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.
Board of Directors
Terrence Meck, Chair
Pete Hocking, President
Lynn Kappelman, Treasurer & Clerk
Jill Stauffer, Executive Director
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 is a founding member of the nonprofit group Provincetown Commons.
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, President
Pete Hocking is a 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.
Lynn Kappelman, Treasurer & Clerk
Ms. Kappelman is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s Boston office. Her practice focuses in the area of labor and employment litigation, including issues arising under ADEA, Title VII, ERISA, ADA, and all other state and governmental laws affecting employers. Ms. Kappelman is also Co-chair of the firm's national trial practice group. She has successfully litigated many trials to verdict, negotiated hundreds of cases to settlement, briefed and argued appeals to the First, Second and Third Circuits and state appellate courts. She handles complex discrimination litigation including class action gender discrimination, race discrimination and gender equity cases, as well as EEOC pattern and practice charges. Ms. Kappelman also counsels companies on various employment issues including executive compensation agreements, protecting confidential business information, severance agreements and progressive discipline of employees. She is one of the founders of Seyfarth Shaw’s National Diversity Action Team and she is the architect of the firm’s Affinity Group Program.
Ms. Kappelman was previously an attorney in the corporate litigation department of International Business Machines Corporation where she counseled in-house staff and supervised litigation in the areas of employment discrimination and commercial litigation.
Ms. Kappelman is the Co-Chair of the firm's Trial Practice Group and the Chair of the firm's Retail Industry Practice Group and has been selected as one of the state’s “Super Lawyers” in a joint survey conducted by the publishers of Law and Politics magazine and Boston magazine, as part of a special publication entitled “The Top Attorneys in the Northeast.”
Terrence Meck, Chair
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 $12 million to over 150 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. After graduating from Princeton University with a BA in Political Science, Terrence worked in publicity in the wine, food and fashion industries before owning and operating The Raven Resort Properties in New Hope, PA until 2008. One of his favorite passions has been dedicating his time and talents to the many nonprofit organizations he has worked with over the years including his extensive service on more than a dozen nonprofit boards.
He is currently Board Chair of God’s Love We Deliver, The Provincetown Commons and the Urban Beekeeping Laboratory. He also sits on the boards of the Movement Advancement Project and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Terrence received his B.A. in Political Science from Princeton University and although he is most often on the road, he spends as much time as possible in 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.
Ms. Perrelli is a partner and the immediate past Chair of Seyfarth’s national Litigation Department. In her tenure as Chair, the Department’s practice groups were awarded numerous honors for superb legal work and innovation, including Law360 Transportation Group of the Year; U.S. News Best Lawyers and Best Law Firms in Construction, Commercial Litigation, and Appellate Law; BTI Litigation Outlook “Honor Roll” recognition in Class Actions, Securities and Finance Litigation, IP Litigation, Complex Commercial Litigation, Everyday Commercial Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation; Top ranking in Trade Secrets by The Legal 500 USA, and numerous national and regional recognitions by Chambers USA.
Ms. Perrelli’s practice is national in scope and includes a wide variety of complex commercial and employment matters, including business and contract disputes, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation and other intellectual property theft, restrictive covenant litigation, real estate litigation, franchise litigation, wrongful termination, and business torts. Her practice also includes counseling regarding employer compliance with the ADA, ADEA, Title VII, FLSA, and other state and governmental laws affecting employers. She is also frequently retained to conduct internal workplace misconduct and other corporate investigations.
Ms. Perrelli is also a leading authority on the law of trade secrets and noncompetes. In addition to representing clients on such matters across the country in federal and state trial courts, arbitrations and mediations, she is a frequent speaker and writer on these topics.
Ms. Perrelli is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. Using Lean Six Sigma and project management methodologies, the SeyfarthLean approach delivers increased value to our clients at a time of increased market pressures and competitive demands. Ms. Perrelli applies these principles to her practice and also counsels clients on the use of lean six sigma, process improvements, data analytics, and project management in legal processes. She also has considerable experience in and is a frequent speaker on devising and managing alternative, value-based fee structures.
Ms. Perrelli is a member of the ABA Intellectual Property Law Section and chair of the “Interaction with Employment Law” topical subcommittee of the Trade Secrets Committee.
Ms. Perrelli has been selected regularly as one of the state’s “Super Lawyers” in Business Litigation and “Top Women Lawyers” in a joint survey conducted by the publishers of Law and Politics magazine and Boston magazine, as part of a special publication entitled “The Top Attorneys in the Northeast.” She was also selected by U.S. News as a “Best Lawyer” in commercial litigation.
Rebecca Orchant is the co-owner of POP+DUTCH, and sandwich shop in the West End of Provincetown, with her husband, Sean Gardner. Until they moved to Provincetown to start POP+DUTCH, Rebecca wrote about food for HuffPost Taste. They always knew they wanted to own a sandwich shop together, and over the years it became increasingly clear that Provincetown was where they wanted to do it. So here they are! With your sandwiches!
Jill Rothenberg-Simmons is the co-owner of Presley + Rothenberg Fine Art Consulting and On Center Gallery. Jill spent many years in the design industry where she began working as an Interior Designer and concluded her career as the Managing Leader of a prominent Boston design firm. She now focuses her energy on her creative pursuits and helping others fill their homes and businesses with art.
Jill holds a BFA from Alfred University in Ceramics and studied Interior Design at the Boston Architecture Center. She thrives by being immersed with the art world, whether in the gallery or at her studio.
Urvashi Vaid is an attorney and organizer whose leadership in the LGBT and social justice movements spans legal, advocacy, philanthropic, and grassroots organizations.
Vaid is CEO of The Vaid Group LLC, a social innovation firm that works with global and domestic organizations to advance equity, justice, and inclusion.
From 2011-2015, Vaid was Senior Fellow and Director of the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. Prior to joining Columbia, Vaid was Senior Fellow at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
From 2005-2010, Vaid was Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation, a global funder of LGBT human rights and great ape conservation. She served as Deputy Director of the Governance and Civil Society Unit of the Ford Foundation from 2001-2005. Over a ten year period, Vaid worked at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (now the LGBTQ Task Force), serving as its Executive Director and Director of its think tank, the Policy Institute. As staff attorney at the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Vaid initiated the group’s work on HIV/AIDS in prisons.
Vaid is the author of Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics (2012); and Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Lesbian and Gay Liberation (1996). She co-edited, with John D’Emilio and William Turner, an anthology titled Creating Change: Public Policy, Sexuality and Civil Rights (2000). She is co-author, with Catherine Hanssens, Aisha-Moodie Mills, Andrea Ritchie, Dean Spade, of A Roadmap for Change: Federal Policy Recommendations Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT people and People living with HIV (Columbia Law School, 2014).
She is founder and Board member of LPAC, the lesbian SuperPAC; a co-founder of the Creating Change Conference; Board member of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and a former Board member of the Gill Foundation, a leading funder of LGBT rights in the US. Vaid is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and Vassar College.
Dawn Walsh is the Summer Program Manager & Community Outreach Coordinator at the Fine Arts Work Center. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Camden, where she served as adjunct faculty and program manager for the English Department and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She also holds an MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College, where she created programming for the LGBTQ Studies Program. Dawn has also worked as program manager for Soroptimist International of the Americas. Since moving to Provincetown, she has joined the local theater community and in 2016 founded Provincetown’s Annual Day of the Dead Performing Arts Festival.
Jill Stauffer, Executive Director
Jill Stauffer joined the Commons team as a consultant in 2018 and is now serving as the Executive Director.
Jill has over thirty years of leadership experience working at Fortune 50s in operations and sales. Jill worked in the cable industry, having spent 20 years of her career with Comcast, and 12 years working previously with Forrester Research, and United Parcel Service.
Jill has served on the National Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign from 2005- 2009 and also served as a 2008-2009 Community Investment volunteer for the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. In 2009, she was recognized by the New Britain YWCA Foundation with a Women in Leadership Award for her exemplary leadership. Jill has completed levels 1-3 in wine studies at the Metropolitan College at Boston University. She and her wife, Cydney Berry, are living year round in Provincetown.