March is Women's History Month. Greenovate is featuring perspectives of women who share our commitment to climate action, and to making Boston a thriving, healthy, and innovative city. The second post is from Rosanne Foley, Dorchester resident.

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Thanks for inviting me to participate in this blog series - and thanks for chasing me, I need that these days!

I'm Rosanne Foley, Executive Director of the Boston Landmarks Commission. I've lived in Dorchester since the mid-1980's, and this Boston neighborhood is a great fit for someone like me who loves to get involved in positive change.

[Dorchester] is a great fit for someone like me who loves to get involved in positive change.

My job these days is to oversee the historic preservation program for the City of Boston, as well as our very active City Archaeologist. We're housed within the Environment, Energy and Open Space Cabinet. Prior to this job I was Director at a Boston Main Streets program, helping to revitalize a historic commercial center. I've also worked in a neighborhood health center, with arts and culture organizations, and a start-up social enterprise. 

During my tenure as Director at GreenDorchester, a grassroots environmental action collaborative, I also helped launch Boston's first neighborhood bike advocacy group, and two farmers' markets (including Boston's first winter market), and a local food co-op. 

Having served alongside so many women who act to make a difference, it is tough to single out role models but here are a few: Valerie Burns, Jenny Silverman, Jhana Senxian, Davida Andelman, and Vivien Li come to mind.

What I would say to young women is - be observant, respect the existing culture, and take the long view.


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