Robert Beal, Chair
Robert L. Beal formerly of Related Beal Group. Mr. Beal is a graduate of Harvard College, Class of 1963, cum laude, and Harvard Business School, Class of 1965. Prior to joining The Beal Companies in 1976 (now known as Related Beal), Mr. Beal served as Vice President of The Beacon Companies, investment-builders, from 1965 to 1976.
Mr. Beal is active in professional businesses and organizations both locally and internationally. He is a member of the American Society of Real Estate Counselors, a past director and chairman of the Artery Business Committee, and a past president of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. He is the former chair of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, Chair of The Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard as well as the Chair of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University.
Lisa Brothers, PE, ENV SP, LEED AP BD+C, Chairman and CEO
Lisa has more than 30 years of experience in the design, construction, management of roadway, site development, sustainable design, and infrastructure-related projects. After beginning her career in the public realm, she moved over to the private side early on, eventually joining Nitsch Engineering in 1990. Lisa served as COO for 18 years before becoming President and CEO in 2011, and Chairman and CEO in 2016. As such, she is the champion for the vision, growth strategy, strategic direction, and overall performance of the firm. Lisa’s passion is to grow the firm and provide diverse opportunities to Nitsch Engineering’s staff for advancement, while providing creative, innovative, and sustainable project solutions for their clients.
Lisa holds a BSCE from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, an MBA from Northeastern University, and is a 2004 graduate of ACEC National’s Senior Executive Institute. Her contributions to her community have been well recognized by a range of organizations. Lisa received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the New England region’s services category. She also received the 2017 Leadership Award and 2008 Woman of the Year from WTS-Boston; the 2004 Citizen Engineer Award from the Boston Society of Civil Engineers; the 2003 Francis Academy Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from UMass-Lowell; was honored with a 2002 Pinnacle Award as an Emerging Executive from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; and the BSCES Lester Gaynor Award in recognition of her exemplary service as a public official in Wilmington, Massachusetts in 2001.
Austin Faison, Town Manager
Austin Faison is currently the Town Manager of Winthrop, Massachusetts, where he oversees municipal operations, a $52 million annual budget, and 150 town employees in this seaside community of 18,000 people north of Boston. Before taking on this role in Winthrop in 2018, Austin was the Assistant Town Administrator in Brookline, Massachusetts from 2015-2018, and before that he spent a year as the Deputy Director of Traffic and Parking in the city of Somerville, Massachusetts. His first position in the public sector was in the Mayor’s Office in Somerville where he served for two years as an Analyst for SomerStat (Data Analytics Office).
Austin’s background in politics and public policy continues to grow throughout his professional career, as does his passion for local government and dedication to Boston at large. Austin holds a bachelor’s in political science from Bates College and a Master of Public Administration from Northeastern University (2011). He currently lives in Holliston, MA with his wife Nneka and their two children, Zoe and Cassius.
Steve Farrell, Director of Communication and Policy
Farrell works daily with donors, legislators and members of the media around the impact of public policies on homelessness prevention and affordable housing in the metro Boston area.
Farrell, a Watertown native who now lives in Dorchester, joined MBHP in 2013 after previously serving as the director of development at the Boston Private Industry Council. While working as an independent management consultant in Ohio, Steve was the first Executive Director of a statewide non-profit housing association for people with developmental disabilities, and helped launch a membership association for local human service providers.
Steve graduated from Northeastern University, earned a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, and received a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University.
Robert Fishman, Executive Chair
Bob Fishman is a senior partner in the Real Estate and Finance Department and chairs the Land Use, Permitting and Development Practice Group at Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP in Boston. His practice focuses on development, financing, acquisition and disposition, leasing, and land use/environmental permitting.
Bob was elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 1991. He is an active member and frequent lecturer in both bar association and real industry trade groups. Bob appears among the best real estate lawyers in Massachusetts in the Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers Guide and was named a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer” in a survey by Law & Politics and Boston Magazine.
He is listed as one of only five Massachusetts lawyers in the International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers and in the Best Lawyers in America. Bob is an active member of the Massachusetts Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He has chaired NAIOP’s Public Affairs Committee and has received NAIOP’s Public Affairs Award three times for his work on legislative and administrative matters. In 2016, Bob received NAIOP’s Champion Award in recognition of his exceptional advocacy benefitting the real estate industry.
Bob is a past chair of the Lawyers’ Team of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Inc. (CJP). In 2008, Bob received the Community of Excellence Award from CJP in recognition of his significant contributions to both the broader community and the legal profession.
Bob presently is an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Law. He also has taught at Harvard Law School, Boston College Law School, and Suffolk Law School. Bob’s most recent articles and presentations have addressed smart growth issues, permitting of complex development projects, and environmental issues in business transactions. He authors a chapter of MCLE’ s Massachusetts Zoning Manual.
Bob graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and from Harvard Law School, cum laude.
Joe Geller, Vice President, Regional Business Leader for Community Development U.S., and Director of Urban Places
As a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects with over 35 years of experience, Joe has been involved in all aspects of project management, site master planning, and design. He especially enjoys the strategic aspect of planning and permitting, and has led successful efforts for an array of project types, including institutional, commercial, residential, and healthcare. Joe is passionate about enhancing his surroundings and believes landscape architecture betters our quality of life, our communities, and our world.
Geller is currently working on several community based housing and mixed use developments as well as healthcare and senior housing projects. Newbridge on the Charles, an Intergenerational Campus in Dedham, MA, is among his favorite projects where he was able to align strategic thinking and design skills with client mission and vision. Joe has been with Stantec since his firm, Geller DeVellis, was acquired by Stantec in 2007.
Elizabeth Henry, President
A proven corporate sustainability leader, she makes the economic case for Massachusetts to lead the nation in environmental quality, innovative policy, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Prior to joining ELM, Elizabeth managed climate, energy & environmental programs at the global retailer Adidas. She designed the greenENERGY Fund, investing in energy efficiency, renewables and distributed energy. She also advanced the sustainability of new construction, co-led the team that set Adidas’ industry-leading targets for sustainability, and raised Adidas’ voice on national and global climate policy. Elizabeth was an EDF Climate Corps Fellow in 2010. She also consulted to the US Department of Energy, worked as Sustainability Lead for a Massachusetts-based residential construction firm, and led international travel programs to over 30 countries.
Elizabeth has an MBA and Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University and a BA in Environmental Policy and Economics from Colby College. Raised in West Virginia, she now lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and two children.
Mike Hogan, Chief Executive Officer and President
Mr. Hogan served for eight years as president of MassDevelopment, the state’s economic development authority. In that role, he served as a Cabinet Officer for two Governors. Prior to his work in statewide economic development, Mr. Hogan served as mayor in the city of Marlborough for four years. Mr. Hogan has been Director of A.D. Makepeace Company since May 2006, Director of Ocean Spray Cranberries and Rockland Trust. He serves as co-chair of the Commonwealth Housing Task Force.
Charles Homer, Chief Improvement Officer and Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Charles J (Charlie) Homer, MD, MPH, is Chief Improvement Officer at Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath), a Boston based nonprofit organization working to disrupt poverty. Before joining EMPath, Dr. Homer served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, US DHHS from April 2015 through December, 2016. Prior to this, he co-founded the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) in July 1999, and then served as the organization’s president and CEO until 2015. Under his leadership, NICHQ focused on using improvement science to address both clinical quality of care and the broad social conditions that contribute to childhood health and well-being. A general pediatrician, he is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He is a past member of the third US Preventive Services Taskforce, the federal Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children as well as numerous panels devoted to child health, health care and quality measurement.
Heather Hume, Director of Transition
Heather is a former enlisted Army Reserve member with nearly 20 years of experience in the public transportation industry. In 2000, while she was a student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she began her career driving buses and had the opportunity to work on transportation for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. After college, she joined the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) before moving east to work as an Operations Supervisor for the Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS). At GLSS, she managed operating contracts with The Ride, the MBTA’s paratransit service.
In 2011, she joined the MBTA as a Service Planner. Over the past eight years, she has worked on number of major initiatives including the Uber/Lyft pilot for paratransit riders, Workforce Modernization, and the Better Bus Project. She now serves at the Director of Transition for the adoption of the MBTA’s new fare collection system. In October of 2015, she was named to Mass Transit magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 transit professionals in the United States.
Heather has degrees in African-American Studies and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Michael and Kitty Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, where she focused on Transportation Policy.
Ken Kimmel, President
Ken Kimmell is president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading science-based nonprofit that combines the knowledge and influence of the scientific community with the passion of concerned citizens to build a healthy planet and a safer world.
Mr. Kimmell has more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He is a national advocate for clean energy and transportation policies and a driving force behind UCS’s “Power Ahead” campaign to build a large and diverse group of clean energy leadership states.
Doug Landry, AICP, Boston Office Lead
Doug Landry, AICP, is an Associate and Boston Office Lead for Langan, a world-renowned consulting engineering and environmental services company. He is charged with continuing to expand the company’s visibility and portfolio of work with private sector and institutional clients in the metropolitan region and throughout its footprint, building on his strong network of regional and national clients, business partners, and public sector regulatory relationships.
He has 30 years of professional experience working initially as the first Town Planner for Walpole, Massachusetts, and as Chief Planner of the Public/Private Development Unit for MassHighway (now MassDOT), with the most recent 25 years of his career in the engineering consulting business leading several high-profile projects including the WGBH Headquarters in Boston, the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, the China Railroad Rolling Stock Corporation MBTA Rail Car Assembly Plant in Springfield, and the Analog Devices World Headquarters in Wilmington. Doug is a member of the National Steering Committee for LOCUS Developers (a private sector-focused program of Smart Growth America) and serves as the President of LOCUS Massachusetts. Doug also serves on the national Corporate Board of Directors of NAIOP (the Commercial Real Estate Development Association). He is a member of the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute, and is an active participant with the Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development (MassEcon). Doug holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.
André Leroux, Executive Director
As the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, André has led efforts to reform zoning laws, expand housing choices, increase transportation investment, and support vibrant places across the state. He helped found the Transportation for Massachusetts coalition, and established the Great Neighborhoods campaign to help communities transform themselves through better collaboration, placemaking, and district management.
Previously, André coordinated a grassroots revitalization initiative in Lawrence, Massachusetts, that won smart growth awards from the Romney and Bush Administrations. Prior to that, he worked for State Senate President Tom Birmingham. André studied at Dartmouth College and El Colegio de México in Mexico City and is fluent in Spanish.
Lauren A. Liss, President and CEO
Lauren A. Liss has served as MassDevelopment’s President and CEO since September 2017. Liss has extensive experience in both public and private sectors, holding leadership positions at state agencies and in the legal field. As MassDEP Commissioner beginning in 1999, Liss oversaw the development, implementation, and enforcement of air, water, waste, and site cleanup policy for the Commonwealth. At DEP, she managed a $110 million annual budget and a staff of 1,100. Prior to MassDEP, Liss had worked for the Commonwealth at the Executive Office of Transportation and Construction from 1997 to 1999. Most recently, at Rubin and Rudman, which she joined as a partner in 2003, Liss represented clients including large public corporations, higher-education institutions, and developers. Her areas of expertise include land use, transportation, and administrative law. She is a member of the MassEcon Board of Directors. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Boston University School of Law, Liss resides in Gloucester.
Courtney D. Sharpe, Director of Cultural Planning
An urban planner by training, her career has focused on advancing equitable access to resources for economic empowerment. Previously she worked at the Boston Planning and Development Agency as the Senior Planner for Back Bay, Roxbury and Mattapan, where she led the implementation of the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan via the PLAN: Dudley Square initiative.
Courtney holds a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a Master in Urban Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where she specialized in urban governance and social justice. While a student, she co-chaired the inaugural Black in Design Conference and has continued to serve as an advisory board member for subsequent conference planning. Prior to joining the City of Boston, she was both an Innovation Fellow and Innovation Field Lab Coordinator at the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, assisted with immigrant rights as an AmeriCorps member in Chicago, and taught English and Arts as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.
Cathleen Douglas Stone, President
Cathy is president of the James M. Stone and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation. She has a B.A. and J.D. from American University and an L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. She was of counsel and a past partner of the Boston law firm Foley, Hoag & Eliot where her practice encompassed environmental and administrative law issues. In 1994, she was appointed as the City’s first Chief of Environmental Services. While serving as Chief, she helped launch “Sustainable Boston.” At the suggestion of Vice President Gore, and working with The Boston Foundation, she and her staff helped develop “indicators” of a sustainable city, leading to the Boston Indicators Project which is now managed by The Boston Foundation. Cathy was also involved in creating the Boston Harbor Islands National Park and was Co-Chair of Americans for Alaska, which lobbied for the passage of the Alaska Lands bill, vastly enlarging conservation land in Alaska.
Since 1994, Cathy has served as a Commissioner for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Conservation Association, Boston Harbor Now, the Wilderness Society, WBUR Boston, the Supreme Court Historical Society, and the Advisory Committee of the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Previously, she served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Museum of African American History and as a member of the Board of The Nature Conservancy, National Public Radio, and MATCH Public Charter High School. In 2006 she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Following In her Footsteps Award and in 2017 she received the Norman B. Leventhal Excellence in City Building Award.
Kyle Warwick, Principal
As founding member of Redgate and a co-leader of Gate Residential Properties, Redgate’s multifamily investment platform, Kyle leads deal structuring, planning, regulatory approvals and project execution. He is also a member of Redgate’s Investment Committee. Kyle excels at understanding the concerns of local neighborhood property owners, municipalities, and investors and structuring winning deals that set the foundation for the development of new urban neighborhoods that, when delivered, enhance the economic and social vitality of the area.
Kyle has more than 28 years of diverse real estate experience with special expertise in master planning, regulatory approvals, mixed-use development, and financing. He has led the planning and development of 15 million square feet of mixed-use real estate. Prior to founding Redgate, Kyle held a long tenure at Spaulding & Slye / Jones Lang LaSalle, where he became the New England Regional Director in 2004 and oversaw the performance and long-term strategic direction of Spaulding & Slye’s 250-person Boston office.