Nils Klinkenberg has served as executive director of the Friends House since June 2017. Before joining BHFH, Nils most recently spent six years in Washington, DC working as a consultant for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other state and federal agencies. He grew up attending Framingham (MA) Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), very active in the youth programs of New England Yearly Meeting as a participant and later as a volunteer staffer.
Nils holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an M.S. in Strategic Leadership toward Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden. He is on the board of directors of StartingBloc, a social impact leadership-development fellowship. Nils holds a long-time interest in the dynamics of community and the factors that support strong feelings of connection in groups.
Jeff Edenberg joined the Friends House as residency manager in January 2017. He has been involved in community living for over 10 years. His first experience of the co-op life was during his time at Lawrence University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance. Since graduating in 2011, Jeff has traveled the country, working variously in food, community, music, and the arts.
Though much of his recent past has been spent on the road, Jeff is a homebody by nature and is enjoying putting down some roots at BHFH. The highlight of living in Boston full-time is being close to family and old friends, but staying in one place also gives Jeff the opportunity to build new relationships, take art classes, and hoard houseplants. If he’s not in the office, you can find Jeff on the deck, in the kitchen, or at the ballet.
Vickie Wu became BHFH’s resident chef and kitchen manager in April 2017. This is her first experience with intentional community life and she is loving it! A former banquet/catering chef, Vickie is amused when people ask her about the challenges of cooking for 20 every day. It’s a cakewalk compared to custom banquets for hundreds of people every day!
Vickie grew up just outside of Anaheim, CA, and moved to Worcester, MA for college where she attempted to get a degree in biomedical engineering but ended up with a degree in theatre instead. In her spare time, she continues to enjoy being involved in local community theatre. Occasionally she also updates her blog and website at www.vickiewu.com.
Emily Savin joined the Friends House in the new role of Program Manager in October 2018. A former staff member and resident at Pendle Hill (a Quaker retreat center in Pennsylvania), Emily is delighted to return to communal living. In addition to her work at BHFH, Emily leads writing workshops and retreats, writes short plays and essays, and performs in story slams. She has worked as a political organizer on U.S. congressional campaigns and for the Friends Committee on National Legislation. She brings to all her work a passion for building community.
Emily is a Jewish Quaker who moved to Boston from Northampton, MA, where she attended Northampton Friends Meeting. A “city mouse” born and raised in downtown Philadelphia, Emily is happiest when whistling duets with strangers on public transit, which happens more often than you’d think. She is a graduate of Germantown Friends School and holds a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania.