Who We Are

Sylvia Pagán Westphal is the founder of The Private List.

She has developed a passion for home building and remodeling, having renovated or built seven luxury properties in the last 10 years. In managing these projects, Sylvia worked with multiple real estate agents and 14 different interior design, architecture and contractor/builder teams. Through those experiences she acquired a deep understanding of the factors that define a successful real estate journey—starting with the process of partnering with the right real estate agent, to then evaluating properties for their potential, to efficiently managing a renovation. She is excited to share this knowledge with clients of The Private List.

Sylvia has a Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard University and has worked as an award-winning healthcare and science reporter. She was a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times, a member of the editorial board of The Boston Globe, and her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, STAT and other publications. Sylvia lives in Brookline, MA, with her husband, four boys, and goldendoodle, and has a daughter in college in New York City.

Amy Bishop Blumenthal is principal interior designer and founding partner at Herringbone & Brass. She brings to The Private List her expertise in remodeling and interior design, where she helps clients evaluate the needs of a property prior to going on the market, or the potential work needed for properties that are being considered for acquisition.

Prior to founding Herringbone & Brass, Amy worked as set designer and production designer for Emmy Award winning television programs, commercials and independent films in Los Angeles.  In New York City, Amy worked as Creative Director for AD 100 firm Campion Platt, and as Senior Interior Designer for Thom Filicia. After moving to Boston in late 2018, Amy collaborated with several interior design firms in the Boston Area. Amy lives in Beacon Hill with her architect husband and son.

Megan Bosse assists The Private List with events and member services.

She is currently a graduate student at Boston College pursuing her Masters of Science in Leadership and Administration. She graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she studied Hospitality & Tourism Management and Communications. Her extensive experience working in the hospitality industry is a major asset as she expands her knowledge and skills to further her passion for the real estate industry.