Becky Donner's work focuses on creating new models of community and physical space to strengthen social fabric and economic development. Her experience spans placemaking, civic innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement, economic development, public-private partnerships, facilities management, privately owned public space, and more. An expert on the creation and operation of civic innovation centers, she has consulted on projects across the US and the world.
Her recent work includes Hourglass Boston, a pop-up content studio, event space, and boutique in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, where she worked as Director of Operations for the launch of two storefronts. Prior to Hourglass, Becky ran District Hall, a civic gathering space for innovators and entrepreneurs — the first building of its kind. As Director of the 12,000 sq ft not-for-profit facility, she oversaw core programs and operations including the free public workspace, over 1,000 events annually, and programming and resources for Boston’s innovation community.
Before her time at District Hall, she worked at Harvard Business School with faculty whose research focused on innovation, transparency, and technology. She served as a lead organizer of Code for Boston, a local brigade of the national not-for-profit civic technology organization Code for America. Becky is currently an inaugural member of the City of Somerville's innovation and economic development advisory council to the Mayor, the Innovation and Opportunity Lab.
Currently based in Boston, MA, she is a trained silversmith, a self-proclaimed "dog person", public art enthusiast, and a staunch and unwavering advocate for Oxford commas.
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