Brian P. Golden, Director
Brian P. Golden is Director of the BPDA. He oversees all aspects of the organization and focuses on executing its core mission of responsible, community-engaged planning and economic development. 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, Acting Director of Finance
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.
Sara Myerson, Director of Planning
Sara Myerson is the Director of Planning at the BPDA. Prior to her current role, Sara was with the City of Boston where she held positions as the Executive Director of Imagine Boston 2030 and the Executive Director of the Office of Olympic Planning. She previously served as the Chief of Staff and Director of Policy at Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) in Boston, a nonprofit developer dedicated to preserving, creating and restoring affordable homes for low- and moderate-income households.
Prior to joining POAH, Sara was at HR&A Advisors. In addition, she began her career at Goldman Sachs where she spent time in the Urban Investment Group (UIG), the Merchant Banking Division and the Investment Banking Division. UIG is the primary vehicle through which Goldman invests capital in real estate development projects and innovative community development initiatives to revitalize under-served and emerging urban neighborhoods.
Sara holds a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College.
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.
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.
Ed O'Donnell, Director of Real Estate
Ed O'Donnell is the Director of Real Estate for the BPDA. Appointed to the position in 2016, Ed is responsible for the management and disposition of the BPDA's physical assets, including such highly visible sites as the Charlestown Navy Yard, the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park (formerly the Boston Marine Industrial Park), Long Wharf and scattered sites throughout the various urban renewal areas.
As part of his duties, Ed oversees the following divisions: Asset Management, Capital Construction, Engineering and Facilities Management, Operations and Real Estate, and Commercial & Industrial Leasing. Prior to rejoining the BPDA after a previous eight year tenure as the Deputy Director for Commercial and Residential Development, Ed served as the City of Somerville's Director of Economic Development, working on high profile projects such as Assembly Row and the revitalization of Union Square.
While in the private sector, Ed worked as Director of Development for a number of concerns, responsible for a portfolio of more than two million square feet of mixed use space and more than five thousand residential units.
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.