Monday, Aug. 12, 2019
Photos are available upon request.
Suffolk Construction’s Brooke Woodson, MYTOWN Founder Karilyn Crockett
BOSTON – Historic Boston Inc. has named two new members to its 16-member

Board of Directors, Karilyn Crockett, MIT Lecturer, author and founder of the youth- focused educational nonprofit MYTOWN; and Brooke Woodson, Director of Trade

Partner Diversity at Suffolk Construction.
The two newly named members joint 14 current members of HBI’s board, which give
direction to the 59-year-old non-profit development and consulting organization that
preserves valued historic structures in Boston by introducing new uses.
“HBI’s staff and members of the Board are delighted to have two new members, who bring vast experience and expertise in both construction and urban policy and planning,” said Kathy Kottaridis, Executive Director of Historic Boston Inc.
“They will help us further our mission of saving important historic buildings in Boston, finding contemporary uses for them and in the process reinvigorating the city’s neighborhoods.

Woodson is an experienced senior executive with more than 25 years in the non-profit, public, and private sectors. He serves as Director of Trade Partner Diversity at Suffolk Construction, a prominent Boston-based building contractor that provides
pre-construction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to a variety of clients.

Crockett studies large-scale land-use changes in 20th century American cities and examines the social and geographic implications of structural poverty. Her recent book, “People before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, and a New
Movement for City Making,” published last year by UMass Press, investigates the 1960s-era grassroots movement to halt extensions of the U.S. interstate highway system through Boston’s neighborhoods and the geographic and political changes in
Boston that resulted from that activism.

HBI’s current projects include the St. James African Orthodox Church, in Roxbury, MA, and the Upham’s Corner Comfort Station in Dorchester. Recently completed projects include the 1834 Alvah Kittredge House in Roxbury; the 1786 Fowler Clark Epstein Farm in Mattapan; and the 1911 Roslindale Substation, in Roslindale Village.

Historic Boston’s first project, in 1960, was the Old Corner Bookstore on Washington Street in downtown Boston.
Multicultural Youth Tour of What’s Now (MYTOWN), which Crockett cofounded, is an award winning, Boston-based, educational non-profit organization. MYTOWN hired
public high school students to research their local and family histories to produce youth-led walking tours for sale to public audiences.
Crockett recently concluded four years of service with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development as the Director of Economic Policy and Research and the Director of Small Business Development for the City of Boston. She is a Lecturer in Public Policy & Urban Planning in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Woodson previously worked as Vice President of Programs at Madison Park Development Corporation, one of the leading community development corporations in New England. In his role at MPDC, Woodson oversaw operations at Hibernian Hall
and in communications, civic engagement and government relations.

Before that, he served as the Director of the City of Boston’s Small and Local Business Enterprise Office for 20 years.
HBI’s Board of Directors include Kathleen MacNeil, Principal of Millennium Partners Boston; Barbara Boylan, Vice President of The Druker Company; Michael Durand, Principal of Back Bay Development Group; and Felicia Jacques, Vice President and
Managing Director of Development at Maloney Properties.
Also, Brian M. Awe, Associate at DLA Piper; Emily H. Axelrod, Former Director and Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence winner; Richard P. Beal, President of Perry Brokerage Associates; Julie Paul Brown, Principal of North Bay Company, Inc.;
Michael Feldman, President and CEO of Feldman Land Surveyors; and Cheis Garrus, Chief Financial Officer of the Museum of African American History.

The Board also includes James Labeck, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tend
LLC; Derek Lumpkins, Director of Neighborhood Partnerships and Programs at
Northeastern University; Paul F. McDonough Jr., Attorney at Goulston & Storrs; and
Henry Moss, Principal of Bruner/Cott Architects and Planners.
HBI is a nonprofit preservation and real estate organization that
rehabilitates historic and culturally significant properties in Boston’s neighborhoods so they are a useable part of the city’s present and future.

HBI works with local partners to identify and invest in historic buildings and cultural resources whose reuse will catalyze neighborhood renewal. HBI acquires and redevelops historic structures and provides technical expertise, planning services and financing for rehabilitation projects. HBI projects demonstrate that preserving historic properties is economically viable and that they can be useable and functioning assets in a community.

Please visit HBI at www.historicboston.org .
For more information, please contact:
Tom Palmer, Tom Palmer Communication
617.755.7250, tompalmer@rcn.com