Historic Boston Inc. Names Two New Directors to Board

Historic Boston Inc. Names Two New Directors to Board

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 join 14 current members of HBI’s board: Suffolk Construction’s Brooke Woodson, MYTOWN Founder Karilyn Crockett.

“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 MacNeil, who chairs HBI’s Board of Directors.  “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.

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.

Please join us in welcoming Karilyn and Brooke to HBI.