There have been a lot of changes over the last year. Many of them we shared with you as they happened: successes with Better Bridges, action e-lerts to Remove McGrath, and the Bike4Life ride. Organizational oversight isn't something we typically tweet about, but today's news about the people ensuring the growth and sustainability of LivableStreets is absolutely worth sharing.
Thank you. We would not be where we are today without the contributions of the following who have completed their service on the Board of Directors:
Larry Slotnick: co-founder of LivableStreets, who helped make LivableStreets happen all together
Sarah Appleby, Principal at Archer & Appleby, who served on our Human Resources Committee and several working groups
Wenzday Jane, of Metro Pedal Power, who served as Secretary for part of her term
Say hello. Welcome new board members beginning their terms on the Board:
Debra Butler: brings years of experience in education, transportation and financial services
Kathryn Carlson: brings financial and economics expertise, and currently an Economist at Fidelity Investments
Jane Hayes: brings years of non-profit financial management experience, is Co-Founder of Independent Fabrication and is a Senior Financial Analyst at New England Conservatory
Stephanie Pollack: brings years of public policy and organization strategy experience, and is Professor of Practice in Law, Policy and Society/Northeastern University and is a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Urban and Regional Policy
Jeanne Pelletier: brings twenty years of providing legal assistance to individuals and non-profits and governance experience
LivableStreets board member on Jim Braude's Broadside
Speaking of new board members, Stephanie Pollack was on Jim Braude's Broadside with Pioneer Institute's Jim Stergios on January 23. Stephanie and Jim talked about Massachusetts Governor's Transportation Plan. Stephanie and LivableStreets are coalition partners of Transportation for Massachusetts, a diverse coalition of Bay State organizations working together to create safe, convenient, and affordable transportation choices for everyone in Massachusetts. "We can't afford not to do it," said Stephanie, when asked if we can afford to make these transportation investments.
Getting to know you better! One of our goals in 2013 is getting to know you, yes you!, better! You make up LivableStreets Alliance and we care what you think.
We know that you value our mission - to advocate for biking, walking and transit- creating safer streets and vibrant communities- to make the Boston region a better place to live, work, and play.
But, we want to know you more! Over the next six months, we will be reaching out to you through email, StreetLife, Facebook, Twitter and phone to find out what excites you about LivableStreets, what you want to see done differently on your streets, what events you are interested in attending, just to name a few. So keep your eyes peeled for surveys and focus group opportunities to give your input on where LivableStreets puts its energy in the coming year.
New Year Bash highlights
"It you get everyone in a room and inspire a vision, the vision can happen."
On January 31st, we had our first event of 2013, and our first ever New Year Bash. We filled Space with a Soul in South Boston to celebrate and support LivableStreets mission and to take a look back at how far we have come. "People thought we were crazy back
in 2004," said founding board member and current General Manager of Hubway, Scott
Founding board member, Scott "Mully" Mullen and co-founder, Jeffrey Rosenblum at New Year Bash. See more photos.
But now, "Boston, for example, is at a stage where they're actually implementing livable
street ideas," said co-founder Jeffrey Rosenblum. "What comes next is for us as citizens to build the popular support for these government efforts to create safer streets and more livable communities," said Jeff.
Thanks to all of you who were in the room on the 31st. Transportation in the Boston region is better than it was fiveyears ago. With all of your continued support - by volunteering, coming to events,becoming a member, andspeaking upabout what you want for your streets and transportation system - it will be even better fiveyearsfrom now.
Big thanks to: East Meets West Catering, Harpoon Brewery, Space with a Soul, Channel Cafe, Chinh Bui, and all who donated to the silent auction.
NACTO StreetFilm with LivableStreets
Hundreds of elected officials,
Watch Executive Director Jackie Douglas in five minute NACTO wrap up film.
transportation leaders, and key stakeholders from US cities gathered for a three-day Designing Cities conference in October 2012, hosted by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO).
"Streets are there to transport people. They're not there necessarily for cars
they're there to transport people - and there are lots of different ways of transporting people, and
in fact one ofthe original ways was walking. So we've come full circle here- surprise surprise." - said New York City Mayor Bloomberg at the conference.
LivableStreets Executive Director Jackie Douglas moderated a panel "Safer Streets" with leaders from across the US, and LivableStreets Co-founder Jeff Rosenblum moderated a panel "Traffic signals: integrating space and time."Not only did LivableStreets moderate two panels, we also made it in the wrap up video! Watch the NACTO video here.
We're hiring! Accepting applications
LivableStreets is searching for a Campaign Coordinator to play a critical part in our growing non-profit organization. We are looking for someone with the following qualifications:
Help make this happen.
3+ years work experience; including proven project management and campaign experience
Policy, political, or government experience
Demonstrated commitment to LivableStreets mission
Strong interpersonal skills; able to work with diverse groups of people from various neighborhoods.
The desire to do excellent work, have fun doing it, and work hard
Able to work flexible hours; must be available for regular evening meetings
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Brookline Village.
What is your favorite street in greater Boston?
I really enjoy Atlantic Ave downtown. The greenway has given that area a whole new life with different elements. It's more of a walker/biker atmosphere because of the park addition, and attracts all kinds of visitors, including many downtown workers.
What kinds of projects are you involved with at LivableStreets?
Currently, I am helping with website, press, and project updates, organization and member mailings. I also am assisting with Volunteer Fridays which are in the LivableStreets office every Friday. This new program was just started this month, and its a great and easy way for volunteers to start helping out and see what projects make most sense for them to work on.
What would your bumper sticker say?
What's the rush?
Interested in volunteering? Come to our Volunteer Fridays, happening this Friday from 1:00-3:00pm at our office, 100 Sidney Street, Cambridge.
Connect Historic Boston design competition open
Call to Students, Artists + Designers
This is a student competition for Public Art proposals that engage and activate the street networks, transportation modes and links to National Park Service sites throughout downtown Boston. Three proposals will be selected to receive a financial award of $500 each by a jury of artists, public art administrators and transportation experts, including our own, Jackie Douglas, Executive Director of LivableStreets. An exhibit of all proposals will take place late spring/early summer at the BSA Space, home to the Boston Society of Architects at 290 Congress Street in Boston. Deadline: 5pm Friday, April 5, 2013.
Please join the Greater Boston Transit Justice Coalition, On The Move, for a full day summit on transit equity campaign and visioning for the future. Together we can improve public transportation policies this year. We can determine what public transit could be.
Debt deteriorates our public transit system. Without action, we face another round of fare hikes and service cuts. We must move beyond the second class status of riders. Our lives depend on it.
Complimentary lunch and breakfast. Childcare provided.
Coalition members include: LivableStreets Alliance, Action for Regional Equity, Bikes not Bombs, MASSPIRG, Sierra Club, The Arborway Committee, The Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, The T Riders Union (TRU), Washington Street Corridor Coalition