Karen Mauney-Brodek, President

kmbimg_7378_2As 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.

Ellen Arnstein, Field Operations Manager

Ellen.160Ellen Arnstein manages the Conservancy’s tree pruning, planting, and landscape management work and supervises the volunteer stewardship program. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Ellen was the volunteer manager at MillionTreesNYC and feels a somewhat motherly affection for the 300,000 trees planted during her tenure. Ellen graduated with a degree in Biology from Le Moyne College and a Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science.

Evan Bradley, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Evan Bradley assists with increasing public awareness of the Emerald Necklace. He is an ardent Boston enthusiast, an avid photographer, and an advocate for thoughtful urban planning and real estate development. Prior to working with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Evan served as a Planning Assistant with the Boston Planning & Development Agency and as a Special Projects Associate with the Charles River Conservancy. He lives a stone’s throw from Olmsted Park in Jamaica Plain.

Mary Hickie, Special Projects Coordinator

emerald necklace staff hickieMary Hickie joined the conservancy after serving for two years as a volunteer. In 2014, she completed the restoration of the 1930 fountain in the James P. Kelleher Rose Garden underwritten by the Conservancy’s Justine Mee Liff Fund. In addition, she serves on the Conservancy’s Project Review Committee, analyzing potential impacts from proposed new development on the Necklace. She also coordinates advocacy efforts for the Park Overseers, with a focus on improving park access. Mary is a registered architect in Massachusetts.

Kent Jackson, Director of Education

Kent.160Kent Jackson is an experienced program administrator and a seasoned environmental educator who has successfully created, developed, directed, and evaluated environmental youth leadership programs over the past 18 years. Kent has previously worked with The Appalachian Mountain Club, Eagle Eye Institute, The Trustees of Reservations and the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. He is a certified American Canoe Association Instructor, a Wilderness First Responder and a Leave No Trace Master Educator.

Jamie Santuccio, Events Manager

Jamie joins the Emerald Necklace Conservancy from the Greater Boston Food Bank. Among other responsibilities, she will manage event planning and logistics for the Conservancy’s annual Party in the Park, the biennial Emerald Evening and the Summer on the Emerald Necklace event series. In her free time, Jamie enjoys hiking and tending to her Somerville vegetable garden.

John Smith, Finance Manager

emerald necklace staff smithJohn Smith is responsible for finances, payroll and human resources. He has experience with non-profit organizations in the Boston area. Smith has a BS from Cornell University and a MBA from Boston University School of Management.

Briana Thomas, Development Associate

Briana manages the Conservancy’s donor database and assists with development projects and events at the Emerald Necklace. She completed her undergraduate degree at Gordon College and recently returned to the area after working in development at the Albany Institute of History & Art. Growing up in the shadow of New York State’s Adirondack Park, she has loved the fresh air and respite that parks preserve from an early age.

Veronika Trufanova, Director of Development & External Relations

Veronika (Nika) Trufanova has joined the Conservancy’s staff as the Director of Development and External Relations, responsible for overseeing the Conservancy’s fundraising and outreach programs. Nika previously worked at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, where she led the Institutional Giving program for over six years, raising significant unrestricted, project-based and campaign support. She has also worked as part of the development team at the Harvard Art Museums, in roles encompassing database maintenance, development operations and donor programs. She is an avid tea drinker, a park enthusiast, and an unabashed Italophile.

Shattuck Visitor Center

125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115


9:30am – 5:00pm

Saturday and Sunday (May-October):
11:00am – 4:00pm