Board of Directors
Secretary of Housing and Economic Development
As Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Mike Kennealy is responsible for advancing the Baker-Polito Administration’s agenda to create economic opportunity for residents, collaborative leadership in communities, an environment that supports job creation and business growth, and new housing for residents through targeted investments.
In early 2015, Kennealy joined the Administration as Assistant Secretary for Business Growth. As Assistant Secretary, Kennealy played an integral role in advancing the administration’s strategy for job creation and business development across the entire Commonwealth and provided leadership in key sectors, including serving as co-chair of the board of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.
Kennealy combines a successful track record in the private sector with a strong commitment to the public good. He began his career in private equity at TA Associates, a Boston-based firm. In 1997, he joined Spectrum Equity, a private equity firm founded in 1994 with offices in Boston and San Francisco. During his more than 15 years at Spectrum, he helped grow the firm to become an established market leader with nearly $5 billion in assets under management and investments in over 100 high-growth internet, software and information services companies. After his career in private equity, Kennealy spent two years as Special Advisor to the Receiver at Lawrence Public Schools, where he worked with the state-appointed superintendent/receiver on strategic and financial initiatives to support the school district’s turnaround plan.
Kennealy and his family live in Lexington, Massachusetts, where they have been highly involved in town government, education and youth sports. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at St. John’s Prep in Danvers and currently serves on the Board of Visitors for The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College.
Kennealy received a A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
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.
Assistant Secretary for Finance and Performance Management, Executive Office for Administration & Finance
Mark Attia serves as the Assistant Secretary for Finance and Performance Management at the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (A&F) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is responsible for structuring complex capital and project finance transactions that require significant public infrastructure investments intended to spur economic development in the Commonwealth. Mark is also responsible for general management of the Commonwealth’s capital and special finance bond programs.
Additionally, Mark leads the Commonwealth’s Social Innovation Financing initiatives, also known as Pay-for-Success or Social Impact Bonds, a series of unique public-private partnerships designed to scale results-driven social services with the goal of measurably improving outcomes for people most in need while advancing an evidence-based policymaking agenda.
Mark serves on the Board of Directors of MassHousing, MassDevelopment, and the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, the state’s housing and economic development finance agencies. He holds a dual Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning and International Business from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.
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.
Division President, Waypoint
James E. Chisholm is Division President of Waypoint, a national sales and marketing agency for the food service industry and related supplies. In that role, Mr. Chisholm leads the organization’s non-food effort with client expansion, customer relationships and acquisitions. Jim is known nationally for his pioneering work in the consolidation and redefining of the foodservice industry. Prior to Waypoint, he founded Benchmark Sales, one of the largest food service brokerage companies in the country, and served as the company’s president. Mr. Chisholm has also held executive positions at Inter-Mark Sales, Morris Alper, and Scott Worldwide Foodservice/Hoffmaster.
In addition to his work at Waypoint, Mr. Chisholm has served as Chairman of the Foodservice Sales and Marketing Association, past president of the Lynnfield Athletic Association, and currently co-chairs Providence College’s Black and White premiere fundraising event. A graduate of Boston College, he also is a member of the Boston College hockey mentoring program. Mr. Chisholm joined the MassDevelopment Board of Directors in November 2015.
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.
Retired Director of Governmental and Community Affairs,
The O’Connell Companies/O’Connell Development Group
Francesca Maltese is a commercial developer with special expertise in brownfields and sites of significant environmental concern and impact. She is retired from The O’Connell Companies, Inc./O’Connell Development Group where she served as the Director of Governmental and Community Affairs.
Ms. Maltese is an active member of the Board of Trustees of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she has served since 2008 and chaired the Facilities and Infrastructure Committee since 2012. She has also served on the Board of MassEcon, the board of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions, the Pioneer Valley United Way, and as a Corporator of Peoples Bank. She has been an elected official in her home community of Amherst, serving as chair of the Board of Selectmen and the Regional School Committee, as well as Town Moderator.
Ms. Maltese holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in Regional Planning, both from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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.
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.
CEO Emeritus, Tufts Medical Center
Ellen Zane is the CEO emeritus of Tufts Medical Center. Ms. Zane, who retired as president and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Children’s Hospital (formerly the Floating Hospital for Children) in late 2011, was the first woman to run the hospital in its 225-year history. She holds two faculty appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine: Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Care Research and Assistant Professor of Public Health & Community Medicine. Ms. Zane also holds a faculty appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to her positions at Tufts, Ms. Zane held leadership roles at Mass General Brigham (formerly Partners HealthCare System) and Quincy Hospital.
Ms. Zane is the vice chair of the George Washington University Board of Trustees and the Founding Chair of Tufts Medicine (formerly Wellforce). She serves on the board of directors at Boston Scientific Corporation, Azenta Life Sciences (formerly Brooks Automation), Haemonetics Corporation, AgNovos Healthcare, Savista (formerly nThrive), Fiduciary Trust Company, and the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter.
Ms. Zane has a bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a master’s degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington. She holds the following honorary degrees: Doctorate of Humane Letters from University of Massachusetts-Darmouth, Doctorate of Commercial Science from Bentley University, Doctorate of Business Administration from Stonehill College; and Doctorate of Humane Letters from Curry College.