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, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
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.
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.
Retired Director of Governmental and Community Affairs, The O’Connell Companies, Inc./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, Inc
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.
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.