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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.

Card to Culture Discounts
We are proud to participate in the Card to Culture program, a collaboration between Mass Cultural Council and the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, and the Massachusetts Health Connector, by breaking down the financial barriers to cultural programming.

We offer space reservation on an income based sliding scale and most of our programs are pay-what-you-can. Card to Culture lets EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare card holders purchase tickets to Foundry-held performances for $5 each. See the complete list of participating organizations offering EBTWIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.

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.

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Olivia Fone

Communications Coordinator

Olivia Fone (she/her) is the Communications Coordinator at the Foundry Consortium where she manages the Consortium's communications channels. She previously worked at the Lemelson-MIT Program where she worked on projects 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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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).

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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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Brittany Hendricks

Brittany Hendricks (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist native to Mattapan, Massachusetts. Brittany studies integrated media design at Bunker Hill Community College. Prior to joining the team at The Foundry, Brittany worked as the education studio ambassador at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, focusing on designing an accessible art-making program for the low to no-vision and deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Brittany centers their creative practice around storytelling and gestural manipulation of motion, material, and media.

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Ceres Orchards

Ceres Orchards (he/they) is the Program Assistant Intern. As a graphic design student, Ceres believes art is a powerful device to send messages that need to be heard. Previously involved in The Clubhouse Network and through his own adversities, Ceres has found that art is a tool used for healing and expression in young people. In their personal life, they are passionate about uplifting marginalized voices, specifically catering towards disability/accessibility advocacy and LGBT+ rights. They are excited to be graduating with their associates this fall.

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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.

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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

Architect, 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 a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

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Selvin Chambers

Executive Director, LifeScene

Selvin Chambers grew up in the Port neighborhood of Cambridge. Selvin is a board member of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, the Community Arts Center, the Men of Color Health Task Force, and is the Executive Director for LifeScene, an organization focused on removing barriers so that youth and families can find, access, and receive skills to build assets, resiliency, and self-sufficiency. . Selvin previously served as the Boston Regional Executive Director for BUILD, an entrepreneurship program for high school youth, the founding 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 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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Emmanuella Fedé

Second Grade Co-Teacher, The Advent School

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.

Carlos Lopez

Facilities Construction Manager

Carlos Lopez is an accomplished facilities project manager with a national scope of experience. He has a proven track record in navigating dynamic and high-volume environments. Beyond his professional endeavors, Carlos’s artistic inclinations shine through his role as a former Board of Trustee member for esteemed organizations like the Society of Arts and Crafts and Metalwerx. His dedication also manifests in volunteer efforts with Harvard Ceramics and the MIT Glass Lab, reflecting a genuine passion for the arts.

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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.

Michael Shia

Owner, Cambridgeport Consultants

Michael Shia is a longtime resident of Cambridge. A semi-retired molecular biologist and educator, he maintains a small consulting business (Cambridgeport Consultants) in the biological sciences. He is a committed STEAM educator and evangelist. His last position was with Microsoft Philanthropies in their TEALS program. TEALS (Technical Education And Literacy in Schools) was a program to train high school teachers to become computer science teachers. Michael is a maker and artisan. He has a studio at the Artisans Asylum in Allston, where he designs and makes metal and wood furniture. He has experience in non-profit governance, development, and problem-solving from his time on the Board of Directors at the Artisans Asylum.  He was an early supporter and advisor to The Foundry as a center for creativity in Cambridge.


Janos Stone

Principal, The Maker Space Program

Janos Stone (MFA) trained as an artist and industrial designer at the Rhode Island School of Design and has built a successful career developing numerous artworks, tools, and processes to increase everyone's inherent creativity. Stone leverages his art studio practice in his cultural strategy work to empower diverse communities to build welcoming, innovative environments that foster camaraderie, safety, and creativity to increase institutional asset value. He currently serves on the board of the Cambridge Foundry and advises several public and private innovation centers. In addition, he has founded five creativity-boosting startups, most recently, Haus: a children's playhouse and accessories that invigorate dynamic play and novel exploration.

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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 in 2023 to meet our first cohort!