Board of Directors
Angel Babbitt Harrisis a Communications Manager at Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC), one of the largest community development corporations in Massachusetts and a leading developer of affordable housing in the Lower Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. She is responsible for planning, development and implementation of all of MPDCs marketing strategies, communications, and public relations activities, both external and internal. Angel also works as a freelance graphic designer. Angel graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Communication. Angel lives in Milton with her husband and daughter.
Darren Baird,Board Clerk, is a Director in the Real Estate Practice Group at Goulston & Storrs PC, where he focuses his practice on complex commercial real estate transactions and development for a broad array of owners, developers and lenders. Darren co-chairs the firms Medical, Education and Cultural Facilities Group and spends a large portion of his time advising non-profit higher education and medical institutions in real estate, development, permitting, financing and construction-related matters. Darren graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice from Castleton State College, and a JD from Suffolk University Law School, magna cum laude. Originally from northern New Hampshire, Darren resides in Winthrop, MA with his wife and four children. His interests include golf, Crossfit and any outdoor activity.
Jonathan Cosco has been practicing real estate and environmental law since 1998. He currently is deputy general counsel at the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Its agencies work to strengthen the economy and increase job growth, promote housing construction and the economic vitality of communities, and promote trade and investment with global partners in Massachusetts and around the world. Prior to joining EOHED Jonathan worked in two of Boston’s largest law firms practicing real estate and land use law. Jonathan received a BA degree in history from Brown University in 1993 and joint JD/MEM degrees from Duke University in 1998. He currently resides in Ipswich with his wife and two children.
Terrence Hayes is the president of Siena Construction Corporation based in Cambridge, MA. Siena provides contractor services to the life-science, commercial, historical, and non-profit industries in and about the metro-Boston area as well as greater New England. He grew up in Quincy, MA and Littleton, CO. He received his B.A. in Literature and Philosophy from Siena College, located outside of Albany, New York, pursued post-graduate work in architectural and landscape design at the Boston Architectural College, and has volunteered his time for many organizations including: the Conservation Commission in Chelsea, MA, the Mystic River Watershed Association, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, City Year, and Zoo New England. Terry lives in Arlington, MA, with his wife and his two-year-old son (who helps to keep him in running shape).
Bill Kaneis a Senior Vice President with BioMed Realty Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates commercial real estate in Boston, Cambridge, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York. Bill is based in BioMeds Cambridge office and is active with many Boston and Cambridge community organizations. Previously Bill managed real estate development projects for the Fallon Company, Davis Marcus Partners, Lyme Properties, and Turner Construction. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from Tufts University, and an MIS/MBA dual degree from Boston University. Bill currently lives with his wife and four kids in Marblehead, MA.
Brian Kelley is currently a Vice President responsible for Commercial Lending and Commercial Real Estate Lending at the Cambridge Trust Company a community Bank based in Cambridge since the late 1890’s.He is involved with a number of not-for-profit organizations in the Cambridge area and he is also the treasurer of the Harvard Square Business Association. He graduated from Connecticut College in 1981 with a degree in Environmental Studies and he lives in Wellesley with his wife and two children.
Daniel Langenthal is an experienced organizational consultant and educator with over 20 years of experience in the field. He currently is the Director of Experiential Learning and Teaching at Brandeis University. He works with faculty and staff to incorporate more active and reflective practices into their work with students. Daniel received an MBA and an MA in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University and an MS in Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire. He also founded and continues to serve as Chair of the Board of MABAT, an Israeli non-profit dedicated to improving intercultural awareness at Israeli colleges and universities.
Kathy Loftus is the Director of Sustainability at Whole Foods Market, where she coordinates sustainability and leads engineering, green building, and facilities management (including energy management and strategic energy procurement). She was a founding Steering Committee member for the U.S. DOE’s Better Buildings Alliance a founding member of EPA’s Green Chill Program. In addition to roles as Director of Business Development for a start-up energy technology firm and roles at an electric utility company. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is appointed to her towns Renewable Energy Commission, a member of the Board of the Green Building Initiative, and a Board member of Future of American Energy. She is also a member of WPIs Mechanical Engineering External Advisory Board, WPI Center for Sustainability in Business Advisory Board and Massachusetts Maritime Academy Engineering Advisory Council.
Maureen McCaffreyis a Director at MIT Investment Management Company. MITIMCo oversees the investment side of all of MITs assets. Maureen is responsible for planning and development of all capital projects in MITs Cambridge real estate portfolio. Maureen graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, is a Professional Engineer licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is LEED Accredited. She serves on the Massachusetts Building Authority Designer Selection Panel and the Board of the MIT Federal Credit Union. She lives in Boston and is an avid fan of baseball, cycling, and fun fitness activities.
Brendan McCarthy, Board Treasurer,is an Assistant Vice President at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. (BBH), a leading privately held bank and financial services firm. He currently is a Project Manager overseeing the firms global real estate portfolio. Previously he worked for eight years in the firms Investor Services business line. Brendan graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University with a BA in Philosophy, concentrating in Social and Political ethics. A resident of Cambridge, MA, Brendan is an active member of the Villanova University Alumni Association, St. Paul Parish, and the Cambridge Running Club. His interests include food and cooking, marathon running, and travel.
Caitlin Murrayis a Business Law Associate at Goodwin Procter LLP, where she represents a broad range of life science, energy and technology companies. Her practice focuses on representing companies in the early stages of their life cycle. Caitlin graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Nuclear Science and Engineering, and holds a J.D. from Washington University School of Law. While in law school, Caitlin was an editor of theWashington University Journal of Law and Policy.
Denise Mytko joined the board of CitySprouts as a proud volunteer of the organization and advocate of access to natural spaces. Denise consults in Education Management and System Building, while supporting MassRobotics as the Director of STEM Initiatives. Denise previously worked in Cambridge as a Manager of Programs for MIT, and as the K-12 STEM and Relations Specialist at Draper. In the Chicago area, Denise managed and supported curriculum for approximately 100 courses annually via programming at the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University, where she also taught several courses to academically advanced PreK- grade 12 students. She has managed a children’s museum, OST programs, and spent several years working in Park Districts, where she was able to bring the curiosity of her classroom to the outdoors. Denise earned her AA in Advanced ECE from Oakton Community College and received both her BA in Organization Behavior and MA in Sociology, Public Policy, and Education from Northwestern University. Denise volunteers in several local organizations and looks forward to seeing you in the garden!
Jeff Perrin,Board President, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Psychology and Applied Therapies Division at Lesley College. He is also an adjunct Professor in the Ecological Teaching Learning program at Lesley University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. At Lesley College, Jeff has taught classes in Social Psychology, Happiness and Well-Being, Ecopsychology, and Research Methods. His current research interests involve assessing the contextual influences on socially courageous actions. He is also interested in ecopsychology, conservation psychology, and inquiry based-learning. He has presented his work at national and international conferences. Prior to joining the faculty at Lesley, Jeff taught at the University of New Hampshire, Tufts University, and the Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture. He earned a BA from Trinity College (CT), an MA from the University of Michigan, and an MA and PhD in psychology from the University of New Hampshire.
- Karen Bressler, Board Chair, Community Servings
- Lisa Dobberteen, Medical Director, School Health & Public Health Programs, Cambridge Public Health Department
- Mahmood Firouzbakht, Partner, Nixon Peabody
- Holly Fowler, Co-founder and CEO, Northbound Ventures LLC
- Tamirirashe Gambiza, CPA, Cohn Reznick
- Tom Hamill, Principal, Redgate Real Estate
- Ryan Kim, Partner, Castle Island Partners LLC
- MaryAnn MacDonald, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, Cambridge Public Schools
- Victoria Maguire, SVP Real Estate Operations, MassDevelopment
- Emily Mueller De Celis, Associate Principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
- Jeannie Parkus, Early Childhood Special Educator, Cambridge Public Schools
- Jon Penterman, Lab Manager at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Steve Postal, Chef and Owner of Commonwealth Restaurant
- Henry Vandermark, President at Solar Wave Energy, Inc.
- Peter Welsh, President at Peter Welsh Strategic Consulting Services