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.
Founder and President, Charles River Realty Investors
Brian Kavoogian is the founder and president of Charles River Realty Investors, a private equity real estate investment firm. Charles River is affiliated with National Development, one of metropolitan Boston’s largest real estate operating companies. Charles River and its principals have successfully acquired and/or developed more than 20 million square feet of real estate worth more than $4 billion. 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 of Tufts University and a member of the Board of Advocates of the Tisch College at Tufts University. Mr. Kavoogian also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Greater Boston YMCA, is an overseer of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a member of the Partners Healthcare System, Inc. Corporation and a director of Heading Home. Mr. Kavoogian received a BA from Tufts University in 1984 and joined the MassDevelopment Board of Directors in November 2015.
Senior Director, Special Finance & Government Performance Initiatives, Executive Office for Administration & Finance, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Mark Attia serves as the Senior Director of Special Finance & Government Performance Initiatives at the Executive Office for Administration and Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is responsible for leading 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. Additionally, Mark is responsible for capital investment incentive programs intended to spur economic development and job growth in the Commonwealth through support for large-scale private real estate development projects with significant new public infrastructure requirements.
Mark serves on the Board of Directors of MassHousing, the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, and the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness. He has a dual Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning and International Business from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.
President & CEO, HarborOne Bank
James W. Blake leads Brockton-based HarborOne Bank, the largest cooperative bank in New England with $2.2 billion in assets. The Bank, originally founded as Brockton Credit Union in 1917, has developed under Blake’s leadership from a modest credit union into a vibrant community bank, employing over 380 individuals and quadrupling in assets and holdings. In 2015, the bank expanded into New Hampshire with the acquisition of Merrimack Mortgage Company, Inc. and into Rhode Island with the opening of a commercial lending office in Providence. HarborOne Bank became a public company in 2016. Mr. Blake has set the tone for Bank’s community investment activities during his 22-year tenure as President and CEO, resulting in HarborOne’s community initiatives consistently receiving local, regional and national recognition.
Mr. Blake currently serves as a member of the board of the Connecticut Online Computer Corporation and a board member of BancAlliance, while he previously served on the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council and the Commissioner of Bank’s Foreclosure Task Force. Mr. Blake also serves on the Old Colony YMCA’s Downtown Operations Task Force Committee and as Co-Chair of the Signature Healthcare Executive Business Council Committee.
Mr. Blake has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Salem State College. He is also a graduate of the Bank Marketing School held at the University of Colorado and the Graduate School of Banking Program held at Fairfield University. He joined the MassDevelopment Board of Directors in October 2016.
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.
Founder and Executive Director, Foundation for Fair Contracting of Massachusetts
Karen Grasso Courtney is the Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation for Fair Contracting of Massachusetts, a labor-management trust fund. She is also the President of K. Courtney & Associates, a consulting firm offering government relations services. Previously, she was appointed Assistant Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Labor and Industries.
For five years, Ms. Courtney served on the faculty of the McCormack School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, as part of the Women in Politics and Public Policy Graduate Certificate Program, Ms. Courtney helped aspiring female political leaders to make essential connections with area nonprofit and policy organizations.
Ms. Courtney has a long history of community involvement. In 2011 she received the Salt of the Earth Award from the nonprofit group Massachusetts Community Labor United. In 1996, The Greater Lawrence YWCA named Ms. Courtney "The Outstanding Woman of the Year."
She received a Bachelor's degree from Fitchburg State, a graduate certificate from Boston College and a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Ms. Courtney joined the MassDevelopment Board of Directors in March 2016.
President, Grace Fey Advisors
Grace Fey, CFA, is president of Grace Fey Advisors. She was a partner at Frontier Capital Management Co. LLC, for 20 years, serving as executive vice president and director of the Boston investment management firm, and now serves on the senior advisory council of Affiliated Managers Group (AMG), the majority owner of Frontier Capital.
Ms. Fey serves as a trustee of the John Hancock Financial Services Funds, on the board of directors of the Fiduciary Trust Company, as a trustee at WGBH and as an honorary trustee at the Museum of Fine Arts. She is also a trustee of the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation and on the board of directors of The Boston Foundation, where she serves as chair of the investment committee. She is the recipient of the David Knapp award for trusteeship from the New England Board of Higher Education and the Leadership Award from the Big Sister Association of Boston. She is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, the Boston Club and Women Corporate Directors.
Ms. Fey graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in English and holds an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She joined the MassDevelopment Board of Directors in October 2016.
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.
Chairman and CEO, TRC Companies, Inc.
Christopher P. Vincze has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TRC Companies, Inc. since 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Vincze was the company’s Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for oversight of the strategic direction of the Company and leads the firm’s Executive Management Team to execute the Company’s vision to deliver value to its customers, shareholders, and employees. Over the past 11 years, Mr. Vincze and the firm’s Executive Management Team have restructured and repositioned TRC as a leading provider of engineering, consulting, and construction management services to the Energy, Environmental, and Infrastructure markets.
Prior to joining TRC, Mr. Vincze served as Managing Director at Marsh, Inc., the $5.5 billion risk and insurance services units of Marsh & McLennan Companies. While at Marsh, he led the firm’s Corporate Environmental Practice and worked closely with other Marsh business units including Construction, Transportation, and Real Estate practices as well as MMC Capital, Kroll Inc., and Mercer. Before joining Marsh, Mr. Vincze was President and COO at ATC Group Services, Inc., a $155 million, 1,700 employee engineering and environmental consulting company based in Woburn.
Outside of TRC, Mr. Vincze serves on the Board of Trustees of Hallmark Health Systems and the New England Council. He is also a member and serves on the National Committee for the American Enterprise Institute.
A graduate of Connecticut College, Mr. Vincze received his Master’s in Public Health from the Boston University School of Medicine.
CEO emeritus, Tufts Medical Center
Ellen Zane is the CEO emeritus of Tufts Medical Center, where she also serves as vice chair of the organization’s board of trustees. Ms. Zane, who retired as president and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children in late 2011, was the first woman to run the hospital in its 222-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 Partners HealthCare System and Quincy Hospital.
Ms. Zane is chair of the board of Wellforce and vice chair of the George Washington University Board of Trustees. She serves on the board of directors at Boston Scientific Corporation, Brooks Automation, Haemonetics Corporation, AgNovos Healthcare, 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 Commercial Science from Bentley University, Doctorate of Business Administration from Stonehill College; and Doctorate of Humane Letters from Curry College.