Jerome Garciano is an attorney with a concentration on state and federal tax financing incentives affecting the built environment. An attorney at a Boston law firm specializing in affordable housing and community development law, he has also served as a finance project manager at The Community Builders, Inc., a national non-profit developer of affordable housing. Prior to that, Mr. Garciano was a financial analyst with Recapitalization Advisors, a nationally recognized real estate finance consulting firm, specializing in repositioning affordable multifamily housing assets. He is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.
Andre Leroux is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization created by seven leading Massachusetts-based policy organizations. The Alliance promotes healthy and diverse communities, protects critical environmental resources, advocates for housing and transportation choices, and supports equitable community development and reinvestment. A graduate of Dartmouth College, André previously was the Director of Planning and Policy at Lawrence CommunityWorks in Lawrence, MA, where he coordinated an award-winning community revitalization effort. He also has worked at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University and the Massachusetts State Senate.
Maryann McCall-Taylor is currently the Planning Director for the Town of Lexington where she began as the zoning enforcement officer before switching to the Planning Department. She has also worked for the towns of Saugus and Needham, the former consulting firm of Arthur D. Little and the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center. She has served three terms on the Winchester Planning Board and over thirty years in Winchester’s Town Meeting. She is on the Board of the Winchester Housing Corporation. She received an undergraduate degree in history from Wellesley College and a Master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The True Story Theater's mission is to promote social healing by listening deeply to people’s stories and transforming them spontaneously into theater. They create a respectful atmosphere where every voice can be heard and any story told — however ordinary or extraordinary, difficult or joyful. True Story Theater presents fresh perspectives, deeper connections, and a renewed appreciation for our common humanity.