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What I can do for you

I'm an independent consultant (Charlie McCabe Consulting LLC), based in Greater Boston, who provides research, analysis, and recommendations for parks, open space, and placemaking. With nearly 20 years of experience working with parks nonprofits in Austin, Boston, and New York City, I know the challenges as well as the solutions that public and nonprofit park partnerships use to operate, program, and improve parks and I'm happy to help you. 

My current clients include the Trust for Public Land (10-minute walk campaign), Bloomberg Associates, Newark City Parks Foundation, the City of Stamford, CT, and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. I volunteer with a number of parks nonprofits in the Greater Boston area, and serve as a board member for Friends of the Fells. I also help with pro-bono research and analysis and work as a volunteer with local parks, land trust conservancies, and foundations. Please see my Recent Work page for a complete list of clients, past and present.


Prior to my consulting role, I was the Director of the Center for City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land (2017-2019). I've also served as Director of Public Programs for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy (2012-2015) and the Executive Director of the Austin Parks Foundation (2005-2012). Between the Greenway and the Trust for Public Land, I earned a master's degree in Urban Placemaking & Management at Pratt Institute and worked as a fellow at New Yorkers for Parks and the Municipal Art Society in New York City.

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