The Foundry Consortium was selected by the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority to be the operator of the Foundry. The mission of the Foundry Consortium is to manage the Foundry as a self-sustaining and thriving center that offers a collaborative environment and an array of program offerings in the visual and performing arts, entrepreneurship, technology, and workforce education that meet Cambridge residents’ diverse needs.

Our Board

Our Board

The Foundry Consortium was selected by the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority to be the operator of the Foundry. The mission of the Foundry Consortium is to manage the Foundry as a self-sustaining and thriving center that offers a collaborative environment and an array of program offerings in the visual and performing arts, entrepreneurship, technology, and workforce education that meet Cambridge residents’ diverse needs.

Our Board

Stephanie Couch, President
Stephanie Couch joined the Lemelson-MIT Program as executive director in 2016, and is a resident of Cambridge, as well as a member of the Foundry Consortium. Previously, she was the Interim Associate Vice President of Research and Professional Development at California State University, East Bay; Bayer Executive Director of the Institute for STEM Education, and Director for Gateways East Bay STEM Network at California State University, East Bay, as well as Deputy Director, Policy Programs, and Research, California STEM Learning Network and Director of Statewide Initiatives, School of Education University of California, Davis.

Jean Appolon
The Director and Co-founder of Jean Appolon Expressions, Jean Appolon is a successful choreographer and teacher based in Boston and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He received his earliest training and performance opportunities in Port-au-Prince with the Viviane Gauthier Dance Company and the Folkloric Ballet of Haiti. Appolon continued his dance education in the U.S. with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Joffrey American Ballet School, graduating with a BA in 2003 from a joint degree program at The New School. Appolon teaches regularly at Boston Ballet, The Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA), and the University of Massachusetts Boston. Appolon was recently appointed a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellow and was also inducted to the 1804 List of Haitian American Changemakers in the U.S.

Betsy Bard
Betsy Bard has lived in the Agassiz neighborhood for over 40 years. She recently retired from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School where she served as a social worker for 35 years. Her responsibilities included supervising child care internships and managing the onsite day care center. To expand her passion for social justice and theater, Betsy has worked as teaching artist and playwright for Youth Underground which is the educational component of the Underground Railway Theater. She has created eight plays based on the methodology of investigative theater that have been performed at The Central Square Theater and have toured extensively to highs schools and colleges. Betsy is a board member of Central Square Theater and the Citizen’s Committee on Civic Unity for the City of Cambridge.

Selvin Chambers
Selvin Chambers grew up in the Port neighborhood of Cambridge. Selvin is a board member of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House and the Boston Regional Executive Director for BUILD, an entrepreneurship program for high school youth. Selvin previously served as the executive director of Root in Salem, The Food Project, and as executive director of the Elizabeth Peabody House, a community-based provider of early childhood education, youth development and enrichment, and family services, in Somerville, Mass. His previous posts include leadership roles for the city of Boston’s Centers for Youth & Families and the city of Cambridge Youth Programs. He has also worked for City Year, the country’s premier provider of services aimed at preventing student dropout. Chambers served as deputy director of City Year in Chicago and also as program director for the organization’s operations in Boston; Columbia, S.C.; Columbus, Ohio; and San Antonio, Texas.

Peter Crawley
Peter Crawley is a resident of East Cambridge. He is a Principal at Satoria Sustainability Consulting, and has led at the intersection of strategic consulting, real estate and sustainability for more than twenty (20) years, serving as the principal advisor to top real estate owners and scores of operating companies. Independently and through a partnership with the Sustainability Roundtable, Inc., where he served as Director of Research & Consulting, Peter has helped the executive teams at Fortune 1000 enterprises develop and implement highly profitable Sustainability strategies. Prior to working with the Sustainability Roundtable, Peter served as the Director of Sustainability Services at the environmental engineering firm EBI Consulting, and as Director of the Sustainable Business Leadership Program of MA. He has also taught on Sustainability, Leadership, and Corporate Social Responsibility as an adjunct professor at Boston College’s Carroll School of Business. Peter began his career in real estate development and has managed the design and permitting process for mixed use projects as large as $300 million. He has worked in real estate acquisitions, finance, and planning for companies such as John Hancock Properties, Meredith Management and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. He is past President of the East Cambridge Planning Team.

Amy Green-Deines
Amy Green Deines became the dean of the Lesley College of Art and Design in 2019. Deines brings to Lesley 20 years of experience in higher education, most recently at Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she served as dean and chief academic officer. Prior to her time at Cranbrook, Deines served in multiple roles at Lawrence Technological University’s (LTU) College of Architecture and Design, including associate dean of the college and dean of graduate programs. 
While at LTU, Deines raised $1.5 million to create the Detroit Center for Design and Technology, which opened in the spring of 2016. As a destination for design thinking, serving college and high school students, young and seasoned professionals, architects, artists, designers, innovators and entrepreneurs, the center is a place where students and faculty can collaborate with the broader community on issues that impact everyone. 
Deines regularly lectures and participates in reviews at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, Yale School of Architecture, and the School at Art Institute of Chicago, as well as international academies. Amy earned her BFA in design from Wayne State University and her master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  

Sean Hope
Sean D. Hope, a Fourth generation Cantabrigian, is the founder and principal of Hope Real Estate Enterprises LLC in Central Square Cambridge. Hope has leveraged his experience as a Land Use attorney and former member of the Cambridge Zoning Board to co-develop family oriented multi-family affordable housing developments in Cambridge. Hope continues to consult on large and small projects that require municipal permitting including Medical Cannabis, Affordable Housing, and Commercial Development. He is deeply committed to improving the quality of life for Cambridge residents especially those under-served populations. Through his past volunteer work with the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood house, Cambridge Children and Family Services (CFCS), and the Cambridge Historical Society he stays closely attuned to the evolving needs of families and local community groups in Cambridge.

Kellyanne Mahoney
Kellyanne Mahoney is a National Board Certified Teacher and experienced curriculum developer who spent 13 years working in the Boston Public Schools. She currently serves as a Youth Program Specialist for Autodesk, focusing on creating K-12 STEAM learning content, managing education programs, facilitating professional development for educators, and building strong relationships with the New England education community and beyond. For the past several years, Kellyanne’s work has also been centered on using design thinking to bridge the problems faced in schools with the problem of creating equitable onramps into the innovation economy for students.