Who We Are

Light Boston was founded in 1996 by a small group of volunteers recognizing the need for a citizen’s advocacy group with respect to responsible exterior lighting in the City of Boston. The Board is comprised of civic leaders, urbanites, designers, environmentalists and lay people. Many Board members are active in managing Light Boston’s projects.


Todd Lee, FAIA, President
Keith J. Yancey, Treasurer
Beatrice W. NessenSecretary/Clerk
John Powell, Vice President – Design


Valerie Burns
, Fort Point Channel

Michael Chabot
, Boston Light Source: Specification Sales

Peter Coxe, RA, Lighting Consultant

Diane Georgopulos, FAIA, MassHousing:  Manager, Design and Construction Department

Affiliations:  Former President, Light Boston, Inc.

Todd Lee, FAIA, LEED AP, Founder, Todd Lee Architects 2006 to present,

Consulting Master Architect – Mayaguana (Bahamas) Island Development, 2008 – 2001. Founder and Principal Designer, TLCR (Todd Lee Clark Rozas, Inc.) 197 – 2006.

Todd’s practice and urban stewardship is informed by:

Successful projects in more than half the states in the US, as well as two dozen other countries; design awards, published projects and professional recognition; teaching at schools including Harvard, Penn, RISD, the BAC and state universities; published articles and authored contributions to books on design and professional practice; lighting for theater, hotels, retail, resorts and public destinations.

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Franklin B. Mead, FAIA, Mead Consulting, Inc.: Founding Principal,

Beacon Hill Village, Founder and Co-Chair; Beacon Hill Seminars, Co-Founder and former Vice Chair; Beacon Hill Civic Association, President (1980-’82) and Chairman (1983-’85); Cambridge Street Community Development Corporation 1984-’95; Beacon Hill Architectural Commission, Member and Chair 1977-81; Boston First Night, Board Member 1979-’83, 1989-’92; Consul for Sweden for New England 1993-2004; Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, Board Member 1994-2011.

Beatrice W. Nessen, Urban Planner formerly with ICON Architects and the Central Artery Tunnel Project.

Affiliations:  Garden of Peace: A Memorial to Victims of Homicide: Founder and Board Member; Friends of Public Garden: Board; Charles River Watershed Association: Board; Old South Meeting House, Board/Clerk; Boston Preservation Alliance, Board/Secretary.

John Powell, Light Time in Space, Inc.: Owner,

MSVS MIT, MFA Mass Art. Owner Light Time in Space, Inc. www.lighttimeinspace.com. Associate consultant lighting design Fay Spofford, and Thorndike consultant lighting design. Vanasse Hangen Brustlin.

Stanley M. Smith
, Retired: Historic Boston Incorporated,

Board member the Boston Center for Jewish Heritage at the Vilna Shul.

Keith J. Yancey, IALD, AIA, LC, PE, PRINCIPAL, LAM Partners,

With over 25 years of experience in the fields of lighting and engineering, Keith’s portfolio includes lighting for college campuses, parks and resorts, pedestrian malls, and urban streetscapes, as well as numerous museums, universities, offices, and hospitals. He has served on several design juries, and teaches and lectures extensively, including a lighting design course at the Boston Architectural College, and a half-day daylighting workshop at the AIA National Convention in 2008.

Paula Ziegenbein, Assoc. IALD, LEED AP, Senior Consultant, Hardtranft Lighting Design,

Design and Project Management of residential, commercial and industrial projects, including retail national accounts. Extensive product design and development experience. Expert in solid state lighting and controls. Special interest include sustainability and emerging technologies.

Our Luminaries – community leaders who provide sage advice

Thomas A. Kershaw
, Hampshire House Corporation, Owner

Freedom Trail Foundation, Past Chairman. Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Past Chairman. Boston Common Frog Pond Foundation, Past Chairman. National Restaurant Association, Past Chairman. Massachusetts Restaurant Association, Past President.

Oliver C. Colburn, Esq, Sea Rock Estate, Inc.: Principal

SageProperties, LLC: Principal.  Cambridge Street Community Development Corporation: President.  Beacon Hill Civic Association: former President (1999-2001) and Chairman (2001-2003).

Henry Lee, Friends of the Public Garden: Founder and President Emeritus

Friends of the Public Garden: President Emeritus. Adopt A Statue Program: Chairman. Boston Art Commission: Former Board Member. Old South Association: Board Member. Arnold Arboretum: Council Member. Massachusetts Historical Society: Former President

Paul D. Mustone, LC, Reflex Lighting Group, Inc., President and Founder

Boston Society of Architects, South Boston Chamber of Commerce, Illuminating Society of America, Boston Convention Center Foundation Board.

Robert B. O’Brien, Retired

Our Advisors – technical advisor who keep us abreast of lighting innovations

Light Boston’s Advisors are leaders in their technical fields, sharing their knowledge of the latest innovations in lighting and providing technical expertise. When developing lighting plans for new projects, their advice on what is possible is invaluable. Our Advisors are looking into the future and giving Light Boston that perspective of what we can reach for in coming years.


Wendall C. Kalsow, McGinley Kalsow & Associates LLP

Robert G. Neiley, Robert G. Neiley Architects (doesn’t seem to have a website for linking)

Stephen M. Lee, Sasaki Associates, Inc.

Lighting Design

Keith Yancey, LAM Partners, Inc.

John Powell, Light Time in Space

Jeffrey T. Berg, Parsons Brinkerhoff

Christopher Ripman, Ripman Lighting Consultants
and Collaborative Lighting

Jeff Sladen, Sladen, Feinstein Integrated Lighting, Inc.


Jay Kaplan, Spectrum Lighting Inc.

Manufacturer’s Representatives

Ted Farnham, Boston Light Source

Anne V. Robinson, Omni Lite, Inc.

Our Community Partners – it takes a City to light a building