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Bonnie Johnson

Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, Bonnie Johnson is a jazz lover, radio host for NPR affiliate station, 90.5 WICN, and dedicated and beloved community member who often brings together people from all over to take part in events centered around their shared love of music, arts, and poetry. Her most recent endeavor was producing WCIN’s first live jazz concert in almost a decade, entitled “Colors of Jazz All-Star Band: Women Who Tell Our Story” in March 2023 in honor of Women’s History Month. As a skilled interviewer, Johnson has sat down with artists like Brian McKnight, Al Jarreau, and Dee Dee Bridgewater – helping to concretize and spread the word of jazz and music history.

Co-Creation Team

Istiakh Ahmed

Ph.D. Student, Public Policy

Istiakh is a PhD student in Public Policy at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University with a concentration in Sustainability and Resilience. His research focuses on climate induced non-economic loss and damage at the community level in Asia and Africa. He has his BSS and MSS in Anthropology from Jahangirnagar University. Istiakh has seven years of research experience on issues related to climate change vulnerability, adaptation and loss and damage.

Samantha Frost

M.A. Student, Public History

Samantha Frost joined Northeastern’s public history master’s program after completing a B.A. at Framingham State University in 2021, where she graduated summa cum laude with a major in history and minors in anthropology and museum studies. Her undergraduate honors thesis explored the social, economic, and political impact of the homespun movement during the American Revolution, earning her the Nels Andrew Cleven Founders Award in undergraduate research from the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society.