Who We Are
A proud Jamaica Plain native, Greg Selkoe created Future Boston out of his personal desire to revolutionize Boston’s creative economy, advocate and retain new talent, and spark innovation.
In 2000, at the age of 25, Greg Selkoe founded Karmaloop in his parent’s basement; Greg intentionally chose to stay headquartered in Boston despite the company’s growth into one of the largest and most-respected online retailers of “streetwear” fashion and global platform for “Verge Culture.”
Greg’s inspiration to start Future Boston stems from both the knowledge and frustrations he gained during his three years working at the Boston Redevelopment Authority as an Urban Planner for the City of Boston. Above all, Selkoe believes in collective power to initiate change and wanted to create a space for artists and entrepreneurs to come together and make a city that is more appealing to young professionals.
Greg earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2005.
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Upon completing a two-year fellowship at MIT, Malia Lazu joins Future Boston with over two decades of experience establishing grass roots involvement in political advocacy and civic engagement.
Malia took over as Executive Director in November 2011 where she serves as chief operation officer of Future Boston, credited for taking Future Boston from concept into reality. As Executive Director, Malia is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s strategic planning, program development, fundraising, and reporting to the Board of Directors.
The passion and success of Malia’s work has earned her a reputation as one of the most insightful and critical organizers of her generation, and caught the attention of MTV, Showtime, ABC-TV’s Chronicle, Fox News, and print publications such as Newsweek, The Boston Globe, and Boston Magazine.
In addition to her extensive work advocating for our youth, Malia has managed campaigns for numerous tastemakers including Grammy Award-winner and famed Civil-Rights Activist Harry Belafonte, American novelist Walter Mosley, and Peter Lewis, philanthropist and Democratic Party donor.