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City Year Boston Board Members

Diane Exeter
Isabel "Izzy" Barros
Doug Beaudoin
Chris Biotti

Sandra Lopez Burke
Reed Chisholm
Scott Collins
Sally Dornaus

Latoyia Edwards
Corinne Ferguson



Stephen Hoffmeister
Lisa Lebovitz
Dianne Ledingham

Eran Lobel
Josh McCall
Kate Mead
Jeannette Mills
Marion Mussafer
Joe Nedder
Cynthia K. Orellana




Paul Reville
Molly Shannon
Sam Texeira
Aaron von Staats
James Ward
Janelle Woods-McNish


Diane Exter

Diane J. Exter, Board Chair

Diane is a retired Managing Director of Bain Capital.   Diane helped start Bain Capital's debt business, Sankaty Advisors (now named Bain Capital Credit), in 1997 and, before retiring, was responsible for the oversight of Sankaty's loan portfolio and involved in overall firm management.  Bain Capital Credit, a leading investment management firm, has approximately $29 billion of capital under management.  Prior to joining Bain Capital, Diane was a Managing Director at BankBoston. Diane received an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Grove City College.
In addition to the City Year Boston board, Diane is also on the board of Combined Jewish Philanthropies.  Diane is married and has two sons.

Isabel "Izzy" Barros '12 '13, Alumni Board Chair

School Adjustment Counselor, Somerville Public Schools

Isabel is an educational advocate and self-proclaimed comedian. Isabel served as a City Year Boston AmeriCorps member at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School for two years. During her time as an AmeriCorps member, she discovered her passion for working with young people and serving her community. 

Following City Year Isabel taught at a non-profit teaching business and life skills to 18-24 year olds. Her reality in education took shape and she started a graduate program to become a School Adjustment Counselor. She is currently licensed and in that role at a PreK-8 in Somerville Public Schools supporting students' mental health and academic needs. She firmly believes in creating a school community that includes parents, educators, students, and the greater community as thought partners. In her spare time, Isabel can be found at the beach. 

Doug BeaudoinFinance Committee Chair

Principal National Managing Director – LSHC (US), Global LSHC Consulting Industry Leader,
Deloitte Consulting LLP 

Mr. Beaudoin is the National Managing Director and Global Industry Leader for Life Sciences & Health Care Consulting and serves on the Deloitte Consulting Management Committee. Doug has focused his career on assisting not-for-profit health systems and organizations in improving operating performance, financial efficiency and customer service including most of the health systems in the Greater Boston Area as well as Nationally.

Doug lives in Milton, MA with his family including his three primary school aged children and previously lived in the South End of Boston. He has had the opportunity to work with City Year including: build-out of the Corps Member Mentoring Program in Boston; expansion of the mentorship program to other cities; sponsor of Deloitte’s pro-bono work for both City Year Boston and National; and attendee and contributor to Starry Starry Night for six consecutive years.

Doug is also a Board member of the Haas School of Business – University of California Berkeley, Milton Foundation for Education, and Client Service - Partners Healthcare, Lahey Clinic, BIDMC, South Shore Hospital, Cape Cod Hospital. Doug holds his B.A. from University of Western Ontario and an M.H.A. from the University of Ottawa.

Chris Biotti, Managing Director, Division Executive

Chris Biotti is the New England Division Executive at Bank of America, Private Bank. In this role he is responsible for driving responsible growth in New England and Upstate New York and enhancing collaboration across the firm. Chris works with Advisors to enhance the client experience by facilitating discussion of client priorities, anticipating needs and integrating the extensive resources of Bank of America, Private Bank. Chris looks to drive value by maintaining client focus. He believes strongly in the value of in-depth analysis that infuses customized client strategies across a range of needs: family, legacy, business and philanthropy. Chris is also responsible for identifying, hiring and mentoring new Advisors for the region. He relishes the opportunity to help Advisors broaden their skills and improve their client outreach. Team oriented, Chris defines success relative to the Advisors in his region. Pointing to the extensive offerings of the Private Bank, Chris notes that Advisors are able to address both sides of a client’s balance sheet through an extensive complement of services and strategies: investment management, concentrated and restricted stock guidance, specialty asset management, liquidity event planning, credit structuring, wealth transfer strategies, and charitable giving. Chris actively participates in diversity networks at Bank of America and is the executive co-sponsor of the Massachusetts Pride LGBTQ affinity group. Chris also strongly believes in education equality for all children, and currently serves on the Board of City Year, Boston. Chris began his financial services career in 1997. He previously was a Branch Manager and Wealth Advisor at Neuberger Berman in Boston. His tenures also include Regional Director for Lehman Brothers/Neuberger Berman in San Francisco and Private Banker for Deutsche Bank National Trust Company. Chris is a native of Newton, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Belmont Hill School and Harvard University. Chris was drafted in the first round of the 1985 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames after which he played professional ice hockey for six years.

Sandra Lopez Burke

Sandra Lopez Burke

Vice President and Executive Director, City Year Boston

Sandra Lopez Burke has a wealth of experience building public-private partnerships that have successfully helped youth reach their full potential in both the sports and academic sectors. Prior to moving to the Boston area, the native Texan worked for the San Antonio Sports Foundation, where she managed national sporting events and helped establish Dreams for Youth, a program aimed at introducing San Antonio’s disadvantaged youth to Olympic sports. She culminated her decade of service in Texas as the Executive Director of the NCAA Men’s Final Four. In 1998, Sandra relocated to Massachusetts and joined Mayor Menino’s millennial celebration committee as the Vice President of Boston 2000. After the turn of the millennium, Sandra joined City Year, Inc. as the Director of Individual Giving. She subsequently served four years as Vice President and Chief of Staff to the CEO and in 2007, was named Vice President and Executive Director of the organization’s founding site, City Year Boston. In addition to her role at City Year, Sandra is on the board of Dana Hall School in Wellesley. She lives in Dedham and is the mother of four children, two of whom are proud City Year alumnae and one of whom is a U.S. Army veteran.

Reed Chisholm

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Reed is a Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor. He has been with Goldman Sachs for over 24 years. His Boston-based team advises high net worth families, foundations and tax exempt organizations on investment strategy, asset allocation and risk management.  In addition to his work at Goldman Sachs, Reed is also a Trustee at The New England Aquarium and The Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Reed earned his Bachelor of Science in business from Providence College.


Scott Collins

Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Summit Partners

Scott joined Summit Partners in 1996 and is focused primarily on the technology sector. Scott founded the firm's London office in 2001, which he managed through 2016. 

Scott has made investments in -- and served as a board director for -- more than 25 companies. Prior to Summit Partners, Scott worked as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company in the financial institutions group. He also served in a variety of U.S. federal government positions, including at the White House and Department of Justice. 

Scott holds an AB in economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, he was Phi Beta Kappa, Captain of the Varsity Football Team and later served as Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review. 

Scott is a former Elected Director of the Harvard Alumni Association and he currently serves on the Committee on University Resources, Joint Committee on Alumni Affairs and Development, and as a Director of the Harvard Varsity Club. 

Scott was a Founding Trustee of the Private Equity Foundation, a leading venture philanthropy in the U.K. dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged youth, and served on its Board from 2007 to 2012. Scott is an avid cyclist and has been riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge to support cancer research since 1991. Scott holds dual citizenship in the United States and United Kingdom. 

Sally Dornaus

Sally Dornaus, Development Committee Chair

Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Bain Capital Credit

Sally Dornaus joined Bain Capital Credit (formerly Sankaty Advisors) in 2006. She is a Managing Director, the Chief Financial Officer and a Risk & Oversight Committee member. Previously, Mrs. Dornaus was a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Investment Management practice focusing on alternative investment products. Ms. Fassler received an M.S./M.B.A. from Northeastern University and a B.A. from Brandeis University. Mrs. Dornaus is a Certified Public Accountant.

Corinne Ferguson

Corinne Ferguson

Corinne Ferguson grew up in London, England, where after graduating from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a Bachelor of Art honors degree in law, she worked in the financial sector at Hambros Bank. She later spent eight years in Tokyo, where she studied Japanese and worked in public relations for TDK Corporation.

Corinne, her husband Tim, and their four daughters moved to the United States in 1996 and they became US citizens in 2011. Active in the local Boston community since her arrival, Corinne also sits on the boards of Pine Street Inn, New England Conservatory, From the Top, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and Horizons for Homeless Children.

Latoyia Edwards

Morning News Anchor, NBC10 Boston

Latoyia Edwards is one of the most recognizable faces of the Boston Television News Market today. Latoyia is an Emmy award-winning morning news anchor. She works for NBC Universal's brand new triopoly of NBC 10 Boston, NECN, and Telemundo Boston serving millions of viewers each week. Every weekday from 4am-7am, Latoyia brings her energy and credibility guiding viewers in coverage of local, national, and global stories and breaking news on Nbc10Boston Today which leads into the Today Show.  You can also watch Latoyia every Sunday morning on NBC Boston at 11:30am hosting her new show THIS IS NEW ENGLAND which focuses on celebrating the best in our community. 

Latoyia is celebrating 14 years with the company. She has covered a variety of impactful stories including Superbowl Victory Celebrations, World series titles to presidential campaigns, celebrity interviews, to high profile trials. Latoyia has worn many hats, including Health Reporter covering the latest medical breakthroughs, highlighting research at hospitals across New England and producing in-depth stories about health disparities. Latoyia’s medical reporting earned her the coveted Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Coverage Fellowship in Boston, which focuses on public and mental health.  Over her 20 year career in broadcasting, she has flown beyond the clouds covering the Navy's Blue Angel and he even traveled as far away as Paraguay profiling a partnership between that country and the U.S Military. 

She joined the NECN family as a morning live reporter in 2005 arriving from WWLP-22 NBC in Springfield, MA, where she had been a weekday anchor. Latoyia's connection with the community was immediate and she soon worked her way up to the top positions at her station. She began her career as a news writer for WBZ-1030AM radio, and later reported for the Fox affiliate WICZ-TV 40 in Binghamton, NY. 

A native of Boston's historic Dorchester neighborhood, Latoyia feels fortunate to be anchoring and reporting in her hometown. She graduated magna cum laude from Emerson College with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.  She first anchored television for MediaOne cable news network, while also reporting as the morning drive news anchor for the popular radio station WILD 1090AM. Additionally, Latoyia has instructed courses for the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. 

Latoyia is a card-carrying member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She has even served as a former president of the Boston Association of Black Journalists.  In 2002, Edwards competed in and won the Miss Massachusetts USA pageant and represented Massachusetts in the National Miss USA pageant. She is married to the love of her life Jesse Edwards and proud Jack and Jill mom to 2 year-old son Eli and 12-year-old daughter Nina. Latoyia greatly enjoys volunteering with youth groups and charities. 

Stephen Hoffmeister

Managing Director, Advent International

Stephen is a Managing Director at Advent International. Previously, he worked at Bain Capital LLC and Bain & Company. Stephen co-chaired the City Year Boston Investment Community Breakfast for a number of years and now serves as a vice-chair on the event committee for the breakfast and was a member of City Year Boston's Seven Generations Board before joining the CYB Board. Stephen earned a Bachelor of Commerce, First Class Honors, from Queen’s University in Canada and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Lisa Lebovitz

Lisa Lebovitz has been an active volunteer with Reach Out and Read since 1999, providing strategic and marketing counsel to the organization on the Board of Directors. Lebovitz started the Safe at Home Program in 2000 to support families coping with dementia disorders. She also serves on the Board of Trustees at the Meadowbrook School in Weston. Her work experience includes Bronner Slosberg Humphrey (Digitas), Loyalty Management Group (AirMiles), and Bain & Company. Lebovitz, who was honored as Reach Out and Read's 2013 Literacy Champion, is a graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Business School.

Lisa and her husband Stephen live in Weston. They have four children, all Meadowbrook School student and alum. She is also involved with Jewish Family & Children Services Boston. Lisa is a Red Jacket Society Member and has been on CYB’s Seven Generations since 2014.


Dianne Ledingham

Dianne Ledingham

Partner and Director, Bain & Company

Dianne Ledingham is a Director in Bain & Company’s Boston office. She is one of Bain’s senior leaders in the North America Technology, Media and Telecom practice area. She is also the global leader of Bain’s Sales and Channel Effectiveness practice area. Dianne joined Bain as a consultant in 1990.

In addition to her consulting responsibilities, Dianne is currently the Chairperson of Bain’s Global Promotion and Compensation Committee. She was recently re-elected for a two year term on Bain’s Board of Directors. She is actively involved in consulting recruiting and has led several talent initiatives locally, regionally and globally.

Dianne has performed some pro-bono consulting over the years, including the original charter and strategy for America’s Promise and advising Boston Public Schools on improving attendance. She is currently working with the headmaster and Board of Trustees of the Fessenden School to help develop its next strategic plan.

Prior to joining Bain & Company, Dianne worked for IBM as an engineer designing integrated circuits and planar circuit boards. She also held positions in marketing and sales at IBM. During her Bain tenure, Dianne also pursued an externship for a client and acted as the Sales and Marketing VP running operations for a software division while the company was conducting an executive search.

Dianne earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School with distinction. She is a graduate of Brown University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with honors. Dianne is married with three children and resides in Wellesley.

Eran Lobel,  Media and Government Relations Committee Chair

CEO/Executive Producer, ELEMENT productions

Eran founded ELEMENT productions in 1998 and grew it into one of Boston’s premiere full service production and post-production companies. He leads a talented team of directors, producers and editors and has produced award winning commercials, web video, television programs, and documentaries. Element works with top brands such as Nike, GMC, Subway, Dunkin Donuts, Buick, Fidelity, Verizon, Hasbro, and ESPN. Their agency clients include Hill Holliday, BBDO, MMB, Digitas, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Arnold.  The company’s objective is to manage a creative and efficient production and post-production workflow and to provide fully integrated services to maximize its clients’ needs. Element is a member of AICP and Eran is a founding board member of both FILMA and the Massachusetts Production Coalition (MPC) and is an active board member of the Boston Ad Club. He is a graduate of UMass Amherst and received an MBA from Boston University.  

Eran has served on City Year Boston’s Seven Generations Board since FY15 and joined the CYB Board's Media and Government Relations Committee in FY16, where he has been an active and valuable member.

Eran’s wife, Lisa Lobel, is the Co-Founder/Casting Director, Boston Casting. She currently focuses her efforts on growing and managing Boston Casting’s 60,000 person online database and is a leader in innovative technologies for the casting industry. She’s also a former early childhood educator in Boston and former elementary school teacher in New York City. Eran and Lisa have three children.

Josh McCall

Chairman and CEO, Jack Morton Worldwide

Josh McCall is Chairman and CEO of Jack Morton Worldwide, the world’s leading brand experience agency. He instills an ideas-focused culture that drives the agency to create extraordinary work that transforms client brands and business.

Josh has been an integral part of Jack Morton since 1984. Prior to becoming CEO in 2003 and Chairman in 2007, he served in various capacities of increasing responsibility from an Account Executive to Chief Operating Officer. Under his leadership, the agency has expanded its reach across the US, Europe, Australia, Asia and South America and has been recognized for its creativity, winning dozens of awards that include Cannes Lions, Stevies, Ex Awards, PRO Awards, and Webby Awards.

Josh’s passion to develop experiences that create emotional connections and strengthen relationships between brands and people pushes the agency to innovate in an increasingly cluttered marketplace. It is this passion that fueled the agency’s recent acquisition of digital shop, Genuine Interactive, enhancing the agency’s core offerings of event marketing, promotional marketing, sponsorship marketing, employee engagement, to include digital, social and mobile.

Josh serves on the board of City Year Boston, a national youth service corps. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, completed business and management training at the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and The Kenan-Flagler School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and holds an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree from Suffolk University in Boston. Josh resides with his wife Alex in Dedham, MA and they are the proud parents of three daughters.

Kate Mead

Institutional Equity Portfolio Manager (IPM), MFS 

Kate Mead is an Institutional Equity Portfolio Manager (IPM) at MFS and is a member of the Global IPM Leadership team, leading the North American IPM Team.  Kate joined MFS as an equity research analyst in 1997, has been a member of the value portfolio management team since 2002 and the Global IPM Leadership team since 2014.  As an Institutional Portfolio Manager, Kate acts as the “CEO” of her strategies, taking the lead role in thinking strategically about the business, clients, operations and risk management. She has been involved in MFS’ diversity initiatives and is keenly interested in helping to bring more young women into the finance industry and identifying opportunities to develop and progress women already there.  

Kate is actively involved in her community.  She is a firm believer that educational experiences can meaningfully change people’s lives. She has been a member of Villanova’s School of Business Finance Department Advisory Council for the last eight years working closely with the Chairman of the Finance Department and the Dean of the business school advising on curriculum, engaging with their women’s network to help attract more female students into finance, providing strategic input to help shape the long-term vision for VSB and the University, focusing on student preparedness for jobs and working to provide career opportunities for Villanova graduates in the Boston area.  

Kate has also been actively involved with City Year Boston working as a Vice Chair and most recently co-chair for the Women’s Leadership Breakfast.  As a member of City Year’s Women’s Leadership Network and the Red Jacket Society, Kate and her husband Warren have enjoyed sponsoring regular lunches for the unsponsored schools and Civic Engagement Teams.  Kate believes that City Year, its passion for service and all of its inspiring corps members are making a real difference for thousands of Boston Public School Students every year.  She has also been engaged with Horizon’s for Homeless Children, sponsoring a number of play spaces throughout Massachusetts. 

Kate received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1997) and a BS in Finance from Villanova University (1993), graduating Magna Cum Laude.  She is a CFA charterholder and a member of the Boston Society of Security Analysts.  She lives with her husband, two teenaged children and golden retriever in Medfield, MA.  She grew up in Colorado and is an avid skier and hiker. 

Jeannette Mills

Senior Vice President of Safety, Health and Environmental, National Grid 

Jeannette Mills is a dynamic, articulate and results-driven Operational Executive with extensive experience in the Energy and Utilities sectors as well as the Consumer Services sector. She has a proven track record of delivering solid achievements in the development, transformation and profitable management of client facing operations. Ms. Mills is adept at building consensus to achieve corporate goals in operations and organizational redesign, driving greater customer satisfaction, efficient cost containment and, ultimately, improved bottom-line profitability.

Ms. Mills is currently serving as Senior Vice President of Safety, Health and Environmental at National Grid where she is the executive responsible for all aspects of Safety, Health and Environmental within the company’s US region. She is also responsible for ensuring the Company operations provide a high-level of protection for human health, safety, and public welfare.

Prior to joining National Grid, Ms. Mills was appointed to the Maryland Public Service Commission in June 2015 by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan of Maryland where she was a member of a five-person panel that regulated gas, electric, telephone, water, sewage disposal companies, and transportations companies. Ms. Mills served as the Executive Vice President of Take Shape For Life, the direct-selling division of Medifast (NYSE: MED), a leading weight management and healthy living products company. This personal coaching division provided corporate field support for more than 10,000 Independent Health Coaches nationwide. Ms. Mills directed and coached Marketing, Operations and Business Development personnel while collaborating with Health Coach leadership to improve relationships and promote growth. Prior to joining the Senior Executive team of Medifast (NYSE: MED), Ms. Mills was a member of the Board of Directors of Medifast from 2008 until 2013. During her tenure, Ms. Mills served as the Chairperson of the Compensation Committee.

Ms. Mills began her career in 1988 with Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), an Exelon Company (NYSE: EXC), in Baltimore, Maryland. During her career at BGE, Ms. Mills held mission critical positions in the areas of Gas Business Operations and Planning, Business Transformation, Gas and Electric New Business, Electric System Planning, Customer Operations, Resource Management, and Project Engineering. She advanced steadily through increasing levels of trust and responsibility, from Associate Engineer and Engineer to Senior Engineer, Supervisor, Director, Manager, and Vice President.

Ms. Mills holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Loyola University. She was named to Maryland’s Top 100 Women’s Circle of Excellence in 2016. She also received the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Pioneer Award in 2009. Savoy Magazine recognized her in 2008 as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. The Baltimore Business Journal selected her as a “40 under 40” in 2006.

Marion Mussafer 

Marion Mussafer has been extensively involved in child-centered and education-based philanthropies both in the United States and globally. She has been involved with City Year in a variety of capacities for well over a decade. She was a member of the Development Committee for City Year, Inc.’s Board of Trustees, led a service trip to City Year South Africa; was part of the founding team of City Year London, and has traveled to various U.S. cities for fundraising events on behalf of City Year.

Marion was a vice chair for City Year Boston’s Women’s Leadership Breakfast, a co-chair of the annual Starry Starry Night gala, and the inagural chair of City Year Boston's Seven Generations Board. In addition to her work with City Year, Marion served on the Board of Trustees for the Meadowbrook School of Weston for 11 years and currently serves on the Board of Overseers for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. Marion and her husband, David, live in Weston and have four children.

Joe NedderGrowth Advisory Group Committee Chair 

Executive Vice President, Human Resources Officer, Edelman Financial Engines 

Joe Nedder is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Edelman Financial Engines with responsibility for the overall associate experience. Edelman Financial Engines is America’s largest independent investment advisor serving more than 1.1 million clients across the country with comprehensive financial planning and investment advice. Prior to his current role, Joe spent 13 years at Fidelity Investments. Joe served as the chief operating officer for the asset management division where he had responsibility for the core operational elements of the business including: investment operations, compliance, fiduciary oversight, recruiting and human resources. Before assuming that role, Joe served in a number of other operational and human resources roles including: the head of human resources for asset management; the chief operating officer for Pyramis Global Advisors, a Fidelity Investments company focused on servicing the needs of the institutional marketplace; the head of talent management for asset management; and as an in-house performance consultant, supporting multiple business units within Fidelity. Before joining Fidelity, Joe was the chief executive officer at SofCheck, president and chief operating officer at Availant, and a director at Cambridge Technology Partners. Joe began his career as a member of the Edison Management program at General Electric, where he held a variety of positions.  

Joe is a graduate of Dartmouth College. He is also a lecturer for Babson College and remains active with the boards of several local charitable and educational institutions.  

Cynthia Orellana, Vice Chair

Director of Community Partnerships, UMass Boston 

Cynthia’s professional trajectory is reflective of her passion and commitment for inclusive and collaborative practices, bridging the opportunity divide, and driving systems change.  

Most recently, she served as the Assistant Commissioner for Access and Success Strategies at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) and a senior member of the Academic Affairs and Student Success Division. In that role, she led strategic policy projects in support of advancing the Department’s goals for achieving national leadership in college participation.  This involved various leadership roles in the development and implementation of policies and initiatives that increase college readiness and college going rates of the Commonwealth’s students, particularly first-generation to college, low-income and under-represented students.  It also included managing over $2 million in federal and state funded grant programs.   Cynthia represented the DHE with external cross-sector groups within the Commonwealth and regularly engaged with multiple sectors (K-12 districts, higher education institutions, and non-profit organizations) on initiatives to increase student college access and participation, and closing the achievement gap.  In May 2014, she was awarded a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Performance Recognition Program citation for “Exceptional Managerial, Organizational, and/or Communications Achievements.” 

Prior to joining DHE, Cynthia served as Director of the Commonwealth Corps in the Office of Governor Deval Patrick, where she promoted civic engagement through grassroots governance projects as well as managed the Governor’s cornerstone civic engagement initiative - The Commonwealth Corps.  Cynthia’s professional experiences include community organizing and advocacy, community development, politics and campaigns, governance, social policy, and development of startup initiatives. 

Cynthia is a Founding Board Member of Chica Project, a movement to grow the number of Latina leaders in Massachusetts and highlight their capacities and strengths to lead and contribute to the world.  The vision of Chica Project is to create a pipeline of inter-generational Latina leaders connected through mentoring, leadership development and community empowerment activities; while also impacting individual development at various points along the professional and personal journey of participants.  Cynthia has been at the forefront of the organization’s strategic planning and organizational development work. 

Cynthia is a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts and the youngest of four children.  She is the first generation born in the United States and first in her family to attend college. She holds a M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.S. in Political Science from Northeastern University.

Paul Reville

Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, 
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Paul Reville is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the founding director of HGSE's Education Redesign Lab. He completed nearly five years of service as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As Governor Patrick's top education adviser, Reville established a new Executive Office of Education and had oversight of higher education, K-12, and early education in the nation's leading student achievement state. He served in the Governor's Cabinet and played a leading education reform role on matters ranging from the Achievement Gap Act of 2010 and Common Core State Standards to the Commonwealth's highly successful Race to the Top proposal.

Prior to joining the Patrick Administration, Reville had chaired the Massachusetts State Board of Education, founded the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, co-founded the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE), chaired the Massachusetts Reform Review Commission, chaired the Massachusetts Commission on Time and Learning, and served as executive director of the Pew Forum on Standards-Based Reform, a national think tank which convened the U.S.'s leading researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to set the national standards agenda. Reville played a central role in MBAE's development of and advocacy for Massachusetts historic Education Reform Act of 1993. Reville has been a member of the HGSE faculty since 1997 and has served as director of the Education Policy and Management Program.

Reville's career, which combines research, policy, and practice, began with service as a VISTA/youth worker. He served as a teacher and principal of two urban, alternative high schools. Some years later, he founded a local education foundation which was part of the Public Education Network. He is a board member and adviser to a host of organizations, and a frequent writer and speaker on education reform and policy issues. He holds a BA from Colorado College, an MA from Stanford University and five honorary doctorate degrees. He is the father of four children.

Molly Shannon

Partner & Director, Americas Institutional Group, Wellington Management Company

As director of the Americas Institutional Group, Molly oversees the firm’s efforts to serve and grow institutional client relationships in North and South America. Prior to this role, she led our global consultant relations team and served as a senior contact to our largest consultant firm relationships. Molly is president of Wellington Management Advisers, Inc. (WMA), a limited purpose US broker-dealer registered in August 2010, and serves on its board of directors. She also serves on the board of directors of Wellington Trust Company. In addition, she chairs the firm’s Retirement Benefits Committee and the advisory board for the Wellington Management Foundation. She is also a member of the Executive and Fund Approval Committee, and a Diversity Committee senior ambassador.

Before joining Wellington Management in 2003, Molly held a senior position in consultant relations at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (2002 – 2003) and spent six years at DuPont Capital Management in positions as director of Institutional Sales and director of World Wide Pensions (1996 – 2002). She began her career in 1988 as a strategy consultant in the financial markets division of Accenture, formerly Andersen Consulting.

Outside of work, Molly is an active leader in the nonprofit community, where she sits on the Board of the MassArt Foundation and serves on the Investment Committee. Molly is also a member of the Overseers Board of Boston Children’s Hospital, and is actively involved and supports the work of City Year Boston, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Compass Working Capital and St. Cecilia’s Church.

Molly received her JD from Villanova University School of Law (1995) and her BA in economics, with honors, from the University of Notre Dame (1988).

Samuel Texeira ‘13  

Educator, Boston Public Schools 

Sam began his education career in 2012-2013 as a City Year AmeriCorps member. That year he worked in a 6th/7th grade ELA classroom at the Tobin School in Mission Hill. Following that service year Sam was accepted to graduate school at Boston College through the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars program. During this year, in addition to student teaching, Sam worked as a paraprofessional at Dorchester Academy. Sam credits his experience at Boston College and Dorchester Academy with not only preparing him for having his own classroom, but with understanding the critical need for a strong social justice lens in his role as an educator. During this year Sam was also selected to participate in the Male Educators of Color (MEOC) cohort. In 2014 Sam started his first full time teaching job at the Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion K-12 Inclusion School in Dorchester where he currently teaches United States History and Civics.   

Sam facilitates "Strong Men Strong Leaders", an organization at the Henderson Schools that supports boys of color through leadership training, community service, healthy physical competition, combating negative narratives about men of color, and engaging in conversations about successes and challenges in our neighborhoods and lives. Additionally, Sam is the high school teacher representative on the Henderson's Governing Board and the History Department facilitator. Previously Sam has served as a Senior Advisor, Student Council Sponsor, and a former Boston Debate League Coach. Sam has also supported the district as a mentor in the BPS High School to Teacher program, and curriculum writing initiatives.   

Sam is a winner of the 2019 Boston Public Schools Educator of the Year Award. Currently Sam is a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the Urban Education, Leadership, and Policy Studies program. He is a proud resident of Dorchester. 

Aaron von Staats

Aaron von Staats

Corporate Vice President, General Counsel, PTC

Aaron von Staats is corporate vice president, general counsel for PTC. In this position, Aaron is responsible for worldwide legal matters for a $1 billion public technology company, where he manages a worldwide legal and compliance staff.  Aaron was appointed General Counsel of PTC in 2003; he joined the company in 1997.  

Prior to joining PTC, Aaron practiced with the Boston law firm Palmer & Dodge LLP. He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul J. Liacos, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

In addition to serving on the board of City Year Boston he also serves as a board member of the non-profit Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston. He is also a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the Boston Bar Association.

Aaron attended Boston College Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

James Ward

James Ward

Principal, Artemis Capital Partners

James Ward is the Principal at Artemis Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused on growth and buyout investments in industrial technology markets. At Artemis, James is involved in the sourcing and analysis of new investment opportunities including due diligence, market research, deal structuring, and financial analysis. James also works closely with Artemis’s portfolio companies, providing analysis and advice on market, operational, product development, and financial strategy. James joined Artemis in 2011 from Odeon Capital Group’s investment banking team, where he worked with public and private companies from a variety of industries including financial services, software, aerospace, and defense.

James is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a Master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. Now married and living in Boston’s South End, James proudly served as a City Year Boston corps member from 2004-2005 and as a City Year Louisiana senior corps member from 2005-2006. James’s two brothers also served with City Year Boston. He is a fellow with the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program.

Janelle Woods-McNishGovernance and Nomination Committee Chair

Director of Giving and Service, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation 

As Director of Giving and Service, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation (at HPHC since 2007) , Janelle coordinates HPHC’s Co-Team Sponsorship Program and service days for City Year Boston and has also been involved with City Year NH. At City Year Boston, she has been involved with the Women of Color Affinity Group and spoken at the Women's Leadership Breakfast.

Janelle is originally from Dallas, Texas and has three children. She has competed in beauty pageants for over 7 years, holding titles such as pageant judge and Mistress of Ceremony and was most recently crowned Mrs. Massachusetts USA Universal 2015. She is passionate about education, young girls of color, “young women development” (self-image and positive role modeling), and combating sexual exploitation. Janelle describes herself as a foodie and her favorite getaway spot is Puerto Rico.

Prior to her current role at HPHC, she was Manager of Community Giving at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Janelle has her MBA from Simmons School of Management (2014), an MA in Higher Education from Boston College (2006), and her B.B.A in Marketing and International Business from Texas A&M University (2004).