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.
Julia Gianoulis, Marketing and Social Media Intern
Julia is currently a senior at University of Massachusetts Lowell studying Business Administration and Economics. She joined Friends of Fort Point Channel in September 2017 as a Marketing and Social Media intern.