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MTW Board of Directors

 

Barbara Berke

From 2005 through 2014, Barbara Berke served as an advisor to Mayor Menino and his cabinet on the Mayor's cross-organizational agenda and initiatives.   She has worked on a broad spectrum of issues ranging from eliminating achievement gaps and health disparities to creating jobs, workforce housing and new sources of revenue for the City.   She has assisted the Mayor with goal setting, performance management and cabinet development and has worked closely with cabinet members and department heads to support them in leading transformative change. Previously Ms. Berke served Governor Romney as a member of his cabinet.  Appointed in 2003 as the Secretary of Economic Development, Barbara oversaw the Mass. Office of International Trade and Investment, the Mass. Office of Business Development, the Mass, Office of Travel and Tourism, the State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance, the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Office of Industry and Technology Competitiveness. Prior to joining Governor Romney’s administration, Ms. Berke was a partner and Vice President of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global strategy consulting firm. Since leaving state government, Barbara has continued her work on economic development with the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City.  She was an active participant with the Health Care for All, the ACT!! Coalition, and the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization in making the case for healthcare reform in Massachusetts.  She also serves on the Advisory Board of Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.  Barbara lives in Brookline, MA with her husband, two children of her own and a “Lost Boy” from South Sudan.  

Kennett F. Burnes: Lead Director, State Street Bank
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Ken served as the Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Cabot Corporation from 2001 to 2008.  A lawyer by training, Ken was a partner at Choate, Hall and Stewart from 1968 until 1987 when he left to join the Cabot Corporation.  Ken has a long history of service on for-profit and not-for-profit boards. At present, he serves as lead director at State Street Bank and as director at Watts Water Technologies and at Holcim USA, Inc.  He also serves as a trustee of the Epiphany School, Trustee and Chairman of the Board for the Schepens Eye Research Institute, and as Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Visitors at the New England Conservatory of Music.  Ken lives in Chestnut Hill. 

Christopher Casgar: Managing Director, L Catterton

Mr. Casgar is a Managing Director at L Catterton. Prior to joining L Catterton, Mr. Casgar was a Vice President at Ahold, a leading global retailer.  Prior to Ahold, Mr. Casgar worked at a number of Boston-based consulting firms focusing on global assignments in supply chain, retail, finance, manufacturing and business process optimization.  He currently serves on the boards of a number of companies. Mr. Casgar graduated from Cornell University's College of Engineering with a degree in Operations Research and received an M.B.A. with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where he was a Palmer Scholar.

John Chory: Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

John Chory is a corporate partner in the Boston and Waltham offices of Latham & Watkins and a global Co-chair of the Emerging Companies Practice. His practice focuses on the representation of technology and life sciences companies from startup through IPO. Mr. Chory advises both private and public companies in areas which include early-stage company formation and strategy, public offerings of securities, and mergers and acquisitions . Mr. Chory has been recognized as a Massachusetts leader in the Private Equity: Venture Capital Investment field in the 2005 through 2015 editions of Chambers USA, where clients describe him as a "superb all-around counselor who acts as a strategic advisor" and "exceedingly well-regarded." A Massachusetts leader in the Capital Markets field in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA. He is praised for his ability to "understand complexities and help simplify them and be creative in the process beyond legal matters." John received his undergraduate degree from the US Military Academy, and hold an MBA from Golden Gate University and a JD from Harvard University. He resides in Weston. 

Hon. Gail Garinger (ret.)

Judge Garinger has spent her career advocating for children and young people, particularly those involved with the Commonwealth's child-serving agencies. Since September 2015, she has led the Child & Youth Protection Unit in the Office of the Attorney General. From 2008-2015, she served as the Commonwealth's first Child Advocate. For thirteen years prior to that she served as a juvenile court judge, the last eight as first justice of the Middlesex county division. Judge Garinger previously was in private practice, specializing in child welfare and health law, after acting as general counsel at Children’s Hospital Boston and directing an NIMH-funded child abuse and neglect research project at the Judge Baker Guidance Center. She has served on several supreme judicial court committees, including the Commission on Juvenile Justice and the Court Management Advisory Board. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Indiana University and received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Western New England College. She resides in Newton with her husband and has three young adult children.

Malli Gero: Co-Founder and CEO, 2020 Women on Boards
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Malli Gero is the co-founder and CEO of 2020 Women on Boards.  Previously she served as principal of Gero Communications, a marketing communications firm.  Prior to starting her business in 1984, Ms. Gero served as an account executive for public relations agencies in New York and Boston, working in the fashion and design, health care, B2B, and leisure industries. She also managed the Communications Department of the American Red Cross Blood Services, Northeast Region. Her expertise includes developing and managing media and community relations campaigns, producing collateral material, and coordinating special events and product introductions. Malli received her undergraduate degree from City University in New York. She resides in Jamaica Plain.

Eric Groves: Co-founder and CEO, Alignable

Eric Groves is the co-founder and CEO of Alignable.  Prior to Alignable, Eric worked with Constant Contact serving as the SVP of Corporate Strategy, Development & Innovation.  Eric has more than 16 years of senior level experience in sales, business development, marketing, and Internet strategy. Prior to Constant Contact, he held senior positions with AltaVista, iAtlas, InfoUSA, MFS Communications, SBC Communications, and Citigroup.  Eric has been a featured speaker on a variety of topics including The Power of Relationships (educating small businesses on building relationships, customer loyalty, and boosting sales with email marketing).  He sits on the Boards of LogoWorks (acquired by Hewlett Packard) uTest (www.utest.com) and Hubcast (www.hubcast.com).  Eric holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Grinnell College and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.  He resides in Acton.

Jefferson Macklin: Business Manager & Partner, Bar Mezzana

Overseeing all of Bar Mezzana’s Business Operations, including finance, accounting, legal, marketing, public relations, and human resources, Partner Jefferson Macklin was previously the President and Chief Operating Officer of Barbara Lynch Gruppo for eight years. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Engineering and soon after graduation served as an Airborne and Ranger-qualified Combat Engineer Platoon Leader in the 101st Airborne Division in Desert Storm, receiving the Bronze Star for his actions. In 1995, Jefferson received his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. 

Elizabeth March
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Ms. March, whose career focused on health care policy and research, has had a long-time interest in at-risk children and youth.  From 2012 to 2013, she served as a Fellow at the Office of the Child Advocate examining new models for transition planning for foster youth.  Prior to that, she was executive director of Children’s HealthWatch, a pediatric research and policy center at Boston Medical Center. Earlier in her career, Ms. March was deputy director of Partnerships for Quality Education, a national medical education program funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and assistant to the president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  She currently serves on the board of the Epiphany School and is a member of Social Venture Partners.  Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a Masters in City Planning from MIT.  She resides in West Newton.

Mike McCullough: Director of Global Business Development, GE

As Director of Global Business Development, Mike McCullough pursues mergers & acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, and equity investments in support of the inorganic growth strategy across GE’s entire portfolio.  He previously led Finance and Government Relations for GE Aviation’s Lynn site, one of the largest manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts.  He was also the Operations Leader for GE Honda Aero Engines, a 50/50 greenfield joint venture with Honda Aero, Inc. established to power air taxis and business jets.  Mike is a graduate of GE’s Operations Management Leadership Program and Corporate Audit Staff and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt.  He has a B.S. in Engineering from Boston University, where he was a Case scholar, and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jodi Rosenbaum: Chief Executive Officer, More Than Words

Jodi Rosenbaum piloted MTW as an online bookselling venture with several teenage boys in foster care in 2004, and then worked with the youth to grow MTW into a vibrant retail and online bookstore and café and a platform for youth to radically transform their lives. Jodi has over 16 years experience with youth in the juvenile justice and public school systems and served as a Teach For America fellow.   She serves on the state-wide Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families and the MA chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance.  She was selected as the Advocate of the Year by the MA Providers’ Council in 2009, The Rising Star by Germaine Lawrence in 2010, and received the Next Generation Award by the Social Enterprise Alliance in 2010. She received a political science degree with a focus on juvenile justice policy from Emory University and a master's in education in risk and prevention from Harvard.  She resides in Waltham. 

Jim Sloman: Private Investor

Jim is a private investor, now retired from the financial industry; he most recently was a founding partner of Numeric Investors, a Boston institutional money manager. He serves as the appointed member of the Belmont Retirement Board as well as advising several private companies.  In addition to his experience in business, Jim is a volunteer and mentor with several youth development organizations in Boston. He resides in Belmont.

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