Board of Trustees
Laura Allen, Treasurer
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.
is a radiation physicist practicing in Radiation Oncology at the Boston Medical Center (BMC), serving patients for whom BMC is their only option for quality health care. Harry’s Brookline roots go deep, having been a resident for more than 30 years. In addition, he has been a Town Meeting Member and Advisory Committee member for more than 20 years, taking leadership roles in each. Harry has also served on the Green Space Alliance. Harry lives in the Lawrence School neighborhood with his wife. His two children will start graduate school in the fall; Harry notes that “the wings we have given them will allow the children to fly back on occasion.”
is Senior Fellow, at uAspire, a national non-profit organization located in Boston that focuses on helping lower-income students find an affordable path to and through college. She also works as a consultant on college access and success for regional and national organizations. Previously, Coles was Senior Vice President of The Education Resources Institute (TERI), where she provided leadership for the Pathways to College Network, GEAR UP and TRIO programs, and other college access initiatives. In addition, she served as Executive Director of the Boston Higher Education Partnership. Coles has served on various national boards and committees, including vice-chair of The College Board and a founding member of the Council for Opportunity in Education and the New England Educational Opportunity Association, of which she was president in 1982-83. She has published numerous articles and papers on issues related to the college readiness and success of underserved populations. She holds a doctorate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Jennifer Dopazo Gilbert
is a partner at the Law Office of Robert L. Allen, Jr., LLP in Brookline Village. She joined the firm in 2013 and focuses in the areas of land use development, zoning, construction disputes, permitting and regulatory matters, as well as litigation and general municipal law. Prior to joining the firm, Jennifer worked for the Town of Brookline Law Department for 23 years. Jennifer received her BA from Boston College and her JD from Suffolk Law School. The daughter of immigrants, she was the first in her family to attend college. Jennifer has strong connections to the Brookline community. She attended the “old” Lincoln School and Brookline High School. She also provides numerous hours of pro bono services to assist those in need in Brookline.
is the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council (AB&C) 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 Master’s 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.
is the former 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 eight years living in Jamaica Plain, moved to South Brookline with her husband and two children in 2013.
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. Linda is the author of the award-winning book, Exploring the Paths of Brookline, and 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. Linda is 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.
is a partner at Harvest Wealth Management, an independent financial advisory firm in Needham. Oliver joined the firm in August 2015, today focusing his wealth management practice on sustainable, responsible and impactful investing (SRI). Financial planning was not Oliver’s first career. After his graduation from Harvard College in 1976, Oliver spent 20 years pursuing a career in international business in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2004, he left the corporate world to become an independent financial advisor. Oliver has deep roots in the Brookline community where he has lived with his wife Beth for 23 years while raising three children. Outside of work, Oliver enjoys travel, sailing, golfing, hiking and camping with his wife and family.
holds an MSW from Simmons College and is an alumni of Springfield College graduating cum laude in 2015 with a B.A. in Human Services. She aspires to complete a DSW in social work in the near future. Ginny is grateful to be part of the Boston Children’s Hospital community and looks forward to working with innovators and leaders in the social work field and beyond. Her professional interests are youth, families and school based mental health services. Ginny become involved in her community because her belief is that a strong and involved community provides better opportunities to help those in need who might otherwise go unnoticed. She currently serves on the Commission for Women and served three terms on the Commission for Diversity and Community Relations in the town she resides in. These positions offer her excellent exposure to such issues within Brookline while providing a platform for her to help make a difference. Her specific interests are women’s issues, narrowing the racial divide, wage gap and teen parenting.
Kim Barnum, Clerk
has been a Brookline Public School teacher for her entire professional career. After graduating from Wheelock College, having transferred there from Spelman College, she began teaching at Lincoln School. Subsequently she taught at Pierce, and Devotion Schools, both as a classroom teacher and math specialist. Kim is currently a third grade teacher at Pierce. She serves as a member of the Pierce School Equity Team, is a Mentor Teacher, and has been the Building-Based Mentor Facilitator. Kim is also a supervising practitioner of student teachers from many of the local colleges in the area. Kim and her husband have been Brookline residents for ten years. She has two adult sons and “a very cute dog.” Kim enjoys reading, travel, and cooking.
is a Senior Lecturer and Course Designer in the Simmons College Department of Public Health. Chris has an extensive background in policy advocacy that is grounded in a strong belief in eliminating the structural barriers to equity for vulnerable populations. She holds leadership positions with local, state, regional, and national governance and civic engagement organizations, working to promote racial and gender equity and policy advocacy. Some of these organizations include the American Public Health Association, the Brookline Commission for Women, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Health Equity Council for New England. Chris is an elected Library Trustee for Brookline, and a Brookline Town Meeting Member and she volunteers with many Brookline organizations. Prior to joining Simmons College, she served as the Assistant Director of the Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations. Chris has also worked in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and has served on the faculty of Bentley University, Babson College, and Northeastern. She has a BA in biology and art history and a Master’s Degree in public health from Boston University. She also received her Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Doctorate in Political Science from Northeastern. Chris enjoys running around one of Brookline’s many parks with her husband and three young children.
has found himself engaged in a variety of compelling ventures over the years in both his work life and in his life in the community. He has worked as a molecular biologist, a stay-at-home dad, and historic preservation carpenter. Before coming to Brookline 20 years ago, he served on a school board and as Vice President for Government Relations for the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He has been a Town Meeting Member since 2002 and is also a member of the Town’s MLK Celebration Committee. In 2016, Rob worked with Hidden Brookline to honor the great tenor Roland Hayes with a series of events including the dedication of a plaque in front of his former home. Most recently, he helped organize and lead the Committee to Commemorate John Wilson which raised $100,000 to place Wilson’s inspirational bronze sculpture of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the lobby of Town Hall. Rob is a long-time board member of the Brookline GreenSpace Alliance and co-founder of the Friends of the Green Dog Program. He lives with his wife Jennifer on Pill Hill where he has singlehandedly restored their 1895 home, winning a Preservation Commission award in 2014. Their three children graduated from Brookline High School.
has 25 years of marketing and operations experience in the consumer products, health care, professional services and nonprofit sectors. She is Chief of Staff and Chief Communications Officer for Be The Change, Inc., and was previously Director of Communications and Investor Relations for Charles River Associates. Andrea was the first communications director for Nixon Peabody LLP, and held public affairs and communications roles for Reebok and Levi’s. She also helped guide the growth of two socially-focused startups--Children First became the largest network of backup care centers in the US before being sold to Bright Horizons, and The Philanthropy Connection has raised more than $800,000 for grant making since 2013. Andrea has lived in Brookline for 15 years.
Michael Lindstrom, President
is 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.
has had four diverse careers. He was a commercial banker for twenty-seven years and served as Chairman of the United States Trust Company , (now Citizens Bank); as a public servant for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for four years as Commissioner of Banks, then Undersecretary of Administration and Finance, and finally 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 five 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.
Gioia Perugini, Vice President
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.
is the National Medical Director for Outpatient Services for OptumHealth. He has devoted over 20 years to the field of clinical psychiatry and has held numerous leadership positions in behavioral healthcare organizations. Jim has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Boston University. He received his A.B. from Brown University, M.D. from Stanford University and M.B.A. from Harvard University. Jim has authored numerous articles and reviews. He has served as a Town Election warden and has participated as a cellist and choral singer in various ensembles in the greater Boston area. Jim is a Brookline resident and a Town Meeting Member.
is a management consultant and business advisor who has worked with companies from startup to Fortune 500 to drive profitable growth. He started his career in finance with General Electric and then was a partner at a startup boutique consulting firm that was acquired by Accenture Strategy. After emigrating from Ukraine to Allston in 1979, his family moved to Brookline in 1986 where he attended Runkle School and Brookline High School. His mother still lives in Brookline. Victor now resides in South Brookline with his wife and twin daughters who attend Baker School. He enjoys sports, cooking, and spending time with his family around Brookline.