Karen Mauney-Brodek, President
As the Conservancy’s President, Karen Mauney-Brodek works with Conservancy staff and board members to spearhead capital projects, develop and grow park programs, establish annual budgets, expand fundraising efforts and boost public awareness of the parks to further the organization’s mission to protect, restore and maintain the 1,100 acres of the Emerald Necklace. Her tenure has seen the successful planning and execution of Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace, a large-scale, world-class art exhibition of five “fog sculptures” from Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, which substantially increased the local and national profile of the Emerald Necklace parks, alongside a comprehensive pilot signage program in the parks and a major refresh of the exhibit and display space in the Conservancy’s Shattuck Visitor Center. She has also led the Conservancy’s partnership with neighborhood advocates for a major revitalization of Charlesgate Park in Boston’s Back Bay. Prior to leading the Conservancy, Karen worked as the Deputy Director for Park Planning for the City of San Francisco and as Chief of the Design Build Program for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Columbia University and dual master’s degrees in Architecture, and City and Regional Planning/Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley.