Courtney Thraen, Executive Director
"I am passionate about civic engagement and action-oriented planning. Leading this non-profit organization is a phenomenal challenge that renders great rewards. Luckily, I've spent my entire life preparing for this position. As an officer in the U.S. Navy, I lead work groups in administration, navigation, medical, and auxiliary engineering divisions in an operational context. I was fortunate to spend three years instructing Naval Science courses at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. After nearly four years of processing VA disability claims for homeless Veterans and severely injured Veterans, I knew it was time to make a real community impact right in my own town. I really love learning, and I've completed my Master of Public Policy Degree from the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth and Master of City Planning degree from Boston University. Please join me in spurring growth in our urban core!"
Board of Directors
Framingham Downtown Renaissance is governed by a Board of Directors that convenes once a month to develop and revisit strategies guiding downtown revitalization efforts. With an Executive Committee and members representing a range of skills and expertise, this board is uniquely qualified to provide well-rounded leadership for the diverse needs and requirements of this multi-cultural setting. On alternate months, the board meets publicly, inviting residents and stakeholders to weigh in on our local economic development plans and work in the community.
+ President Michael Gatlin, Esq.
Chair, Economic Development Industrial Corporation
+ Vice President Marlene Aron Senior Broker, MetroWest Commercial Real Estate
+ Treasurer Phil Altman
Financial assistant, CertaPro Painters
+ Clerk Anne O'Connel
Coordinator of Literacy Unlimited, Framingham Public Library
+ Colleen Coyne Associate Professor, Framingham State University
+ Erin Hayes
CEO and Producer, MediaBoss
+ Jack Hendler
Co-owner and Head Brewer, Jack's Abby Brewing
+ Julie Ginn Career Services, MassBay Community College
+ Dr. Sumbul Naqvi Owner, Atlantis Dental
+ Tiago Prado
CEO, BRZ Insurance
+ Brandale Randolph Owner, 1854 Cycling Company
+ Ellen Sturgis Executive Director, Amazing Things Art Center
+ Amy Weader Artist, Fountain Street Open Studios
+ ex officio (Non-voting Member)
LT Robert Downing, Framingham Police Department
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