staff bios

Ed Shoucair

Education Collaborative President

Ed Shoucair co-owns the Collaborative, a nation-wide planning, design, and communications firm. Founded nearly 20 years ago, the firm has a staff of about 100, with offices in Boston and San Francisco. Ed is known as a leader in the fields of social change, community development, environmental management, and public outreach and information. He holds the Master’s in Planning from MIT, and the Bachelor’s in History from Duke University. Ed has extensive experience founding and guiding nonprofit organizations in the field of education, the environment, and community development. Building on the firm’s experience producing Emmy Award winning educational programs, the Ed established the nonprofit Education Collaborative to serve as a ‘Research and Development Laboratory’ to explore and produce new and exciting educational programs that capture the imaginations of young people. Ed founded and is President of the Gloucester Education Foundation, in Gloucester, MA. In the environmental arena, Ed founded and served as board President of Restore Olmsted’s Water Coalition in Boston, MA. To help create of model program to promote volunteerism, Ed founded and served as President of Volunteer Express.

Joseph Brevard

Vice President

Joe Brevard has 30 years of experience in the planning field, including significant contributions in community involvement and community development projects designed to enhance and support the development and maintenance of strong, vibrant communities. Joe’s nonprofit work includes serving as Chairman of Community Advisory Board for WGBH. He was a Director of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and is on the Board of the Conservation Law Foundation. He holds a Master of City Planning from MIT and a BS in Engineering.

Craig Martin

Board Member, Treasurer

Craig Martin’s experience covers over 30 years of financial and administrative management with emphasis in the Federal contracting business environment. He has held various financial positions with both large and small companies including Controller and VP Finance positions. Craig has provided financial and accounting services to various clients as a consultant with the Federal Contracts Group of Ernst and Young. His administrative and financial responsibilities have included such functions as human resource management, financial accounting, government cost accounting, and procurement and contract administration. Craig holds a master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.

Steven Kostant

Board Member

Drawing on over 25 years of leadership experienced in marketing, public education, and communications, Steven leads the brand development for the AMC marketing project. Steven specializes in the design and execution of branding strategies for integrated marketing and advertising and public relations. He is an expert in the use of digital applications in branding and marketing to reach multiple audiences. Steven has served as Vice President of Content & Programming for StarBand Communications, the world’s first satellite delivered broadband company. Before that, he was Vice-President for Creative Strategy at iXL, a communications strategy development firm. He has developed strategic media alliances for news, entertainment, education, finance, sports and children’s program initiatives. Steven’s communications support clients include AOL-TimeWarner, DuPont, First USA, GE, Harrods, Lockheed-Martin, Matco Tools, Mitsubishi, Real Networks, Sony and Yahoo! While President of TidePool Media, his own media consulting and production company, his clients included AOL-TimeWarner, BBC, Duracell, National Geographic, National Wildlife Productions, NBC, PBS, The Learning Channel, Children’s Television Workshop, Six Flags Theme Parks and the World Bank. Steven’s broadcast programs have aired across the US and internationally on The Learning Channel, A&E, MTV, NBC and PBS. He has developed communications campaigns for the Agency for International Development, Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Smithsonian Institution, government of Costa Rica, and the World Bank He has received numerous media industry awards including Clio, CableACE, SBIR, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He holds a BFA from New York University and an MS in Media Arts & Sciences from MIT’s Media Lab.

Sam McMillan

Board Member

Sam is a leader in the field of new media and communications. For MarchFirst, he served as Creative Director for All Apple All the Time, working closely with Apple’s marcom team. He has worked for numerous interactive production companies across the country. Recent projects run the gamut of the multimedia industry including: touch screen kiosks,on-line course curriculum, and educational games. For over six years he served on the faculty of San Francisco State University Department of Multimedia Studies. For many years, he has been the Technology Resources Editor for Communication Arts Magazine.