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About the Foundry

The Foundry is a self-sustaining center of creativity and collaboration in the Kendall Square neighborhood offering the Cambridge community opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

At 50,000 square feet with a 4,000 square foot exterior, the Foundry provides space and programs for the arts (visual and performing), crafts, technology, entrepreneurship, workforce education, and community activities.

The Foundry helps facilitate access for residents, especially underrepresented communities to the dynamic working and learning environment of Kendall Square. The building also provides office space at market rate and below market rates for businesses and non-profit organizations.

Mission, Vision, and Objectives

The Foundry is an adaptive reuse project tasked with building a self-sustaining center for creativity and collaboration for the Cambridge community. At the intersection of the Kendall Square Innovation District and the East Cambridge neighborhood, the Foundry building provides space and programs for the visual and performing arts, entrepreneurship, technology, and workforce education within its historic, industrial setting.

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Meet Our Team

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Diana Navarrete-Rackauckas

Executive Director

Diana Navarrete-Rackauckas (she/they) is the Executive Director at the Foundry Consortium. An educator, equity and diversity advocate, and a non-profit leader, Diana is passionate about creating accessible and engaging experiences for local audiences. Raised in an immigrant family and community, she is dedicated to holding inclusive spaces that empower participants to more confidently navigate their worlds.Before entering her current role, she worked in museums across the country, had written and been featured in various articles about equity in arts and culture fields, and had presented her research at multiple conferences including ones hosted by the Museum Educators of Southern California and Yale University. She holds an M.A in Art History from the University of California, Riverside and a B.A. in Art History and Religion from Oberlin College.

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Nikoi Coley-Ribeiro

Community Manager

Nikoi Coley-Ribeiro (he/him) is a dedicated community servant committed to reducing suffering and building healing and equitable community programs. A Boston native and son of 2 immigrants both involved in the arts and non-profit sector since meeting one another. Nikoi began his study of traumatic impact and response work at age 15, and went on to design a personalized BA curriculum on The Root Causes of Urban Trauma at NYU. Now committed to studying interventions that serve traumatized individuals and communities, and developing programs that create joy, use arts as healing, and build resilient communities.

Logan Lopez

Program Coordinator

Logan (they/them) is a native New Yorker who graduated from Emerson College’s Writing, Literature, and Publishing program in 2018. They are passionate about storytelling and love any opportunity to meet new people and find out what makes them tick. When they’re not doing all things writing and publishing, you can find them missing New York bagels, cross stitching on public transportation, or yelling about the Yankees (sorry, Boston).

Jenna Schlags

Director of Finance & Operations

Jenna Schlags (she/her) is the Director of Finance & Operations. Before joining the Foundry Consortium, Jenna was a financial analyst at State Street and at Moody’s Investors Service. She is passionate about storytelling and problem solving, whether that’s done with paint or with pivot tables. Jenna’s creative work, both visual and on the stage, is influenced by mythology and fairy tales, and creating queer retellings of historical narratives. Jenna holds an MBA from the University of Rochester and earned her BA in Economics and Studio Art from Brandeis University.

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David Siegel

Maker Space Manager

David Siegel (he/him) is the Maker Space Manager at the Foundry Consortium. He is an engineer and maker, and is excited to learn and grow alongside the members of the Foundry. His passions span a range of hobbies from gardening to photography, but they all boil down to being deeply interested in how systems work and incorporating those lessons into his projects. Before joining the Foundry, he worked in Transportation Planning at IBI Group, improving highway safety and efficiency. He graduated from Northeastern University in 2018 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

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Olivia Fone

Digital Communications Fellow

Olivia Fone (she/her) is the Digital Communications Fellow at the Foundry Consortium where she manages the Consortium's social media and communications channels. She previously worked at the Lemelson-MIT Program where she worked on communications campaigns around youth in STEM. Olivia is interested in photography and psychology and hopes to combine her passion for learning about human nature with her skills in storytelling and multimedia to create narratives. She graduated from Emerson College in 2022.

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Stephanie Couch

Executive Director, Lemelson-MIT Program

Stephanie Couch joined the Lemelson-MIT Program as Executive Director in 2016, and is a resident of Cambridge, as well as a member of the Foundry Consortium. Previously, she was the Interim Associate Vice President of Research and Professional Development at California State University, East Bay; Bayer Executive Director of the Institute for STEM Education, and Director for Gateways East Bay STEM Network at California State University, East Bay, as well as Deputy Director, Policy Programs, and Research, California STEM Learning Network and Director of Statewide Initiatives, School of Education University of California, Davis.

Jean Appolon

Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Jean Appolon Expressions

The Director and Co-founder of Jean Appolon Expressions, Jean Appolon is a successful choreographer and teacher based in Boston and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He received his earliest training and performance opportunities in Port-au-Prince with the Viviane Gauthier Dance Company and the Folkloric Ballet of Haiti. Appolon continued his dance education in the U.S. with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Joffrey American Ballet School, graduating with a BA in 2003 from a joint degree program at The New School. Appolon teaches regularly at Boston Ballet, The Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA), and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Appolon was recently appointed a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellow and was also inducted to the 1804 List of Haitian American Changemakers in the U.S.

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Betsy Bard

Teaching artist and playwright, Central Square Theater

Betsy Bard has lived in the Baldwin neighborhood for over 40 years. She recently retired from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School where she served as a social worker for 35 years. Her responsibilities included supervising child care internships and managing the onsite day care center. To expand her passion for social justice and theater, Betsy has worked as a teaching artist and playwright for Youth Underground which is the educational component of the Underground Railway Theater. She has created eight plays based on the methodology of investigative theater that have been performed at The Central Square Theater and have toured extensively to high schools and colleges. Betsy is a board member of Central Square Theater and the Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity for the City of Cambridge.

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Polly Carpenter

Director of Public Programs, Carpenter Perkins Architects

Polly Carpenter is an architect and design educator whose work focuses on bringing the power of design to children, educators and the public through hands-on architecture and design activities. Initiating K12 design education through the Learning By Design program of the Boston Society for Architecture, Polly has taught hundreds of children, teacher and architect workshops. A North Cambridge resident, she is a director of the Association for Architecture Organizations and a former trustee of Boston by Foot.  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. Polly is the Director of Public Programs at the Boston Society for Architecture and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

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Selvin Chambers

Executive Director, Family & Children’s Service, Lynn

Selvin Chambers grew up in the Port neighborhood of Cambridge. Selvin is a board member of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House and the Boston Regional Executive Director for BUILD, an entrepreneurship program for high school youth. Selvin previously served as the executive director of Root in Salem, The Food Project, and as executive director of the Elizabeth Peabody House, a community-based provider of early childhood education, youth development and enrichment, and family services, in Somerville, Mass. His previous posts include leadership roles for the city of Boston’s Centers for Youth & Families and the city of Cambridge Youth Programs. He has also worked for City Year, the country’s premier provider of services aimed at preventing student dropout. Chambers served as deputy director of City Year in Chicago and also as program director for the organization’s operations in Boston; Columbia, S.C.; Columbus, Ohio; and San Antonio, Texas.

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Joyce Chen

Strategic Partnerships Lead- Startups, Mercury

Joyce Chen is a shared community space and STEAM enthusiast, and former long-time resident of Cambridge (having just moved across the border to Somerville). She currently leads strategic partnerships at Mercury, a banking startup. Prior to Mercury, Joyce was in venture capital and also led the global expansion of Venture Cafe, a global network of nonprofit organizations focused on building community for founders and creating pathways to entrepreneurship for all. Often housed in shared multi-use spaces, through Venture Cafe Joyce saw the power in activating an excellently designed space through programming and community engagement. Joyce has previously worked at MIT in various roles, including running accelerator programs and bootcamps for entrepreneurs, as well as large-scale international tech conferences. Joyce previously served on the City of Cambridge’s appointed Foundry Advisory Committee.

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Peter Crawley

Principal, Satoria Sustainability Consulting

Peter Crawley is a resident of East Cambridge. He is a Principal at Satoria Sustainability Consulting, and has led at the intersection of strategic consulting, real estate and sustainability for more than 20 years, serving as the principal advisor to top real estate owners and scores of operating companies. Independently and through a partnership with the Sustainability Roundtable, Inc., where he served as Director of Research & Consulting, Peter has helped the executive teams at Fortune 1000 enterprises develop and implement highly profitable Sustainability strategies. Prior to working with the Sustainability Roundtable, Peter served as the Director of Sustainability Services at the environmental engineering firm EBI Consulting, and as Director of the Sustainable Business Leadership Program of MA. He has also taught on Sustainability, Leadership, and Corporate Social Responsibility as an adjunct professor at Boston College’s Carroll School of Business. Peter began his career in real estate development and has managed the design and permitting process for mixed use projects as large as $300 million. He has worked in real estate acquisitions, finance, and planning for companies such as John Hancock Properties, Meredith Management and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. He is past President of the East Cambridge Planning Team.

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Jinyi Duan

Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Flavor Continues

I am a dancer, illustrator, musician and pre-medical student. My current focus has been on providing programming for the street and club dance communities, while engaging the general public, through The Flavor Continues. My main focus is to bring equity into spaces I go into, whether it’s through representation, education, or creating innovative initiatives.

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Emmanuella Fedé

School-Age Teacher, Community Art Center

Emmanuella Fedé is a first generation Haitian-American early childhood educator and aspiring Atelierista. Born and raised in The Port, Cambridge, she began acting on her passion for education when she was 14, as a junior counselor for PBHA's summer program. Since then she has worked in various community groups, non profits, and school settings. Most notably as a lead school age teacher at the Community art Center. She graduated from Lesley University in 2022 with a B.A in Psychology and Early Childhood Education.

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Amy Green-Deines

Dean of the College of Art and Design, Lesley University

Amy Green Deines became the dean of the Lesley College of Art and Design in 2019. Deines brings to Lesley 20 years of experience in higher education, most recently at Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she served as dean and chief academic officer. Prior to her time at Cranbrook, Deines served in multiple roles at Lawrence Technological University’s (LTU) College of Architecture and Design, including associate dean of the college and dean of graduate programs.

While at LTU, Deines raised $1.5 million to create the Detroit Center for Design and Technology, which opened in the spring of 2016. As a destination for design thinking, serving college and high school students, young and seasoned professionals, architects, artists, designers, innovators and entrepreneurs, the center is a place where students and faculty can collaborate with the broader community on issues that impact everyone.

Deines regularly lectures and participates in reviews at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, Yale School of Architecture, and the School at Art Institute of Chicago, as well as international academies. Amy earned her BFA in design from Wayne State University and her master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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Kellyanne Mahoney

Youth Program Specialist, Autodesk

Kellyanne Mahoney is a National Board Certified Teacher and experienced curriculum developer who spent 13 years working in the Boston Public Schools. She currently serves as a Youth Program Specialist for Autodesk, focusing on creating K-12 STEAM learning content, managing education programs, facilitating professional development for educators, and building strong relationships with the New England education community and beyond. For the past several years, Kellyanne’s work has also been centered on using design thinking to bridge the problems faced in schools with the problem of creating equitable onramps into the innovation economy for students.

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Kim Walker-Chin

Realtor, Coldwell Banker Realty

Originally from Jamaica, Kim has been a proud Cambridge resident for over 30 years since moving to the states for her undergrad at Boston University followed by her MBA at Northeastern University. Working as a full time Realtor since 2000, she recently achieved the accolade of International Presidents Premier – the top 1% of Coldwell Banker Realty sales agents worldwide for 2021.  Prior to working as a realtor, she was a Financial Analyst at Harvard University and National Grid, and an Internal Auditor at Boston Private Banking. Kim is a proud supporter of Breast Cancer research. When she’s not busy with homes or charity events, Kim loves unwinding with 80’s or reggae tunes in the sunniest spot she can find.

Check back late summer to meet our first cohort!