust Fund, and Casa Myrna Vazquez. She holds a Bachelor of English and a Bachelor's degree in communications from Canisius College and is a graduate of the UMass Emerging Leaders Program.
Bart joined the Conservancy in December 2013. He processes Accounts Payable for the Conservancy, and administers Human Resources, benefits, and payroll. He assists the Finance Department in analyzing and recording the Conservancy’s transactions. Before returning to Boston, he taught 7th grade math and science in New Orleans. He holds a BA in English from Tulane University.
Renee joined the Conservancy in September 2013 and is responsible for managing the Conservancy’s financial accounting system, as well as coordinating Human Resources, payroll processing and benefits administration. Renee’s previous experience includes time with the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, and Cone, Inc. Renee holds a Bachelor and Master of Accountancy, both from the University of Mississippi.
Darryl joined the Conservancy in 2006 and is responsible for all aspects of technology both on the Greenway and in the Conservancy's offices, including the Greenway public Wi-Fi network, park systems, the Conservancy's website, IT systems, and IT security. He also works to bring innovative technology to the Greenway such as seat-e (now Soofa), Street Charge solar powered charging stations, and a new mesh public Wi-Fi system.
Darryl’s previous experience includes time with PNC Financial Services Group and Harvard University. He holds a Master’s degree in Urban Affairs (planning) from Boston University and a BA in Economics from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.