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.

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.

Erica Holm, Visitor Center Assistant

Erica welcomes visitors to the Shattuck Visitor Center, answers any questions visitors may have, and assists with varied administrative projects within the Conservancy. 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,

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 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 Smith 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 & External Relations

Veronika (Nika) Trufanova 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 significant unrestricted, project-based and campaign support from corporations, foundations and government granting agencies. She previously also held several roles on the development team at the Harvard Art Museums, encompassing database management, development operations, annual fund, and donor and member events. Nika holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Haverford College. 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