I am thrilled to join Boston Harbor Now as its first director of planning. It’s a pivotal moment for the organization, and for the Boston region, as the waterfront is undergoing rapid change and has renewed vibrancy. We have increased access, more residents and jobs in waterfront neighborhoods, new parks and open spaces, more people visiting the waterfront and Islands, and a greater recognition of the changing climate and our vulnerabilities as a coastal city, but we can still do more to create a world-class waterfront.
To ensure a waterfront that is cohesive, high-quality, and inclusive, I believe it is important to work across scales, from the scale of the city to the scale of an individual project. We should always ask ourselves what is the long-term vision or goals, and how does a specific project or plan help achieve that. To that end, many cities have been actively thinking about this and articulating the vision or goals that should guide development, from Imagine Boston’s waterfront principles to Salem to Revere and beyond. I am excited to advance these efforts and to help cities, public agencies, nonprofits, and residents and businesses think holistically about the waterfront.
Outside of work, I can often be found at a museum on weekends, an architecture lecture in the evenings, or biking around the city in my daily life.