Board of Directors
Jay Ash, Chair
Secretary, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development
Jay Ash serves as the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Secretary Ash is responsible for directing and executing Governor Charlie Baker’s agenda on housing and community development, job creation, business development, consumer affairs, and business regulation. He previously served as the city manager in his native Chelsea, a position he held from 2000 to 2014. In Chelsea, Secretary Ash’s leadership produced both economic expansion and fiscal stability. He grew the city’s housing stock by over ten percent, expanded its commercial base with two dozen major projects, led all Gateway Cities with a 15% increase in new employment, developed 10 new parks, secured five credit rating increases, and won two All-America City designations for Chelsea. Secretary Ash has led statewide initiatives on health insurance, youth violence, transportation infrastructure and expanded gaming in Massachusetts.
He previously served as co-founder and vice-chair of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, as past president of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, as a board member of the public policy think tank MassINC, the staff director to the Massachusetts House Majority Leader, and as an elected trustee of his alma mater, Clark University.
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 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
Chief Public Policy Officer, YouthBuild USA, Inc. and of Counsel, Goulston & Storrs, P.C.
David Abromowitz, is of Counsel with the law firm of Goulston & Storrs. Abromowitz conducts a broad national practice leading complex development and financing transactions, representing for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental organizations. Growing clients frequently turn to him for advice in all aspects of their operation and strategic planning. He is nationally known for particular expertise in many areas of affordable housing and economic development, including Section 42 multi-family residential properties, active adult and assisted living communities, revitalized public housing and HOPE VI matters, Section 236 and Section 8 financings, community land trusts, and other multi-layered public and private financings.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Mr. Porter is a graduate of Bates College and Cornell University Law School.
Assistant Secretary for Capital Finance, Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Designee for Secretary Kristen Lepore