Board of Directors
Gregory P. Bialecki, Chair
Secretary, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Gregory P. Bialecki is Massachusetts’ Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Prior to serving in this capacity, Mr. Bialecki had been Undersecretary for Business Development. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a real estate development and environmental lawyer at the law firms of Hill & Barlow and DLA Piper LLP, where he focused on major urban redevelopment projects in the Greater Boston area. He also worked extensively with public agencies, non-profit organizations and private landowners on land conservation and open space protection in the Commonwealth. Mr. Bialecki is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Gerald D. Cohen, Vice Chair
Founder and Principal, SF Properties, Inc.
Gerald D. Cohen (“Jerry”) is a founding partner of SSG Development, LLC, and founder and manager of SF Properties, LLC, SF Properties, Inc., (“SF Properties”) and CGI Companies with expertise in financing, leasing, developing and managing real estate.
Mr. Cohen is in charge of financing and strategic planning for SSG Development. SSG has developed 7 self storage facilities, totaling approximately 900,000 sq ft, along the east coast. Currently, SSG is constructing two additional stores totaling 250,000 sq. ft. In addition, Mr. Cohen operates over 25 properties consisting of shopping centers, downtown store blocks and office buildings. SF Properties, Inc. has extensive experience in the renovation and restoration of properties throughout Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Cohen was appointed (11/07) by the Governor of Massachusetts to serve as a Director of MassDevelopment and elected its Vice Chairman (2/10). Mr. Cohen also serves as Chairman of MassDevelopment’s Origination and Credit Committee.
Mr. Cohen was a founder and organizer of Commonwealth National Bank (2001), a nationally chartered bank in Worcester, Massachusetts. The bank was acquired by United Bank in late 2009. He had served as a member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
A graduate of Brown University (1975) and received his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management (1979). Mr. Cohen was the recipient of the 2011 Kellogg Alumni Service Award. Mr. Cohen is a licensed Massachusetts real estate broker.
David M. Abromowitz
Director, Goulston & Storrs, P.C.
David M. Abromowitz is a director of the law firm Goulston & Storrs, P.C., where he has worked on a variety of economic development and community revitalization initiatives, particularly involving housing and historic tax credit investment, HUD-assisted housing, public housing revitalization, assisted living, community land trusts, shared-equity homeownership, multifamily rental housing development, planned homeownership communities, and other multi-layered public/private projects.
A former adjunct professor at Northeastern Law School, Mr. Abromowitz received his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Abromowitz was appointed to the MassDevelopment Board of Directors in May 2009.
Keon T. Holmes
Managing Director, Cambridge Associates
Keon T. Holmes is the Managing Director of Cambridge Associates where he has worked since 2005. Prior to joining Cambridge Associates, Mr. Holmes worked as an Investment Manager at JPMorgan Chase.
Mr. Holmes is a graduate of Howard University and Harvard Business School.
John F. (Jay) Hurley
President, Iron Workers District Council of New England
John F. (Jay) Hurley is 6th General Vice President of the Iron Workers International Union in Washington, DC and President of the Iron Workers District Council of New England. He also serves as a commissioner on the City of Boston Zoning Commission. He possesses 19 years of hands-on field experience in all aspects of the construction industry.
Mr. Hurley is active in numerous philanthropic endeavors with nonprofit entities around New England. He was appointed to the MassDevelopment Board of Directors in November 2008.
Assistant Secretary, Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Designee for Secretary Glen Shor
Scott Jordan is Assistant Secretary at the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. He serves on the MassDevelopment Board of Directors as the designee of Secretary Glen Shor.
Mr. Jordan formerly served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust, Director of Finance for the City of Lawrence, as Director of Debt Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and as Deputy Director of the Office of Tax Policy Analysis for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mr. Jordan is a graduate of The University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Dennis R. Kanin
Co-Founder and Principal, New Boston Ventures LLC
Dennis Kanin is co-founder and principal of New Boston Ventures LLC, a Boston-based residential real estate development firm that has been active since 1985 in both new construction of market-rate and affordable housing and in the preservation and adaptive reuse of historic structures.
From 1985 to 2009, Mr. Kanin was also a partner and later of counsel in the Boston law firm Foley Hoag LLP. There, Mr. Kanin was a member of the government and legislative practice area and was coordinator of the firm’s Public/Private Strategies Group.
Mr. Kanin has also been active in community and civic organizations. He is currently president of the Board of Trustees of The Roxbury Latin School, where he has served as a trustee since 2000. He has also served as New England chair and National Washington Affairs chair of the Anti-Defamation League, vice president of the Board of the Epiphany School, co-chair of the Children’s Hospital’s Advocacy Campaign Advisory Group and member of its Board Committee on Community Service, director of the New England Council, Advisory Board member of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, and member of the Investor Advisory Board of Energy Clean Solutions.
Mr. Kanin is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He was appointed to the MassDevelopment Board of Directors in March 2010.
University of Massachusetts Boston (retired)
Richard Kronish served for many years as an associate professor at UMass-Boston as well as Chairman of the Board of the First Trade Union Bank. He is founder and president of the Research Foundation for the Treatment of Ovarian Cancer and a special assistant to the New England Carpenters Labor-Management Program. He also serves as a board member of the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance and of the Newton Housing Authority. A board member of the Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency and MassDevelopment from 1992-1999, Mr. Kronish has a B.A. from the University of California, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Kronish was appointed to the MassDevelopment Board of Directors in March 2010.
Meghan T. Lynch
Senior Analyst, Abt Associates, Inc.
Meghan T. Lynch is a Senior Analyst at Abt Associates, Inc. She specializes in human health risk assessment, including quantifying human variability in response to toxicants and incorporating this information into the current risk assessment framework. Dr. Lynch also has expertise in reviewing and utilizing the toxicological and epidemiologic literature for environmental policy and benefit-cost analysis. She also has several years of professional experience in brownfields redevelopment field work and analysis.
Dr. Lynch was appointed to the MassDevelopment Board in November 2008.
Senior Vice President for Corporate and Community Affairs, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Patricia McGovern is Senior Vice President for Corporate and Community Affairs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Prior to that, Ms. McGovern was Executive Vice President for External Affairs at CareGroup Healthcare System. Before joining CareGroup in May 1999, Ms. McGovern practiced law at Goulston & Storrs, P.C., concentrating in the fields of public law and health care law. Ms. McGovern brought a unique knowledge and understanding of the major economic and political trends affecting the New England and national business environments to all areas of the firm’s practice.
Ms. McGovern holds a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Suffolk University. She holds numerous honorary degrees and, after graduation from law school, studied at the Academy of International Law. Ms. McGovern is a founder of the Women’s Bar Association. She was a fellow at the Radcliffe College Public Policy Institute during the 1994-1995 academic year, and in 1992 was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. She is a guest lecturer at a number of colleges, universities, law schools and institutes throughout the Northeast.
Warren E. Tolman
Of Counsel, Holland & Knight
Warren E. Tolman practices in the Government and Real Estate Departments of the firm. He is also experienced in handling a wide range of litigation matters and has substantial experience working with businesses.
In 1998, Mr. Tolman was the Democratic nominee for Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor in the closest governor’s race in the country. Mr. Tolman left Holland & Knight in 2001 to run for the Democratic Nomination for Governor. He made Massachusetts history by running as the first “clean elections” candidate under public financing in Massachusetts, and returned to Holland & Knight in 2002.
Mr. Tolman speaks regularly on a wide variety of state and governmental issues and has published numerous articles and commentary. Mr. Tolman was chief sponsor and author of the landmark Tolman Tobacco Disclosure law requiring tobacco companies to disclose their additives and ingredients and the Mutual Fund Jobs Growth bill which enabled the mutual fund industry to grow and expand in Massachusetts.
Mr. Tolman has taught at Boston College Law School and Northeastern University School of Law. In the community, Mr. Tolman is active in a number of different civic and charitable organizations.