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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 across Massachusetts. 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 a 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 programming efforts include: Connecting Children and Families to Parks in East Boston, Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion program, Healthy Aging in the Hilltowns, Age-Friendly Walking, and the WalkMassachusetts Network . These programs aim to empower people with knowledge and proven strategies to make their own communities more walkable. Miranda also coordinates advocacy efforts around sidewalk snow removal and other mobility justice issues as well as represents WalkBoston on the RTA Advocates Coalition hosted by the MA Public Health Association and T4MA. 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 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology & Government and International Politics from George Mason 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 Manager
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Ayesha’s work focuses on meeting WalkBoston’s community partnership building, research, and design objectives. Currently, she leads projects including: Community Strides – Improving Walkability at Boston Public Housing Developments, Mass in Motion’s Racial Equity in Walking Guidance, Age-Friendly Walking, and Walkability and Social Infrastructure in the Gateway Cities. She is also working on developing effective advocacy training tools through her involvement in Walk Audit Academy and the Pedestrian Safety and Injury Prevention Training Program. Prior to WalkBoston, she worked as a researcher studying community-level approaches to improving children’s rights and protections in India. She has also led research on the combined impacts of pandemic isolation, climate disasters and housing instability on older adults’ physical, cognitive and social health. Ayesha holds a Master of Urban Planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Sustainability from the University of Michigan.


Zac Churchill (he/him)

Intern
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Zac joined WalkBoston as a Transportation & Planning Intern in June 2022. He primarily focuses on community engagement projects in East Boston and towns in Western Mass. He also assists with walking signage projects in and around Medford MA. Zac is particularly interested in sustainable, multimodal transit infrastructure; combining walking with other forms of pubic transit in a manner that provides accessibility to residents with an emphasis on conservation. He is currently pursuing a BA in sociology at Tufts University and has previous experience with sociological research and volunteering.


Owen Sloane (he/him)
Intern
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Owen joined WalkBoston as a Research intern in June 2022. In this role, he is primarily responsible for compiling, organizing, and presenting the history of WalkBoston and its members, as well as assisting with other WalkBoston projects. He is interested in learning how nonprofits such as WalkBoston start and establish themselves on an institutional level. As a native Bostonian, Owen loves to walk and explore Boston. He is currently an undergraduate student in the Boston University School of Theater pursuing an undergraduate degree in theater arts.


Keili Tucker (she/her)
Intern
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Keili joined WalkBoston as a Transportation & Planning Intern in June 2022. In this role, she is primarily responsible for research and data analysis related to age-friendly walking and walking in extreme heat. She will also assist with walk audits and community events. Keili is interested in how climate change will affect walkability in the near future, especially with extreme weather conditions. She is also passionate about mapping and how we understand spatial data. Keili is currently a student at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Urban Science and Planning with Computer Science and a Master in City Planning.