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CultureHouse HQ

Location

16 Union Square
Somerville, MA
02143

Host an event at HQ!

Have an idea? We occasionally host events at our CultureHouse Headquarters office space and would love to make the space available to you! From live music nights, film screenings, panel discussions and group meetings, our flexible storefront space is available to rent nights and weekends.

Land acknowledgment

The CultureHouse in Union Square sits on the unceded ancestral homelands of the Pawtucket and the Massachusett Peoples, who have stewarded this land for time immemorial. As an organization working in placemaking, we believe that every community owes its existence and vitality to generations from around the world who contributed to this moment. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in Union Square and as the beneficiaries of the forced removal and genocide of this territory, we pay our respect to elders both past and present, and honor the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land. This land acknowledgment statement is a way for us, as members of the non-Native community, to recognize the injustice that Native Peoples have endured and, more importantly, to make a commitment to embody justice for Indigenous peoples.

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Careers

Are you passionate about public space? We are always looking for driven and dedicated people to work with. Details on open positions are below. If none match your interests, email Aaron at aaron@culturehouse.cc with your resume, a cover letter, and your favorite public space so we can keep you in mind for future positions.

No open positions currently

Volunteer

Want to help create pop-up community spaces? We’re always looking for volunteers to work with us. It’s a great way to connect with the local community and learn more about CultureHouse and our mission! If you’re interested sign up below (you know you want to).

Internships

We have internship opportunities available for people who are driven and passionate about creating spaces for people. At this time, we accept interns who either have funding in place or can get school credit. Sound like fun? Contact Yuko at yuko@culturehouse.cc to inquire about our Spring Community Design internship or follow the link below.

The team

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Aaron Greiner

Chief Radness Officer
Executive Director
(he/him)

aaron@culturehouse.cc

Aaron is an urban designer based in Somerville, Massachusetts. He graduated from Olin College of Engineering where he studied Sustainable and Social Design Engineering. He is passionate about creating sustainable, livable, and equitable cities. There’s a good chance he’ll bring up Copenhagen, no matter the conversation.

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Maitlyn Lang

Space Ace
Design Manager
(they/them)

maitlyn@culturehouse.cc

Maitlyn is an interdisciplinary designer from San Francisco who graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Art in Architectural studies. Maitlyn designs from a place of joy, creating functional spaces and objects that are playful and center human interaction. They love putting together the perfect picnic basket to share with friends.

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Rishika Dhawan

People Prophet
Community Manager
(she/her)

rishika@culturehouse.cc

Rishika is an architect from India who is interested in how cities are shaped by the people that use them. She studied History and Critical Thinking in London and Social Design in Baltimore. She has worked with various non-profits implementing community engagement techniques and creating design solutions.

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Yuko Okabe

Harbinger of Possibility
Operations Lead
(she/they)

yuko@culturehouse.cc

Yuko is an illustrator and cultural worker playing at the intersection of youthful whimsy and community engagement. She received a BFA in Illustration from RISD and has supported and led projects about housing, artist rights, healthcare, and community development. Please ask her about her savory oatmeal Instagram.

Calvin Anton

Ocean of Thoughts
Intern
(he/him)

Calvin is a fourth-year biology and political science dual degree student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst anticipating to graduate in 2023. He has deep interests in the intersectionality of ecology, public health, and urban planning and policy. Overall, he hopes to dedicate a career to expanding socio-economic opportunities in communities through becoming an Urban/Regional Planner who places a high emphasis on making scientifically grounded planning and policy decisions. When outside the classroom, or workspace, Calvin enjoys hiking, running, playing tennis, and giving back to his community. 

Richard Zeng

Explorer of Everything
Intern
(he/him)

Richard is psychologist and philosopher that is branching out into the world of Urban Planning. He graduated in 2021 from Fitchburg State University with a determination to learn to deconstruct the human mind, now looking to understand community consciousness through event planning and community engagement! Richard enjoys various things including: attending orchestral concerts, board games, and reading Japanese manga!

Our board

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Colin Amos

Officer
(he/him)

Colin Amos is a landscape architect and urban designer based in Los Angeles. He previously worked as a project manager and designer for the Better Block Foundation, an urban design nonprofit in Dallas, TX. Colin is always looking for ways to improve the built environment to create human-scaled urban places and improve public life.

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Diana Navarrete-Rackauckas

President
(she/they)

Diana is the Executive Director at the Foundry Consortium. An educator, equity and diversity advocate, and a non-profit leader, Diana is passionate about creating accessible and engaging experiences for local audiences. She is dedicated to holding inclusive spaces that empower participants to more confidently navigate their worlds.

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Kristen Jeffers

Officer
(she/they)

Kristen is the creator of The Black Urbanist, the K. Jeffers Index for Black Queer Feminist Urbanism, and Black Queer Feminist Urbanist Book Cannon and School. She is also an author, sustainable fashion leader, speaker, and workshop leader. She makes her home just outside of Washington, DC, and never has her hometown of Greensboro, NC far out of her mind.

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Sabrina Dorsainvil

Secretary
(she/they)

Sabrina Dorsainvil is an artist, designer and illustrator. She is also the Director of Civic Design for the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. Her practice as a public artist and illustrator explores facets of identity, difference, deep reflection, storytelling and the celebration of our shared humanity.

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Linnea Laux

Treasurer
(she/her)

Linnea is a designer, coastal adaptation nerd, and gardener currently earning a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia (expected May 2022). She holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering from Olin College of Engineering, and worked at CultureHouse during its first pop-up in 2018. Her hobbies include watercolor painting, hiking, and meeting new plants.

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Stacey Simon

Clerk
(she/her)

Stacey is a fourth-generation small business owner. With an MBA and a passion for supporting other small businesses, she works as an accounting consultant for over 50 entrepreneurs in the Somerville area. In her free time, she loves to unwind in nature with her family and pup.