Rachel Borgatti

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.

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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

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.


Amethyste Frezignac,
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.

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Intern/Staff alumni (since 2015)

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Kallia joined the Friends of Fort Point Channel as Marketing and Social Media Associate in October 2015. She is a recent graduate with a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson College. Having experience in Digital Marketing, Social Media, Events Planning, and Sales, Kallia has a broad understanding of the different components of marketing, which helps her to conceive integrated marketing strategies that engage the community. Kallia joined the Friends of Fort Point Channel because of her interest in civic engagement and love for the diverse and exciting offerings of the Fort Point Channel neighborhood.
Jeoung Min joined the Friends of Fort Point Channel as Nonprofit Operations and Planning Associate in September 2015. Jeoung graduated from Northeaster University in June with a Bachelor of Science in Leadership with a business minor. She loved to volunteer for children and women issues, and advocate to improve the quality of life of impoverished people. She also loves fashion, coffee, food and travelling. She joined Friends to fulfill her interest in non-profit organizations and how they play a role in the community, and to inform more people about Fort Point as an enjoyable place.
Jonasha joined the Friends of Fort Point Channel as Marketing and Social Media Associate in October 2015. Jonasha Samedy is a recent graduate from UMass Lowell. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with dual concentrations in marketing and international Business in May 2015. In her free time, she enjoys drawing cartoons and manga. Jonasha also enjoys watching movies and hopes to one day travel to different parts of the world. She joined the Friends of Fort Point Channel to not only learn more about applying marketing through social media, but to also explore the community and get others to discover Fort Point.
Jenny joined the Friends of Fort Point Channel as Marketing and Social Media Associate in August 2015. Jenny is a recent graduate from Emerson College Integrated Marketing Communication program. She is a creative girl with an entrepreneurial heart. Before joining Friends of Fort Point, she worked at a food startup, did some freelance designs, and worked on her own bowtie brand. In her free time, she loves drawing in coffee shops and explores unique restaurants. Jenny joined the Friends of Fort Point because of her passion to bringing more people to this neighborhood and telling appealing stories to as many people as she can.
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