Courtney Thraen, Executive Director

Dr. Dale Hamel received the Downtown Framingham, Inc. Legend Award for his hard work and unwavering faith in this community non-profit organization.

Dr. Dale Hamel received the Downtown Framingham, Inc. Legend Award for his hard work and unwavering faith in this community non-profit organization.

"I am passionate about civic engagement and action-oriented planning.  Leading this non-profit organization is a phenomenal challenge that renders great rewards.  Luckily, I've spent my entire life preparing for this position.  As an officer in the U.S. Navy, I lead divisions  in administration, navigation, medical, and auxiliary engineering through two overseas deployments. I was fortunate to spend three years instructing Naval Science courses and training midshipmen at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.   After nearly four years of processing VA disability claims for homeless Veterans and severely injured Veterans,  I knew it was time to make a real community impact right in my own city.   I really love learning, and I've completed my Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth and Master of City Planning degree from Boston University.  At heart, I got my start at THEE Ohio State University - GO BUCKEYES!!!   Please join me in building business, community, and culture."                                                                


Mike Croci - Events and Promotions Manager

Mike was born in Framingham and has lived “in town” for over 30 years.  He recently left an 11-year software career to pursue his passions of community building and digging in the dirt.  During the nice weather months, he helps run a Framingham-based ecological landscaping business called Green Abundance by Design.  He is a leader with the local environmental group Transition Framingham and is the Director of the annual Framingham Earth Day Festival.  He brings 17 years of experience creating and promoting events to DFI as the organization's first Events & Promotions Manager.

Robert Mitchell - Business Development Manager

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Downtown Framingham, Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors that convenes once a month to assess the application of our tailored four-point Main Street America Model. With an Executive Committee and members representing a range of skills and expertise, this board is uniquely qualified to provide well-rounded leadership for the diverse needs and requirements of this multi-cultural setting. On alternate months, the board meets publicly, inviting residents and stakeholders to weigh in on our local economic development plans and work in the community.

Executive Board

President Michael Gatlin, Esq
Chair, Framingham Economic Development Industrial Corporation

+ Vice President Marlene Aron                                                              Senior Broker, MetroWest Commercial Real Estate

Treasurer Phil Altman
Financial Assistant, CertaPro Painters

Clerk Julie Ginn 
Career Services, MassBay Community College

Ex-Officio Directors

+ Dr. Dale Hamel, PhD
Executive Vice President, Framingham State University

+ Tiago Prado
CEO, BRZ Insurance

+ Officer Harry Wareham                                                                 Framingham Police Department

Board Directors

+ Jane Adler                                                      Vice President, Commercial Real Estate, Brookline Bank

+ Adam Blumer                                          Wellesley Public Schools, Framingham Charter Commission

+ Don Cavicchi                                            Owner, Cav Audio Video Design

+ Colleen Coyne                                           Associate Professor, Framingham State University

+ Leslie White Harvey                                 Natick Public Schools,                                Social Media Coordinator,
Greater Framingham Running Club 

+ Jack Hendler
Co-owner and Head Brewer,
Jack's Abby Brewing

+ Jim Lambert                                              Director, Wood Partners

+ Dr. Sumbul Naqvi                                                 Owner, Atlantis Dental

+ Anne O'Connell
Coordinator of Literacy Unlimited, Framingham Public Library

+ Sara Scully                                               Director of Marketing, Communications & Intermodal Operations at the MWRTA

+ Amy Weader                                                        Artist, Saxonville Mills


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