Our Community, Our Story: Understanding Brookline Launch

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Mark your calendars to join us for the launch of our new Understanding Brookline research series and celebrate the release of Brookline’s first-ever community-focused indicators database.

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Event Details

Thursday November 2, 2023

6:30-8:30pm (Doors Open at 6:15pm)

Florida Ruffin Ridley School

Multipurpose Room

345 Harvard Street

Brookline, MA 02446

Event Program

You’re invited to the release of our newest Understanding Brookline research. Join us for an inspiring evening of performances, a moderated panel discussion on equity and access in Brookline, and the first look at an all-new community indicators database.

Event Program

  • Music by Washington Square Jazz Ensemble – 6:15pm
  • Welcome & Opening Remarks from Aba Taylor, Executive Director, Brookline Community Foundation and Ginnelle Vasquez, MSW, LICSW, Former Tenant of Brookline Housing Authority – 6:50pm
  • Understanding Brookline Database Preview – 7:05pm
  • Panel Discussion – 7:20pm
  • Closing Remarks from Gioia Perugini, Board President, Brookline Community Foundation – 8:20pm
  • Grab-n-Go Desserts by Tappan Green – 8:30pm

Please note that all guests must exit the building by 8:55pm


Meet Our Panelists

Hear from local leaders whose work is advancing equity, economic mobility, education, public health, and more. Our panelists include:

  • Malcolm Cawthorne, METCO Director, Public Schools of Brookline
  • Dr. Chris Chanyasulkit, President, American Public Health Association
  • Dr. Raul Fernandez, Senior Lecturer, Boston University
  • Dr. Linus J. Guillory Jr., Superintendent, Public Schools of Brookline
  • Kim Janey, CEO, Economic Mobility Pathways (EmPATH) and former Mayor of Boston
  • Bob Van Meter, Executive Director, Brookline Community Development Corporation
  • Aba Taylor, Brookline Community Foundation (Moderator)

Meet the Host Committee

Our Community, Our Story: Understanding Brookline Launch is supported by a host committee comprised of Brookline community members. Thank you to our host committee for all your efforts:

  • Alan Morse
  • Arthur Conquest
  • Craig Harsfield
  • Kim Barnum
  • Gioia Perugini
  • John Hodgman
  • Linda Olson Pehlke
  • Mike Sandman
  • Rob Daves

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting this event:

Gold Level Sponsors

Bronze Level Sponsors

Champion Level Sponsors

Community Sponsors





November 2, 2023
6:30pm - 8:30pm
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Brookline Community Foundation
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Florida Ruffin Ridley School
345 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446 United States
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