André Leroux, Executive Director
André has been the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance since 2007, where he established the Great Neighborhoods program to help local residents transform their communities through smart growth projects. He helped found Transportation for Massachusetts, which is a statewide coalition that advocates for increasing funding for walking, biking, and public transportation.
Prior to that, André was the Director of Planning and Policy at Lawrence CommunityWorks, where he coordinated the Reviviendo Gateway Initiative (RGI), an award-winning community revitalization effort in Lawrence, MA. He also led the creation of two smart growth zoning districts in the city, helped to found a cultural economic development initiative, and coordinated a community-university partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology called MIT@Lawrence.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Andre completed two years of graduate studies at El Colegio de México in Mexico City studying urban development and environmental impact assessment. He has worked at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University and the Massachusetts State Senate. André co-authored a PolicyLink report in 2007 with MIT Professor Lorlene Hoyt called Voices from Forgotten Cities: Innovative Revitalization Coalitions in America’s Older Small Cities. He is fluent in Spanish.
Ina Anderson, Partnerships Director
Ina oversees all of the Alliance’s partnership activity and coordinates the Great Neighborhoods program, a place-based initiative of the MSGA. She works directly with community members, municipalities and others to implement development projects that incorporate smart growth principles and to create neighborhoods that are active, welcoming, affordable and environmentally friendly.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Ina was the Director of Programs for the West Broadway Neighborhood Association where she forged ties between neighbors, local government agencies and community resources to improve the quality of life in the West End/ Armory District of Providence, RI. She also worked as the consultant for Community Engagement for the Prairie Avenue Revitalization Initiative where her work included conducting outreach to inform residents about the opportunities presented in a planned $40-million dollar re-development effort anchored by the Providence Community Health Centers. Ina holds a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Rhode Island, and a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University with a concentration in Sustainable Communities and Comprehensive Community Development.