Who We Are
Boston Bridge is a professional association composed of emerging and established professionals in the field of aging who work or study in Greater Boston. Fields of interest include law, business, marketing, social work, expressive arts therapy, medicine, affordable housing, design, public health, nutrition, fundraising, and public policy. Meetings are held on a regular basis to learn how these fields intersect with older adults.
What We Do
Monthly Meetings and Speaker Series: Boston Bridge meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:00 – 8:00 pm from September to May. During these meetings, established professionals, leaders in the field of aging, and speakers share their expertise. There is also ample time for discussion, sharing of ideas, and networking promotes professional growth and career prospects. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about our monthly meetings.
Networking: Networking and opportunities to meet new and interesting like-minded professionals happen either formally or informally at Boston Bridge. There is always an informal gathering with a light dinner prior to the start of our meetings; there is ample sharing of ideas, announcements, and discussions during the meetings; and, lots of networking after as well. Additionally, all members have access to our member directory to continue building their professional connections.
Mentorship Program: The changing demographics of our society supports the need for more professionals to be trained and become passionate about working with older adults. Mentoring helps advance this goal. The mentorship program matches Boston Bridge members with established professionals in the member’s particular area of interest.
Mission and Vision
The mission of Boston Bridge is to provide opportunities for professional development, exploration, networking, career growth, and mentorship to emerging professionals and leaders in the field of aging.
The vision of Boston Bridge is to inspire and invigorate connected, passionate, and informed professionals to be a part of the transformation of an aging America.
Boston Bridge grew out a friendship that emerged when a college student named Elana Kieffer volunteered in programs at a monthly senior housing site organized by inter-generational educator Barbara Friedman. Years later, after Barbara retired and Elana had worked in a retirement community and attended graduate school for nonprofit management, they reconnected and saw a need to foster the next generation of professionals in the field of aging. They each recognized the need for the other’s expertise, professional connections, and viewpoints. Patterned heavily after Chicago Bridge in Illinois, the mission, vision, and goals for the organization were determined.
Boston Bridge is an affiliate of the MIT AgeLab in Cambridge. The AgeLab, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Coughlin, “was created in 1999 to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people’s health and enable them to ‘do things’ throughout the lifespan” (taken from the AgeLab website).
As part of this affiliation, we are thrilled that Boston Bridge members who work directly with older adults will be of assistance to this world class academic institution, Dr. Coughlin and the AgeLab staff.
Rita Kostiuk, President
Barbara Friedman, Immediate Past President
Ilana Klarman, Vice President
Laura Juitt, Treasurer
Sue Berger, Secretary
Colleen Morrissey, Board Member at Large
Ariel Sherry, Board Member at Large