The BPDA Board is the official agency body with five members who come from Boston’s neighborhoods and care about the city’s future. They vote on all final determinations and agreements at the agency, including planning studies, rezoning initiatives, and project permitting. The BPDA Board will only act on final project approval following an extensive community vetting and stakeholder review process led by BPDA staff. Four of the five board members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. One member is appointed by the Governor. Board members serve five year staggered terms.
The BPDA Board meets at regularly-scheduled public meetings, usually held every three weeks on Thursday afternoons. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend these meetings in addition to submitting written comments to the Board in advance via the Executive Director/Secretary's Office.
Board meetings are held in the BPDA Board Room on the 9th floor of Boston City Hall (the Kane Simonian Room, Room 900). Members of the public can get information about the BPDA Board meeting schedule and agendas via the online calendar. In addition, notices of scheduled BPDA Board meetings are posted on bulletin boards located on the 1st and 9th floors of Boston City Hall.
For a list of past Board members please see the BRA History page.
Priscilla Rojas, Vice Chairman
Priscilla Rojas, a native of Aurora, IL, has over thirteen years of international audit and consulting experience with numerous Fortune 500 companies. Her professional endeavors have helped her gain hands-on experience working in over a dozen countries, including India, Australia, Japan and Ireland. In October 2015, Priscilla became the Senior Manager of Internal Audit at Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
Priscilla holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from DePaul University and is a licensed Certified Internal Auditor (CIA®) and Project Management Professional (PMP®).
Priscilla commits her passion and leadership to organizations promoting the advancement of people of color, women and the arts. Priscilla is also a member of the Boston Educational Development Foundation Board (BEDF) and Boston Cultural Council (BCC). In addition, she is a long-time member of the Association of Latino Professionals for America and a sister of Sigma Lambda Gamma, the nation’s largest Latina-based sorority with multicultural membership.
Priscilla resides in Boston’s Leather District with her husband, Jabes Rojas.
Carol Downs, Treasurer
Carol Downs has been a small business owner, community volunteer, and Boston resident for over two decades. Carol is a founding Co-owner and General Manager of Bella Luna & The Milky Way, an award-winning dining and entertainment landmark in Jamaica Plain since 1993. She has served since 2002 as a trustee of the Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester, where both of her children attended school. She also served on Mayor Walsh’s Economic Development Transition Team and the Mayor’s Late Night Task Force. Prior to becoming a small business owner, Carol worked for Citizens for Safety and Teen Empowerment.
A graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Philosophy, Carol lives in Roslindale with her husband and two children.
Michael P. Monahan, Member
Michael P. Monahan serves on the Boston Redevelopment Authority/Economic Development Industrial Corporation Board as a mayoral appointee.
In addition, Monahan serves as international vice president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Second District, overseeing all New England affairs of the 40,000-plus members and over 50 local unions.
“As a fourth-generation IBEW member, it is a tremendous honor to serve my union in this heightened role. My title is changing, but my devotion to union families will not.” said Monahan.
Dr. Theodore C. Landsmark, Member
Ted Landsmark is Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s first appointment to the Board of Directors. During his seventeen year tenure as President and CEO of the Boston Architectural College, Dr. Landsmark helped to grow the school from a center into an internationally recognized institution. In August 2014, Ted was named President Emeritus of the college. He brings with him to the board a wealth of expertise in architecture, urban design, civic leadership, and architectural and construction law.
A graduate of Yale with a Ph.D. from Boston University, Ted has established himself as an innovative leader with a passion for public service. He has traveled the world extensively to study cities – from London and Paris to Istanbul and Tokyo – and facilitated planning sessions in New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.
Ted has served as a trustee or board member for several organizations, including the American Architectural Foundation, Historic New England and Historic Boston, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He was also president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board.
Ted is a longtime resident of Jamaica Plain.