City Year Boston Board Members

Jim Atwood
Doug Beaudoin
Andrew Bott
Sandra Lopez Burke
Reed Chisholm
Sally Dornaus
Diane J. Exter

Corinne Ferguson
Beth Jones

 

Michael Gilligan
Stephen Hackley
Dr. Adrian K. Haugabrook
Stephen Hoffmeister
Karen Keenan

Lisa Lebovitz
Dianne Ledingham

Eran Lobel
Cynthia Orellana
Fred Maynard
Josh McCall
Will Muggia
Marion Mussafer
Marcy Reed
John Reilly

Paul Reville
Aaron von Staats
James Ward

Janelle Woods-McNish
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Jim Atwood

Senior Vice President, Merrill Lynch

Jim is a Managing Director and has been with Merrill Lynch for 22 years. His team oversees the management of over $2.2 billion in assets for individuals and wealthy families. His success in sustaining client relationships is the result of the application of sophisticated institutional techniques in structuring client strategies. Jim’s team is one of the only full service Private Banking groups for Merrill Lynch in New England. Jim also is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Aquarium.   

Jim has a long-standing relationship with City Year. His wife, Kristen was the first person "hired" at City Year in 1988 and continues to serve on the national board of trustees of the organization. Jim and Kristen have 5 children: Kylie, Hanna, Sophie, Chapin and Teagan. The family lives in Dedham.

Doug Beaudoin

Principal National Managing Director – LSHC (US), Global LSHC Consulting Industry Leader,
Deloitte Consulting LLP 

Mr. Beaudoin is the National Managing Director and Global Industry Leader for Life Sciences & Health Care Consulting and serves on the Deloitte Consulting Management Committee. Doug has focused his career on assisting not-for-profit health systems and organizations in improving operating performance, financial efficiency and customer service including most of the health systems in the Greater Boston Area as well as Nationally.

Doug lives in Milton, MA with his family including his three primary school aged children and previously lived in the South End of Boston. He has had the opportunity to work with City Year including: build-out of the Corps Member Mentoring Program in Boston; expansion of the mentorship program to other cities; sponsor of Deloitte’s pro-bono work for both City Year Boston and National; and attendee and contributor to Starry Starry Night for six consecutive years.

Doug is also a Board member of the Haas School of Business – University of California Berkeley, Milton Foundation for Education, and Client Service - Partners Healthcare, Lahey Clinic, BIDMC, South Shore Hospital, Cape Cod Hospital. Doug holds his B.A. from University of Western Ontario and an M.H.A. from the University of Ottawa.

Andrew Bott

Principal, The Lincoln School

Andrew Bott is the Principal of the Lincoln School in Brookline, MA. Prior to this, Andrew was Principal of the Orchard Gardens (K-8) School in Roxbury, where a City Year Boston team serves. As Principal of Orchard Gardens, Andrew spearheaded the development of a rigorous K-8 arts program that includes music, visual arts, dance, theater and library/media arts. In 2012, Orchard Gardens was one of eight schools nationwide selected for the Turnaround Arts Initiative by President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. During his tenure at Orchard Gardens, Andrew led the school’s successful turnaround from a level 4 school in 2010 to a level 1 school in 2013.

Prior to leading Orchard Gardens, Andrew served as Principal of William Barton Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park from 2006-2010 and the Mather Elementary School in Dorchester from 2002-2006. He also served as Assistant Principal at the Charles Sumner School in Roslindale from 2000-2002 and a 5th and 6th grade Spanish bilingual teacher in the Houston Independent School District from 1996-1999. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Rice University and a Masters of Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University.

Sandra Lopez Burke

Sandra Lopez Burke

Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Boston

Sandra Lopez Burke has a wealth of experience building public-private partnerships that have successfully helped youth reach their full potential in both the sports and academic sectors. Prior to moving to the Boston area, the native Texan worked for the San Antonio Sports Foundation, where she managed national sporting events and helped establish Dreams for Youth, a program aimed at introducing San Antonio’s disadvantaged youth to Olympic sports. She culminated her decade of service in Texas as the Executive Director of the NCAA Men’s Final Four. In 1998, Sandra relocated to Massachusetts and joined Mayor Menino’s millennial celebration committee as the Vice President of Boston 2000. After the turn of the millennium, Sandra joined City Year, Inc. as the Director of Individual Giving. She subsequently served four years as Vice President and Chief of Staff to the CEO and in 2007, was named Vice President and Executive Director of the organization’s founding site, City Year Boston. In addition to her role at City Year, Sandra is on the board of Dana Hall School in Wellesley. She lives in Dedham and is the mother of four children, two of whom are proud City Year alumnae and one of whom is a U.S. Army veteran.

Reed Chisholm, (Ex-Officio) Seven Generations Board Chair

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Reed is a Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor. He has been with Goldman Sachs for over 24 years. His Boston-based team advises high net worth families, foundations and tax exempt organizations on investment strategy, asset allocation and risk management.  In addition to his work at Goldman Sachs, Reed is also a Trustee at The New England Aquarium and The Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Reed earned his Bachelor of Science in business from Providence College.

Sally Dornaus

Sally Dornaus, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer, Bain Capital Credit

Sally Dornaus joined Bain Capital Credit (formerly Sankaty Advisors) in 2006. She is a Managing Director, the Chief Financial Officer and a Risk & Oversight Committee member. Previously, Mrs. Dornaus was a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Investment Management practice focusing on alternative investment products. Ms. Fassler received an M.S./M.B.A. from Northeastern University and a B.A. from Brandeis University. Mrs. Dornaus is a Certified Public Accountant.

Diane Exter,

Diane J. Exter, Development Committee Chair

Retired Senior Director, Bain Capital Credit

Diane J. Exter is a retired Managing Director of Bain Capital and is currently a Senior Director of the firm.  Ms. Exter helped start Bain Capital Credit (formerly Sankaty Advisors) in 1997 and, before retiring, was responsible for the oversight of the firm's loan portfolio and involved in overall firm management.  Bain Capital Credit, a leading investment management firm, has approximately $30 billion of capital under management.

Prior to joining Bain Capital, Ms. Exter was a Managing Director at BankBoston.  Ms. Exter received an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Grove City College.

In addition to the City Year Boston Board, Ms. Exter is on the board of Combined Jewish Philanthropies.  Ms. Exter is married and has two sons.

Corinne Ferguson

Corinne Ferguson, Governance and Nominating Committee Chair

Corinne Ferguson grew up in London, England, where after graduating from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a Bachelor of Art honors degree in law, she worked in the financial sector at Hambros Bank. She later spent eight years in Tokyo, where she studied Japanese and worked in public relations for TDK Corporation.

Corinne, her husband Tim, and their four daughters moved to the United States in 1996 and they became US citizens in 2011. Active in the local Boston community since her arrival, Corinne also sits on the boards of Pine Street Inn, New England Conservatory, From the Top, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and Horizons for Homeless Children.

Beth Jones

After graduating from Delhi University with a degree in applied sciences, Beth went on to a successful career with IBM in administrative management financial analysis and human resources. Among her accomplishments were the coordination of activities of employees in seven branch offices and developing retirement packages for IBM staff. She also led the IBM ‘Sponsor a Child’ project from 1989 to 1991.
 
Beth has served on the Children’s Hospital Boston Board of Overseers. Prior to this, her philanthropic pursuits included board membership on the Children’s Hospital League (1998-2004). In this capacity she also co-chaired the hospital’s gala in 2000 and 2001.
 
She and her husband, Michael, live in Weston. They have three children. Beth is also an avid tri-athlete. She has successfully completed an Ironman competition in Germany and multiple half Ironman competitions. Beth and Michael are also Red Jacket Society members.

 

Michael Gilligan

Michael Gilligan

General Partner, Heritage Partners

Michael is a founding general partner of Heritage Partners, a private equity firm providing transition and growth capital for family and founder-owned businesses and was co-founder of Bank of Boston’s captive private equity group. Michael served as lead director on many of Heritage’s investments in the consumer products and packaging industries, partnering with management teams to steward human and capital resources to create value.

Over the past several years, Michael has focused on fostering social innovation, partnering with leading social entrepreneurs committed to new approaches driving impact in poverty alleviation, community development and education reform.  Michael has served as Chair of the national board of LIFT, a leading poverty alleviation organization based in DC, Co-Chair of The Children’s Room, a grief counseling organization and sits on City Year Boston’s Board and the national board of YouthBuild, USA.

Michael recently launched Urban Catalyst, an impact investing venture that aims to bring growth capital to businesses generating jobs for low-income communities.

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Stephen Hackley, Vice Chair

SVP Comcast Business - Northeast Division

Steve Hackley serves as the Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Greater Boston Region. In this role, Steve is the company’s top executive responsible for the customer experience for more than 1.8 million Comcast customers in more than 300 communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

A recognized leader in the area of customer service innovation, Steve has nearly 20 years of experience in senior customer service and operations roles with Comcast and its predecessor companies Continental Cablevision, MediaOne and AT&T Broadband, as well as with financial services companies Fidelity Investments and Allmerica Financial. In 2008, Steve served on an executive committee focused on improving the overall Comcast customer experience. Steve is also one of the architects of the Comcast Customer Guarantee. In addition to new customer service initiatives, Steve’s Greater Boston Region has served as an early test bed for product innovations like wideband Internet speeds for homes and businesses and industry-leading expansion of high-definition and multi-cultural programming.

Prior to being named to his current role, Steve was the Senior Vice President for Comcast’s Northern New England Region. Before joining Comcast in 2002, he served as Vice President of Customer Care Operations for AT&T Broadband’s Atlanta Region. At Fidelity Investments, Steve worked on the system that first enabled Fidelity investors to directly manage their investments online. And as Allmerica’s first Chief Customer Officer, he designed and implemented the company’s first proactive service model.

Steve earned a bachelor degree in economics with a minor in marketing from the University of Rochester. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration on operations and strategic management from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He recently completed the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing’s Executive Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Granite United Way of New Hampshire and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Partnership in Boston. He is also a Board member of City Year Boston. Steve is a recipient of the Industry Leader of the Year Award from Women in Cable Telecommunications’ New England Chapter of which he is also a member. He resides in Westford, with his wife and two daughters.

Adrian Haugabrook

Dr. Adrian K. Haugabrook, Media and Government Relations Committee Chair

Vice President for Student Success and Engagement, Wheelock College

Dr. Adrian K. Haugabrook’s career has spanned diverse educational settings including both higher education and non-profit leadership. At Wheelock College, he is a member of the senior executive management team leading all aspects of enrollment management and providing strategic oversight for a wide range of programs and services for undergraduate and graduate students. He has published and presented nationally on issues related to college access, affordability and success, expanded learning opportunities for older youth and college students, diversity in higher education and higher education policy. He also teaches courses in organizational leadership, social entrepreneurship and multicultural education.

Adrian serves as Chair of the National Board of Directors for Spark, a national educational and mentoring nonprofit organization that re-engages middle school students with sites in the Bay Area, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. He also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) based in Washington, DC.

He is an ordained Deacon and teaches Sunday School at the Historic Myrtle Baptist Church (West Newton, MA) and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. His family has served as a longtime Family Host for the Fresh Air Fund.

Dr. Haugabrook holds the Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a Master of Science in Administration from Georgia Southwestern State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of West Georgia. He is married to his college sweetheart, Angela Salone. They have two high school teenagers and live in Framingham.

Stephen Hoffmeister

Managing Director, Advent International

Stephen is a Managing Director at Advent International. Previously, he worked at Bain Capital LLC and Bain & Company. Stephen co-chaired the City Year Boston Investment Community Breakfast for a number of years and now serves as a vice-chair on the event committee for the breakfast and was a member of City Year Boston's Seven Generations Board before joining the CYB Board. Stephen earned a Bachelor of Commerce, First Class Honors, from Queen’s University in Canada and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Karen Keenan

Karen Keenan

Executive Vice President, State Street Bank

Karen Keenan is an executive vice president in the Global Markets division of State Street Bank. She joined the company in July 2007 as part of the acquisition of Investors Financial. She served as chief financial officer at Investors during its initial public offering and its early years as a public company. 

Ms. Keenan holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Bentley College and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College. In addition to the City Year Boston board, she is a director of CLS Bank. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, and lives in Wellesley with her husband and three sons.

Lisa Lebovitz

Lisa Lebovitz has been an active volunteer with Reach Out and Read since 1999, providing strategic and marketing counsel to the organization on the Board of Directors. Lebovitz started the Safe at Home Program in 2000 to support families coping with dementia disorders. She also serves on the Board of Trustees at the Meadowbrook School in Weston. Her work experience includes Bronner Slosberg Humphrey (Digitas), Loyalty Management Group (AirMiles), and Bain & Company. Lebovitz, who was honored as Reach Out and Read's 2013 Literacy Champion, is a graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Business School.

Lisa and her husband Stephen live in Weston. They have four children, all Meadowbrook School student and alum. She is also involved with Jewish Family & Children Services Boston. Lisa is a Red Jacket Society Member and has been on CYB’s Seven Generations since 2014.

 

Dianne Ledingham

Dianne Ledingham, Board Chair

Partner and Director, Bain & Company

Dianne Ledingham is a Director in Bain & Company’s Boston office. She is one of Bain’s senior leaders in the North America Technology, Media and Telecom practice area. She is also the global leader of Bain’s Sales and Channel Effectiveness practice area. Dianne joined Bain as a consultant in 1990.

In addition to her consulting responsibilities, Dianne is currently the Chairperson of Bain’s Global Promotion and Compensation Committee. She was recently re-elected for a two year term on Bain’s Board of Directors. She is actively involved in consulting recruiting and has led several talent initiatives locally, regionally and globally.

Dianne has performed some pro-bono consulting over the years, including the original charter and strategy for America’s Promise and advising Boston Public Schools on improving attendance. She is currently working with the headmaster and Board of Trustees of the Fessenden School to help develop its next strategic plan.

Prior to joining Bain & Company, Dianne worked for IBM as an engineer designing integrated circuits and planar circuit boards. She also held positions in marketing and sales at IBM. During her Bain tenure, Dianne also pursued an externship for a client and acted as the Sales and Marketing VP running operations for a software division while the company was conducting an executive search.

Dianne earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School with distinction. She is a graduate of Brown University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with honors. Dianne is married with three children and resides in Wellesley.

Eran Lobel

CEO/Executive Producer, ELEMENT productions

Eran founded ELEMENT productions in 1998 and grew it into one of Boston’s premiere full service, production and post-production companies. He leads a talented team of directors, producers and editors and has produced award winning commercials, web video, television programs, and documentaries. Element works with top brands such as Nike, GMC, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Buick, Fidelity, Verizon, Hasbro, and ESPN. Their agency clients include Hill Holliday, BBDO, MMB, Digitas, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Arnold.  The company’s objective is to manage a creative and efficient production and post-production workflow and to provide fully integrated services to maximize its clients’ needs. Element is a member of AICP and Eran is a founding board member of both FILMA and the Massachusetts Production Coalition (MPC) and is an active board member of the Boston Ad Club. He is a graduate of UMass Amherst and received an MBA from Boston University.  

Eran has served on City Year Boston’s Seven Generations Board since FY15 and joined the CYB Board's Media and Government Relations Committee in FY16, where he has been an active and valuable member.

Cynthia Orellana

Director of Community Partnerships, UMass Boston 

Cynthia’s professional trajectory is reflective of her passion and commitment for inclusive and collaborative practices, bridging the opportunity divide, and driving systems change.  

Most recently, she served as the Assistant Commissioner for Access and Success Strategies at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) and a senior member of the Academic Affairs and Student Success Division. In that role, she led strategic policy projects in support of advancing the Department’s goals for achieving national leadership in college participation.  This involved various leadership roles in the development and implementation of policies and initiatives that increase college readiness and college going rates of the Commonwealth’s students, particularly first-generation to college, low-income and under-represented students.  It also included managing over $2 million in federal and state funded grant programs.   Cynthia represented the DHE with external cross-sector groups within the Commonwealth and regularly engaged with multiple sectors (K-12 districts, higher education institutions, and non-profit organizations) on initiatives to increase student college access and participation, and closing the achievement gap.  In May 2014, she was awarded a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Performance Recognition Program citation for “Exceptional Managerial, Organizational, and/or Communications Achievements.” 

Prior to joining DHE, Cynthia served as Director of the Commonwealth Corps in the Office of Governor Deval Patrick, where she promoted civic engagement through grassroots governance projects as well as managed the Governor’s cornerstone civic engagement initiative - The Commonwealth Corps.  Cynthia’s professional experiences include community organizing and advocacy, community development, politics and campaigns, governance, social policy, and development of startup initiatives. 

Cynthia is a Founding Board Member of Chica Project, a movement to grow the number of Latina leaders in Massachusetts and highlight their capacities and strengths to lead and contribute to the world.  The vision of Chica Project is to create a pipeline of inter-generational Latina leaders connected through mentoring, leadership development and community empowerment activities; while also impacting individual development at various points along the professional and personal journey of participants.  Cynthia has been at the forefront of the organization’s strategic planning and organizational development work. 

Cynthia is a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts and the youngest of four children.  She is the first generation born in the United States and first in her family to attend college. She holds a M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.S. in Political Science from Northeastern University.

Fred Maynard

Fred Maynard

Managing Director, HarbourVest Partners, LLC

Fred Maynard is a Managing Director of HarbourVest who has focused on the secondary business since 1986. He joined the Firm in 1985 after receiving his Master of Business Administration Fred is a member of the Board of Directors of Absolute Private Equity, an investment company listed on the Swiss SIX Exchange, which HarbourVest-managed funds acquired in a tender offer in 2011, and HarbourVest Senior Loans Europe Limited, a closed-end investment company listed on the London Stock Exchange that invests in senior loans issued by European mid-market companies. His previous experience includes working as a loan officer in the National Division of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Wesleyan University and the board of the Private Equity Center at the Tuck Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at Dartmouth College. Fred received a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in 1980 and an Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1985.

Fred is a longtime City Year friend, champion, and supporter. He has three children, two of whom are City Year Boston alumni.

Josh McCall

Chairman and CEO, Jack Morton Worldwide

Josh McCall is Chairman and CEO of Jack Morton Worldwide, the world’s leading brand experience agency. He instills an ideas-focused culture that drives the agency to create extraordinary work that transforms client brands and business.

Josh has been an integral part of Jack Morton since 1984. Prior to becoming CEO in 2003 and Chairman in 2007, he served in various capacities of increasing responsibility from an Account Executive to Chief Operating Officer. Under his leadership, the agency has expanded its reach across the US, Europe, Australia, Asia and South America and has been recognized for its creativity, winning dozens of awards that include Cannes Lions, Stevies, Ex Awards, PRO Awards, and Webby Awards.

Josh’s passion to develop experiences that create emotional connections and strengthen relationships between brands and people pushes the agency to innovate in an increasingly cluttered marketplace. It is this passion that fueled the agency’s recent acquisition of digital shop, Genuine Interactive, enhancing the agency’s core offerings of event marketing, promotional marketing, sponsorship marketing, employee engagement, to include digital, social and mobile.

Josh serves on the board of City Year Boston, a national youth service corps. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, completed business and management training at the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and The Kenan-Flagler School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and holds an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree from Suffolk University in Boston. Josh resides with his wife Alex in Dedham, MA and they are the proud parents of three daughters.

Will Muggia

Will Muggia

CEO, President and CIO, Westfield Capital Management

Will joined Westfield Capital Management in April 1994. In addition to his executive duties, he chairs the Investment Committee, serves as Market Strategist and contributes investment ideas primarily within the Health Care and Energy sectors. In 2001, Will was promoted to President and Chief Investment Officer and now oversees all of Westfield's US equity and hedge fund strategies. In this role, Will and his team have grown the firm from $2 billion to $16 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining Westfield, Will worked in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Alex Brown & Sons, where his responsibilities included mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and spin-offs. Before that, he was a Vice President at Kidder, Peabody & Company.

Will graduated from Middlebury College in 1983 and received a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 1992. Will and his family are very active in community service, focusing their efforts on education for inner-city children. He coaches youth soccer and enjoys participating in multiple sports.

Marion Mussafer

Marion Mussafer

Marion Mussafer has been extensively involved in child-centered and education-based philanthropies both in the United States and globally. She has been involved with City Year in a variety of capacities for well over a decade. She was a member of the Development Committee for City Year, Inc.’s Board of Trustees, led a service trip to City Year South Africa; was part of the founding team of City Year London, and has traveled to various U.S. cities for fundraising events on behalf of City Year.

Marion was a vice chair for City Year Boston’s Women’s Leadership Breakfast, a co-chair of the annual Starry Starry Night gala, and the inagural chair of City Year Boston's Seven Generations Board. In addition to her work with City Year, Marion served on the Board of Trustees for the Meadowbrook School of Weston for 11 years and currently serves on the Board of Overseers for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. Marion and her husband, David, live in Weston and have four children.

Marcy Reed

President, Massachusetts, National Grid

Marcy L. Reed is President of National Grid in Massachusetts. She is responsible for the financial, operational and customer service performance of the business in Massachusetts and manages the relationships with regulators, government officials and the communities National Grid serves. Marcy joined National Grid over 25 years ago and has held various positions in finance, merger integration, and corporate affairs. She also spent three years living in London as the National Grid Head of Investor Relations.

Marcy sits on the Boards of the New England Council, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, The Partnership, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the Federal Reserve Bank Advisory Council and City Year. She is the global executive sponsor for National Grid’s Women in Networks employee affinity group.

Marcy is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. Married with two children, she lives in Concord.

John Reilly

John Reilly is an independent consultant and former Director of Public Relations and Corporate Citizenship at MFS Investment Management. In that role, John was responsible for enhancing MFS’s reputation as a premier global asset management firm and a great place to work with a strong corporate culture. John's oversight of Public Relations included the areas of media relations, event sponsorship, charitable giving, and community relations. He served as company spokesman and formulated and executed company strategy with regard to media coverage. John joined MFS in February 1989 as Media Relations Manager and was named Vice President in January 1993 and Senior Vice President in January 2000. He was a National Correspondent covering business issues and ​personal finance for Newhouse Newspapers from 1985 to 1989. From 1977 to 1985 he worked for Gannett Co. Inc., first as a reporter with the Burlington Free Press in Vermont, and later as a reporter in the Money section of USA Today in Washington.

John received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and a masters degree in administrative science from Johns Hopkins University. He is a member and former Chairman of the Public Information Committee of the Investment Company Institute, the trade group for the mutual fund industry. He also serves as the Corporate Executive Council of WGBH public broadcasting. John is married and has two adult sons, one of whom is a City Year Boston alumnus.

Paul Reville

Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, 
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Paul Reville is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the founding director of HGSE's Education Redesign Lab. He completed nearly five years of service as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As Governor Patrick's top education adviser, Reville established a new Executive Office of Education and had oversight of higher education, K-12, and early education in the nation's leading student achievement state. He served in the Governor's Cabinet and played a leading education reform role on matters ranging from the Achievement Gap Act of 2010 and Common Core State Standards to the Commonwealth's highly successful Race to the Top proposal.

Prior to joining the Patrick Administration, Reville had chaired the Massachusetts State Board of Education, founded the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, co-founded the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE), chaired the Massachusetts Reform Review Commission, chaired the Massachusetts Commission on Time and Learning, and served as executive director of the Pew Forum on Standards-Based Reform, a national think tank which convened the U.S.'s leading researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to set the national standards agenda. Reville played a central role in MBAE's development of and advocacy for Massachusetts historic Education Reform Act of 1993. Reville has been a member of the HGSE faculty since 1997 and has served as director of the Education Policy and Management Program.

Reville's career, which combines research, policy, and practice, began with service as a VISTA/youth worker. He served as a teacher and principal of two urban, alternative high schools. Some years later, he founded a local education foundation which was part of the Public Education Network. He is a board member and adviser to a host of organizations, and a frequent writer and speaker on education reform and policy issues. He holds a BA from Colorado College, an MA from Stanford University and five honorary doctorate degrees. He is the father of four children.

Aaron von Staats

Aaron von Staats

Corporate Vice President, General Counsel, PTC

Aaron von Staats is corporate vice president, general counsel for PTC. In this position, Aaron is responsible for worldwide legal matters for a $1 billion public technology company, where he manages a worldwide legal and compliance staff.  Aaron was appointed General Counsel of PTC in 2003; he joined the company in 1997.  

Prior to joining PTC, Aaron practiced with the Boston law firm Palmer & Dodge LLP. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul J. Liacos, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

In addition to serving on the board of City Year Boston he also serves as a board member of the non-profit Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston. He is also a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Boston Bar Association.

Aaron attended Boston College Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

James Ward

James Ward

Vice President, Artemis Capital Partners

James Ward is the Vice President at Artemis Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on growth and buyout investments in industrial technology markets. At Artemis, James is involved in the sourcing and analysis of new investment opportunities including due diligence, market research, deal structuring, and financial analysis. James also works closely with Artemis’s portfolio companies, providing analysis and advice on market, operational, product development, and financial strategy. James joined Artemis in 2011 from Odeon Capital Group’s investment banking team, where he worked with public and private companies from a variety of industries including financial services, software, aerospace, and defense.

James is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a Master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. Now married and living in Boston’s South End, James proudly served as a City Year Boston corps member from 2004-2005 and as a City Year Louisiana senior corps member from 2005-2006. James’s two brothers also served with City Year Boston. He is a fellow with the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program.

Janelle Woods-McNish

Director of Giving and Service, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation 

As Director of Giving and Service, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation (at HPHC since 2007) , Janelle coordinates HPHC’s Co-Team Sponsorship Program and service days for City Year Boston and has also been involved with City Year NH, purchasing auction tickets for CYNH's Gala in 2015, 2012, 2011 and 2010. She is also moderating CYB's Women of Color Leadership Panel on June 2.

Janelle is originally from Dallas, Texas and has three children. She has competed in beauty pageants for over 7 years, holding titles such as pageant judge and Mistress of Ceremony and was most recently crowned Mrs. Massachusetts USA Universal 2015. She is passionate about education, young girls of color, “young women development” (self-image and positive role modeling), and combating sexual exploitation. Janelle describes herself as a foodie and her favorite getaway spot is Puerto Rico.

Prior to her current role at HPHC, she was Manager of Community Giving at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Janelle has her MBA from Simmons School of Management (2014), an MA in Higher Education from Boston College (2006), and her B.B.A in Marketing and International Business from Texas A&M University (2004).