Janie is the Executive Director and a founder of Green Streets Initiative. A University of Michigan (BA Social Science) and MIT (M Arch) graduate, she worked for 20 years as an architect in the Boston area, and has traveled and worked around the world.
She and her family - husband and three kids - have enjoyed a car-free life since 2007 and have been mostly airplane-flying-free since a few years after that, initially stopping for environmental reasons, then later realizing many other benefits.
Janie envisions Walk/Ride Days expanding in the Boston and MA region, nationally, and internationally.
Executive Director, President, and Chairman of the Board
Sophie is Associate Director at the Green Streets Initiative and a scooter and transit enthusiast. She has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA in Public Policy and Economics from Duke University. She brings over 15 years of private company experience in the financial services and technology sectors.
She lives in Boston with her husband and two children.
I met Janie through the Boston Area Sustainability Group. She was one of the presenters and caught my attention because of her attention to and understanding about the behavioral change she was trying to inspire in people. I've been a member of Janie's Board for a couple of years now. Janie is one of the angels living in our world. She's relentlessly passionate about and committed to changing how we get around, no matter what. Each and every day she gets up and lives that passion and commitment. (I was especially in awe when she told me how she and her son rode their bikes one summer to drop him off for camp in Western MA.) My commitment to Janie and Green Streets is to volunteer my support whenever and in whichever way I can.
Professionally, I'm a creative marketing guy turned creative operations guy. My center is having purpose in my work and how I get there with my teams. I'm one of three co-organizers of the Boston Area Sustainability Group.
Jess is a designer at the Boston based landscape architecture firm Mikyoung Kim Design. Her interests focus on the environment, art and human centered design.
Spending the majority of her adult life in cities like New York and Seattle, Jess has become a staunch supporter of a car-free lifestyle, biking or walking everywhere she can. Green Streets comes as a natural compliment to her lifestyle and in providing insight to both the spaces she works on and the people that move through them.
Jess moved to Boston after working for several years in urban research at the University of Washington, where she helped launch OpenSidewalks and TactileMapTile, two open source initiatives exploring accessibility in pedestrian spaces.
Marketing / Communications Committee Chair
Alix has worked with small and medium sized organizations for the last few years helping them achieve their goals through grant writing, policy development, and visual story telling. She has worked broadly in program management for both international development organizations and domestic arts nonprofits for over a decade and has loved the variety of her daily work.
Alix has been car free since 2007 and has enjoyed engaging like-minded commuters at the local level. Walking in Boston has served as a meditative practice each morning and has inspired her to become a more avid hiker during her travels. When not on the clock, she can be found hunting for mid-century furniture, practicing yoga, and exploring the culinary delights of the city.
Alix holds a B.A. in International Relations; African Culture and Politics as well as an M.A. in International Relations and Religion specializing in African Islam. She currently resides in Brookline with her ever-expanding plant collection.
Business Development Committee Chair
Nitya is a manger in Global Submissions Management at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, where she has been employed since 2014. Having always been passionate about environmental causes, Nitya joined Takeda's internal eco-awareness group called Evergreen. As a member of that team, she started working with the Green Streets Initiative to help plan Walk/Ride Day communications to encourage participation by Takeda employees. She joined the Green Streets Initiative Board in December 2018 as a member of the Business Development Committee.
Nitya has been car-free since 2011 and enjoys using all modalities for transportation to work and other frequently visited locations. Her favorite method of commuting to the office is walking as it provides a nice opportunity to disconnect for a few moments and take in some fresh air!
Nitya's educational background is in Chemistry (BA), Environmental Studies (BA), Pharmacology (MS), and she is now pursuing her second graduate degree (Regulatory Affairs, MS). In her free time Nitya enjoys traveling, yoga, volunteering, and reading.
Business Development Committee Member
Jennifer is a Cambridge mother of three who enjoys commuting on foot and by mass transit. She's been around since the inception of Green Streets and enjoys promoting it wherever she goes. "I like working with Green Streets because I believe that we really can make the world a better place one commute at a time and I want our city (and our world) to be safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and scooter-ers and healthier for everyone."
A former magazine editor and health writer, Jen is currently a screenwriter whose first short film, "Soul Candy" was recently produced.
As a member of the Board, Jen oversees Green Streets' grant writing and is involved in visioning, strategic planning, and collaborating on messaging.
Patrica M. Nolan has lived in Cambridge for our 25 years and loves that it is easy to use public transit and bikes throughout the city. She supports the mission of Green Streets wholeheartedly and is inspired through her involvement to push herself to do more car-light living.
Patty grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and New York before finding Cambridge - by attending Harvard-Radcliffe College. After stints living in NY (another fantastic city for public transit and biking), New Haven CT and Chicago, she returned to Cambridge where she made use of her Master's degree at Yale University's School of Management, in a range of enterprises. Patty has broad experience in strategic planning and financial budgeting, serving in a range of positions since graduate school.
Patty sees environmental sustainability as THE issue of our times, and praises GSI for working on supporting healthy living choices AND addressing the urgency of the climate crisis.
Maria is a Quality Improvement Consultant for Children's Hospital working specifically with medication management hospital-wide. She has also received her MBA with a focus in health sector management and strongly believes that a big part of quality healthcare is the implementation of preventative measures for overall health.
Prior to this role, Maria focused on building strong relationships with strategic business partners for an innovative electronic medical record company. Here she helped to implement business development strategies for disruptive healthcare organizations and worked to increase operational efficiencies in medical provider workflows through utilizing solutions from partners spanning across the medical field.
Maria has also lived in Boston for eight years without a car and is an avid walker who strongly believes that incorporating exercise into one's daily commute can make for a healthier community overall.
Governance and Finance Committee Chair
Bill originally became involved with Green Streets as the Walk/Ride Day coordinator at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, a participant in the Commuter Challenge since it's inception in 2012. He joined the Green Streets board in December, 2018 and is the lead for the Program Management Committee.
Bill graduated with a BA in Environmental Science from SUNY Plattsburgh in 2005, and a MA in International Relations from UMass Boston in 2018. Over the past 12 years he has worked in the environmental sector in a variety of capacities, ranging from environmental health and safety to conservation and natural resource management.
Bill has lived in Boston for five years now and he started biking again for the first time since he was a teenager when he moved to the city. He loves being able to explore greater Boston by bike and is also very grateful that he can commute to work most days this way!
Program Management Committee member
Douglas Clark is a Senior Director leading the Patient Focused Drug Development (PFDD) initiative across R&D. Doug joined Biogen in 2012 and has over 20 years of experience in pharmacoepidemiology, real-world data (RWD) and drug safety analytics.
Prior to Biogen, he was the founder of his own analytic consulting company. Doug also spent 11 years at GlaxoSmithKline leading a global RWD analytics team. He holds a BS in Statistics and an MBA.
Doug is an Artist/Painter. He has served 10 years in the US Army National Guard and is currently the co-leader of Biogen's Veteran Network (BVN).
Green Streets team and volunteers
I live in Chelsea. I have three amazing children - Chris, Cat, and Jeremy. I share my home with Spot and Spike (leopard geckos), Blue (bearded dragon), Gertie Birty (parakeet), and Fredrika (tuxedo kitten).
Since I started volunteering at Green Streets, I have become much more aware of sharing the roads with bicycles and I've found creative ways to get places on public transportation. At one point I plotted how to get to a gas station by bus so I could get my car inspected. That didn't work too well.
Retail Partner Coordinator
I graduated from Emerson College with an MA in Integrated Marketing Communication. I am working full time in an online travel agency as a web content specialist.
I volunteer at Green Streets because I want to advocate eco-friendly commute in cities.
In my spare time I enjoy traveling and cooking. I am also a food blogger that likes to share the recipes with everyone.
Mia (Yaying) Pang
I graduated from Boston College with a degree in Computer Science. Before Green Streets, I worked as a developer in the financial industry. Outside of work, I enjoy going to the beach and biking trails.
Jiaming (Ming) Luo
I am a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a BS in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability.
I originally became involved with Green Streets as an intern, however I kept volunteering after my internship was complete because I was drawn in by just how passionate everyone at GSI was about the mission and their strong desire to have a lasting impact on their community, the city, and the world. It's hard not to feel the same way after spending 10 minutes with Janie or anyone else working with Green Streets.
In my free time, I spend plenty of time outside hiking and biking, I love traveling and experiencing new places and cultures, and you will never find me without a book in hand.
Board of Advisors
Professor, Northeastern University and University of Southern California
I am a newfound entrepreneur currently working at an EdTech startup trying to gamify HigherEd. I enjoy playing and watching sports, cooking, and relaxing to my favorite tv shows.
Two things I try to live by are "hakuna matata" and "cool runnings - peace be the journey." I wanted to put my data analysis skills toward something meaningful and good. GSI fit that bill with its promotion of a cleaner environment with a rather simple solution, tracking/changing commutes. Janie is very passionate about this initiative and it spreads once you start working with her. I currently telecommute most of the time, but if I have to venture anywhere, strive to use the MBTA.
Steve Miller directs the Healthy Weight Initiative at the Nutrition Department of the Harvard School of Public Health, serves as a founding board member of LiveableStreets Alliance, and helps lead both the Greenway Links and LandLine projects to create a regional network of non-motorized corridors.
Previously, he co-founded Boston's Hub On Wheels Bicycle Festival, not in its 9th year, which laid the foundation for today's Boston Bicycle Program, served as a gubernatorial appointee on the state Pedestrian & Bicycling Advisory Committee, as a Secretary of Transportation appointee on the Healthy Transportation Compact Advisory Committee, and as a co-chair of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Urban Path and Parkway Advisory Committee. He currently publishes a blog titled, "The Public Way: Transportation, Health, and Livable Communities."
Executive Director, New England Healthy Weight Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health