President and CEO
After spending decades in the real-estate industry, Marty Jones became MassDevelopment’s first female president and CEO in May 2011. She has set new priorities for the Agency, the Commonwealth’s quasi-public economic-development authority, to leverage its investments in focusing on promoting affordable housing, protecting the state’s six military installations, and creating new opportunities in advanced manufacturing. At the same time, Jones serves as an inspiration for women in the finance and real estate industries.
During her tenure, Jones has spearheaded development of several new loan products at the Agency, including financing to support hiring at manufacturing and emerging technology companies; played a key role in the Patrick Administration’s Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force; and overseen more than $5 billion in investment in the Massachusetts economy. Jones has also overseen a new signature real estate project at the Agency: an expansion of the Myles Standish Industrial Park in Taunton with a focus on the Commonwealth’s vital life sciences industry. Finally, under her leadership, MassDevelopment has organized a series of first-in-the-state regional academies for local officials and leaders to discuss best practices in economic development.
Prior to MassDevelopment, Jones was president of Boston building, development, and property management company Corcoran Jennison where she managed staff and project teams for new development projects that transformed communities, directed asset management for multifamily portfolios, chaired a joint venture between Corcoran Jennison and Beacon Communities, and directed all aspects of the Westminster Company, a 175-employee operation with 66 properties and 5,000 apartment units in North and South Carolina.
Jones got her start at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in both the Washington and Boston offices. A member of the Board of Directors of MassEcon and the New England Council, and a national trustee of the Urban Land Institute, Jones graduated from Brown University and resides in Winchester.
Simon R. Gerlin
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance
Simon R. Gerlin joined MassDevelopment in February 2013 as the Agency’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Finance. He has a proven track record in both public company finance and public accounting. Prior to MassDevelopment, Mr. Gerlin served in executive finance, compliance, and audit roles at Clean Harbors Environmental Services. He also spent 16 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, serving clients in numerous sectors such as energy and utilities; manufacturing; and higher education.
Mr. Gerlin received a B.A. in political science from Middlebury College and holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He is a certified public accountant and member of the American Society of CPAs.
Anne Marie Dowd
Executive Vice President, Legislative and Defense Sector Initiatives
Anne Marie Dowd has served as executive vice president of legislative and defense sector initiatives since 2010. She develops federal and state legislative strategies related to the agency’s mission, products, and services. Ms. Dowd also works on defense sector issues, including outreach to defense companies, redevelopment of federal surplus properties, and work with Massachusetts military installations. Ms. Dowd had served as executive vice president of legislative affairs since 2005 and also as general counsel from 2010 through February 2012 as well as from 2000 through 2005.
Before joining MassDevelopment, Ms. Dowd helped establish Smartcity.com, Inc., worked as a real estate associate at Sherin and Lodgen LLP, and served as legal counsel to the Department of Food and Agriculture of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.
Ms. Dowd graduated from Middlebury College and the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Executive Vice President, Real Estate
Richard Henderson brings more than 20 years of economic development and urban planning experience to MassDevelopment. As director of planning and development for the Massachusetts Port Authority, he played an instrumental role in planning and developing Massport’s South Boston waterfront properties including the World Trade Center complex, Manulife USA Headquarters, the Marriott Renaissance Hotel, and several industrial and residential projects. Prior to his work at MassPort, Henderson was assistant secretary of economic affairs for the Commonwealth and principal author of a statewide economic strategy, Choosing to Compete. Mr. Henderson also served as director of policy planning for the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College and holds a Master of Philosophy in Urban Design and Regional Planning from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Executive Vice President, Finance Programs
Laura Canter is executive vice president and division director for the Finance Programs Division. Reporting to Ms. Canter are the Economic Development Lending, Investment Banking, Community Development and New Markets Tax Credit practices, with teams in each of MassDevelopment’s five regional offices. The division serves governmental entities, private and public businesses, and nonprofit organizations with alternative financing products. Ms. Canter’s career has been spent in finance, public policy, and economic development.
Ms. Canter joined MassDevelopment in 1996. Prior to that, she was employed by State Street Bank and Trust Company, where she represented the interests of bondholders of distressed and bankrupt companies. She negotiated the workout and restructuring of more than $1 billion in publicly and privately placed debt.
She holds an undergraduate degree in communications from Emerson College and a M.B.A. in finance from Bentley College. She is a former director of the Melrose Housing Authority and of the Council of Development Finance Agencies.
Mary E. (Meg) Delorier
Chief of Staff
Meg Delorier was appointed MassDevelopment chief of staff in March 2005. Ms. Delorier joined the MassDevelopment team in 2001 as vice president for community relations in Devens, where she was responsible for outreach to local businesses, residents, media and the surrounding towns of Ayer, Harvard, and Shirley. Her current responsibilities include coordinating agency priorities and projects. She oversees outreach efforts to MassDevelopment constituencies including state and federal legislators, executive branch offices, municipalities, business leaders, and other groups engaged in building the Commonwealth’s economy.
Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Ms. Delorier worked as executive director of the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce, regional director for the American Heart Association, and station manager for the American Red Cross Military and Social Services Division.
She attended Nathaniel Hawthorne College in New Hampshire, where she studied criminal justice.
George A. Ramirez
Executive Vice President, Devens Operations
As executive vice president of Devens operations, George Ramirez oversees the continued redevelopment of the former military base into an economic engine for north central Massachusetts.
Mr. Ramirez brings nearly two decades of expertise to MassDevelopment. He worked most recently as deputy director and general counsel in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, where he played a key role in managing six agencies and more than 80 fulltime employees. In that capacity, he facilitated state support for economic development, chaired the Economic Assistance Coordinating Council, served as a member of the Emerging Technology Fund Advisory Committee and coordinated the Governor’s Development Cabinet. In addition to his service as a member of the Lowell City Council, Mr. Ramirez has also run a private law practice for six years. A resident of Lowell, he holds a B.A. from UMass-Lowell and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, where he has served as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development
Doreen Lindsay joined MassDevelopment as Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development in November 2011.
Ms. Lindsay has been instrumental in assisting senior executives in the not-for-profit sector achieve their HR, diversity, and strategic business goals and objectives. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, she served first as workforce diversity specialist and then as administrative manager chiefly responsible for HR functions within the Pharmacy Department at Boston Medical Center.
Ms. Lindsay received her B.S. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an M.B.A. from Simmons College School of Management in Boston.
Patty DeAngelis joined MassDevelopment as the Agency’s General Counsel in June 2013, bringing experience in public and private real estate, construction, and labor and employment law. Prior to joining MassDevelopment, Ms. DeAngelis served as general counsel to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s Department of Labor Standards, where she was charged with interpreting and enforcing wage, apprenticeship, youth employment, employment safety laws, and various licensing laws, as well as representing the agency in litigation brought against it. She also served as general counsel at Shawmut Design and Construction and senior counsel at Palmer and Dodge, LLP, where she was a member of the firm’s real estate and transportation departments.