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At A Glance

I'm an independent consultant that can provide city parks research, analysis and insights for public and non-profit parks agencies.  I have 14 years of experience working with parks non-profit organizations in Austin, Boston and New York City.  Among the organizations I've worked for are the Trust for Public Land (Director, Center for City Park Excellence), the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy (Director of Public Programs), the Austin Parks Foundation (Executive Director), New Yorkers for Parks (Research Fellow) and the Municipal Art Society (Jane Jacobs 100th anniversary fellow).
Education
 

2015-2016 

Pratt Institute. Masters of Science in Urban Placemaking & Management

 

2006-2007

Leadership Austin Essential Class - 10 month community engagement and development program.

 

1983-1986

Colby College. Bachelor of Arts in Government and History

 

Work Experience
June 2019-present - Consultant for Parks, programming and placemaking.
June 2019-present - Part-time research consultant, The Trust for Public Land, Boston, MA

January 2017-June 2019 - Director, Center for City Park Excellence, The Trust for Public Land, Boston, MA

 

October-November 2016 - Seasonal Horticulturist, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Boston, MA

May-July 2016 - Research & Planning Fellow, New Yorker for Parks, New York, NY

 

February-May 2016 - Fellow, Jane Jacobs at 100, Municipal Art Society, New York, NY

 

2012-2015 - Director of Public Programs, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Boston, MA

 

2005-2012 - Executive Director, Austin Parks Foundation, Austin, TX

 

1996-2004 - Senior Manager for Apple Support and Service websites, managing a staff of up to 13, including editors, writers, designers, programmers and hardware specialists. Won Golden Apple award in 1996 for support and service websites. Won Consumer Reports award for best web support in 2003 by a computer company.

1988-1996 - Technical Support and technical writer positions, providing direct support for Apple support for employees and writing and revising hundreds of articles in Apple's Technical Information Library.

 

Volunteer Experience

 

Current:

Friends of Middlesex Fells, Winchester/Medford, MA: Trail volunteer. Clear trails of blowdowns, brush, and debris, pick-up trash.

Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, MA: Zone Horticultural Volunteer (since 2015). Weeding, planting, pruning, mulching and watering on a weekly basis in season.

Past:

 

Fort Greene Park Conservancy, Brooklyn, NY.  Assist with weekly horticulture work (weeding, watering, mulching and planting)

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY: Horticultural Zone Volunteer. 

Weeding, planting, mulching and watering.

Prospect Park Alliance, Brooklyn NY: Thursday Corps Volunteer.

Weeding, planting, mulching and watering.

 

Bull Creek Foundation, Austin TX: organized and led over 75 volunteer workdays to build and improve trails as well as remove invasive species and replant grasses, trees and more in natural and urban parks.

 

Park Programming Experience
 

Greenway Carousel

- Managed both rental and permanent Carousel contracts and operations. Over 100,000 riders grossing over $300,000 in 2014.

 

Greenway Mobile Eats Program

- Managed RFP, selection and ongoing daily activities of up to 30 mobile food vendors operating in 8 different locations on the Rose Kennedy Greenway annually. Vendors sold in excess of 350,000 to 700,000 items annually.

 

Large Events on the Greenway

- Organized and hosted 10-20 large events (over 1,000) attendees on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, including:

 -- Food Truck Festivals - between 12 and 20 Trucks, trikes and carts drawing between 500 and 25,000 attendees.

 -- Boston Local Food Festival.  Worked hand in hand with organizers (Sustainable Food Center) in organizing, laying out and running this annual, daylong event.

 

Events Experience

 

It's My Park Day

- Organized annual citywide park volunteer workday, in Austin, TX. Grew event from 33 projects involving 950 people in 2006 to over 100 projects involving over 2,200 people in 2011. Provided logistics, supplies, recognition, media support and funding for projects across the city parks system.

 

Austin Parks Foundation Volunteer Workdays

- Worked with a wide variety of government agency, non-profit, for-profit and professional services organizations in organizing and running hundreds of volunteer workdays. Scope of work for these workdays ranges from trash pick-up to tree planting to retaining wall rock work. Taught dozens of volunteer leaders how to organize and run workdays with volunteers.

Awards and Recognition

Kathy Joslyn Volunteer Service Award

- Texas Trails Network, 2012 Texas Trails & Active Transportation Conference.

- Best Steward of Downtown Greenspace, Best of Austin 2008, Austin Chronicle.

 

Interviews, Mentions and Quotes in Press Articles

- WAFE, Charlotte: Charlotte Talks: Mecklenburg County Parks - (interview) - June 2018

Fast Company: These are the 10 best cities for urban parks (quotes) - May 2018

Saporta Report: Atlanta's ParkScore jumps seven spots (quotes) - May 2018

- Huff Post - Adrian Benepe: "It's a Fact: Great Park Systems required an army of Citizen Volunteers" (quote) April, 2017

- Blueprint - Trash to Treasure: converting landfills to parks. April, 2017.

Park Project Experience
 

2012-2015

Rose Kennedy Greenway. Opening and celebratory events - including Greenway Carousel grand opening, annual Greenway Gala production, National Public Lands Day volunteer events and many more.

 

2010-2011

Barton Creek Greenbelt Restoration Projects. Over 50 capital projects completed, working with a crew of 5 Texas Conservation Corps staff, city parks staff and thousands of volunteers to improve trail tread, remove invasive species and restore plants, riparian corridors and rock work along a fabled greenbelt in Austin, TX.

 

2006-2010

Republic Square Phase 1a, 1b and 2 improvement projects. Included planning, design and improvements: grading and irrigation improvements, heritage tree care, garden planting and a carefully engineered deck around a 300-year old tree.

 

2006-2012

Austin City Limits Music Festival Park Grants Program. Through funds donated by the annual music festival, we selected, funded and project managed over 65 projects in parks across Austin, TX. We worked hand-in-hand with City parks staff, volunteer groups, and additional funders. Projects ranged from tree-planting to community gardens and from trails to playscapes and drinking fountains.

Research and Planning

2017-2018: numerous short subject posts and articles on the City Parks Blog, a joint effort of the City Parks Alliance and the Trust for Public Land.  www.cityparksblog.org

2018: Posts and articles on parkology.org, a resource for Park Advocates, a joint project of The Trust for Public Land, the National Recreation & Parks Association and the Urban Land Institute.

2018: May 23 - 2018 ParkScore rankings of the park systems of the 100 largest US cities (major collaborative effort with multiple teams inside the Trust for Public Land)

2017: May 24 - 2017 ParkScore rankings of the park systems of the 100 largest US cities (major collaborative effort with multiple teams inside the Trust for Public Land)

 

2017: April 19 - 2017 City Park Facts (research associate Alexandra Hiple led much of the effort)

 

2017: Thesis for Masters of Science in Urban Placemaking & Management: Assessing Park Conservancy Volunteer Programs: Best Practices

 

2016: New Yorkers for Parks: 2016 Report on Parks: Spotlight on the Community Parks Initiative. Assisted with research and editing.

 

2015-2016

Pratt Institute: Urban Placemaking & Management Program

August-December 2016: Thesis on best practices of volunteer programs in public/private parks partnerships.

May 2016: Studio Presentation & Paper: Havana Cuba - Recommendations for Public Spaces including programming, maintenance and operations

December 2015: Studio Presentation: Marcy Plaza, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Recommendations for programming, maintenance and operations and improvements, Brooklyn, NY.

Research Papers in Program classes, 2015-2016:

East Arlington, MA: Analysis and Recommendations for Massachusetts Avenue.

Dorchester, MA: Analysis and recommendations for Fairmount Indigo Line (Transportation Alternatives)

Detroit, MI: Analysis of successes and future plans for Eastern Market.

Uphams Corner, Dorchester, MA: Analysis of Boston housing plan and implications / impacts on Upham Corner.