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CultureHouse HQ

Location

16 Union Square
Somerville, MA
02143

Looking for our pop-up community space? It’s not here! This page is for our office. For information on the CultureHouse Union Square community pop-up (which is across the street and has lots of events, free coffee and tea, and more) head here. It’s confusing… we know!

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.

Looking to run a public event and get paid to do so? Host an event at our pop-up community space (also in Union Square)! Learn more and request an event here.

Tool lending library

Working on a project and need tools? Our tool lending library is open! Explore our inventory below or come by the office between 10 am–4 pm Monday to Friday to browse what’s available. Ready to borrow? Come visit us, and we’ll walk you through the process.

Co-work at HQ

It can be hard to find a comfy place outside the house to get work done, read a book, or hang out. Look no further! Our office is open for co-working on Thursdays, 11 am-4 pm! Schedule a date in advance below to reserve a seat. Looking for more co-working? Check out our Union Square pop-up!

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.

Join us

Careers

Are you passionate about public space? We are always looking for driven and dedicated people to work with. We currently have no open positions, but you can email Aaron at aaron@culturehouse.cc with questions or submit a general application to consider for future openings.

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 currently have no internship opportunities available, but you can email Bianca at bianca@culturehouse.cc with questions or submit a general application to consider for future openings.

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.

Bianca Sanchez

Curator of Connections
Operations Manager
(she/her/ella)

bianca@culturehouse.cc

Bianca is an artist and project manager born and raised in Washington, D.C. Her creative spirit works in tandem with a deep-seated passion for curating immersive and educational experiences for people of all ages. Since her experience teaching English in Hiroshima, Japan, she found fulfillment in working with youth with a focus on supporting marginalized minority communities. Her favorite pastime is sipping coffee in her sunroom and enjoying the sounds of nature, or what she calls “tuning in to interesting bird politics.”

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Maitlyn Lang

Space Ace
Design Manager
(they/them)

maitlyn@culturehouse.cc

Maitlyn is an interdisciplinary designer from San Francisco and New Jersey 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 and biking around town!

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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.

Sabrina Alpino

Urban Legend
Urban Research Lead
(she/her)

sabrina@culturehouse.cc

Sabrina is an interdisciplinary designer from Medford, MA, specializing in Human-Centered Design. She majored in Engineering Design and Configuration Management at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she discovered her knack for urban planning and industrial design. She recently acquired her dual master’s degree from Brown University and RISD in Design Engineering. She is passionate about creating enhanced human experiences through inclusive, accessible, and resilient spaces. Sabrina spends her free time supporting artists in the local music scene or soaking up the sun on the Esplanade!

Afsar Maria

Neighborhood Nurturer
Gilman Park Lead
(she/her)

afsar@culturehouse.cc

Afsar is a cultural geographer interested in community-driven arts and culture practices. She recently received her master’s degree from UC Davis, where she focused on community engagement in urban planning and landscape architecture. In her free time, Afsar loves baking cakes, playing music, and taking long walks in her favorite neighborhoods.

Amelia Palacios

Community Cultivator
Gilman Park Associate
(she/her)

Amelia is a stalwart supporter of community-led organizations and people-centered programming. She’s worked as a program facilitator, community educator, operations whiz, and copyeditor. She loves to create spaces that invite curiosity and connection. Outside of work, Amelia loves crocheting, printmaking, and hanging out with her friends and cat.

Stephanie Irigoyen

Pop-Up Book Connoisseur
Union Square Pop-Up Lead
(she/her)

stephanie@culturehouse.cc

Stephanie is a multi-media artist & designer based in Boston, MA, who is passionate about making the world a more colorful and fun place through art, placemaking, and community. When not making art, she can be found skating, listening to spooky podcasts, or searching for the best buffalo chicken pizza around.

Jen Lee

Jen of all Trades
Intern
(she/her)

Jen is a multidimensional designer, artist, and maker based in Somerville, MA, and grew up in South Korea and Maryland. She graduated from Olin College of Engineering and received an Engineering degree with a focus in User Centered Design. She has worked on designing youth dedicated community spaces, which kindled her passion for community engagement and urban design. When she’s not designing, she’s either playing tennis, drawing at a cafe, or picking up a new skill.

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 a public artist, illustrator, and civic designer. She previously served as the Director of Civic Design for the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and is currently a member of Agncy. Sabrina explores possibilities in our approaches to public health, civic participation, care, the built environment, and the celebration of our humanity.

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Linnea Laux

Treasurer
(she/her)

Linnea is a designer, coastal adaptation nerd, and gardener with a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. 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.