Brian P. Golden, Director
As Director, Brian Golden functions as the BPDA’s chief executive. He oversees the agency’s core missions of community-engaged planning, regulation of major real estate development, management of the BPDA’s real property (11+ million square feet), and workforce training programs. An attorney since 1993, Brian is a former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he served the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston. He was also the New England Regional Director at the US Department of Health and Human Services, a Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy, and a member of the Board of Directors at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. Brian has served as a US Army officer, active duty and reserve, for more than twenty years. His military experience includes duty in Bosnia, Iraq, and Israel/West Bank.
Brian is a graduate of the Boston Latin School and Harvard College. He received a Master's degree from the US Army War College and a law degree from the College of William and Mary's School of Law.
Teresa Polhemus, Executive Director/Secretary
Teresa Polhemus is the Executive Director/Secretary of the BPDA. In this capacity she plans, organizes, manages and controls the activities of the Secretary’s Office in support of the economic growth and development of the City of Boston. Before joining the BPDA, Teresa worked for Fidelity Investments for 10 years in their Strategic Advisers, Inc. division. Prior to joining Fidelity, Teresa worked for Senator John Kerry on both his 1996 re-election campaign and the 2004 Presidential Campaign. Teresa began her career in the New Jersey Governor's office. She has also worked at the MA Attorney General's Office.
Lauren Shurtleff, Acting Director of Planning
Lauren Shurtleff is the Acting Director of Planning and the Deputy Director for Downtown & Neighborhood Planning at the BPDA, where she manages the Planning Division staff to produce plans, guidelines, and policies appropriate to the planning issues in Boston’s many neighborhoods and Downtown. She guides and mentors staff to work collaboratively with community, business and institutional organizations on public planning processes associated with physical planning in Boston. Additionally, Lauren collaborates with BPDA Development Review staff as well as with City, State and other community agencies and organizations to facilitate the coordination of the public planning and development review processes relating to planning issues.
Lauren has been with the BPDA since 2007 and has worked on a number of planning initiatives and projects, among which include the air rights planning for both the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Massachusetts Turnpike, the Christian Science Plaza Master Plan, and the 115 Winthrop Square disposition process. She holds a Master of Science in Urbanization and Development from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. Lauren is a member of both the Urban Land Institute and the American Planning Association.
Heather Campisano, Chief of Staff
Heather Campisano has served as Chief of Staff since 2014. In this position, Heather plays a prominent role in policy development, the project approval process, and strategic and tactical planning efforts within the Agency.
Prior to her appointment as Chief of Staff, Heather served as Deputy Director for Development Review for eight years. As Deputy Director, Heather was responsible for the oversight and management of all real estate development projects in the City of Boston. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the Development Review department, Heather assisted the Director and senior staff in developing internal review strategies for development projects based on each proposal’s regulatory and community context and the BPDA’s overall policy objectives. Heather began her tenure at the BPDA as an intern in 1999, and was hired full time as a Project Assistant in 2000.
Brian Connolly, Director of Finance
Brian Connolly is the Director of Finance of the BPDA. In this role Brian leads the planning, organizing, formulation, and implementation of the BPDA and affiliates financial policies and procedures. Moreover, he oversees all areas within finance; including accounting, budgeting, and purchasing. Brian has 25+ years of senior level government and nonprofit finance/operations experience including stints as Town Administrator, Treasurer/Collector, community development administrator, school business manager, and public works administrator. Brian earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and he received a certification in public performance management from Rutgers University. Brian is honorably discharged from the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
Jonathan Greeley, Director of Development Review
Jonathan Greeley is the Director of Development Review for the Boston Planning & Development Agency. In this role, he oversees all real estate and development projects within the City of Boston. Jonathan has significant experience with public engagement and neighborhood revitalization activities in complex urban environments. Since first joining the BPDA as an intern in 2005, his work has included the implementation of the Roxbury Strategic Master Plan, the reinvigoration of Downtown Crossing, conceptualization of air rights development along the Massachusetts Turnpike, and long-term planning for the Fenway neighborhood. Most recently, he has helped to launch Imagine Boston 2030. Jonathan, who resides in the Back Bay, holds a B.A. from St. Anselm College and an M.A in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. He received his AICP certification from the American Planning Association in 2014.
Alvaro Lima, Director of Research
Alvaro Lima is the Director of Research for the Boston Planning & Development Agency. Originally from Brazil, he recently served as Senior Vice President and Director of Research of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit organization founded by Harvard Professor Michael Porter. Prior to the ICIC, Alvaro was the Director of Economic Development at Urban Edge, a Boston-based community development corporation. He has also worked as Chief of the Economic Development Department of the Ministry of Industry and Energy in Mozambique. In his work in Brazil, he was the Coordinator of Regional Development Projects at the Institute for Social and Economic Research – IPARDES. Alvaro holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the New School for Social Research.
Devin Quirk, Director of Real Estate
Devin Quirk is the Director of Real Estate at the BPDA, overseeing asset management, leasing, capital construction, property management, acquisitions and dispositions, and future development of all BPDA properties. This portfolio includes over 11 million square feet of land across Boston neighborhoods along with signature properties such as the Charlestown Navy Yard, Long Wharf, and the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park.
Devin previously served as Director of Operations for Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) where he oversaw day-to-day management of the 150 person staff and the implementation of Mayor Walsh’s affordable housing strategies. From this experience he brings an inclusive community development focus to his work at the BPDA. Devin has also worked in the City of Boston’s Chief Financial Officer’s office leading the City’s performance management and analytics efforts.
Prior to joining the City of Boston, Devin served clients across the Federal Government as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. He holds a graduate degree in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Harvard Kennedy School and an undergraduate degree from Harvard.
Mike O'Shea, Chief Information Officer
Michael O’Shea is the Chief Information Officer of the Boston Planning & Development Agency where his emphasis is on delivering improved business outcomes from the agency’s IT investments. Prior to joining the BPDA, Michael was the Manager of E-Government Operations for the City of Boston. Michael has more than 15 years experience in the IT field and received his BS and High-Tech MBA at Northeastern University.
E. Renee LeFevre, General Counsel
E. Renee LeFevre is the General Counsel of the BPDA. Renee has been with the BPDA since 2000, and became General Counsel in December 2014. Renee heads the legal department of approximately eight attorneys handling all legal aspects of the agency. The Office of the General Counsel provides legal support and counsel on real estate, government and policy matters. Before joining the BPDA, Renee served as a Special Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City of Boston’s Assessing Department, where she litigated and defended assessed values for real and personal property and handled abatement issues.
Renee is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Boston College Law School.
Trinh Nguyen, Director of OWD and OFE
Trinh Nguyen is the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) and the Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE), affiliated divisions of the BPDA. Prior to her role at OWD, Trinh was the Chief of Staff at the Boston Housing Authority.
Trinh has nearly 20 years of experience in community and housing development, workforce training and resource management. She has worked for the Urban League of Massachusetts, the Boston Women’s Fund, the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians, and University of Massachusetts Boston. She is currently a Trustee of the Neighborhood Jobs Trust and a board member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council.
Trinh holds dual graduate degrees and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In addition, Trinh was selected as a community fellow at MIT's Department of Urban Planning in 2004-2006.