The Camp Harbor View Foundation, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit corporation established in March 2007. The Foundation is responsible for the overall administration of the camp and its programs. In addition, the Foundation spearheads fundraising efforts (Camp Harbor View is supported entirely by private funding), coordinates special events, and develops and maintains relationships with program partners.
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Jack Connors, Jr.
Co-Founder & Chairman, Camp Harbor View
Jack Connors, Jr. is a founding partner of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Inc., a full-service marketing communications company. Under his leadership, Hill, Holliday evolved from a one-room shop, founded in 1968, to one of the top 20 advertising firms in the United States. Its clients are among the most well-known brands in the world, including Dunkin’ Donuts, Bank of America, CVS/Pharmacy and Cadillac. Hill, Holliday is a member of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG).
Jack founded Hill, Holliday with partners George “Jay” Hill, III; Alan Holliday and Stavros “Steve” Cosmopulos. With an initial investment of $1500 each, the four-rented space on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay and opened for business. They scrambled to make the office habitable, secure financing and find leads. As Jack said, recalling those early days, “we called everyone we knew.” The fledgling agency distinguished itself by the hustle and hard work of its principals, along with the creativity and fresh look of their work. They finished their first year with $250,000 in gross billings (producing revenue of $37,500) and a staff of 10.
A recruitment advertising project from New England Mutual Life Insurance resulted in the company’s becoming Hill Holliday’s first real client, and three years later, with the awarding of its entire account, the agency’s first national account. The banking industry became their next target, with three banks added to their roster in 1969 and 1970. The State of Maine tourism account, Brigham’s Ice Cream Shops, Southwick Apparel and Charley’s Saloon followed in rapid succession.
Hill Holliday soon also became known for a specialization in political advertising, beginning with the mayoral re-election campaign of Kevin White. They were regarded as one of the premier political advertising agencies in the business during the 1970’s.
Through the years Hill Holliday became the agency of record for many regional, national and international marquee clients, winning creative awards for many of their campaigns along the way. Gillette, Wang Laboratories, Papa Gino’s, Stride-Rite, Aer Lingus, the Massachusetts State Lottery, Infiniti and the Boston Globe are just a few. The company eventually opened offices in Los Angeles, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Sydney, New York and Hong Kong.
Hill Holliday has been known throughout its history as possessing an unusual ability to build and nurture relationships. Much of that is due not only to Jack Connors’ determination to win business, but also to his genuine interest in people. Early in his career, he became interested and active in the philanthropic life of the city of Boston, serving on boards and leading civic campaigns. In fact, throughout Greater Boston, Jack Connors is known for these efforts as well as for his business acumen. Boston Magazine named him one of the most powerful people in Boston, and he’s been a major force behind initiatives such as Camp Harbor View, The Campaign for Catholic Schools, and The Edward M. Kennedy Institute. What’s more, Mr. Connors is an articulate advocate for Boston’s world-class hospitals, and is a passionate and respected voice in the Catholic community for greater lay participation in the Church. Throughout his years with Hill, Holliday, he often used the collective strengths and talents of the agency to make a difference for dozens of charitable organizations.
Mr. Connors served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Partners HealthCare System for 16 years and became Chairman Emeritus in July 2012. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Partners In Health and the Board of Fellows at Harvard Medical School. He has served on the Boston College Board of Trustees for over 30 years and being Chair of that board for two terms. Mr. Connors has also served on the Board of Directors of Hasbro, Inc.
Born in Boston, Mr. Connors is a graduate of Boston College and resides in Brookline,
Massachusetts. He and his wife, Eileen, have four children and twelve grandchildren.
John Connors, III
Founder/CEO, Boathouse, Inc.
John grew up in the advertising business. He started his career in 1989 at Hill Holliday working for his father, Jack Connors, and remained until its sale in 1998. Soon after, John left to work for McCann-Erickson World Group as CEO of Zentropy Partners, where he led the roll-up of 13 separate Internet service businesses across six countries.
In 2001, after working at the biggest agency in New England and then the biggest agency in the world…John decided to start his own agency. Boathouse is an athletic-minded, team-oriented culture focused on ROI and business building. Clients include blue-chip brands such as Eversource, Lincoln Financial, Steward Health Care, Bose and Cushman & Wakefield.
Darren is the Managing Principal for KPMG’s Boston major market which includes New England and upstate New York. He is responsible for overseeing the delivery of high quality client service, development of marketplace strategy, attracting and retaining talent and promoting diversity and inclusion, and serving as the senior representative of the firm in the marketplace and community.
Darren has over 30 years of experience and has worked for a highly select client base of major financial institutions throughout the U.S. and the world. He serves as Lead Partner for two of KPMG’s largest financial services clients.
Darren is very active in the charitable and civic community and serves on the following Boards of Directors:
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Boston Partners in Education
Citi Performing Arts Center
Darren received his MBA from the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College (CUNY), and his Bachelor’s Degree from Suffolk University Boston.
John F. Fish
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.
John F. Fish is the Chairman and CEO of Suffolk Construction Company. Under his vision and leadership, Suffolk has grown into one of the leading privately held general building contractors in the country. With approximately $2.7 billion in annual revenue, Suffolk is currently ranked #27 on the Engineering News-Record national list of “Top 400 Contractors.”
Mr. Fish is a fixture on numerous Boards focused on improving the economy and raising the competitiveness of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, founding member and former Chair of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP) and was appointed to the Massachusetts Economic Development Planning Council and Israel Innovation Economy Partnership Mission. He also serves on Jobs for Mass, is former Chair and current Executive Committee member for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the National Business Roundtable.
Mr. Fish is committed to helping young people succeed through education and innovative programming. He is the Chairman of the Board at Boston College, the first non-alumnus to ever fulfill that role, and he is a Trustee at the prestigious private school Tabor Academy. He is also the founder and Chairman of Scholar Athletes, a program that leverages the proven link between school athletics participation and strong academic performance to improve the academic performance of 4,000 inner-city high school students in the Boston Public Schools. Mr. Fish recently expanded Scholar Athletes to Springfield, Massachusetts and has ambitious plans to broaden the program’s scope throughout the East and West Coasts. Mr. Fish also serves on the Board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Catholic Schools Foundation, Camp Harbor View and the Boston Bruins Foundation, and he is a Trustee to the Board at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
As a result of his leadership and involvement in the business and philanthropic communities, Mr. Fish was ranked number one on Boston Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People in Boston” list in 2012 and 2015. He was also featured in that publication’s list of “25 Most Influential People in Boston Philanthropy” in 2013, and was included on its list of “75 Bold Thinkers who are Shaping Our City (and the World)” in 2014. He received “Most Admired CEO” recognition by the Boston Business Journal and has been included on that business publication’s POWER 50 List in for the past three years.
Mr. Fish has received numerous awards and has been formally recognized by many organizations for the positive impact he has made on the Commonwealth’s economy, community and quality of life. He received the Eileen and Jack Connors’ Founders Award for his work on improving Catholic education, Boston Municipal Research Bureau’s Henry L. Shattuck City Champion Award for his overall contributions to the public good, and the “James F. Cleary Masters Award” for his fundraising leadership on behalf of Boston College. He also received the “New Englander of the Year Award” from the New England Council and a special Public Service Award from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) recognizing his civic accomplishments. Mr. Fish received the Lewis Family Foundation “CEO Social Leadership Award” for his commitment to inner city children, and the Anti-Defamation League’s “Torch of Liberty” award for his efforts in raising awareness around discrimination.
Mr. Fish is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Technology Degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Vice President for Community Health, Partners HealthCare
Matt Fishman became Director of Community Benefit Programs for Partners in 1994. In 2005, he became Vice President for Community Health. His work focuses on improving systems of care for low income and uninsured patients; improving state payments for health services; participating actively in statewide efforts to reform the Medicaid program and to provide affordable coverage for the uninsured through the state’s health care reform legislation. He also leads Partners’s efforts to collaborate with community health centers and other community-based organizations to make measurable progress on tough public health problems (including racial disparities, cancer, alcohol and substance abuse among young people, infant mortality, domestic violence, and immigrant health) in the urban communities the Partners system serves. Workforce development initiatives, in collaboration with the Partners hospitals, are another important element of his work. These initiatives focus on providing lower wage workers and community residents with options for moving up the health care career ladder through additional education and training.
Previously, Mr. Fishman worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). As a Deland Fellow, he was a key participant in designing and implementing new efforts to respond to rising infant mortality rates in Boston. To carry out the hospital’s commitments, he established and became the first Director of BWH’s Center for Perinatal and Family Health (now the Office for Women, Family, and Community Programs). At the same time, he was the Operations Director for BWH’s Emergency Department (ED) for three years. He led efforts to improve ED patient satisfaction by improving ED systems and ED collaboration with inpatient units and other hospital departments.
Mr. Fishman began his career in state government. He served as Budget Director for the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare and then as Assistant Secretary of Human Services during the second and third terms of Governor Michael Dukakis. He helped to develop and obtain legislative financing for what became a nationally recognized job training, employment, and child care program for women on public assistance, and he played a major role in the first effort to design and finance a statewide universal health coverage system. He also led efforts to improve services for the elderly, expand substance abuse and HIV/AIDS treatment, and convert underutilized hospitals to other uses.
Mr. Fishman serves on the Board of the Institute for Community Health (a collaboration of Cambridge Health Alliance, Mt. Auburn Hospital, MGH, and Partners). He is a graduate of Harvard College.
Christopher E. Goode
Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs and Public Policy, Dell Technologies
Christopher E. Goode is Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs and Public Policy at Dell Technologies, a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. In this position, Goode is responsible for managing the interests of EMC on various state, federal and global public policy issues of importance to EMC’s competitiveness and growth.
In addition, Goode manages EMC’s Office of Global Corporate Community Involvement, where he oversees Dell Technologies philanthropic support for education reform, improvements to math and science education, and other local and global philanthropic activities.
During his twenty years in the public policy field, Goode previously was the Director of Public Policy at the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, an organization of eighty of Massachusetts’ leading chief executives, where he led the Roundtable’s efforts on major issues of long term importance to Massachusetts, ranging from education reform to transportation infrastructure improvement. Previously to that, Goode served as Director of State Relations at Boston University, where he led initiatives on real estate development, state scholarship aid, the Boston University/Chelsea Schools Partnership, and other issues.
Examples of Goode’s public policy and philanthropic responsibilities:
• John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Board of Directors; Chairman, Technology Committee
• Camp Harbor View, Boston, MA, Board of Directors
• Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Executive Committee, Board of Directors
• Technology CEO Council, Washington, DC, Policy Committee
• The New England Council, Board of Directors,
• Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
• Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, Board of Directors, (gubernatorial appointment) (former)
• The Business Roundtable Education Task Force, Washington, DC, Chairman, Coordinating Committee (former)
• Dorchester Boys & Girls Club, Dorchester, Massachusetts, Board of Directors (former)
• Information Technology Industry Council, Washington, DC, Board of Directors (former)
Born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, Goode graduated from the Boston Latin School and Holy Cross College, and lives in Hingham with his wife and three children.
Managing Director, Kelly Family Foundation
Sonja Kelly is the Managing Director of the Kelly Family Foundation. She has a B.A. from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. from the Boston College Caroll School. After a career in consulting and commercial banking she took time off to raise her three children. She has been the Managing Director of the Kelly Family Foundation since 2011. The Kelly Family Foundation supports organizations which focus on the education and mentoring of young people and giving them the tools to succeed.
She served on the Whittier Street Health Center Foundation Board, with responsibilities including serving on the Annual Roast committee, serving as a member of Women for Whittier and Chairing the Board for a year. She currently is on the Boards of Camp Harbor View and Mass Mentoring Partnership, where she is the Membership Chair. She also serves on the Storybook Ball Committee for MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
President, Boston Red Sox
Sam Kennedy became President of the Boston Red Sox on October 16, 2015, succeeding President/CEO emeritus Larry Lucchino. As President, Kennedy has oversight over the club and its operations. In addition to his Red Sox role, Kennedy is also President of Fenway Sports Management (FSM).
A native of Brookline, MA who grew up within walking distance of Fenway Park, Kennedy, 42, joined the Red Sox as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships in 2002. He was among the first wave of executives the current ownership group brought to Boston from the San Diego Padres, where Kennedy had worked the previous six years. Kennedy immediately distinguished himself, playing a key role in the revitalization of the Red Sox brand and the dramatic growth of the team’s financial base through the creation of new revenue streams. Kennedy was also intimately involved in the preservation and transformation of Fenway Park and the transformation of the ballpark experience.
Prior to assuming the role of club President, Kennedy served as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer from September 2009 to October 2015. While in that post, he oversaw the team’s general business matters including ticketing (sales, operations and service), corporate sponsorship, broadcasting, marketing, social media, advertising, Fenway Enterprises (non-baseball activities at Fenway Park), and all client services.
One of Kennedy’s proudest accomplishments is the wide range of fans that have experienced Fenway Park’s unique charm due to the expansion of entertainment offerings at the ballpark including concerts, ice hockey games, and soccer matches featuring the iconic Liverpool Football Club. The 2015 Winter Season at Fenway Park epitomized the possibilities for the 104 year old ballpark. The “off-season” started in November when Fenway Park played host to the “Shamrock Series,” a college football game between the University of Notre Dame and Boston College and culminated in February with “Big Air,” a ski and snowboarding spectacle featuring a 140-foot ramp that loomed high above the ballpark’s light towers. In between those events, the Winter Season featured four traditional Thanksgiving High School Football games and brought the Irish sport of hurling to Fenway for the first time in over 60 years.
In 2004, Kennedy helped create Fenway Sports Management, formerly Fenway Sports Group, which has emerged as one of the most well respected international sports sales and representation agencies in its 11-year history. FSM is one of the portfolio of companies owned by Fenway Sports Group, which includes the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club (LFC), an 80% stake in the New England Sports Network (NESN) and 50% of Roush Fenway Racing (RFR). As FSM’s President, Kennedy oversees all aspects of the operations featuring a client roster that includes the Red Sox, LFC, NESN, RFR, Boston College, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the Deutsche Bank Championship, and NBA superstar LeBron James.
Kennedy, who was classmates at Brookline High School with former Red Sox General Manager and current Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, began his career in baseball in 1993, when he was an intern in the ticket department of the New York Yankees. In 1996, he was hired by his mentor, Larry Lucchino, at the San Diego Padres. As the Padres Executive Director/Corporate Partnerships and Broadcasting, he tripled sponsorship revenues in a six-year span. Kennedy also played an integral role in securing financing and developing the sales and marketing strategy for Petco Park, the Padres’ downtown ballpark.
In October 2007, Kennedy was named one of the Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Award recipients, which recognizes 40 of Boston’s best and brightest young professionals. In 2008, 2010, and 2013, Kennedy was selected as one of Sports Business Journal’s Forty under 40 Award recipients and inducted into the publication’s Hall of Fame. This national honor placed him in the company of the most influential and creative young professionals in the business of sports.
A former captain of the baseball team at Brookline High and member of the ice hockey team, Kennedy graduated from Trinity College (CT) in 1995. Kennedy currently serves on the board of the Wellesley Youth Hockey Association and The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Kennedy also has served as a volunteer hockey coach for the past eight years.
Kennedy and his wife of 17 years, Amanda, reside in Wellesley, MA, with their 12-year-old son, Jimmy, and 11-year-old daughter, Ally.
Nicholas President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
Josh Kraft, Nicholas President and CEO, is in his 27th year of serving youth at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. Prior to accepting his current role in 2008, he was the Founding Executive Director of BGCB’s Gerald and Darlene Jordan Club in Chelsea.
For 15 years, he led the after-school program from the basement of a public housing development, until the current state-of-the-art building could be built. Josh serves on the boards of Beaver Country Day School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and is an Overseer for Lasell College. He received his Bachelor’s from Williams College, and his Master’s in Education and Social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Chief of Staff, Connors Family Office
President, Camp Harbor View Foundation
Sharon McNally is the President of the Camp Harbor View Foundation, which is responsible for meeting the financial and management needs of Camp Harbor View, a summer day-camp and year-round support system for at-risk children in Boston. She is also the Chief of Staff in the Connors Family Office, and in that role supports the philanthropic, political and business activities of Jack Connors, Jr., founder and former CEO of Hill Holliday and Chairman Emeritus of Partners Healthcare.
Sharon is a past president and member of the Board of Directors of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, the Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care and Vice-Chair of its board; a member of the Connors Center for Women’s Health Leadership Council at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; a member of the Board of Directors of the Camp Harbor View Foundation; a member of the Board of Directors for Beyond Conflict; and a member of the Board of Overseers at Summer Search.
Sharon earned a B.A.in Government at Colby College. A lifelong Boston-area resident, she and her husband live in Boston and have three grown children.
Managing Principal, Income Research Management
Bill joined IR+M in September 1994 and is one of the three Managing Principals. He serves as the Director of the Investment Team and is responsible for investment results and all investment activity. Bill is a member of the Management and Executive Committees and participates in the Product, Best Execution, and Investment Governance Committees.
Prior to IR+M, Bill was a Vice President at Wellington Management Company, LLP. Before joining Wellington in 1989, Bill worked at The Vanguard Group and in Morgan Stanley’s Fixed Income Division.
Bill has BA in Political Science from Amherst College (1984) and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1989).
James S. Phalen
Vice Chairman, Phalen Leadership Academy
James S. Phalen is vice chairman of Phalen Leadership Academy a nonprofit charter school network serving K-12 students. The network presently operates 5 schools serving approximately 2500 scholars.
Mr. Phalen retired from State Street Bank in 2017 as a vice chairman and member of the management committee. During his career, he managed the firm’s international businesses, technology and operations, asset management business and most recently lead regulatory affairs and compliance.
Prior to State Street Mr. Phalen was the chairman and chief executive officer of Citistreet, a private company that provided retirement and healthcare administrative services to firms in the US and Australia. Before joining Citistreet, Mr Phalen was the President and CEO of Boston Financial (BFDS) a private company providing shareholder record keeping services to Mutual Funds.
Mr. Phalen is Chairman of the Boston Medical Center System Board. He is also a Board member of Camp Harbor View and Phalen Leadership Academy. Jim holds a degree from Boston College and graduated from Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He also attended the executive development program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.
President and Chief Creative Officer, Rafanelli Events
Bryan Rafanelli serves as president and chief creative officer of Rafanelli Events, where he works hand-in-hand with his clients to transform their visions into unforgettable experiences. Known best for his customized approach to every project, Rafanelli marries a unique and exquisite sense of style with careful attention to detail to ensure each event is truly exceptional.
Rafanelli has become synonymous with perfection, making him the go-to event planner for many of the nation’s most exclusive and high profile events and celebrations. Over the past 20 years, Rafanelli Events has produced more than 2,000 events in 50 cities, 23 states, and 9 countries. These range in size from 15 to 15,000 attendees.
Notably, Rafanelli and his team led the concept, design and strategic planning of Chelsea Clinton’s wedding to Marc Mezvinsky in 2010, for Matt Damon and Luciana Barrosso’s vow renewal ceremony in St. Lucia in 2013 (presided over by Jimmy Kimmel), and for the nuptials of Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita in 2013. Most recently, Rafanelli Events planned actress Allison Williams and Ricky Van Veen’s wedding.
Rafanelli’s expertise extends to private events, corporate functions and non-profit fundraisers for high profile clients such as President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House, Arianna Huffington, the Clinton Family, Boston Red Sox, Louis Vuitton, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Dana-Farber and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, to name a few.
Focused on presenting each client’s individual brand, Rafanelli has built a business around his personal philosophy — that every event is a unique creative challenge deserving of a one-of-a-kind approach. To achieve this, his focus lies in creating a company with core expertise beyond design and party planning. His team consists of strategic thinkers who listen to, respect and understand some of the most talented people, smartest companies and strongest brands in the world. Rafanelli experiences are truly innovative, delivering clients their version of perfection while providing the highest level of service, personalization and thoughtfulness.
Rafanelli’s work has caught the attention of today’s leading media, highlighting his unique approach, from planning a flawless event to his careful attention to discretion and respect for his clients’ privacy. He was named one of Martha Stewart Weddings’ 2015 Top Wedding planners and one of the World’s Best Event Planners by Departures magazine in 2014. His work has been seen in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, People, New York, and on cbsnews.com, vanityfair.com, newyorker.com and more. Rafanelli has also appeared as an industry expert on television programs including: “The
Martha Stewart Show,” ABC’s “Good Morning America”, NBC’s “The Today Show” and as a regular contributor on New England Cable News’ “Morning Show.”
Rafanelli Events was founded in 1996. Today, the company operates as a full-service event design, strategy, planning and production company with more than 100 events annually in venues and cities around the world. Founded in Boston, Rafanelli Events also has offices in New York City and Palm Beach.
Rafanelli’s philanthropic work is as integral to him as his “day job.” He serves on the regional board of the US Fund for UNICEF, on the board of directors of Camp Harbor View, Boys & Girls Club of Boston, and Huntington Theatre and on the Advisory Committee of Mass General Hospital for Children.
President & Chief Operating Officer, Beacon Capital Partners
Mr. Seigel is President and Chief Operating Officer of Beacon Capital Partners and is based in Boston. He joined Beacon in 2001. Previously, Mr. Seigel was Managing Director of Latona Associates, Inc., a private merchant bank. Prior to that Mr. Seigel spent six years as President and Director of Energy Capital Partners, a company he founded that specialized in financing energy projects throughout the US. He is a member of The Real Estate Roundtable, and also serves on the Board of Directors of The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for The United State Senate and the Board of Directors of Camp Harbor View.
Orlando C. Watkins
Vice President for Program, Boston Foundation
Orlando C. Watkins is Vice president for Program at the Boston Foundation, where he oversees a discretionary grants fund of roughly $16 million and leads a Program Department staff of two dozen people who work across five core grant-making impact areas – Education, Health and Wellness, Jobs and Economic Development, Neighborhoods and Housing, and Arts and Culture – and two crosscutting strategy areas, Nonprofit Effectiveness and Grassroots.
Formerly Executive Vice President at Match Education, Orlando has over 20 years of experience developing and strengthening educational and community-based organizations. Prior to joining Match, Orlando held the position of Senior Director at the Boston Foundation, with responsibility for developing philanthropic partnerships with like-minded foundations and donors who are interested in strengthening communities through data driven, high impact initiatives. Before joining the Boston Foundation, Orlando served as Chief Development Officer for BELL, a leading national education organization. Prior to BELL, he spent several years as Vice President of Programs for the Greater New Orleans Foundation, including the years immediately following Hurricane Katrina.
Orlando’s career has also included significant leadership roles in government and in higher education including a Governor Appointment as Executive Director of the Louisiana Serve Commission.
Orlando started his career as a social entrepreneur in Atlanta, GA where he co-founded FreeForm Academy, a private school for young children and served as founding Director of the NASA funded Inspiring Careers in Engineering Mathematics and Science at Morehouse College. Orlando has served on numerous boards including the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, New Schools for New Orleans, City Year Louisiana, the Institute for the Study of Race and Poverty at Tulane University, the International Center for Nonprofit Leadership at the University of New Orleans, Associated Grant Makers and MATCH Education/Charter Schools. Orlando is a graduate of Morehouse College and a recipient of the prestigious Echoing Green fellowship.
Melissa Weiner Janfaza
Melissa Weiner Janfaza and her husband, Andy, have four children, Rachel, Zachary, Noah, and Rebecca and reside in Weston, MA. Before becoming a full-time mom, Melissa was a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with The New England Home for Little Wanderers, and worked in their group home for children ages eight to thirteen. Melissa has been active as a volunteer with Jewish Family and Childrens Service since 1997.
She is currently chair of their Center for Early Relationship Support Committee. Melissa joined the Board of Directors for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2013, and serves as one of their current campaign co- chairs. Melissa also serves on the Board of Directors for The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston (2014) and currently serves as a co-chair for their women’s philanthropy group; The Artemis Circle. Melissa has her BS in Psychology and MSW from Boston University.
Peter M. Welsh Strategic Consulting Services
I founded my company, Peter M. Welsh Strategic Consulting Services, in 2014 with a simple business strategy: leverage over 20 years of unique experiences in executive public policy positions and private sector leadership on behalf of clients who need that knowledge and experience to advance their businesses or their projects
While my practice has grown quickly, it has also grown deliberately by limiting the number of clients represented so that the time and resources required to meet clients’ objectives can be allocated effectively. The unique relationships with clients are not simply transactional but are working relationships where my consulting services become fully integrated and aligned with the company’s objectives and culture.
As the Founder & President of Peter Welsh Strategic Consulting, Inc., I work with entrepreneurs, education officials, nonprofit leaders and others to help them make THEIR mark on the world.
One signature project I am leading now is the design and construction of Fulbright University Vietnam, the first private, nonprofit university in Vietnam. I was also recently engaged by an Egyptian Development firm to oversee their current project in Orlando Florida, while we look for other opportunities in the U.S. These projects mark an exciting new direction in the focus of my business. While I continue my practice of working with clients whom I have advised for the past 3 years as they’ve significantly grown their companies, my goal is to grow my international business opportunities.
Having spent years working with some of the top business strategist like Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School, The Monitor Group and FMI Management Consultants, I have integrated their theories of strategic planning with my own practical experience and numerous relationships in the business and civic community to provide clients with sound advice based on proven results.
“The major difference between us and the more traditional strategic consultants is that we don’t believe in a formulaic one-size-fits-all approach. Every client has very different needs and no two are ever alike. We take the time to understand their business, their people and their company culture and, in effect, we become part of that business and culture. Oftentimes the introductions we make for them become their long-term relationships and that strengthens their business.”
In my capacity as Chief of Staff and Chief of Policy to the late Mayor Thomas Menino for over a decade, I learned the value of the late Mayor’s well-earned reputation as a neighborhood Mayor. We sought community consensus for projects that would come to redefine those neighborhoods. The nearly bankrupt city-owned Boston City Hospital was transformed into the successful private Boston Medical Center. The South Boston Seaport District that has developed into the booming Boston Innovation District was developed, and Grove Hall in Roxbury and the Blue Hill Avenue Corridor were completely transformed.
As Executive Vice President for Suffolk Construction for twelve years, I assiduously applied those lessons and helped Suffolk become the leading construction management firm in New England, helping to double Suffolk’s Northeast Division’s revenue to nearly $1B with projects accounting for more than 25 percent of the 50 major projects in the city of Boston with a total value of $5.7 billion as Suffolk grew to become the largest construction firm in New England.
Peter Welsh is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he received a B.S., and received his Juris Doctor degree from the New England School of Law. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards in Massachusetts and has been a resident of Boston for over 35 years.