Our Team

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Kelly Brilliant, Executive Director

For over 16 years, Kelly has led The Fenway Alliance in improving the physical, social, economic, and cultural environment of Boston’s Fenway community. In 2012, Kelly spearheaded a year-long community effort to designate the Fenway by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as the first of 30 Cultural Districts in Massachusetts, and the first in Boston. Under Kelly’s leadership the Alliance was selected to manage the District. Kelly founded the major Boston public events: Opening Our Doors, TEDxFenway, and Public By Design-a public art series that features Massachusetts based artists. Prior to leading The Fenway Alliance, Kelly directed Healthy Malden 2000, a nonprofit organization established to serve the health of the city and the state through a variety of public health initiatives. Kelly was Managing Director and co-author of the FLASHPOINTcurricula, initiated by the Eastern District Attorney’s Office of Massachusetts, and Director of Curriculum for Harvard University’s Program for Young Negotiators. Kelly received a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.A. from Boston University. Her career is marked by the belief that everyone should have access to the art and culture at the heart of Boston’s diverse communities.

Sarah Rathje, Program Fellow

Sarah Rathje is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Communications and Political Science at Northeastern University. With a strong background in the performance arts and community organizing, Sarah is passionate about exploring the intersection of the two through her work at the Fenway Alliance. She is best known for her participation in Northeastern’s Take Back the Night 2017, and has worked on various local and federal political campaigns, most notably the nationally recognized senatorial campaigns of Beto O’Rourke and Claire McCaskill. Additionally, Sarah spent three years doing Title IX consulting for Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI. Before joining the Fenway Alliance, Sarah worked on a variety of projects at AthenaHealth in Watertown and Northeastern University’s Communications Department. Sarah volunteers at Boston Medical Center and CHA Everett Hospital, providing opportunities for recovering addicts to make art and coordinating post-release recovery plans.