Mount Auburn’s leadership team is responsible for advancing the Cemetery’s mission, vision, and values.

Over 190 years, Mount Auburn Cemetery has evolved into an oasis, a landmark, a naturalistic landscape steeped in exceptional beauty, and a place that inspires and comforts while also serving a pragmatic social need: being a place to bury and commemorate the dead. As stewards of this historic landscape, we have picked up the baton passed to us by nearly two centuries of leaders and visionaries with the mission of transforming a humble idea into an internationally renowned haven of beauty and solace.

Matthew Stephens
President & CEO

Executive Leadership

Under the leadership of Matthew Stephens, Mount Auburn’s executive staff work collaboratively to oversee the Cemetery’s core areas of activity and achieve its strategic goals.

  • Matthew Stephens, President & CEO
  • Ronnit Bendavid-Val, Vice President of Horticulture & Landscape
  • Beth BrownVice President of Institutional Advancement
  • Gus FraserVice President of Preservation & Facilities
  • Bree HarveyVice President of Cemetery & Visitor Services
  • Ann SweeneyVice President of People & Culture
  • John Austin, Vice President of Finance


Mount Auburn Cemetery is governed and supported by a Board of Trustees that bring expertise from the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

  • Eliza S. Anderson
  • Todd A. Basnight
  • John E. Corcoran
  • Lindsay Leard Coolidge
  • Dean T. Hara, Chair
  • James F. Hunnewell, Jr.
  • Patricia B. Jacoby
  • Patricia A. Jao
  • Paul Kuenstner
  • Philip Laird, Secretary
  • James N. Levitt
  • Christina C. Mann
  • Sean McDonnell, Treasurer
  • Susan Eldredge Mead
  • Anthony P. Morris
  • Caroline Mortimer
  • Niels C. Peetz-Larsen
  • Richard B. Peiser
  • Franklin A. Reece
  • Matthew R. Stephens, President & CEO

The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery

The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization with its own Executive Committee, supports the conservation of Mount Auburn’s natural and cultural resources and promotes public appreciation of the Cemetery’s many facets through programs and educational efforts. Funds raised through the Friends support visitor services, education, horticulture, preservation, and historical collections.

  • Eliza Anderson, Chair
  • Sean McDonnell, Secretary & Treasurer
  • Lindsay Leard Coolidge