Board of Trustees

Laura Allen is a retired investment professional, having spent over thirty years as a senior portfolio manager for institutional and high net worth clients. She has extensive experience working with endowments and foundations at TIAA-CREF, Essex Investments and Boston Private Bank and Trust, assisting them with setting investment policy and determining appropriate asset allocation strategies. Laura started her career at Wellington Management Company, where she was responsible for equity investments for primarily non-profit organizations. She was involved in the formation of the Wellington Charitable Foundation and was a member of the grant review committee. Laura is a graduate of Connecticut College, where she served eight years as a trustee. During her tenure, Laura was Chair of the Audit Committee, a member of the Finance Committee and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Academics. Laura and her husband Ken Lewis, who is an elected Town Meeting Member, have lived in Brookline since 1990.

Gerald Davidson is a vice president at Fidelity Investments in Boston, where he works in the Treasurers Office for the Fidelity Funds. Jerry has nearly 30 years of experience in financial services, principally in the mutual funds industry, in areas involving internal controls and internal audit, compliance, systems development and consulting. He was previously on the board of the Pierce School Extended Day Program, where he also served as president, and he was also a trustee at Temple Israel in Boston. Jerry has lived in Brookline for 25 years where he and his wife, Deb, have raised two daughters who attended and graduated from the Brookline Public Schools.

Jim Grace is the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts (VLA) from 1998 until 2008, when it merged with the A&BC. Jim has considerable expertise working with artists and arts organizations in a host of different areas. Jim has been an adjunct professor for Boston University’s Masters in Arts Administration Program for over five years where he co-taught a course on Legal Issues in Arts Administration. In addition, Jim is a working author, book editor, and publishing attorney. He is the co-author of best selling The Worst Case Scenario Handbook: Golf and has been involved in the publication of over eight books. Jim serves on the board of Associated Grant Makers and the Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts. He is also a founding board member of the Arts Services Coalition and a former founding board member of the Fort Point Cultural Coalition. Jim has lived in Brookline since 2007 with his wife Lisa Goldblatt Grace and their three children who attend Brookline Public Schools.

John F. Hodgman retired in 2001 as president and CEO of the Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation (MTDC). Since then he has focused his professional activities on teaching entrepreneurship and assisting non-profit organizations that deal with education and career development. He is a retired professor of the Practice in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies (ELS) at the Tufts University Gordon Institute. He also serves as a member of the following organizations: Governor's STEM Advisory Council (Executive Committee and Data Subcommittee co-chair), board of directors of the Mass Biotechnology Education Foundation, board of directors of JFYNetWorks, Inc. and board of overseers of the Brookline Educational Foundation. John has lived in Brookline since 1974. He was a co-founder of the Brookline Education Foundation and was a member of the School Committee from 1993 to 1996.

Alicia Hsu moved to Brookline, and began working in the Brookline Public Schools in 1984 as a Chinese bilingual teacher at the Devotion School and Brookline High School. After earning a Masters in Children's Literature in 1987, she returned to the classroom to teach first grade at the Lawrence School, where she taught until her retirement in June of 2015. Highlights during her career include collaboration with the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to develop curriculum, the mentoring of student teachers, interns and colleagues, and receiving the 2008 Ernest R. Caverly award for excellence in teaching. Over the years, Alicia was the recipient of numerous grants funded by the Brookline Education Foundation to help Brookline teachers consider more deeply the Asian American experience and history through coursework, workshops, and children's literature. Alicia's three children attended the Brookline Schools Staff Children's Center, the Pierce School, Brookline High and the Baker School. As a long time resident, parent and teacher in Brookline, Alicia remains committed to the Brookline Public Schools, and the greater Brookline community. Currently she is on the steering committee of BAAFN (Brookline Asian American Family Network), and a long time member of The United Parish of Brookline.

Sytske Humphrey is a specialist in early childhood education who recently retired after 30 years of service in the Brookline Public Schools. She has also worked extensively with inner city children and families, both as an educator and pre-school director. Sytske and her family moved to Brookline in 1975. She has been a Town Meeting Member since 1999 and in 2000 was appointed to the Town Advisory (Finance) Committee, where she currently chairs the subcommittee on Human Services.    

Melissa Langa is the managing shareholder in the Boston trusts and estates law firm of Bove & Langa, PC. She has built her law practice guiding individuals, families, businesses and charitable organizations in designing and implementing customized tax-efficient structures to meet their particular estate planning, business and charitable needs. Melissa also administers estates and advises executors and trustees. Melissa's two (now adult) children, Kate and Jim, attended the Edward Devotion School and Brookline High School. Her husband, Jeff Wulfson, was active for many years in the Brookline Soccer Club. They now live in Washington Square.

Jay Lebed (Treasurer) is vice president of equity research at Boston Investment Advisers, Inc. and founder and CEO of Lebed Asset Management, LLC. Jay manages portfolios of individual stocks for the firms' clients, primarily high net worth individuals and families. Prior to founding Lebed Asset Management, Jay served as chief financial officer of Lewtan Technologies, a provider of information and software to the asset-backed securities industry, where he held various executive positions over a 14 year period. Jay lives in Brookline with his wife, Karin; his son, Henry; and his daughter, Piera.

Michael Lindstrom (Vice President) is currently the principal of studioMLA Architects in Brookline, which provides a full range of architectural services in the design of environments for children, including projects in Europe and Asia as well as in the United States and Canada. Mike led the annual Child Care Design Institute at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 2000 to 2008. In addition, he has served as an instructor for the Boston Architectural Center and as an assistant professor for the Parsons School of Design - Paris Program. He has served as an advisor to the American Academy of Pediatrics on Child Care Center Design. Mike has practiced architecture since 1982 in Paris, New York and Boston. Mike is a LEED accredited professional and has designed multiple LEED certified children's centers.

Julie Marcus (President) has more than 15 years experience in the non-profit sector, specializing in marketing and communications. She worked at City Year, the Boston-based national youth service organization for nearly a decade overseeing major events and communications. In 2003, still with City Year, Julie served as Director of the Save AmeriCorps initiative that resulted in the creation of Voices for National Service. Julie began her career at Imagitas, a government-focused marketing solutions company. She has a degree in Government from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in American History from Brandeis University. Julie joined the BCF board in 2010 and became President of the foundation in June 2016. She lives in Brookline with her husband Craig and their three children.  

Lauren Mistretta is an Assistant Vice President in Liberty Mutual’s Personal Insurance business leading Brand Strategy and Marketing Operations, with over ten years of prior experience in consumer products marketing and brand building at Hasbro and Reebok. She joined the board in 2016, with a commitment to supporting socio-economic diversity in Brookline. Lauren was born and raised in Brookline Village, and after 8 years living in Jamaica Plain, moved to South Brookline with her husband and two children in 2013.

Alan Morse has had four diverse careers. He was a commercial banker for twenty-seven years ending up as Chairman of the United States Trust Company, (now Citizens Bank); a public servant for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for four years first as Commissioner of Banks, then Undersecretary of Administration and Finance, and then as Supervisor of Financial Services; Chairman of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. Alan was also an advisor to Civic Capital Group, a specialized hedge fund. In addition, Alan was a high school math teacher in the Boston Public School system for 5 years. He is now the Chairman of Temple Israel of Boston’s Cemetery Committee and on the Friends Board of the Longfellow House in Cambridge. Alan is married to Cecily O. Morse, and they have two children, Dr. Abraham N. Morse and Rebecca M. Steinfield. Alan and Cecily have four grandchildren.

Linda Olson Pehlke is a writer, researcher and urban planner with a lifelong commitment to fostering livable communities. Brookline has been her home for 25 years. Her professional planning experience includes land use and transportation planning at the local, regional and state levels. She recently served as researcher for the Brookline Community Foundation's Understanding Brookline report. The author of the award-winning book, Exploring the Paths of Brookline, Linda has written extensively for local publications and professional journals. A Brookline Town Meeting Member since 2009, Linda serves on the Town's Climate Action Committee and Zoning By-law Committee. An avid gardener, she is the founder and president of Friends of the Minot Rose Garden, responsible for restoring and maintaining a beautiful public garden in Winthrop Square Park.

Gioia Perugini (Clerk) is the Associate Director of Family Office and Philanthropy Services at Hemenway & Barnes, LLP, a Boston-based legal and fiduciary firm. She works with individuals, families, advisors, charitable trusts and foundations to provide a range of philanthropic advisory and client services. She works with clients to design and implement charitable giving strategies, research particular charities, negotiate gifts of cash and/or tangible assets (with a specialty in gifts of fine art) and coordinate family meetings. Gioia is a frequent speaker, writer and panelist on issues relevant to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. She co-authored a Family Office Exchange publication "Sitting on a Nonprofit Board: What to Consider Before Saying Yes" and authored "It’s All About the Money…Or Is It? Creative Strategies for Charitable Giving." Gioia lives in Brookline with her husband Jamie Bakum and two children, Nina and Alex, who attend the Pierce School. 

MJ Vasquez is financial advisor at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. She focuses on helping women identify and reach their financial goals through the use of strategic, goal-based financial planning. In her spare time, MJ enjoys volunteering with Major Walsh’s Office of Women’s Advancement in the city of Boston. She is a graduate of Boston University where she earned a B.S in Business Administration with concentrations in finance and international management. MJ has lived in Brookline since 2015 and loves everything it has to offer. 

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