Dan Salzman

Board President & Town Government Committee


Laura Nooney

Nominating Committee & Strategic Planning Committee

Digital Learning Designer – With a background in digital media and education, Laura infuses everything she does at BIG with a passion for innovation, community building, and educational programming.

Adena Walker

Member & fundraising/ educational outreach committee

Adena Walker ( Brookline native) is the creator and host of Deanie’s Corner. She has B.A from Wagner College majoring in musical theatre and minoring in psychology. She has worked in both Massachusetts and New York, off Broadway and regional houses and well known concert venues. She also has worked in both states as an educator in both regular and special education grades pre k-12th, private, charter and public schools. While living in New York she taught in all 5 boroughs. She has also performed on ABC as well. Adena is also a professional model and influencer on Instagram and TikTok. You can follow her work as littledeanie_ and Deaniescorner on both platforms.

Bonnie Bastien

Member & Town Government Committee

Arts Administration & Co-Founder of Mutual Aid Brookline

Jonathan Golden


Jonathan Golden is a history teacher and Israel Curriculum Coordinator at Gann Academy. A resident of Brookline since 1999, he serves on the Community Engagement Committee of the Commission for Diversity Inclusion and Community Relations.

Ted Lewis


I come from a family of people who protected children in transition; a mother who was a business owner and a father who worked for the railroad. A graduate of Daniel Webster College and Northeastern University. A veteran USMC '66 and a retired law enforcement officer. I took studies in production and social media promotion that earned me a job on Broadway-NYC. A commercial photographer since '61. Former member of WGBH (CAD), Bessie Coleman Foundation, who also serves on Roxbury Main Streets and the Center for Community Wellness Boards. My moto, 'Mark 9:23.



Professor, Berklee College of Music

Amy Browning Emmert

Treasurer & People and Finance Committee

Vice President, Cellular Therapies Programs, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. She is also Commissioner for the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a Board Member for ArtsBrookline, and a Steering Committee Member for Brookline Open Studios, a program managed by the Brookline Arts Center.

Eric Hyett

Fundraising Chair & Nominating Committee

Poet and Japanese translator – Eric is a Brookline native and local activist who became involved with BIG through “Telling Your Story,” the memoir class he co-teaches that is sponsored by the Town of Brookline’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations. He is also host of “The Arc Of Justice” on BIG TV.

Malcolm Doldron


Malcolm is the Head Coach of Lightweight Rowing at Boston University, and a Head Coach for the United States Under 23 Lightweight National Rowing Team. He serves as Chair of the Community Engagement Committee of the Commission for Diversity Inclusion and Community Relations.

Ihssane Leckey


Ihssane Leckey is a progressive champion and former candidate for the U.S. Congress in Massachusetts’ 4th district where she organized for racial, social and economic justice for all. An immigrant from Morocco and a survivor, Ihssane devoted her life to public service. She worked to eliminate food deserts, save states and municipalities from bankruptcy, and battled the biggest wall street players as Wall Street regulator at the Federal Reserve, where she led federal inter-agency task forces to protect working families from national and global threats to our economy.

Deborah Pereira


Deborah is a User Experience Designer who is eternally meditating about the future and how emerging technology can be leveraged to make us healthier and happier. Her guiding philosophy is that products and services ought to be thoughtful, inclusive, and ethical.

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