Allida Warn joined the Boston APP/lab board in the spring of 2019 in order to contribute to the mission of creating a nexus for artistic public discourse in Boston. She believes in the power of arts and artistic practice to connect people across differences. Warn brings twenty years expertise as an artist who works in textiles, drawing, photography, and print-making, and now specializes in socially engaged art. Before coming to the area to complete a Master’s in Arts in Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education, she spent 4 years developing curriculum and managing the community-based arts program FLY Creativity Lab in Ypsilanti, Michigan. In total, Warn has ten years of experience in arts administration and management.
Chris Sinclair is the Founder and President of The Anthem Group - the parent organization of all Anthem-related properties. The Anthem Group is a collection of internationally recognized entities in the live entertainment, large-scale event production, experiential marketing, hospitality and placemaking industries. Among the marquee companies included are; Anthem Production, Anthem Strategy, Anthem Innovation and Anthem Hospitality.
An entrepreneur at an early age, Chris founded Anthem with his entire personal savings of $500 while still a teenager. By the age of 24, Anthem was executing international marketing projects and large-scale events all over the globe.
In addition to leading The Anthem Group, Chris is a popular guest lecturer and speaker at various colleges, conferences and professional panels as he takes pride in teaching business strategy and skills to students and young entrepreneurs.
Today, The Anthem Group has expanded exponentially from its humble beginnings as a a specialized events firm to a multi-industry enterprise. This breadth of unique experience has propelled Anthem into activity in over 70 markets across five continents.
Conrad is excited to bring his policy and management experience in state and city agencies, as well as his background in public service, non-profit leadership, and the management of city-based projects, to BostonAPP/Lab. While at the State Department of Conservation and Recreation, he oversaw permitting of over 1400 special events annually and was a key contact for creatives looking to program public space. He collaborated closely with park advocacy organizations, stakeholders, and constituents to facilitate public arts programming. He launched the Trustees of Reservations’ KITCHEN project at Boston Public Market, a regional platform celebrating New England's food culture. More recently, he assisted with the launch of the Mystic Greenway Initiative, a program of the Mystic River Watershed Association, and began working with Groundwork Somerville supporting its strategic leadership transition. In Cambridge, Conrad has been a member of the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority's board since 2011, and was recently appointed to the Cambridge Urban Forestry Master Plan Task Force which will be the city's first. He lives in East Cambridge with his family.
Dan Sieck is a long-time Massachusetts resident, avid outdoorsman and corporate attorney practicing with Pepper Hamilton LLP in Boston. As a former small business owner, aspiring visual artist and cultural explorer, he actively strives to see the world from its many perspectives.
L'Merchie Frazier, fiber artist and holographer, is Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History, Boston/Nantucket for fifteen years, highlighting the Museum's collection/exhibits, providing place-based education and interdisciplinary history programs, projects and lectures, most recently promoting STEM / STEAM education pedagogy. She is adjunct faculty for Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown, Massachusetts. She has served the artistic community for over twenty years as an award winning national and international visual and performance artist and poet, with residencies in Brazil, Taiwan, France, and Cuba. As a lecturer and workshop presenter her audiences include youth and adults. L'Merchie is a member of the Women of Color Quilter's Network. She is resident artist at Southend Technology Center, an MIT FabLab in Boston. Her fiber works serve to document history and memory, and often include innovative technology. These artworks are featured in a series entitled The Quilted Chronicles. Selected works are included in several art publications and in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and Design, the Smithsonian Institute and the White House. Recently chosen as resident City of Boston, AIR artist.
Malia Lazu has been using strategy and the connective tissue of community networks to build diversity in authentic ways and creating consistent impact throughout the US and abroad for over 20 years.
While at MIT, Malia launched a space for diversity research and development called The Urban Labs, which has emerged as a boutique multi-cultural agency helping corporations and institutions be more effective in their diversity and inclusion efforts. The Urban Labs platform, Lexicon, provides an authentic translation of a company's diversity goals and commitment to good business.
Over the last few years Malia has experimented in attacking on-going diversity problems, including working with the city of Boston in the start-up space, by creating Accelerate Boston, a startup accelerator. Now on its fifth year Accelerate Boston has helped 20+ minority businesses open and thrive and has led to 30+ minority entrepreneurs receiving investment capital.
As a public speaker, Malia keynotes on inclusion, transmitting key concepts on inclusion innovation supported by research and data. She has caught the attention of MTV, Showtime, ABC-TV, Fox News, and such print publications as Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal and Boston Magazine. Most recently she has been named as one of the 50 founders to watch in Essence Magazine. She has created campaigns for such leaders as Grammy Award-winner and civil-rights activist Harry Belafonte, George Soros, and Peter Lewis.
Malia currently sits on The Nation Magazine Editorial Board, Boston Society of Architects, and the Black Economic Council of MA.
Mike Eagle works as an account executive at The Eagle Leasing Company, the largest container and trailer provider in the Northeast. After attending Syracuse University and graduating with a degree in Television, Radio, Film from the Newhouse School of Public Communications, Mike spent four years working in programming at ESPN. In the Fall of 2014, he left the television industry altogether, and decided to join Eagle Leasing. After reading about the ArtsCommons project in the Boston Globe, Mike pushed for Eagle Leasing to become involved with various projects around the city, and is very excited to showcase storage containers in non-traditional settings.
Rich Frank, Advisor
Rich Frank, after 20 plus years as a partner in a sports apparel marketing firm, joined Artists For Humanity in 2009 as it's first Director of Marketing. His passion is to create enterprising partnerships between communities - corporate, civic, and education - that leverage connections to create solutions and provide benefits that build stronger cities. He has a B.A in Urban Studies from Univ of PA, and a Masters in City Planning from Univ of CA, Berkeley. Currently resides in Jamaica Plain.
Ron Mallis | Founder, Director
Ron Mallis, founder/director of BostonAPP/Lab, is trained as an urban planner, having served in that capacity for 10 years with the firm of Goody Clancy. He launched the Lab in January 2013 as a committee of the Boston Society of Architects, and became a non-profit in June 2016. Its workshops (now numbering over 30) and its emerging project called "ArtsCommons," have focused on “incubating new collaborations” to support a more robust environment for art in greater Boston’s public places. Ron’s background also includes major stints in college publishing, management education, and management consulting. He continues to look for ways to respond to the question...”what can we do together that we can’t do separately?” And to expand the definition of "we."