Board of Directors
Thomas Combs, Committee for Public Council Services
Tom is a Somerville resident and Trial Attorney in the public defender division of CPCS. Serving Lowell, Ayer, Lawrence and Haverhill District Courts.
Vithal Deshpande, City of Somerville Dept. of Environment and Sustainability
Longtime advisor to the City of Somerville, Vithal has developed and managed projects related to air quality, indoor air quality, watershed, storm water, climate change, indoor air quality, green building, site remediation, sick building syndrome, energy and local emergency planning. He also advises strategic development of sustainability programs and innovative solutions for India as Director of the Shashwat Eco-Solutions Foundation
Meredith Gilbert, MPH
Meredith holds a Masters of Public Health in International Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences and is a consultant for the AIDS Action Committee in Boston. She is a Somerville Resident, beekeeper, and volunteer for the Somerville Community Growing Center.
Peter Kwass, Kwass Consulting
A founding member of Groundwork Somerville, Peter worked as an economic development consultant for 35 years. He also served on the board of directors of the Fenway Community Development Corporation for 23 years and volunteered as an academic mentor to students at Fenway High School through Boston Partners in Education.
Mark Pedersen, Digital Plunge Marketing
Mark is a UX Designer and freelance marketing strategist focused on SEO and social media. He has served as the Groundwork Somerville board president and is a member of the Somerville small business community as part of Mike’s Automotive.
Rebecca Schrumm, Schrumm Financial, Chamber of Commerce
Rebecca is a certified financial planner, founding her own consultancy in 2014 after several years with MetLife and Commonwealth Financial. She has served on many boards and committees in the Somerville community including the Chamber of Commerce, and the mayoral appointed Civic Advisory Committee.
Larry Venezia, Rockland Trust
Larry is the First Vice President and Lending Center Manager for Rockland Trust, managing a team of Lenders focused on new Business Development and Portfolio Risk Management while maintaining my own portfolio including developing new business for companies with revenue generation from $1 million to $50 Million.