Board of Directors

Jeff Monahan

Board Chair • Founder & Creative Director, Proper Villains

Jeff is a partner and creative director at Proper Villains, a full service boutique focused on advertising, branding, and public relations. Prior to Proper Villains, he co-founded Monahan & Rhee, a branding firm with offices in New York and Boston that created award-winning work for some of the world’s leading luxury and lifestyle brands, including Vera Wang, Bang & Olufsen, Godiva, Gucci, Karl Lagerfeld, Wedgwood, Nest Fragrances, and Hartmann.

Several of Jeff’s projects have been recognized by Graphis, including DesignersUSA, BrandingUSA, and Graphis Design, and by REBRAND.

Jeff also founded and managed two other creative businesses in Boston, Alchemy and Pisces. In addition to Design Museum Boston, he is on the advisory board of Nineteenth Amendment. He is a Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award nominee, emeritus Advisory Council member to the American Association of Advertising Agencies in both Boston and New York, and emeritus Advisory Board member of the Luxury Marketing Council.

Chokdee Rutirasiri

Vice Board Chair • Founder and CEO of Story+Structure

Chokdee Rutirasiri is the founder and CEO of Story+Structure, a design firm based in Boston practicing human-centered design. He began his career in 1995, at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he designed and developed solutions for Human Resources and Continuing Education.

In 2007, Chokdee founded Story+Structure to further the mission and impact of design. Today, Story+Structure works on projects across a wide swatch of sectors including higher education, healthcare, health and human services, arts, manufacturing, government, and non-profit. Clients have included California State Universities, Office of Head Start, and The Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Chokdee has a BSBA from Boston University in Finance. Chokdee truly believes empathy, compassion, and design can change the world—one conversation, iteration, and prototype at a time.

Matt Edlen

Board Treasurer • Director of Acquisitions and Development at Gerding Edlen

Matt Edlen oversees acquisitions and development in the Midwest and East Coast for Gerding Edlen’s various investment funds. Matt is responsible for sourcing, negotiating and executing on investment opportunities across key urban markets within those regions.

 

Prior to his role in acquisitions, Matt was focused on the development and management of the firm’s internal multifamily marketing and sales platform. His efforts have helped the firm invest over $500 million worth of real estate across the country in cities such as Seattle, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Boston, and Chicago.

Lauren Jezienicki

Board Secretary • Bozzuto Development Company Vice President

Lauren Jezienicki serves as Vice President of Development in the Boston regional office and is responsible for identifying development opportunities and overseeing the day-to-day development coordination of the company’s New England projects.

Prior to joining Bozzuto, Lauren worked at The JBG Companies, where she served as a Vice President of Development responsible for the underwriting, design, entitlement, construction and delivery of nearly 1M square feet of urban multifamily projects.

Lauren graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and from Columbia University with a Master of Business Administration with honors.  She sits on the board of the Design Museum and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute among other real estate industry organizations.

Deb Aldrich

Partner at D'NA Company

Deb Aldrich is Co-Founder and Partner at D’NA Company, a marketing consultancy launched in 2007 to collaboratively develop and manage creative, integrated marketing campaigns for companies in the graphic, industrial, product, packaging and interaction design communities.

On behalf of clients including Sappi Paper North America, Core77, The Dieline and the School of Visual Arts, D’NA structures mutually-beneficial sponsorship engagements, sells online advertising, and plans and executes large and small-scale live events.

Deb’s prior experience includes senior positions with national nonprofit organizations including The American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Advertising Council, The Metropolitan and Brooklyn Museums and League of American Theatres and Producers.

Scott Englander

President at Longwood Energy Group LLC

Scott Englander heads the Longwood Energy Group, a consulting firm advising major firms and governments around the world in clean and renewable energy, electricity market economics and operations, and regulatory policy. Scott has also been leading transportation and urban planning initiatives through local government appointments, as an elected official, and through non-profit leadership.

Emily Klein

Principal, Flexwork Global

Emily Klein has extensive experience in corporate strategy and organization development and helps companies achieve success by designing strategic workforce initiatives that strengthen mobility across the enterprise, achieve cost avoidance and build high performance teams.

Emily has created strategic, performance and change management plans and designed learning and development programs that have been highly regarded among executives and managers across the public and private sectors. With a passion for business transformation, Emily has authored articles on the mobile workplace, workforce trends, enterprise collaboration tools, workspace redesign, evolving corporate cultures and managing complex change. She is also a co-author of Workshift: Future-Proof Your Organization for the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Elizabeth Lowrey

Principal and Director of Interior Architecture at Elkus Manfredi Architects

Elizabeth Lowrey is a Principal and the Director of Interior Architecture with Elkus Manfredi Architects. She has been responsible for the interior design practice of the firm since its founding in 1988. A pioneer in the design of environments for corporate, hospitality, residential, and academic clients, Elizabeth is an innovator who blends design ideas drawn from different project types.

Her work for trend-setting international hospitality and retail clients such as Walt Disney Imagineering, Westin, and Four Seasons informs her residential and academic work, and workplace projects for leading national businesses including Fidelity Investments, Boston Consulting Group, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Elizabeth is on the editorial advisory board for Contract magazine and is a speaker at design forums as well as a guest lecturer at academic institutions.  

Madison Thompson

Organizational Development, Facilitation, Conflict Coaching, System Assessment & Design, Organizational Mediation, Training

Madison “Matt” Thompson, B.S. (Northeastern) has worked for over 30 years in the areas of conflict resolution, diversity, and cultural competency. Matt has more than 20 years of experience in diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural competency.

He has worked with large regional banking institutions, higher education institutions, major teaching hospitals, and community non-profit agencies. He recently joined TMGs panel of neutrals and works with the organizational practice. 

Matt most recently served as the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory where a portion of his time was dedicated to the Corporate Diversity Initiative. Before joining Draper and TMG, Matt was Director of Staff Diversity at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was responsible for consulting and collaborating across organizational units to introduce diversity initiatives. He served as a member of the Human Resources Leadership Team and chaired the Council for Staff Diversity. At the University of Massachusetts Boston Matt was Director of Affirmative Action and Multi-Cultural Relations where he was responsible for writing and executing the Affirmative Action Plan and investigating and resolving any discrimination complaints. He wrote “Diversity Guide to UMass Boston” to serve as a recruitment and informational tool for current and prospective staff and students. Matt has also held corporate diversity positions at Shawmut National Corporation and The Boston Company.

While serving as Assistant Vice President of Community Affairs at State Street Bank, Matt oversaw the State Street Foundation and two school partnerships along with other corporate citizenship initiatives. Matt has refined his expertise in cross-cultural mediation issues and regularly trains staff, managers, supervisors, and higher education faculty in dealing with a diverse community and student body. Matt has also been an affiliate of the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration for the past several years and worked on a number of public dialogues and workshops within that role. Certified in Facilitative Leadership®, he is also an affiliate of the Interaction Institute for Social Change.  His other affiliations include Interaction Associates, Mediation Works, Inc., The Boston Law Collaborative, and Story + Structure Design.  

Matt is completing his M.A in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston. A graduate of the Northeastern University Physician Assistant Program, Matt has sixteen years clinical experience as a Physician Assistant coupled with ten years in the military health care system. He currently teaches Cultural Competence and Conflict Resolution while serving on the admissions committee for the P.A. program. Matt also serves as a Guest Lecturer to several other Physician Assistant programs throughout the country.  Matt has served on the Board of Directors of the Fields Corner Community Development Corporation in Dorchester for the past seventeen years and as President for the past three years.  

Ashley Welch

Co-Founder, Somersault Innovation

Ashley Welch is the cofounder of Somersault Innovation. Somersault Innovation is a Design Thinking firm which has pioneered a unique approach to sales development. They are teaching sales professionals the tools of design thinking to drive customer centricity and revenue growth.

Clients include Salesforce, Facebook, GE, Merck, and others. Somersault Innovation just published Naked Sales, How Design Thinking Reveals Customer Motives and Drives Revenue. Prior to Somersault Innovation, Ashley spent twenty years as a leading sales professional for a leadership development company. She also founded TEDxYouth@Wayland and lives outside of Boston with her family.

David Silverman

Board Emeritus • Principal, Silverman Trykowski Associates

David Silverman is a registered architect and Principal of Silverman Trykowski Associates, a Boston based architecture and interior design studio. In 2010, David founded the Urban Neighborhood Design Alliance, a non-profit organization providing educational initiatives for people of all ages to actively engage in the design of their neighborhoods.

David is active in the design community as an educator, and teaches at the BAC, where he has also served on the Board of Trustees and as President of the Alumni Association. In 2012, David received the Award for Excellence in Teaching given by the BSA + AIA College of Fellows.