Learning Communities

Kendall is powered by knowledge, and at the KSA we provide opportunities for our members to deepen their knowledge on a wide range of topics. From our monthly Transportation and Ecodistrict learning communities, to our large signature events we bring together thought leaders to expand our thinking and push boundaries. As a KSA member, you can get things done that simply cannot be done alone. Our Learning Communities (formerly known as Committees) provide talented individuals a forum to collaborate on meaningful projects that make a real impact in Kendall Square and beyond.

Transportation: Advocating for better, more equitable, and more sustainable commutes

Chaired by Tom Evans (Executive Director, Cambridge Redevelopment Authority) and Kelley Brown (Head Planner, MIT)


Ecodistrict: An idea-sharing platform for sustainable practices

Chaired by Chris Leary (Principal, Jacobs), Maureen McCaffrey (Director, MIT Investment Management Company) and Michelle Lower (Assistant Vice President — Real Estate Development & Community Relations, Alexandria Real Estate Equities)

Marketing & Events (M&E): Honing technical skills and spreading the word about the Square’s exceptional events

Chairs: Sarah McDonald (Executive Director, Life Science Cares) & Katie Germany (Assistant Head of Events, Cambridge Innovation Center)

Restaurant & Retail: Enabling economic vitality for small businesses

Chairs: Eric Quadrino (Owner, MexiCali & Sulmona) & Steve Kurland (Owner, EVOO & Za)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI): Kendall Square can help fix tech’s diversity & inclusion crisis

Facilitators: Ceasar McDowell, Vatsady Sivongxay, Holly Harriel