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 [email protected].
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.
Larry Field, Deputy Executive Director
Larry joined the Alliance in February 2015 as Deputy Executive Director. He will focus on the Alliance’s policy and legislative advocacy, as well as operations. Before joining the Alliance, Larry served as Director of the Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office under the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development (2014) and as director of strategic initiatives in the Undersecretary’s office at the Department of Housing and Community Development (2011-2014). The Permit Regulatory Office includes the MassWorks Infrastructure Grants Program, the 43D and 43E Expedited Permitting Programs, and regional planning initiatives. In both positions, Larry was the day-to-day manager of the Commonwealth’s “Housing that Works” initiative, including the goal of producing 10,000 multi-family homes a year through 2020 and particularly near public transit, city and town centers and employment.
Before coming to state government, Larry practiced law for 22 years and managed a real estate partnership. He graduated from Harvard Law School and studied economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Anabelle Rondon, Great Neighborhoods Manager
As Program Manager, Anabelle Rondon oversees the Alliance’s successful Great Neighborhoods (GN) initiative, which supports a network of smart growth practitioners and projects across the state.
Prior to joining the Alliance in May 2015, Anabelle Rondon served as a Community Development Associate at the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) in New York City. She was part of the Choice Neighborhoods team leading the development of a comprehensive revitalization plan in Mott Haven, a South Bronx neighborhood. She was responsible for engaging more widely and deeply with Mott Haven stakeholders, while building strong ties to the transformation plan’s research/data on the neighborhood’s needs in the areas of education, housing, workforce, economic development, education, health, and public safety. The engagement plan also focused on developing the leadership and capacity of residents for a long-term healthier and sustainable community.
Anabelle received a Master’s degree in Public Administration as part of the National Urban Fellows program. While in graduate school, Ms. Rondon worked for commissioner Darryl C. Towns as an Ombudsmen at the New York State Homes and Community Renewal. With a degree in Business Management from Cambridge College- Massachusetts, she worked and consulted at a number of Community Development Corporations in program management, homeownership education, financial wealth coaching, foreclosure prevention counseling and community engagement. In addition, Ms. Rondon led a resident service coordination program as part of the property management team at a 501 public housing development in Somerville, Massachusetts.