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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. (Jerry) Cohen is a founding partner of SSG Development, LLC, and founder and manager of SF Properties, LLC, SF Properties, Inc., 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 seven self-storage facilities, totaling approximately 900,000 square feet, along the East Coast. SSG is building two additional stores totaling 250,000 square feet. Mr. Cohen’s companies also operate more than 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 currently serves as a member of Kellogg Alumni Council; member of Brown University’s Corporation Committee on Facilities and Design and its Strategic Long Range Committee and Chairman of the Real Estate Sub-Committee; Overseer of the Museum of Science; and member of the Finance Committee at Hebrew Senior Life.

Mr. Cohen was appointed in November 2007 by the Governor of Massachusetts to serve as a Director of MassDevelopment and elected the Board’s Vice Chairman in February 2010.

Mr. Cohen was a founder and organizer of Commonwealth National Bank, a nationally chartered bank in Worcester. 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, Mr. Cohen received his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Mr. Cohen was the recipient of the 2011 Kellogg Alumni Service Award.

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 Senior Fellow at American Progress, where he focuses on housing policy and related issues, Mr. Abromowitz is a past chair and founding member of both the Lawyers’ Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homelessness and of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on Affordable Housing and Community Development. He is a board member of the National Housing and Rehabilitation Association and a member of the Multifamily Leadership Board of the National Association of Home Builders. Mr. Abromowitz co-chaired the Housing Policy Working Group of then Governor-elect Deval Patrick and has served on other housing advisory groups for public officials including Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino. He serves on a number of charitable boards, including YouthBuild USA, The Equity Trust, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, and B’nai B’rith New England. Mr. Abromowitz also served as a board member of the National Economic Development and Law Center based in Oakland, CA.

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, a Boston-based consulting and investment firm, 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. He was appointed to the MassDevelopment Board of Directors in September 2012.

John F. (Jay) Hurley

President, Iron Workers District Council of New England

John F. (Jay) Hurley is sixth 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.

His executive duties include fiduciary responsibility as a trustee of the Iron Workers District Council of New England Health and Welfare Fund and Iron Clad Insurance. He is a Vice President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and Co-chairman of the Ironworkers/Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) for Region 1 (New England) and a member of IMPACT’s national board of directors.

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.

Scott Jordan

Undersecretary, Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Designee for Secretary Glen Shor

Scott Jordan is Undersecretary of 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, as 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 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 been actively involved in both government and politics over the last few decades. He was campaign manager for the 1992 Presidential campaign of former U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas. From 1975 to 1985, he served as Mr. Tsongas’s chief of staff in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

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.

Richard Kronish

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.

April Anderson Lamoureux

President, Anderson Strategic Advisors, LLC

April Anderson Lamoureux is President of Anderson Strategic Advisors, LLC. Ms. Lamoureux has held senior economic development positions in the administrations of Governors Patrick and Romney; has served as the Pioneer Institute’s Director of Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship; and worked for both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts Senate.

Ms. Lamoureux created and implemented the Commonwealth’s first comprehensive regulatory reform agenda that eliminated or streamlined hundreds of state regulations across all secretariats of the Patrick-Murray Administration, and created and implemented the Chapter 43D Expedited Local Permitting Program. She also created and implemented the MassWorks Infrastructure Program. Ms. Lamoureux was a judge for the Pioneer Institute’s 2013 Better Government Competition, and sits on the Fuller Village Board of Directors, Leading Cities Board of Directors, and the Town of Milton’s Granite Avenue Reuse Committee.

Patricia McGovern

Consultant

Patricia McGovern formerly served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Executive Vice President for External Affairs at CareGroup Healthcare System; a lawyer at Goulston & Storrs, P.C.; and, from 1984 to 1992, chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

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. Ms. McGovern joined the MassDevelopment Board of Directors in August 2011.

Jeffrey R. Porter

Member, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

Jeffrey R. Porter leads the environmental law practice at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC, where he has advised clients on complex environmental regulatory compliance and permitting issues for more than 25 years. Mr. Porter is also a member of the firm’s Policy Committee.

In addition to his work at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC, Mr. Porter is Vice Chair of The Nature Conservancy’s Trustee Council, a Trustee of the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, and serves on the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee. He advised the Massachusetts Legislature’s Committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture during the drafting of the 1998 brownfields legislation that has spurred the redevelopment of underused former industrial sites across the Commonwealth.

Mr. Porter is a graduate of Bates College and Cornell University Law School.