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Staff

Staff


Stacey Beuttell (she/her)
Executive Director
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Stacey Beuttell took over as the Executive Director of WalkBoston in October 2019. She previously served as the Deputy Director where she oversaw WalkBoston’s technical assistance programs that provided support to municipalities, community organizations, and residents to improve the safety and quality of the pedestrian environment. Shortly after joining the staff in 2013, Stacey focused her efforts on broadening WalkBoston’s reach. Her work with the Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion program, MassDOT’s Bicycle and Safety Awareness and Enforcement Program, and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Pedestrian Safety Planning Initiative has taken her across the state building municipal staff and community awareness around walkable design. She led the launch of the WalkMassachusetts Network, an initiative designed to connect and support local groups working on walking. Stacey is a member of the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board. Prior to joining WalkBoston, Stacey was a Senior Associate at Sasaki Associates where she practiced as an urban designer and planner. She holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Arts in American Studies/Environmental Studies from Dickinson College.


Brendan Kearney (he/him)
Deputy Director
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As the Deputy Director, Brendan manages outreach and communications for WalkBoston. He is a member of the City of Boston’s Vision Zero Task Force, and testifies at public hearings on projects and policies that impact pedestrians. In 2020, Brendan launched our 15-week “Keep Walking” storytelling project and our November “Beat the Bay State” virtual challenge. Before WalkBoston, Mr. Kearney managed customer service for an online race registration company and was a service manager at a business to business service provider.  He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.


Althea Wong-Achorn (she/her)
Development Director
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Althea Wong-Achorn is the Development Director for WalkBoston. Her work focuses on developing and implementing fundraising strategies that raise the crucial funds needed to support WalkBoston’s mission. She leads efforts to cultivate both individual and corporate donors, designs campaign strategy and messaging for the annual appeal and fundraising events, and oversees the Board Development Committee. Althea is further responsible for identifying grant opportunities, overseeing their submission and management, and stewarding foundation relationships. Prior to joining WalkBoston, Althea worked for the USS Constitution Museum, Boston Children’s Museum, and the Colby College Museum of Art. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College.


Miranda Briseño (she/her) 

Program Manager
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As the Program Manager for WalkBoston, Miranda coordinates WalkBoston’s technical assistance and community-based programs with state agencies, municipal staff, community-based organizations, and local advocates. Current programs include: Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion program, Age-Friendly Walking, and Youth Working Towards Walkable Streets. These programs aim to empower people with knowledge and proven strategies to make their own communities more walkable. Prior to joining WalkBoston, she worked for the City of Medford in the Office of Planning, Development, and Sustainability as a planner focusing on COVID-19 response. Miranda holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning from Tufts University.


Wendy Landman (she/her)
Senior Policy Advisor
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As Senior Policy Advisor, Wendy focuses her efforts on statewide transportation policies and programs that work to increase pedestrian safety on our roadways and to promote walkable environments. She is a member of the Executive Board, Transportation Justice Committee and Nominating Committee of the Transportation for Massachusetts Coalition (T4MA). Wendy served as the Executive Director of WalkBoston for 15 years before stepping down in October 2019. She continues to be WalkBoston’s point person on many Boston metro area transportation and development projects, including the I-90 Allston Interchange Project. Wendy also works on Age Friendly Walking and is a member of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative Executive Committee and serves on the Board of America Walks. She holds SB and Master of City Planning degrees from MIT, and a Diploma in Urban Design from the University of Edinburgh.


Ayesha Mehrotra (she/her)
Program Associate
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As Program Associate, Ayesha supports WalkBoston’s research, community engagement, and design objectives. Her current projects include the Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion program, Gateway Cities: TOD, and Youth Working Towards Walkable Streets. As a WalkBoston intern in 2019, Ayesha was also engaged in Age-Friendly Walking and conducting spatial analysis research for Mass in Motion projects. Prior to WalkBoston, she worked as a researcher studying community-level approaches to improving children’s rights and protections in India. Her professional interests include community planning across the age spectrum, health-centric planning, and building equitable access to transit and housing. Ayesha holds a Master of Urban Planning Degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.