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Staff Directory

Ben Peterson (he/him)
Community Design Director
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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.

Billy Craig (he/him)
Managing Director, Operations
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Billy oversees many BSA businesses and staff, including membership, knowledge communities, programs and events. Prior to joining the BSA, he worked at Utile and Machado Silvetti, focusing on the business side of architecture. He began his career in finance and occasionally practices real estate.

Brian Keefe (he/him)
Sales Director
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Brian has long worked on both the ABX Tradeshow (formerly BuildBoston) along with the BSA quarterly publication ArchitectureBoston magazine. He played a significant role in the launch of the Residential Design Show in 2003 and the AB magazine in 1997. For the past 28 years Brian has handled the major majority of sales for the tradeshow and magazine, along with other BSA opportunities. In January he officially became part of the BSA Staff.

Caitlin Hart (she/her)
Senior Program Manager
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Fascinated by Boston as a historic and living city, Caitlin is glad to have found her way to the BSA. She holds a BA in Art History from Tufts University and an MFA in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design, which means she loves thinking about the ways in which art and the built environment shape our everyday. Outside of work, Caitlin can often be found taking walks over bridges, ogling old buildings, and reading in the coffee shops of Camberville.

Eric White Hon. AIA (he/him)
Executive Director
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A Denison University graduate, Eric was selected to participate in the Getty Leadership Institute, focusing on financial, marketing, team-building and strategic planning management in 2000. He is the President-elect of AIA CACE, the governing body of AIA chapters. In his spare time he enjoys kayaking, woodturning and carving, gardening and family.

Erika Shea (she/her)
Senior Membership Manager
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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.

Jennifer Effron (she/her)
Policy Director
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With a background in community development and affordable housing, as well as degrees in Urban Planning and Law, Jenny brings a collaborative approach to her role as Policy Director. 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 the parks and restaurants around Cambridge.

John Nunnari (he/him)
Executive Director, AIA Massachusetts
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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.

Karolina Hac (she/her)
Advancement Manager
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Karolina is a writer with a background in marketing and art history, frequently working at the intersection of design and the arts. She has bachelor’s degrees in English and Art History from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in Art History from SUNY Purchase. Prior to joining the BSA, Karolina spent a few years generating proposals and helping run communications for a landscape architecture firm, gaining an understanding of the complexities of creating and renewing the built environment. Outside of the office, Karolina is engaged with Boston’s arts community as an arts writer for independent publications like Boston Art Review, Big Red & Shiny, and Amadeus.

Li Lam (she/her/她)
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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. She has a BS from the University of Rhode Island with a double major in Accounting and Management Information Systems. She enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and walking.

Maia Erslev (they/them or she/her)
Communications Manager
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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 academic interests are varied and are tied together by a long-lasting interest in architecture and museums. At the BSA, Maia plays a key role in exhibition planning and implementation. They also manage all social media and assist with most other external communications. When not in the office, Maia enjoys biking, free admission nights at Boston museums, and searching for the best hand-pulled noodles in the city.

Michela Davola (she/her)
Senior Development Manager
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Michela joins the BSA from the Nichols House Museum, where she managed the donor and membership database and coordinated fundraising and community events. She has a BA in Art History from Framingham State University and an MFA in Architectural History from Savannah College of Art and Design. A Massachusetts native, Michela loves to explore Boston and uncover hidden treasures that the city has to offer. When she is not wandering around Boston, she enjoys reading and yoga and dreams of one day setting sail on a Viking River Cruise.

Paige McWhorter (she/her)
Assistant Director of Communications
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Paige joined the BSA in 2012 with the opening of the gallery and manages exhibitions, communications, and public programming. She is a southern girl who decides she’s moving back home every time the Boston winter hits, but can’t bring herself to leave the rich architectural history and cobblestone streets. Paige likes to spend her free time creating art, traveling, and exploring New England with her husband and daughter.

Patricia Olshan (she/her)
Professional Program Manager
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With experience in arts, design, events and membership management, Patricia understands how to tie different ideas together and produce programs that inspire and educate. Patricia joins the BSA from the Design Management Institute, where she managed programs from producing global events to collaborating with a community of movers and shakers in design and innovation. She’s traveled to over 25 countries, fascinated with business and cultural trends, and is curious about everything from boxing to tapas.

Polly Carpenter FAIA (she/her)
Director of Public Programs
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Polly has over 20 years of experience engaging children, educators and the public in the power of design through hands-on architecture and design activities. Polly joined the BSA Foundation’s youth program in its inaugural year of 1999 and has since taught hundreds of children, teacher and architect workshops. As an architect she has a background in educational, institutional, and residential design working at architectural firms, large and small, in Boston and New York. She holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Architecture from Rice University.

Susan Green (she/her)
Committee Engagement and Technology Manager
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Susan brings to the BSA an extensive background in communications, design and operations management. Passionate about photography and architecture, she shares a unique view into the myriad ways the built environment is portrayed visually. She holds a BA in fine art and theatre art, is fond of modern design, independent films, her cottage home, and Bananas Foster.

Taylor Johnson (she/her)
Design Education Fellow
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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! 🏃

Wandy Pascoal (she/her/ela)
Housing Innovation Design Fellow
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As the Housing Innovation Design Fellow, Wandy oversees efforts of using innovative design to create more affordable housing throughout Boston. Wandy spends her time existing at both and in between the BSA and the City of Boston’s Housing Innovation Lab, which co-host the fellowship. Prior to joining the BSA, she worked as an architectural designer at Stull and Lee, Inc, and Madison Park Development Corporation, where she gained some understanding on the intersection of community development and design. She holds a BFA of 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.

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