Mike Eagle, BOARD MEMBER
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.
MARY FICHTNER, ADVISOR
Mary Fichtner has served as Director of Programs and Exhibitions at BSA Space, home of the Boston Society of Architects and BSA Foundation, since 2012. Her arts and nonprofit management experience includes five years as Executive Director of Boston By Foot, a nonprofit architectural walking tour service. With an MA in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mary also has experience managing and directing art galleries, including Hurst Gallery in Cambridge, MA.
L'MERCHIE FRAZIER, BOARD MEMBER
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.
Rich Frank, BOARD MEMBER
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.
NIGEL JACOB, BOARD MEMBER
Nigel Jacob is the Co-founder of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, a civic innovation incubator and R&D Lab within Boston’s City Hall. Nigel’s work is about making urban life better via innovative, people-oriented applications of technology and design. Prior to joining the City of Boston in 2006, Nigel worked in a series of technology start-ups in the Boston area. He was also previously the Urban Technologist in Residence at Living Cities, a philanthropic collaboration of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, is currently a board member at organizations such as Code For America and coUrbanize, and is an Executive-in-Residence at Boston University. Nigel’s work has been written about extensively in magazines such as Wired, MIT Technology Review, Fast Company and books including The Responsive City, by Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford and Smart Cities by Anthony Townsend. This ground breaking work has earned Nigel a number of awards including being named a Public Official of the year in 2011 by Governing Magazine, a Whitehouse Champion of Change and the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation award for 2012.
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, where the Lab continues to reside. Its workshops (now numbering over 20) 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?”
DAN SIECK, BOARD MEMBER
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.
Rob TRUmbour, board member
Rob Trumbour, AIA; is Associate Professor of Architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, MA), a founding partner in the design/research practice Khôra, and the founding director of the Boston-based design collaborative Artforming. Educated in the fields of the fine arts and architecture, Rob’s current work engages in art, architecture, and landscape through the medium of installation art and emerging technologies.