Rachel Borgatti, Executive Director
Rachel Borgatti joined the Friends of Fort Point Channel as Executive Director in 2014. Rachel started her career working for the Smithsonian Institution on research projects studying wetlands, climate change and nutrient pollution. Realizing that she wanted to help solve, not just study environmental issues, Rachel has since worked for nonprofits, the private sector and government agencies managing collaborative programs to improve the environment and quality of life for everyone. Rachel joined the Friends because of her passion for bringing together people to do great things to improve where they live and work and love of all things water!
Rachel completed her undergraduate degree at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, followed by a masters in Marine Estuarine Environment Sciences from the University of Maryland and a masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. She currently serves as a Conservation Commissioner for the City of Somerville.
Michaela Hughes, Event Manager
Michaela joined the Friends of Fort Point Channel as the Event Manager in January 2017. Michaela is a native Bostonian and attended Boston Latin School. After graduating from UMass Amherst in 2014, she worked in the film industry in both Boston and Wilmington, NC on feature films and network TV shows such as Ghostbusters, Joy, and Secrets and Lies. Soon, switching her focus to non-profit organizations, she worked as production support at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, Larz Anderson Auto Museum, and on WGBH’s Christmas & St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn shows. Michaela has a strong passion for supporting the arts and community initiatives. Her goal is to bring folks together through a celebration of inclusivity, diversity, and cultural exploration.
Tessa Buono, Urban Planning & Placemaking Coordinator
Tessa is currently a graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology earning her Masters in City Planning, focused on Environmental Policy. She joined Friends of Fort Point Channel in December 2017 as an Urban Planning & Placemaking Coordinator. She is excited to help the Friends of Fort Point Channel evaluate the success of the Watersheet Activation Plan and formulate recommendations for the future of the Channel
CherrieMarie Smith, Marketing and Social Media Intern
CherrieMarie Smith is currently a senior at University of Massachusetts in Boston, majoring in English with the goal of breaking into the world of journalism, editing, and publishing.
Nonprofit Operations Intern
Amethyste is currently a Junior at Emerson College studying Visual and Media Arts as well as Music Business. She joined the Friends in October 2017 as a Nonprofit Operations intern.