JASON HARRIS, COFOUNDER
Jason Harris is a Boston based businessman, husband and father of three. He is a principal at Gregory Lombardi Design, a Cambridge MA based landscape architecture firm, and an owner of Parterre Garden Services. Jason is a graduate of Georgetown University and has an MBA from Babson College. Jason began his business career in Hartford CT working for CIGNA Insurance before moving on to a Retention Manager position in the circulation marketing department at The Boston Globe. In 2001 Jason moved on to join Gregory Lombardi in a plan to develop and grow his firm, Gregory Lombardi Design. From that collaboration sprang the company Parterre Garden Services, created to maintain and manage the many high-end residential properties they had designed. Today Parterre has over 70 employees and 400 clients throughout Massachusetts. Jason comes from a long line of social entrepreneurs, as his parents helped start Haley House, a Boston-based homeless shelter for veterans returning from war. Jason has served on the local Area Community Board of the Department of Children and Families and has been a long standing member of the Board of Brookline’s Steps to Success.
LENA HARRIS, COFOUNDER
Lena Harris is a 21-year-old Boston native. She currently attends Barnard College, where she studies Economics and Spanish. She is a passionate social justice advocate, and has always been an active member of her various communities when it comes to speaking out against injustice and standing up for marginalized identities. 195essential is another way that she has turned her passion into action, through its business with a purpose model.
PR & COMMUNICATIONS
Dominic Amenta is a marketing communications veteran with more than 18 years of experience handling a range of clients in the consumer, special event, hospitality, lifestyle, sports, technology, business and philanthropic sectors. After spending nearly a decade at Regan Communications Group representing most of their marquee clients including Mohegan Sun, Dunkin’ Donuts, New Balance, Park Plaza Hotel and Ace Ticket, Dominic launched DPA Communications in March 2012. He’s been featured as an industry expert, or quoted on behalf of clients, in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Business Journal, PR Week, Boston Metro, Bay State Banner, Patriot Ledger and WFXT-TV Channel 25. Outside of DPA Communications, Dom is a mentor at the Fairmount Innovation Lab; member of business networking group Blue Hill Business Group; event committee member at Veterans Legal Services and mentor at the Social Innovation Forum. Graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Bryant University in 2001.
Emma O’Connor is an Account Executive at Boston-based PR firm, DPA Communications, who specializes in social media content management and hospitality, lifestyle, apparel/clothing, and nonprofit public relations. A Cape Cod native, Emma moved to Boston for university and decided to pursue her career in the city she has grown to love. With a passion for PR, a driven attitude, and an outgoing personality, she strives to bring clients the best results possible. Emma graduated from Suffolk University with a BSBA in Brand Marketing.
MARKETING & DESIGN
Eric Olsson has over 25 years of experience in marketing, branding, and web development. He has consulted with companies including ITT Hartford, GE, Hampshire College, UMASS Amherst, Suki’s Naturals, as well as many other clients throughout the New England area. For over 15 years Eric Olsson was Vice President and Co-founder of Knowledge Matters, Inc., a leading developer of education simulations, where he was integral in the design, development, and marketing of business simulations that have been used by millions of students. In 2017 Eric started the fashion label Olaf Olsson, which specialzes in mens clothing and accessories that are hand crafted in the US using Japanese fabrics. Eric graduated with a BA in Finance and Operations Management from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Originating in NYC, Change.49 creator and maker Fred White has been hand-painting clothing and textiles since 2003. His creative expression and aesthetic evolves from observing impermanence, playful spontaneity, and in recognizing the interdependence of everything. His work on clothing is done without planning or to a fixed idea of what it will become, but gently guided by change. Fred is a practitioner of Vipassana meditation, B student of the I-Ching, average rock climber, dissonant audiophile, and sews with ‘Alice’ his grandmothers 1953 Singer Featherweight.
Michelle Collado is a Dominican Multidisciplinary Artist born and raised in Lawrence MA. Growing up in Lawrence and raised by immigrant parents, she's realized that people of her everyday life is what inspires her. Her Artwork focuses on the themes and ideas of BIPOC representation, social issues, social justice, and internal and societal experiences. Using people as her subjects, she focuses on the subjects' relationships to themselves, others and the external spaces in which they may have encountered. Whether it's Photography, Film production, painting or illustration, she attempts to capture an essence of experiences or feelings in which her audience can familiarize themselves with.
Sydney Medina is a 19-year-old Black artist from Princeton, NJ, who currently resides in New York City. She attends NYU’s Gallatin School of Individual Studies, where she studies Urban Art and Fashion Design. Sydney has always been passionate about the Black Lives Matter, and especially how she can embody the movement into her art. She has been involved in creating art for her communities and has even spent the past year traveling, creating art and fashion in various locations in Europe and South America.