MEET Our Team


Palace Shaw, Community Manager

I’ve been steeped in community-driven arts and media work and believe in the importance of voice and storytelling as essential in building community. I’ve previously worked at The Institute of Contemporary Art, UNTITLED Art Fair in Miami, Groundswell Community Mural Project in Brooklyn, and ArtMorpheus. I’m invested in nurturing new and underrepresented voices in Boston and see the Podcast Garage as an creative space for people to grow their talents and perspective through audio. In my spare time, I co-host + produce The Whitest Cube, a podcast about race and art institutions that takes a close look at Boston and speaks with artists, activists, and our city to envision a radical future for museums. In my spare, spare time, I like to cook, weave, and watch movies.


Kevin O’Connell, Studio and Operations Manager

I’m a professional musician, engineer/producer, educator, and arts advocate with a focus in creative development, mentorship, and production. As an educator and arts advocate, I founded the West Suburban YMCA Center for the Creative Arts (YCCA) – a 360-degree youth music and media program serving youth and teens in the MetroWest suburbs of Boston. As an engineer and producer, I’ve worked with many artists and musicians including Grammy Recording Artist Alex Torres y Sú Orquestra. I currently perform with a number of Boston-based artists including the 2018 Boston Music Awards ‘New Artist of the Year’ nominees Gentle Temper.


Ian Fox, Project Manager
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I’m managing the construction and development of the second Podcast Garage in Washington, D.C. In another life, I was a boutique event planner and donor communications strategist at NPR and The Pew Charitable Trusts. In my free time, I serve as the Volunteer Coordinator and Grants Manager for the D.C. Listening Lounge's annual Sound Scene audio art festival, write about community engagement and new revenue models in public radio for Current, and mentor young journalists through the YMCA Youth & Government program. I’m out to make vibrant communities, help radio-makers thrive, and keep audio weird.

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Alex Birch, Senior Manager

After two years as Community Manager, I now work across our Podcast Garages to ensure they are welcoming and inspiring spaces for new voices in audio. I believe in the magic of public spaces and how they support creativity and community. A proud Rhode Islander, I spent time at Rhode Island Public Radio and designed a program at Brown University for storytelling and social change. I’ve also produced audio independently and collaborated with friends, producers, and musicians on various community storytelling projects. My first love was photography and my best friend is my poodle, Olive.