Greenway Alums Shaping Boston’s Public Realm

10, Nov, 2017 Gavin Damore


We are bidding goodbye to Michael Nichols, our Chief of Staff, who leaves the Conservancy after three years representing the Conservancy with key stakeholders and championing innovative ideas like the Trillium Garden. He will be the new Executive Director of the Esplanade Association, helping better another critical Boston park. Michael joins a number of other Conservancy alums in Boston who are leading efforts to better public space.


When Kate Gilbert was at the Conservancy (Director of Programs, 2007-2011), she led work on public art, branding, and program strategy. Now she is the founder and Executive Director of Now + There. Now + There creates temporary, site-specific public art projects in Greater Boston, including Ann Lewis’ acclaimed mural, See Her.

Steven Anderson and Charlie McCabe with Lanterns

Charlie McCabe’s work at the Conservancy (Director of Programs, 2012-2015) helped dramatically expand our programs, including Mobile Eats. He is now the Director of the Center for City Park Excellence at The Trust for Public Land in Boston. Charlie oversees ParkScore and other research and reporting on parks across the US.

Jodi Wolin, Lauren Black

Jodi Wolin helped the Conservancy (Director of Development, 2011-2016) raise funds for the Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove and for our operations. She is now the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Boston Harbor Now. Boston Harbor Now is working to re-establish Boston as one of the world’s truly great coastal cities, focused on the waterfront and the Harbor Islands.

LJ Echelman

Laura Jasinski (Conservancy Director of Programs & Planning, 2010-2017) was instrumental to installing the Janet Echelman aerial sculpture and to coordinating our many programmatic efforts. She’s now the Associate Director of the Boston Waterfront Initiative for The Trustees of Reservations. Laura is working to identify and create a network of waterfront open spaces that will provide a climate resilience benefit, serve community needs, and become a world-class destination.

This group is drawing on experience with The Greenway to bring great art and vibrancy to Boston’s waterfront and neighborhoods. We’re delighted to see so many important organizations with outstanding Greenway alums.