Boston Main Streets Foundation

The Boston Main Streets Foundation, a public-private initiative established by the City of Boston in 2007, has been the driving force behind the revitalization of the City’s neighborhood commercial districts. We are committed to making Boston’s neighborhood commercial districts thriving, vibrant centers of commerce and community by supporting the Boston Main Streets program. Our Foundation seeks to develop long-term strategies to increase the economic power and resources of neighborhood commercial districts while pursuing initiatives that build knowledge and capacity for Main Streets programs and the businesses they serve.


Our Goals

Develop renewable income streams for local Boston Main Streets organizations

Provide funding opportunities and raise corporate, private, and public support for Boston Main Streets districts

Create thriving, vibrant centers of commerce and community

Our Board

Joel Sklar, Board Chair
President, Samuels & Associates


Ellen Handly
VP Workplace Planning & Advice, Fidelity Investments


Chris Gedrich
Vice President, Suffolk Construction Co.


Gustavo Quiroga
Director of Neighborhood Strategy & Development, Graffito SP

Burton R. Gesserman CPA, Treasurer
Shareholder, Walter & Shuffain, P.C.


Geri Denterlein
Founder and CEO, Denterlein


Jayda Leder-Luis
Vice President, Denterlein


Karl Seidman
Senior Lecturer in Economic Development, MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning





Daniel Rottenberg, Executive Secretary
Attorney, Goulston & Storrs


Ken Morris
Cambridge Retail Advisors


Ben Starr
Partner, Atlantic Retail


Aiden McDonough
Executive Director,
Brighton Main Streets


Jeanne Desaro
Executive Director,
Greater Ashmont Main Streets


Our Current Supporters

 Challenger Sponsor: $100,000+

Bank of America


Platinum Sponsor: $50,000+

J. Derenzo Company


 Gold Sponsor: $25,000+

John Moriarty & Associates

National Development 

Suffolk Construction 

Samuels & Associates

Weiner Ventures

EM Duggan 


Silver Sponsor: $15,000+

Elkus Manfredi Architects

New England Development 


ML McDonald Electric 

Pavilion Flooring 

Sweeney Drywall Finishes Corp

East Coast Interiors 




AH Burns

Atlantic Retail

Ben Starr

Boston Urban Partners

Bright View Landscaping


Cruz Electric

Dartmouth Company


General Air

Goulston & Storrs


K&A Electric

Karas Glass

Newmark Knight Frank

PEC Electric

Phoenix Electric

Prellwitz Chilibski Associates

RK Centers

Rubicon Real Estate

Salem Five Bank

Sanborn Head & Associates


Soep Painting

T3 Advisors


Union Flooring

Walter & Shuffain