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KSA Team

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C.A. Webb

President

C. A. Webb designs and builds platforms that enable communities to thrive. At her core, C.A. is a creator. She has co-founded a foundation (Trinity Boston Foundation), launched a venture capital fund (Underscore), and has built numerous tech and consumer products at companies including Whole Foods Market, Preserve, Care.com, the New England Venture Capital Association, and Fast Company magazine. C.A.’s passions include urban living, public transit, social and economic equity, food, and her two young daughters. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and serves on the boards of The Boston Foundation, T4MA, and MassRobotics. C.A. has been named “one of the 100 Most Influential People in Boston” by Boston Magazine and an “Innovation All Star” by the Boston Business Journal. 
C.A. and her team at the Kendall Square Association create systems, products, and campaigns to drive connectivity, learning, and social impact for the world’s epicenter of innovation. 


Alana Olsen Westwater

Vice President of Strategy & Operations

Alana turns big ideas into big impacts. Armed with a passion for solving complex problems and infectious enthusiasm, she can bring key stakeholders together to create and execute positive change.


Since 2011, Alana has been a leader in Boston’s political and non-profit sectors. Former Chief of Staff to Boston City Councilor At Large Annissa Essaibi-George and past Executive Director of Allston Village Main Streets, Alana respects the boots on the ground approach to coalition building and advocacy. Her recent experience at MIT’s The Engine has given her a new appreciation for the people and companies that will change the world through technology.

Alana’s true loves are post-it notes, pipe cleaners, and Excel spreadsheets. She enjoys crafty projects from making her own sewing patterns to knitting personalized creations, when she’s not exploring the Metro Boston area by bike. Alana attended Emerson College where she studied Organizational and Political Communication and is an active board member for the Charles River Conservancy.


Abigail Phillips

Director of Communications

Abigail is a world traveler, building relationships and communities wherever she goes. Working to ensure people feel heard and understood, she has proven track record as a strategic communicator and thoughtful relationship manager. A skilled convener driven by a desire to consistently and effectively tell stories and streamline messaging, she has found success in promoting communities one human-interest story at a time.
Over the last 10 years, Abigail has led media relations and marketing strategies with New England businesses and destination travel organizations, including Choose Chicago and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. She has spearheaded major communications campaigns, including the Massachusetts Whale Trail and Year of Chicago Theatre, through collaborative partnerships designed to increase international awareness and boost regional economic impact.

Abigail is a disco-dancing, pie loving, advocate for sustainability and local streets and storefronts. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Boston where she studied Political Science and Communication.


Yuqi Wang

Senior Manager of Programming

Yuqi brings nearly a decade of experience building community with others through programming and organizing, and working to change policies at the systemic and institutional level to improve the well-being of historically marginalized communities. Through her work with organizations such as the Institute on Economic and Racial Equity, the Midas Collaborative, and the Asian Community Development Corporation, Yuqi brings a deep and rich skillset in program development, research, policy analysis, advocacy, and racial equity. As Senior Manager of Programming at KSA, Yuqi’s goal is to build the capacity of member companies through various programming; help members navigate complex problems in order to create more positive impacts within their spheres of influence; and organize members around local and state policies that could improve the quality of working and living in Kendall Square.

In her free time, Yuqi loves to play with her two dogs, Joy and May, dance, and explore new hiking trails. Yuqi has her BA from Washington University in St. Louis and her Master in Public Policy and social impact Master in Business Administration from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Nora Weiss

Senior Manager of Marketing

Nora is a born storyteller and makes it her mission to find them anywhere she goes. She is driven by empathy to learn from others and then relay their story to the world. Also an athlete from the moment she could put on a pair of cleats, Nora brings qualities cultivated from the soccer field to her work making her detail oriented and always determined to finish the task at hand. She believes in setting goals that benefit her team and community so that they may pass stories back and forth to grow from one another.

Over the past decade Nora has worked in communications for nonprofits and small businesses in Massachusetts and Australia developing marketing and social media strategies. She continues to hone her craft by creating meaningful posts in 280 characters or less, as well as blogs and email campaigns. Nora graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts where she studied Arts Management. When not scrolling through Instagram, Nora is an avid boxer and enjoys writing short stories that she will publish one day day, maybe.

Alex Barbat

Manager of Member Experience

An advocate for equality, Alex believes in the power of connection and creativity when working to create change. Her background in community organizing has taught her that the most transformative experiences come when people are open to empathize with others and build relationships based on trust. Alex has a passion for planning events where participants engage in shame-free learning while also having fun and furthering ties to the community. Now, she wants to help innovation flourish at the KSA by helping members connect and creating collaborative experiences.

Alex recently graduated from New College of Florida with a BA in Political Science. While there, she helped lead efforts to enhance dialogue between students, faculty, and staff, and bolstered student involvement in campus life. When she’s not working, you can find her doting on her two cats, reading, or playing improv games with friends.