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, Chair
In addition to her role at the BPDA, Priscilla is the Head of Internal Audit & Compliance at Takeoff Technologies. She has 16+ years of international audit and consulting experience with numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Deloitte, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, State Street, and John Hancock. Her professional endeavors have helped her gain hands-on experience working in over a dozen countries, throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.
Priscilla holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from DePaul University and is a licensed Certified Internal Auditor (CIA®), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Project Management Professional (PMP®) and Certified ISO 27001 Information Security Lead Auditor.
Priscilla commits her passion and leadership to organizations supporting people of color, women and the arts. She serves as board Treasurer and Audit Committee Chair for Futuro Media Group, an independent nonprofit organization committed to producing ethical journalism from a POC perspective.
Priscilla also served as a member of the Boston Cultural Council for six years and was recognized in the 2016 Boston’s Extraordinary Women Campaign, highlighting women that do extraordinary work within the Boston community.
Priscilla resides in Boston’s Leather District with her husband, Jabes Rojas.
Carol Downs, Treasurer
Carol Downs has been a small business owner, community leader and resident of Boston for thirty years. Carol is a founding owner and operator of Bella Luna & The Milky Way, an award-winning dining and entertainment landmark in Jamaica Plain opened in 1993.
In addition to serving the residents of Boston as Board Member and Treasurer of the Boston Planning & Development Agency, in 2018 she was appointed to serve as a founding member of Boston’s Community Preservation Committee which distributes $20,000,000 annually for projects in the areas of affordable housing, parks and open space and historic preservation, and is now in her second three-year term.
She served fifteen years as Trustee of the Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester and as an elected Board Member of the Jamaica Plain Firehouse Multicultural Arts Center from 1992–1996.
Her awards include Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award, Boston Magazine Best of Boston Awards (multiple years), JPNDC Richard B. Fowler Award, and Urban Edge Unsung Hero Award. Carol grounds all of her activities in the values of generosity, inclusivity, creativity and respect. Carol has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Virginia (1988) and lives in Roslindale with her husband and two children.
Michael P. Monahan, Vice Chair
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
Dr. Ted Landsmark is Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s first appointment to the Board of Directors, and has been Director of the Kitty & Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University since 2016. 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.
Brian Miller, Member
A resident of South Boston, Brian Miller is a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, and founder of The Miller Group at Morgan Stanley which advises local organizations on their retirement plans. Miller was appointed to the BPDA Board by Governor Charlie Baker.
For ten years, Miller served on the Labouré Center Advisory Board and co-chaired the organization’s Capital Campaign. He was a founding trustee and finance chair of the Boston Collegiate Charter School, and former president of the South Boston Residents Group. He also served as finance chair for Congressman Stephen F. Lynch. Miller currently serves on the South Boston Catholic Academy School Board.