The Town of Brookline and Erin Gallentine, Commissioner of Public Works, are pleased to announce the selection of Alexandra Vecchio as Director of Parks and Open Space.
“Alexandra is passionate about the essential role of public parks and open space in supporting a healthy, equitable, and vibrant community for people and the environment,” Commissioner Gallentine said. “She will ensure continued excellence in parks and open space maintenance, responsible asset management, and integration of climate change and sustainability initiatives across the department.”
Vecchio started in her new role on Monday, February 22, 2021. Vecchio comes to Brookline from Mass Audubon, where she served as Climate Change Program Director with responsibilities that included drafting and implementing the organization’s statewide Climate Action Strategy and the intersection with public use and programming, state and municipal policy, as well as land protection.
She has supported the development and implementation of sustainability plans for both universities and cities and has extensive community engagement, outreach, and project management experience.
Vecchio previously worked in Washington, DC, as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois. In that role she handled a variety of federal policy issues, including energy and the environment, as well as constituent service requests.
Vecchio has a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment. She specialized in the intersection of land-use planning, water resource management, and climate change adaptation.
“I’m looking forward to partnering with Brookline’s park and open space users and advocates,” Vecchio said. “I want to ensure that Brookline continues to lead the way in providing a safe, equitable, inclusive, and well-maintained network of parks and open spaces.”