Staff

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 joining the Conservancy in August 2016, Karen served as the Deputy Director for Park Planning and the Manager of the Community Opportunity Fund for the City of San Francisco Parks Department where she led outreach, communications, planning, design and construction of numerous projects and initiatives, including internal and external stakeholder management. She developed two public bond measures overwhelmingly approved by San Francisco voters that provided almost $400M in park funding. Additionally, she led and managed the $25M master plan and renovation of Glen Canyon Park, $10M renovation of two new playgrounds in Civic Center Plaza, and an improvement plan for McLaren Park and central “boulevard”, adding over $6M in bike, pedestrian and environmental improvements. She was also the chair of the Restroom Taskforce, which planned, prioritized and renovated all of the freestanding park restrooms in San Francisco Parks.

Previous to her ten years with San Francisco Parks, she was Chief of the Design Build Program in the Design & Construction Division of the New York Department of Parks & Recreation, managing a $15M annual program which selected, designed, and built or rebuilt all or portions of 100 parks and playgrounds annually. 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.

Samantha Cirillo, Visitor Center Assistant

Samantha (Sammie) is a third-year student at Northeastern University, pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Conservation. She is interested in the fields of sustainable agriculture and land restoration as well as the intersection of public health outcomes and the environment. Sammie is an avid fan of any and all nature documentaries and loves yoga, hiking, skiing and surfing. When she’s not at work, Sammie can be found out and about the city with her camera photographing everything from people, urban settings and concerts to the beautiful landscapes found throughout the Emerald Necklace parks.

Julia Damiano, Volunteer Engagement and Policy Coordinator

Julia coordinates and communicates with the Conservancy’s Access Committee, Advocacy Committee and Park Overseers. Before joining the Conservancy, Julia earned a B.S in Agriculture and Natural Resources with a concentration in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Delaware. She is currently pursuing an M.S in Environmental Science and Policy and a certificate in the Nonprofit Sector, Philanthropy and Social Change from Northeastern University. When Julia isn’t working, you can find her with her cat, drinking coffee.

Joelle Boyle, Land Stewardship Coordinator

Joelle is serving as the TerraCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator at the Conservancy this year.

She attended Suffolk University, where she studied Environmental Studies and Print Journalism and is completing a Professional Certificate in Sustainability from Boston College. She’s been on the education staff for multiple aquariums and has worked on environmental projects with non-profits, the City of Boston, and the National Park Service. Her mission as a land steward, at the Conservancy and beyond, is to implement environmental justice and stewardship programs that’ll help connect all people to the land. Her favorite ways to experience the Emerald Necklace is with a run through Franklin Park or with a book and blanket in the Kelleher Rose Garden!

Erica Holm, Field Operations Coordinator

Erica helps manage tree care initiatives through the Conservancy’s Olmsted Tree Society program as well as landscape restoration projects throughout the Emerald Necklace. Before joining the Conservancy, she conducted songbird research at the University of New Hampshire where she received a BS in Natural Resources. Erica has experience in research, environmental data analysis, retail sales, and music blogging. She can often be found taking long walks in Jamaica Plain with her rescue dog, Mango.

Kent Jackson, Director of Education

Kent.160Kent 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.

Tess O’Day, Youth Education Coordinator

Tess is serving as the TerraCorps Youth Education Coordinator at the Conservancy this year.

She attended Hampshire College in Amherst MA where she studied Dance and Urban Studies with a focus in sustainability, education, public space, and place. She has worked as an Outdoor Educator in the forests of Oregon as well as a school Garden Coordinator. Tess has a particular interest in accessible public green spaces, community gardening, and facilitating youth leadership opportunities.

Jamie Santuccio, Events Manager

Jamie joined the Conservancy in 2017 after a previous roles managing everything from non-profit galas and fundraisers to supper club dinners, weddings and marketing events. She manages details and logistics for the Conservancy’s annual Party in the ParkAnnual Meeting, Summer on the Emerald Necklace event series and the biennial Emerald Evening. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in the White Mountains, yoga and pottery.

John Smith, Finance Manager

emerald necklace staff smithJohn is responsible for finances, payroll and human resources. He has experience with non-profit organizations in the Boston area. John 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 and External Relations

Veronika (Nika) is responsible for overseeing the Conservancy’s fundraising, marketing, public relations and public programs. Nika previously worked at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, where she led the Institutional Giving program for over six years, raising unrestricted, project-based and campaign support from corporations, foundations and government granting agencies. She also held several roles on the development team at the Harvard Art Museums, encompassing database management, development operations and donor and member events. Nika holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Haverford College. She is an avid tea drinker and an unabashed Italophile.

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