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Lee McGuire, Chair

Chief Communications Officer, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Lee McGuire, Chief Communications Officer at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, oversees external and internal communications, including science writing, media relations, web development, events, video, social media, and graphic design. Before joining the Broad Institute in 2015 as Director of Communications, McGuire served on the Superintendent’s executive leadership team as Chief Communications Officer for the Boston Public Schools. McGuire is a reporter by training and spent ten years as a broadcast journalist covering government and health care policy for television stations in Boise, Austin and Houston. He earned a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University and a Masters Degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Tara Clark

Vice President, Commercial Programs, Draper

Tara Clark joined Draper in January 2016, bringing to Draper over 25 years of experience in the commercialization of biomedical products. Prior to joining Draper, she was the North American General Manager for Miltenyi Biotec where she initiated and secured FDA approval for the various medical devices, led the business development efforts, and established the commercial launch strategies. Recently, she was recognized by the “Boston Business Journal” as a “Woman to Watch in Science and Technology, 2017”.

As Vice President, Commercial Programs, Tara is responsible for developing and managing the Company’s business and strategic plans within the Transport, Energy Systems and Biomedical Program Offices, including the successful execution of programs that support these business areas. While the Commercial Programs area includes both commercial and government customers, the emphasis is on leveraging Draper’s broad engineering capabilities and intellectual property with commercial partners. products into the commercial marketplace.

Tara holds a degree in Microbiology from the University of Missouri Columbia.

Sarah Gallop

Co-Director, Office of Government and Community Relations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sarah serves as a liaison with the Cambridge government and community, working with citizens, public officials, businesses, regulatory bodies, and advocacy organizations on projects and issues of mutual interest. In representing MIT, she tries to bring a collaborative problem-solving approach to her interactions with Cambridge stakeholders. She thinks Kendall Square is on fire and feels privileged to be working on its behalf. Before joining MIT, Sarah worked for the City of Boston in various planning and development roles. Sarah received her BA in Political Science from Bates College and her MBA in Organizational Behavior from Boston University.

Caleb Hurst-Hiller, Treasurer

Director of Special Projects (former Head of School), Community Charter School of Cambridge

Caleb is currently advising the new Head of School as she transitions into the role, helping to manage the school’s charter renewal, and handling special projects. Formerly, as Head of School, Caleb was responsible for adherence to the school’s mission, academic program development, student achievement, personnel and staff development, facilities, operations, long-range planning, and financial management. Caleb was a founding member of the CCSC faculty in 2005. Before becoming Head of School, he wore various hats, including that of High School Principal, middle and high school humanities teacher, instructional leader, and basketball coach. Caleb earned a B.A. in history from Brown University and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he was an Urban Scholars Fellow. As a Massachusetts Charter Public School Association board member, he chairs the Governance Committee and the Gateway Cities Charter Alliance. Caleb lives in Cambridge with his wife and three kids and can most commonly be found on his bike, heading to school or home, or from one off-campus meeting to the next.

Michael Owu, Secretary

Managing Director, Real Estate, MIT Investment Management Company

Michael Owu is the Managing Director of Real Estate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investment Management Company where he manages the planning and development of the Institute’s commercial real estate portfolio in Cambridge. Mike graduated from MIT in 1986.

Steve Vinter

Senior Direct of Technical Leadership Development, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Steve is a Senior Direct of Technical Leadership Development at the Broad Institute and serves as an executive coach and advisor to high impact leaders at companies in the Boston area.  He is a founding member of the Board for the Kendall Square Association when he was the site lead and engineering director during his 13 year tenure at Google.  He also serves as a member of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Executive Committee, and Board member of the Community Charter School of Cambridge. Steve has a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Computer Science.

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Tom Andrews

Executive Vice President and Regional Market Director, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Tom Andrews serves as the Executive Vice President Regional Market Director for Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Tom has 26 years of experience in the development and management of office and life science facilities, including 16 years heading Alexandria’s acquisition, development, leasing, and asset management activities in Greater Boston. Under Tom’s leadership, Greater Boston has become Alexandria’s largest region, with properties totaling 4.5M RSF, and over 1.1M RSF of additional development .

Prior to Alexandria, Tom served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Research Park. Tom earned degrees from Cornell University and the MIT Center for Real Estate.

Jesse Baerkahn

President and Founder, Graffito SP

Jesse Baerkahn is the President and Founder of Graffito SP, a Boston-based commercial real estate company best described as part retail brokerage, part creative agency, and part urban design firm. Jesse’s multidisciplinary work at GSP utilizes his transactional training as an attorney and lessons learned through other entrepreneurial endeavors within the real estate, arts and entertainment fields. Jesse was previously a Director and Board Member at the Artisan’s Asylum, a non-profit makerspace in Somerville, MA, and Adjunct Faculty Member at CUNY School of Law. Jesse lives in Cambridge, MA and works out of GSP offices in Kendall Square and Boston’s Leather District.

Kelley Brown

Senior Campus Planner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Office of Campus Planning

Kelley Brown is a senior campus planner with the Office of Campus Planning at MIT. He represents MIT in a variety of transportation and civic projects, seeking to improve access for all modes of transportation on the campus and in the broader community. He also provides public approval management services for a variety of MIT building projects. He has worked for 30 years in the public, private and non-profit sectors as a planner and project manager. He has a Master in City Planning (MCP) from MIT, an MBA in public and non-profit management from Boston University is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Brian Dacey

President, Cambridge Innovation Center

Brian is an experienced real estate executive and entrepreneur. He has overseen a wide range of commercial, hospitality, retail and residential projects during his career, including the World Trade Center Boston. He is a founding member of the Board for the Kendall Square Association, Chairman of the Board of the Boston College Real Estate Council, and serves as a member of A Better City, the Kendall Square Master Plan Committee and Transit Advisory Committee for the City of Cambridge.

Eileen Elliott

Kendall Square Site Lead – Site Affairs and External Partnership, ​Pfizer

Eileen Elliottis site lead for site affairs and external partnership at Pfizer Kendall Square. In this role she leads the strategy for external outreach, communications, colleague engagement, and site affairs related to Pfizer’s Cambridge R&D campus. In 1995, Elliott joined Pfizer as a research scientist in immunology and held positions of increasing responsibility. She has made pivotal contributions to drug discovery and the company’s business operations, including leading discovery and development of both small and large molecules for a range of therapeutic targets.  A lead contributor to Xeljanz, Pfizer’s JAK3 modulator, and Alexion’s Solaris product, Elliott has more than twenty five peer reviewed publications and numerous scientific presentations. She received her B.S. in biology from St. Bonaventure University, a Ph.D. in immunology from Albany Medical College, Union University, and completed a fellowship in Dr. Richard Favell’s laboratory at Yale University as a Howard Hughes Fellow.

Tom Evans

Executive Director and Records Access Officer, Cambridge Redevelopment Authority

Tom has led the CRA through an organizational restructuring and strategic planning process, launching new development initiatives in Kendall Square. Before coming to the CRA, Tom worked in MassDOT’s Office of Transportation Planning where he wrote sustainable transportation policies including the state’s GreenDOT Implementation Plan and the Healthy Transportation Policy Directive. Previously, Tom served as the Planning Division Manager of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, facilitating the planning, adoption, and implementation of signature revitalization plans along the southeast waterfront of San Francisco. He holds a Masters of City Planning from University of California and a bachelors in environmental biology.

Joe Frassica

Head of Philips Research, the Americas and Chief Medical Officer Philips North America

Joseph Frassica, MD, is Head of Philips Research, the Americas and Chief Medical Officer Philips North America where he focuses on leading broad-based medical, science and technology teams to bring clinically meaningful innovation to the bedside. Joe also serves as Professor of the Practice at the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Senior Consultant in Pediatric Critical Care at the Massachusetts General Hospital

Prior to joining Philips, Joe served in leadership roles in academic medicine including: Chief Medical Officer at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida; Chief Medical Information Officer and Executive Medical Director of Aero-Medical Transport for the Jackson Health System; Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Anesthesiology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine; Chief of Pediatric Critical Care at UMASS/Memorial Medical Center and Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of Massachusetts Medical School; Attending Pediatric Intensivist at Massachusetts General Hospital; Attending Anesthesiologist at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Chief of Anesthesia at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Lisa Girard

Director of Strategic Communications, ​Whitehead Institute 

​Lisa Girard has been the Director of Strategic Communications at Whitehead Institute since 2017. A former bench scientist, Girard has nearly two decades’ communications leadership and content-development experience including previous roles at California Institute of Technology (CalTech), the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI), and Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as their Director of Scientific Communication. Earlier in her career, she was HSCI’s Associate Director of Strategic Alliances, as well as creator and editor of HSCI’s StemBook and CalTech’s WormBook. She earned her undergraduate degree from University of California, San Diego, a PhD from University of California, Berkeley, and completed postdoctoral work at CalTech. 

Bill Kane

Senior Vice President for East Coast Leasing, BioMed Realty

Bill Kane is Senior Vice President for East Coast Leasing with BioMed Realty, a real estate provider that owns and operates approximately 12 million square feet of laboratory and office space in both the United States and United Kingdom. Bill is based in BioMed’s Cambridge office and is charged with overseeing the east coast and U.K. markets. Prior to joining BioMed, Bill was responsible for the development of R&D, hospital, and office real estate development projects for the Fallon Company, Davis Marcus Partners, Lyme Properties, and Turner Construction. Mr. Kane received a BS in Civil Engineering from Tufts University, and an MIS/MBA dual degree from Boston University. Bill currently lives with his wife and four children in Marblehead, MA.

Bryan Koop

Executive Vice President, Boston Region, Boston Properties

Bryan Koop is Executive Vice President, Boston Region for Boston Properties where he oversees all operations, development, new business opportunities and regional operations for the Boston Region. The portfolio of properties includes Kendall Center, the Prudential Center and Marriott Hotel Cambridge, totaling over 14 million square feet of commercial office and retail space. Prior to joining Boston Properties in 1999, Bryan was a Partner at Trammel Crow Company, where he developed commercial office buildings, shopping centers and hotels.

Bryan’s other board affiliations include: City of Boston, Climate Action Leadership Committee; City of Boston Green Ribbon Commission, Co-Chair Adaption Working Group’s Steering Committee; Back Bay Association, Board of Directors (Chairman 2006 to 2010).

Bryan received a BBA in 1980 and an MBA in 1982 from Texas Christian University.

Kent Kunkel

Vice President & General Manager, Turner Construction

Kent began his career with Turner Construction Company in 1993 in the Boston office. He has held many roles within Turner including: Field Engineer, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, Project Manager, Purchasing Agent, Operations Manager for the SPD Division, Turner Logistics Manager, Development Manager, and finally General Manager of the Boston Office, his role today. Kent became an officer of Turner in 2017.  He is on the Advisory Committee for the Aspire Works organization which focuses on providing work experiences for individuals on the Autism spectrum. Kent resides in Milton, MA with his wife of 20 years and 3 children, Jack, Breanna, and Matthew. He is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Architectural Engineering. 

Steve Kurland

Restaurant Partner / General Manager, EVOO and Za

Steve Kurland is a partner at Za and EVOO, with locations in Cambridge and Arlington. Before partnering with Peter and Colleen McCarthy at Za and EVOO, he worked at several restaurants, including California Pizza Kitchen, Legal Sea Foods, and Bertucci’s. Steve is also involved in mentoring hospitality students at Boston University. Steve most enjoys spending time with his friends and family, especially his daughter, Lulu.

Chris Leary

Principal, Jacobs

Chris is the Managing Director of Projects for the Cambridge Jacobs Global Building Design Office, where he leads an office of just under a hundred architects, engineers, and interior designers. The design work of the Jacobs Cambridge office focuses on technically complex projects such as urban high-rise office and laboratory buildings and inspiring workplaces for established leading global as well as groundbreaking new and local companies. Chris is a registered architect, a LEED Accredited Professional, and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Syracuse University.

Maggie O’Toole

Chief Operating Officer – Executive Vice President, LabCentral

Maggie O’Toole is the executive vice president and chief operating officer at LabCentral. She provides overall direction and guidance to the operational activities of the company and oversees expansion projects including the Harvard Life Lab, a branch of the Harvard Innovation Labs operated by LabCentral as well as MIT’s The Engine. Maggie has more than 20 years of experience in business start-ups working with the founders to establish a company’s infrastructure and ultimately is responsible for business management and daily operations. Prior to LabCentral, she served as director of operations for Pervasis Therapeutics, early-stage biotech acquired by Shire. Previously, she has held management positions with Reputation Technologies; acquired by Security Source, Inc., Synetics, Inc.; acquired by ACS, and Elephant Engineering; acquired by Syntronics, LLC.  Maggie earned her bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Geeta Pradhan

President, Cambridge Community Foundation

Geeta brings a deep background in government and philanthropy to the Cambridge Community Foundation, as well as expertise in community development, urban design and nonprofit research to her role as the Foundation’s first president.

She served as a foundation leader overseeing strategic initiatives at the Boston Foundation. As part of that work, she led the development of the Fairmount Corridor, organized the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, co-founded the Boston Indicators Project and directed the New Economy Initiative using technology and data to drive social change.

Geeta serves on the Family Policy Council for Cambridge, is a member of the Birth to Third Grade Partnership Steering Committee, district planning committees for the Cambridge Superintendent of Schools, and the Mayor’s Women’s Pay Equity Committee.She studied architecture in India and received her masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Eric Quadrino

Owner, ​Sulmona Restaurant

Eric Quadrino has owned and operated various restaurants across Kendall Square since 2008. He is currently an owner and financial controller in Sulmona Restaurant Group, Mex Taqueria & Bar, and Mexcito Restaurant. Eric began his career in financial services with Citigroup Asset Management before pursuing his true passions of food and hospitality. He enjoys spending time with his family, food, wine, and Michigan Athletics. Go Blue!

Mark Roopenian

Managing Director, DivcoWest Real Estate Investments

As Managing Director of DivcoWest Real Estate Investments, Mark Roopenian leads all leasing and marketing initiatives of the Company’s Cambridge Crossing development, a 45 acre, 4.5 million square foot mixed-use project located in the cities of Cambridge, Somerville and Boston, MA. Mark joined DivcoWest in 2015 bringing over 30 years of ground-up development and leasing experience having played significant roles in projects such as One International Place, John Hancock Tower, and Trip Advisor’s world headquarters. Mark has been deeply involved in all aspects of planning and permitting of Cambridge Crossing, the largest development in Cambridge’s history, and is focused on attracting world-class tenants to this one-of-a-kind project and city

Prior to joining DivcoWest, Mark was a Principal with Normandy Real Estate Partners, a leading real estate operator and investment manager, overseeing all leasing and development activities for the Greater Boston and Los Angeles markets. Prior to that Mark oversaw all leasing and suburban development activities for the Chiofaro Company, a Boston area real estate development firm.

Mark graduated from Boston College with a degree in Marketing and was a defensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League prior to starting his real estate career. A Boston native, Mark is active in numerous local community and charitable organizations including CASPAR, Cambridge Family & Children Services, East End House, CYO and others. He currently lives in Sudbury, MA with his wife and has 3 grown children.

Mike Shires

Head of Corporate Services, Takeda

Mike is responsible for a number of functions at Takeda, including Financial and HR Shared Services, Travel, Meetings & Events, Real Estate, Facilities and Security. Takeda is a global leader in rare disease therapies and Mike’s teams ensures efficient infrastructure as an enabler for Takeda’s mission – deliver life saving treatments to patients whose lives depend on those therapies.

Prior to this current role, Mike co-led the integration of Shire/Baxalta. In addition, he was Vice President, Program and Portfolio Management at Baxalta and Baxter. Other roles include working in divisions of Motorola and 3Com. He started his career in the aerospace industry with the US government and Lockheed-Martin.

Robin Walker

Chief Legal Officer, Goldfinch Bio

Robin Walker is a dynamic and forward-thinking leader who serves as Chief Legal Officer for Goldfinch Bio. Robin leverages over 20 years of in-house and law firm experience to oversee the legal department at Stoke.

Prior to joining the Goldfinch Bio team in 2020, she was the Senior Vice President, Head of Legal at Stoke Therapeutics, she also served as Senior Vice President, Head of Legal at Casebia Therapeutics; an Associate General Counsel at Biogen; Senior Corporate Counsel for Staples Inc.; and as an associate at K&L Gates LLP, formerly Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, where she focused on securities, corporate governance, licensing, and mergers and acquisitions.

Her past and present service include time as President of the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Bar Foundation; member of board of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Chapter, where she also chairs the Diversity & Inclusion Committee; the Board of Trustees of the Shady Hill School; the Dean’s Advisory Committee of Boston University School of Law; the U.S. Government Relations Committee of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine; and the Government Relations Committee of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy.

Robin earned her B.A. from Vassar College and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Currently, Robin lives in Lexington, MA and enjoys reading, traveling, cheering on the New England Patriots (win or lose), and spending time with her husband and two sons.

Cathleen Wardley

General Manager, Boston Marriott Cambridge

Cathleen graduated from the business school at the University of New Hampshire and began her Marriott career as a management trainee in New York. She progressed through a series of sales roles before becoming general manager. She served as general manager of the Peabody Marriott and the Residence Inn Cambridge, where she was awarded Marriott’s General Manager of the Year. Cathleen has served as past chairperson of Marriott’s Boston Business Council. She is currently the guidance chairperson for four of the northeast Marriott Business Councils. Cathleen and her husband live in Ipswich, MA. Cathleen enjoys biking, boating, and exploring New England’s hidden harbors.