Staff

Laura Jasinski, Executive Director

Laura Jasinski is an urban planner with ten years of experience in development and activation of urban open space and community engagement. Most recently she served as the Associate Director of the Boston Waterfront Initiative for The Trustees of Reservations, an effort to build world-class, resilient open space on the Boston Harbor. Previously, she served as the Director of Programs and Planning for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy where she managed several capital improvements and installations. Ms. Jasinski holds a BA in Architectural Studies and an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. Her graduate work focused on universal design and best practices in creating inclusive public spaces. A former co-captain of the Tufts women’s basketball team and long-time athlete, Ms. Jasinski has trained for several half marathons and the 2016 Boston marathon along the Charles River. She looks forward to the day when she and her fellow swimmers from the Cambridge Masters program can practice at the Swim Park.

Email: ljasinski@thecharles.org     Phone: (617) 300-8175

Vanessa Nason, Associate Director

Vanessa enjoys being part of an organization working to improve the Charles River, which she has spent countless hours walking, running, and relaxing beside. Since joining the Conservancy, she can include cycling in that list! After starting on the operations and development side, Vanessa has appreciated adding project management and applying her passion for swimming to the Charles. She didn’t need much convincing on the idea of urban river swimming, but her first jump in during City Splash 2016 made her a convert, and she looks forward to the time when swimming has a home in the Charles again. Vanessa has a graduate degree from Georgetown University. Her prior experience includes administration at an architecture firm and program coordination at an urban planning foundation. In her spare time, Vanessa volunteers with a nonprofit that provides free technology to seriously ill children.

Contact Vanessa with questions about the Swim Park Project.

Email: vnason@thecharles.org     Phone: (617) 300-8162

Sasha Vallieres, Volunteer Program Manager

Sasha currently manages 2,000 annual volunteers and the Conservancy’s horticultural and conservation activities. Sasha has over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector, where she has worked in resource management, taught environmental education and natural history, performed trail maintenance, and organized volunteer events for small groups to events with several hundred. Sasha has previously worked for YMCA of Greater Boston, National Parks Service, Trustees of Reservations, and interned with the Student Conservation Association. When not working in the Charles River parklands, Sasha enjoys gardening, reading, movies, and hiking.

Contact Sasha if you are interested in scheduling a corporate volunteer event or attending the next open volunteer day. Please note that group volunteer days are typically scheduled one month in advance.

Email: svallieres@thecharles.org     Phone: (617) 300-8173

Lucy Salwen, Communications and Advocacy Coordinator

Lucy started at the CRC after graduating from Wesleyan University with a double major in Mathematics and Art and a certificate in Environmental Studies. An interest in the environment and livable, sustainable cities led Lucy to the CRC, where she is managing communications and helping coordinate advocacy. She is thrilled to be applying her skills and experience to improving urban green space and connecting people with the natural elements of our city. You may find Lucy biking along the Charles River any day of the week!

Contact Lucy if you have questions about advocacy.

Email: lsalwen@thecharles.org     Phone: (617) 300-8171

Abigale Purvis, Projects & Events Assistant

Abigale is a co-op student from Northeastern University, where she studies International Business and Spanish with minors in Social Entrepreneurship and Food Systems Sustainability. After working with other nonprofits in Boston and then moving to Latin America for a year to study and work, Abigale is excited to focus her energy and passion for sustainability towards the parklands and ecosystems surrounding the Charles. Abigale assists with the organization’s volunteer events and other special projects to promote Boston’s urban green spaces. In her free time, Abigale is an avid hiker and backpacker and, since moving to Boston, has loved going for runs in the beautiful parks along the Charles and boating on the river. 

Contact Abigale if you have any questions about upcoming projects, volunteer programs, and other CRC events. 

Email: apurvis@thecharles.org     Phone: (617) 300-8174