MASCO ANNOUNCES NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF AREA PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
BOSTON – Thursday, October 15, 2020 – MASCO, a non-profit organization that provides essential programs and services to the Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA) in Boston, today announced that Tom Yardley has been appointed Vice President of Area Planning and Development.
With 21 years of experience in planning, Tom holds broad expertise in both urban and transportation planning and he is nationally recognized for his work. As a Principal with the international consulting firm Stantec since 2017, Tom specializes in parking and Transportation Demand Management, higher education, hospitals, corporate campus planning, public outreach and comprehensive mobility plans.
“I am delighted to welcome Tom Yardley back to the Longwood Medical and Academic Area,” said David Sweeney, President and CEO of MASCO. “Tom is widely recognized as an expert in his field and, as a former member of the MASCO team, he is intimately familiar with the complexities of the area and the significant value that our member institutions bring to Boston and the Commonwealth. This is a critically important role and I am confident that Tom brings the right combination of private and public-sector experience, as well as working with large hospitals and universities, to move MASCO and the LMA forward.”
As Vice President of Area Planning and Development at MASCO, Tom will be responsible for conducting long-range planning and development studies and manage the implementation of projects in building development, transportation, energy and infrastructure, housing, workforce development, open space and transportation demand management.
“I am pleased to see Tom Yardley return to his roots here in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area,” said Dick Argys, Chair of the Board of Directors. “His deep knowledge of the area, combined with his 15 years of leadership experience in urban and transportation planning, make Tom the ideal fit to carry forward MASCO’s robust agenda in the areas of transportation, development, sustainability, and placemaking.”
During his time at Stantec, Tom led an extensive initiative for Louisiana State University to incentivize multi-modal transportation, as well as a major transportation and parking initiative at Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in the nation. Prior to joining Stantec, Tom was at Nelson/Nygaard, where he was responsible for projects for large and complex institutions, including Partners HealthCare, Boston University, White Plains Hospital and University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
“I am thrilled to be back in the LMA serving MASCO member institutions and working with our partners in the local community, at the City, and State,” said Tom Yardley. “This is a time of great challenge, tackling climate change, supporting frontline workers, higher education and adjusting to pandemic impacts. But, it is also an opportunity for the LMA to help lead the way in developing creative solutions. I am proud to be part of the MASCO team and look forward to rolling up my sleeves.”
From 2008 to 2014, Tom served as Senior Transportation Planner for MASCO where he worked on several high-impact projects, including securing design funding for the new commuter rail platform at Ruggles and conducting access improvement studies for the LMA. Prior to coming to Boston, Tom worked in New York City for 10 years, where he developed a strong foundation in urban planning through his role with a private consulting firm and the New York City Department of City Planning.
Tom holds a BA from the London School of Economics and a Master of Urban Planning from Harvard University.
About MASCO, Inc.
MASCO (Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization, Inc.) is a charitable corporation established in 1972 by its member institutions to plan, develop, and enhance the Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA) for the benefit of the general public and its members; and to create and implement programs that assist the institutions and individuals in the LMA. MASCO and its affiliates -- MASCO Services, Inc. and the Longwood Medical Area Child Care Center -- offer a wide range of services including area planning and development, parking and transportation services, group purchasing, shared business services, telecommunications, and child care. MASCO’s mission is to pursue programs that promote a sense of community among its members, and create and deliver services more effectively provided on a shared basis.