The Provincetown Commons is a new nonprofit that emerged around the possibility of adaptively reusing the old Community Center (46 Bradford Street) as a work space for the year-round creative economy. A working group successfully responded to the town's Request for Qualifications and submitted a response to the Request for Proposals on January 12, 2017. Our proposal was accepted by the town, and after permitting and due diligence we finalized a 99-year lease for the building in September 2017.
Provincetown Commons, Inc. has been granted 501(c)3 nonprofit status by the Internal Revenue Service, so contributions to the organization are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Karen Cappotto, President
Karen Cappotto studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, Boston College, and Manchester College at Oxford University.
Cappotto is inspired by evidence of the handmade in a world where technology prevails and is known for her distinct palette and way of combining materials.
Cappotto’s work is in PAAM’s Permanent collections and she has received multiple awards and prizes for her mixed media constructions from Europe and USA.
Karen Cappotto is the Lillian Orlowsky William Freed Grant recipient for painting in 2011, and has been included in the Land and Sea Contemporary Artists, by Deborah Forman. Cappotto is a long time resident of Provincetown where she maintains her painting and design studios. In 2011 her company Peg+Dick was launched onto the national stage when Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams asked her to produce their decoupage accessories. Her work has been seen in Elle Decor, The Washington Post, Provincetown Arts, This Old House, and at Rockefeller Center.
AMP Gallery currently represents her work.
Cappotto serves on Provincetown’s Economic Development Committee and is a founding member of the nonprofit group Provincetown Commons.
Mark Hatch, Treasurer
Mark Hatch comes to this project with over twenty years of experience in high-tech management and software engineering along with an impressive start-up background. Recently CEO at Mblast, he led and built one of the formative companies in the intensive Social Media Marketing space. At cloud storage services Carbonite (which went public) and Intronis, he served as VP of Engineering and Operations. As CTO of ICC and at OneCore Financial, he contributed to the development of Internet banking, brokerage, and customer service applications for the Financial Services Industry.
Prior to that, Mark designed and built software applications for multi-lingual Machine Translation systems (where he holds a patent on design), large-scale on-line database searching, and Internet-based interactive gaming software.
In addition to being a certified Scrum Master, Mark earned an MBA from Northeastern University and also attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He has taught Computer Science and Mathematics in the Massachusetts State College System for the past 20 years.
Rik Ahlberg, Secretary
Rik Ahlberg is a community organizer and media producer with a background in technology management. His current focus is on improving the viability of Provincetown’s year-round community through efforts including Provincetown 365 and the town’s Bicycle Committee.
During his 20 years living and working in Boston, he was a member of the board of the Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street Program and chair of its design committee. He was also a founding member of the Hyde Square Traffic Calming Coalition and president of the preservation group Historic Hyde Square, Inc.
Mr. Ahlberg co-founded the technology consulting firm Empiric Partners, LLC, and his earlier career spanned two decades at companies including McKinsey & Co., The Parthenon Group, CSC Index, and Parthenon Capital. He studied mass communications at Syracuse University's Newhouse School, where he was recognized for outstanding program design. He lives in Provincetown year-round.
Michael Field is the founding principal of Field Real Estate Holdings, LLC. Field Real Estate Holdings provides advisory and asset management services for families with privately held real estate portfolios. Mr. Field is also a real estate investor and developer. Current development projects include City Tower, a 440-unit market rate rental apartment house in downtown Brooklyn, which Mr. Field is developing in partnership with The Brodsky Organization.
Prior to founding Field Real Estate Holdings, Mr. Field was Executive Vice President of Real Estate Development for Edison Properties, LLC and was responsible for the development of multi-family New York City residential projects including The Ludlow, a 243 unit 75/5/20 rental apartment house located at 188 Ludlow Street.
From 1988 to 2005, Mr. Field was a principal at a private real estate development and consulting company, Quinlan & Field, Inc. which he co-founded. Mr. Field was responsible for the development of three New York City high-rise residential projects and the acquisition and development of a portfolio of urban and suburban retail properties.
Mr. Field is a past trustee of the Park Avenue Armory, El Museo Del Barrio. Project Renewal and The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York City. He graduated from Harvard University and earned an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Pete Hocking is teacher, organizational development consultant, visual artist and writer based in Providence, RI & Provincetown, MA. He teaches at Goddard College in the Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts program and in the Division of Liberal Arts at Rhode Island School of Design. Previously he was director of Rhode Island School of Design’s Office of Public Engagement (2007-2011), and Associate Dean of the College and Director of Brown University’s Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service (1988-2005). At the Swearer Center, he developed university-community partnerships, leadership education, undergraduate research opportunities, social entrepreneurship programs, and integrated community-learning with academic study.
He was the founding board chair of New Urban Arts, a multidisciplinary youth arts center in Providence, and of Community MusicWorks, a youth music program in Providence. He’s also served on numerous other boards, including AIDS Project Rhode Island (chair), Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, The Providence Athenaeum, Southside Community Land Trust (chair), and Project Eye-to-Eye (founding board member). He was a founding co-chair of the Rhode Island Service Alliance, helping to establish the AmeriCorps program in Rhode Island. He was the founding co-chair of Equity Action, a field of interest fund at the Rhode Island Foundation that supports supporting LGBTQ initiatives in the state. He has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and an MFA in Creative Writing. He's represented by Four Eleven Gallery in Provincetown, MA.
Terrence Meck is Co-Founder and President of The Palette Fund, a private foundation dedicated to advancing social change in communities that are under-resourced and facing significant challenges. The Palette Fund honors the legacy of his late partner Rand Skolnick who lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in 2008. Since its inception, the foundation has granted more than five million dollars to over 125 organizations throughout the United States and abroad.
Terrence also serves as President of Intrinsic Capital, a small investment firm dedicated to providing seed-stage funding to socially progressive startups. With extensive non-profit board experience, he is the current President of Threshold Foundation, a community of individuals who mobilize money, people and power to create a more just, joyful and sustainable world. He also sits on the boards of the Movement Advancement Project, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and God’s Love We Deliver. In 2012, Terrence was recognized as one of Out Magazine’s 100 most compelling people. He received his B.A. in political science from Princeton University and splits his time between Rowayton, Connecticut and Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Taryn Miller-Stevens is a business and community connector, catalyst, and strategist. Taryn has built partnerships across startups, agencies, corporates, and non-profits including Change.org, Target Corp, and The White House during the Obama administration. In 2015, Taryn executed a 50 state tour during the summer of marriage equality, getting people out locally for LGBT rights at restaurants across the United States through a twist on the BLT sandwich.
Recently, Taryn launched the New York office for a Berlin, Germany based innovation and digital transformation consultancy called TLGG, after they were acquired by Omnicom, while also Co-Founding OPEN Pride, Omnicom's LGBT and ally employee resource group. Today, Taryn consults companies and organizations that want to launch and grow new products, brands, and services.
Taryn is a proud graduate of Tufts University, where she was a Tisch College of Civic Life Scholar and Women's Basketball Team Member. (Go Jumbos.) Taryn was raised in Avon, CT where her family owns the fourth-generation food business, Miller Foods. She and her partner split their time between New York City and Provincetown, MA.
Kelly Monnahan is an architect and principal of Kelly Monnahan Design in Boston and Truro. The firm’s work has been published in numerous trade publications including Metropolitan Home, Boston Home, and Design New England. Recognition has included “Best Modern Architect” from Boston Home and a Boston Society of Architects Honor Award in 2003.
Prior to founding KMD in 1999, Mr. Monnahan held design positions at Michael Prodanou Design, Graham Gund Associates, Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbot, and Sasaki Associates. His work encompassed architecture and interior design for libraries, university buildings, corporate headquarters and private residences. Projects designed and executed under his management included Investcorp headquarters in London, Emory University Woodruff library in Atlanta, Headquarters for Philips Color Kinetics in Boston, and renovation of the Harvard Medical School Countway Library in Boston. Mr. Monnahan graduated from the University of Oregon School of Architecture and received his Masters degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.