Jennifer Effron (she/her)
Director, Innovation & Policy
Jenny brings a collaborative approach to her role, using partnerships to help drive change at the intersection of policy and design. At the BSA she focuses on issues around housing, climate change, urban planning, equity and public appointments. She works with the state chapter on Massachusetts-wide legislative issues as well.
Jenny has a background in community development and affordable housing, as well as degrees in Urban Planning and Law. Before joining the BSA, she spent over 5 years as the Executive Director of a Main Streets organization in the South End of Boston, where she worked on neighborhood improvement projects, public park activation and small business assistance. While not at work, she spends time with her family exploring Cambridge and beyond and is always looking for family movie night ideas.
Maia Erslev (they/them)
Space & Events Manager
Maia manages all exhibitions hosted within the 7,000+ square feet gallery that is BSA Space. They develop programming and initiatives related to the exhibitions to enhance the visitor experience for everyone who walks through our doors.
A graduate of Smith College, Maia comes to the BSA with a degree in Anthropology with a dual minor in Landscape Studies and Museums. Their interests are varied and are tied together by a long-lasting interest in architecture and museums. When not in the office, Maia enjoys exploring Boston galleries & museums, searching for the best hand-pulled noodles in the city, and hanging out with their partner and pup.
Madeleine Hykes (she/her)
Program Manager, Knowledge Communities & Continuing Education
Madeleine manages the BSA's Knowledge Communities and oversees Continuing Education. Prior to joining the BSA in 2021, Madeleine was a Research Assistant at McGill University and Program Coordinator for the City of Hartford's Love Your Block initiative. Madeleine received their Honours BA in Urban Systems and Human Geography from McGill University.
Madeleine is passionate about all dimensions of our built environments, with a particular commitment to participatory research methods, systems thinking, and accessible design. A flâneuse at heart, they enjoy experiencing the city from a pedestrian's perspective, but can most often be found cycling anywhere and everywhere.
Taylor Johnson (she/her)
Program Manager, K-12 Design Education & Engagement
Passionate about socio-political infrastructures and community-driven design, Taylor spends her time at the BSA focusing on design education as a key to activating youth’s agency in city building. Since graduating from Syracuse Architecture with a B.Arch in 2016, she has also taught the Innovators For Purpose’s teen design studio and is actively involved in multiple pro-bono groups as a designer and steering committee member. Away from the BSA, Taylor can be found tracing every bit of the city by foot— just be warned, her pace is brisk to say the least! 🏃
Li Lam Hon. BSA (she/her/她)
As the Controller, Li manages all the financial records and accounting needs at the BSA. She maintains a high standard in ensuring the quality and accuracy of her work, guaranteeing that it complies with the GAAP.
When not balancing the books, Li enjoys walking, hiking, and exploring as many lighthouses as possible.
Dave Nagel (he/him)
Senior Director, Marketing & Communications
Dave Nagel joins the BSA as our new Senior Director of Marketing and Communications. Dave has an extensive background leading marketing teams and creating disruptive campaigns that build brand relevance and value. Most recently, Dave ran his own marketing consulting business – Endangered Species Marketing (ESM) – specializing in providing brand and messaging strategy to help emerging businesses. Prior to ESM, Dave led Marketing and Communications for Baskin-Robbins and sat on the board of Dunkin’ Brands Community Foundation. Dave’s background also includes agency and in-house creative work on profit and not-for-profit businesses as diverse as L.L.Bean, the National Basketball Association, 3M, Chase, Canon and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Dave and his wife, Lisa, have lived in Marblehead since 1999 and have two sons (Jacob & Ben) in college and a daughter, Lilah, in high school. Outside of work, Dave is passionate about photography, college and pro sports and can be found working out at his local gym.
John Nunnari (he/him)
Executive Director, AIA Massachusetts
A long-standing BSA member and active Codes Committee and Government Affairs Committee participant and BSA lobbyist, John worked at HMFH Architects for 15 years, specializing in public school construction. He holds a BA in design studies from Boston Architectural Center and also studied at Temple University and SUNY at Delhi. An avid golfer and skier, you may find him at the annual BSA Golf Tournament. He’s still trying to convince us to hold an annual BSA Ski Tournament, though.
Wandy Pascoal (she/her/ela)
Program Manager, Housing Innovation & Awards
Wandy works closely with Jenny Effron on the BSA's Housing-related work and has led the BSA's Future-Decker exploration. She spends her time existing at both and in between the BSA and the Mayor’s Office of Housing, which co-host her Housing Innovation Design Fellowship.
Wandy was previously an architectural designer at Stull and Lee, Inc, and Madison Park Development Corporation, where she gained understanding on the intersection of community development and design. She holds a BFA in architecture from UMass Amherst and an M. Arch from MassArt. Wandy is deeply interested in independent anti-colonial design, especially as it pertains to her native Angola.
Ben Peterson (he/him)
Director, Community Design & Member Engagement
Ben is a designer, educator, advocate, and convener. Ben joins the BSA from a long tenure as an Education Director and the Director of Gateway at the Boston Architectural College where he was responsible for the development and delivery of a design curriculum rooted in practice, civic engagement, and community-based design partnerships.
Ben has collaborated with an array of neighborhood organizations, community partners, students and professional designers on projects that address sea level rise and climate resiliency, creative and equitable strategies for co-creative engagement, and interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the spaces and narratives that shape the experiences of the city’s most vulnerable populations. Ben received his undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College and a Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Kimberlee Schumacher (she/her)
Interim Executive Director
Kimberlee Schumacher is a seasoned nonprofit executive with over twenty years leading mission-driven organizations in various roles including Interim Executive Director and CEO. She is passionate about building strong and equitable organizations, teams and leaders.
Kimberlee earned her BA from Brandeis University, MA from University of Wisconsin, MBA from Northeastern University and is currently pursuing her PsyD in organizational leadership with a concentration in inclusive leadership from William James College.
Erika Shea Hon. BSA (she/her)
Prior to joining the BSA, Erika worked for a sustainable land investment firm and other nonprofits and as a swim coach. Her ambitious athletic regime—swimming, running, triathlons—coupled with Erika’s daily database and list-management vitamins keep her and the BSA fit. She holds a BA from Clark University, where she double-majored in philosophy and government international relations. Erika is captivated by historical architecture and historic landscapes, such as the Boston Common and Public Gardens, and she loves being a mom.
Keith Supko (he/him)
Data Communications Manager
Keith has worked extensively in the nonprofit sector, most recently in fundraising and development at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he wrangled alumni, prospect, and giving data and associated processes into actionable intelligence and campaign collateral. With a background in Russian language and regional studies, he previously worked abroad and contributed to democratization and civil society development in the former Soviet Union, which blessed him with a profound conviction that wonderfully good people inhabit all nations across diverse walks of life. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, travel, contemporary art, and escaping to Cape Cod and the White Mountains.
Anna Wong (she/her)
Associate, Development & Membership
Anna joined the BSA as the Development Associate after working in the e-commerce industry as an account manager, specializing in both B2C and B2B support. She is a graduate of The George Washington University with a B.A. degree in Political Science and Anthropology. She is passionate about advocacy for social and racial equity, and has prior experience as a political field organizer.
Outside of work, Anna enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures, attending live concerts, and reading a good mystery novel.