Historic Preservation For A Better Boston

THU, MAY 25, 2017 (00:00)

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) passed in November 2016 by a wide margin of Boston voters. Now those in the know must focus on turning the concept into a reality. The panelists tackle how to prioritize historic building sites and distribution of resources to Boston neighborhoods. Photo Credit: James L Woodward/Commons Wikimedia

+ BIO: Greg Galer

Executive Director Greg Galer joined the Boston Preservation Alliance on September 1, 2012. Born in Boston, a passionate preservationist, and an accomplished senior level non-profit executive, Galer brings nearly 30 years experience as a historic preservation advocate and museum professional to the organization. Previous positions include: Vice President of Collections and Exhibitions at the New Bedford Whaling Museum/Old Dartmouth Historical Society (New Bedford, MA), Curator of the Stonehill Industrial History Center at Stonehill College (Easton, MA), and Coordinator of Industrial History at the Valentine Museum (Richmond, VA). Galer holds an A.B. (Bachelor of Arts) with Honors in American Civilization from Brown University and a Ph.D. in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology from MIT. He has been active with organizations such as Preservation Massachusetts, the Easton (MA) Historical Commission and the Society for Industrial Archeology for many years. Areas of expertise include the interpretation, preservation, and curation of material culture collections and the built environment. Writings include “The Boston Bridgeworks and the Evolution of Truss Building Technology” and “Forging Ahead: the Ames Family and Three Centuries of Industrial Enterprise. He has curated dozens of historical and fine art exhibitions, taught at the college level, and successfully advocated for historic sites under threat of imminent demolition. He has been deeply involved in a variety of preservation and adaptive reuse projects from 19th century factory complexes, to historic museum galleries to an early 20th century bank. Photo Credit: JESSICA RINALDI/GLOBE STAFF

+ BIO: Kathy Kottaridis

Kathy Kottaridis joined Historic Boston Incorporated as Executive Director in June of 2007. Prior to service at HBI, she was Associate Director of Public Affairs at Northeastern University, responsible for shaping and implementing the university’s strategic effort to support neighborhood revitalization. Kathy has also served as director of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Director of Economic Development at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Director of the City of Boston’s Office of Business Development, and founding director of Boston Main Streets. A native of Dover, New Hampshire, she received her BA in History from the University of New Hampshire, an MA in Historic Preservation from Boston University, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Kathy is a resident of Jamaica Plain. Photo Credit: Gary T. Pope

+ BIO: Carl Spector

Carl Spector oversees programs related to climate change, environmental protec-on, historic preserva-on, and other aspects of sustainability. Before joining Boston City Hall in 2005, Mr. Spector worked on a wide variety of environmental and energy issues for the federal government and in private industry. He holds degrees in physics from Princeton University and environmental science from the University of Massachuse;s, Boston. Photo Credit: New England Aquarium

+ BIO: Jeffrey Gonyeau

Jeffrey Gonyeau has been an independent historic preservation consultant since 2013 focusing on preservation planning, community engagement, fundraising, and project management work. In addition to his work with individual clients, in June of 2015 Jeff joined the statewide preservation advocacy organization Preservation Massachusetts as its Preservation Circuit Rider for Eastern Massachusetts. From 2001 to 2013 Jeff worked in various capacities at the non-profit preservation organization Historic Boston Incorporated (HBI), where he served as Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, and as Acting Executive Director; in 2007 he was named Senior Program Manager for HBI’s Historic Neighborhood Centers Program. A graduate of Hamilton College, Jeff has master’s degrees from Smith College and New York University. He has taken real estate development and finance classes at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, MIT’s Center for Real Estate, and Boston University; in 2015 he completed Historic New England’s Program in New England Studies. Jeff serves on the board of directors of St. Mark’s Area Main Streets and the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, and is a member of the Vestry of the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont. He resides in Dorchester’s Ashmont Hill neighborhood. Photo Credit: Dorchester Historical Society

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