Board of Directors
Secretary, Executive Office of Economic Development
Yvonne Hao is the Secretary of the Executive Office of Economic Development. She has had more than 25 years of executive business experience as a senior executive, including as Co-founder, Advisor, and Managing Director at investment firm Cove Hill Partners and as an Operating Partner at Pillar Ventures. Previously, she was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of PillPack, an online pharmacy that was acquired by Amazon in 2018. She is also a former Operating Partner at Bain Capital. In addition, Hao has been a Board Director of companies such as CarGurus, Flywire, Gentherm, ZipRecruiter, and Bose. She also has been involved in the community, is the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Beth Israel Lahey Health, and a Trustee Emeriti of her alma mater, Williams College. She lives in Williamstown and Cambridge and is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Cambridge.
Managing Partner, National Development
Brian Kavoogian is a Managing Partner of National Development, one of metropolitan Boston’s largest real estate development, investment and management companies. Mr. Kavoogian is a past chairman of both of the region’s real estate trade organizations, the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and NAIOP Massachusetts, where he remains on the Board of Directors. He is a trustee emeritus of Tufts University and a member of the Board of Advocates of the Tisch College at Tufts University. Mr. Kavoogian also serves as an overseer of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a member of the Partners Healthcare System, Inc. Corporation and a past chairman of Heading Home. Mr. Kavoogian received a BA from Tufts University in 1984 and joined the MassDevelopment Board of Directors in November 2015.
Executive Director, Lawrence CommunityWorks
Jessica Andors is the Executive Director of Lawrence CommunityWorks, a nonprofit community development corporation forging a network of residents and stakeholders dedicated to asset-building, mutual support, and collective action to transform and revitalize the city of Lawrence. Jessica was part of a team of community organizers that spearheaded the organization’s rebirth in 1999. Since then, LCW has grown from a staff of one and a deficit, to a $5 million organization with over 5,000 resident and stakeholder members, over $130 million invested in affordable housing, family asset building, and community organizing and development, and numerous awards for its work. Jessica received her Master’s of City Planning degree from MIT, where she was honored for outstanding contributions to the intellectual life of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Previously, she worked in the New York and San Francisco nonprofit sectors after graduating summa cum laude from Amherst College. She has served on the boards of the Lawrence Teen Coalition, the Hope Street Youth Center, Team Summit youth program, the MA Association of Community Development Corporations, and the Essex Art Center; was a founding board member of Mill Cities Community Investments (a community development financial institution serving the Merrimack Valley), chaired the statewide MIDAS Collaborative, served on the Lawrence Mayor’s Rental Cost Task Force, and chaired the MassDevelopment Brownfields Advisory Group. She currently serves on the Boards of the Lawrence Partnership (a public-private economic development collaborative), and the Lawrence Alliance for Education (the Receivership Board for the Lawrence Public Schools); she also is an Ambassador for Eastern Bank. Jessica is bilingual in English and Spanish, a Lawrence resident, and the mother of the exuberant, beautiful Elias, who shares his mother’s love of books, food, and playing outside.
Chief Executive Officer,
Gilbert Campbell Real Estate
Gary Cambell is Chief Executive Officer of Gilbert Campbell Real Estate, a company that owns and manages 2,000 units of rental housing in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He is responsible for management operations, as well as developing and acquiring new rental communities for the company, which include market rate and Chapter 40B projects. He is a builder-member of the National Association of Home Builders, and current New England National Area Chair, as well as current Vice Chair of the Housing Finance Committee, past Chair of the NAHB Multifamily Council Board of Trustees, and past President of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Massachusetts.
He previously spent 16 years working in television news, with NBC News in New York and London, and as Chief of the CNN Paris Bureau. He also had his own television production company based in London.
He is currently serving as Chair of the Board of the integrated health system Wellforce, and also as Co-chair of the Lowell Plan. He is the former Chair of the Board of Circle Health and Lowell General Hospital, and past Chair of the Board of Pike School in Andover. He is also currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Pioneer Institute.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, a CPM designation through IREM, a Real Estate Broker’s License as well as a General Contractor’s License from MA.
He is married with three grown children.
Assistant Secretary for Capital, Executive Office for Administration and Finance
Kaitlyn Connors serves as the Assistant Secretary for Capital at the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) where she oversees the development and administration of the Commonwealth’s Five-Year Capital Investment Plan (CIP). She works closely with the A&F budget and legal teams, as well as the Treasurer’s Office to manage the Commonwealth’s debt needs and provides strategic guidance on developing polices and legislation related to infrastructure investments and capital finance.
Before joining A&F in 2020, Kaitlyn worked for the City and County of San Francisco in various capacities, including Budget Director of the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) where she directed the planning, development, and administration of the Airport's annual operating budget and Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Prior to joining SFO, Kaitlyn was the San Francisco Capital Planning Program Deputy Director where she managed the development and approval of the City’s annual capital budget and 10-Year CIP. Before entering the public sector, Kaitlyn worked as an Associate at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Agency within their state and local government group. She also worked as an analyst for Deutsche Bank’s Hedge Fund Credit Risk Management team.
Kaitlyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Business Agent, Teamsters Local Union No.25
Joan C. Corey is a business agent for the Teamsters Local Union No.25 in Boston, a position she has held since 2014. In this role, she manages daily business matters and act as liaison between union members and employers. Before becoming a business agent, she served for two years as a trustee on the Teamsters’ executive board. Ms. Corey previously served as an appraiser and assistant assessor for the City of Woburn and the Town of Westford.
Ms. Corey also currently serves as chairperson of Teamsters Local Union No.25 Women’s Committee, board member for the Teamsters Local Union No.25 Autism Committee, and member of Joint Council 10 New England Women’s Committee.
A licensed accredited assessor, real estate appraiser, and real estate salesperson, Ms. Corey also has a bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College. She joined the MassDevelopment Board of Directors in March 2020.
Founder and Managing Director,
Surfside Capital Advisors
Juan Carlos Morales is founder and managing director at Surfside Capital Advisors, a strategic finance consulting firm primarily focused on trajectory-changing events. Previously, Mr. Morales served as a banking and asset management executive, where he served as global chief financial officer for TIAA Global Asset Management and State Street's Global Advisors, two of the world's largest investment managers. In that capacity, he led a global team with locations in Boston, London, Hong Kong, and Bangalore through numerous business transformation initiatives including acquisitions, carve outs, and restructurings. He previously served as president and CEO of BNY Mellon Mexico and CFO of BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers' financial services industry practice.
Mr. Morales has served on various boards, including Nuveen Investments, Boston Medical Center, Big Sisters Association, The Partnership Inc., and Wheelock College. He is the co-founder of The Latino Legacy Fund at the Boston Foundation and the Boston Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA). A native of Puerto Rico, Mr. Morales graduated from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He joined the MassDevelopment Board of Directors in December 2016.
Attorney and Real Estate Developer
Dan O’Connell is an attorney and developer of laboratory, office and residential real estate. He served as Secretary of Housing and Economic Development under Governor Patrick, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency and Director of Planning and Development at Massport under Governor Weld, and Chief of Staff for Congressman (now Senator) Ed Markey. He also served as President and CEO of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership.
Dan is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Contemporary Art, and is a graduate of Harvard College, AB (cum laude) and Harvard Law School, JD.
Managing Director, Strategic Accounts,
Fidelity National Information Services
Kristina Spillane is a Managing Director of Strategic Accounts at Fidelity National Information Services, Inc (FIS), a global information technology and services firm. In this role, Ms. Spillane is an executive responsible for managing key strategic accounts that represent over $100B AUM. Her division is responsible for business strategy, executive relationships, sales execution and general relationship management across all of FIS’ operations. Prior to joining FIS, Ms. Spillane was a Global Enterprise Relationship Manager and Global Relationship Executive for DST Systems, a provider of advisory, technology and operations outsourcing to the financial and healthcare industries, with more than 13,000 employees worldwide.
With more than 25 years in the financial services and technology industries, Ms. Spillane has extensive experience consulting with companies to analyze business needs and develop strategic solutions. Her skills include executing large-scale project management through effective communication, creative problem-solving skills, and attention to detail.
Ms. Spillane is a Corporator of the Worcester Art Museum and was a longstanding past member of the board of trustees of Quinsigamond Community College. Ms. Spillane earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Boston College, a master’s degree in finance from the University of Connecticut, and a certificate in Global Women’s Leadership from Washington University in St. Louis.
Julieann M. Thurlow
Julieann M. Thurlow is President and Chief Executive Officer at Reading Cooperative Bank — responsible for the bank's strategic direction and management. She also serves as President of the RCB Charitable Foundation.
Julieann is the Vice Chair of the American Bankers Association (ABA). She was Past Chair of the ABA's Core Platforms Council and currently serves as a member of the Government Relations Administrative Committee and Membership Council. She is a founding member of Alloy Labs, a consortium of banks nationally formed to innovate in the banking space and is a Director of Atlantic Community Bankers Bank (ACBB).
Locally, Julieann serves on the MA Fintech Workgroup and is a Board Member of the Lawrence Partnership, the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation, and the Greater Lawrence Community Health Center. In 2022, Julieann was appointed to MassDevelopment's Board of Directors by Governor Charlie Baker. She is past Chair of the Cooperative Central Bank and was a member of the Federal Reserve’s CDIAC Council.
American Banker Magazine has repeatedly named Julieann to its list of the Top 25 Women to Watch in Banking. The Commonwealth Institute has named Reading Cooperative Bank a Top 100 Women-Led Business for the past seven years running.