Jackie Grant

Jackie Grant


Jackie Grant is an investment professional at Abingworth, a transatlantic life sciences venture capital firm based in Boston. She has over 12 years of life science experience, including translational research, business development and investing. Jackie represents Abingworth on the boards of Atsena Therapeutics and Nido Biosciences and is an observer on the Anjarium and Glycomine boards.

Previously, Jackie was a Senior Associate at SV Health Investors. She was formerly in the Business Development Group at Genentech with primary responsibility for partnering activities in neuroscience. Her transactions span a broad spectrum of deal structures and therapeutic areas, including technology and platform in-licenses and research collaborations. Jackie has a PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford School of Medicine and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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John Connors, III

John Connors, III

Boathouse Group

John Connors is the Founder & CEO of Boathouse Group. 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.

Margaret Norton

Margaret Norton

Mass General Brigham

Margaret Norton joined Mass General Brigham in 2017 as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the CEO.  She is responsible for ensuring matters related to the CEO are coordinated in a timely, strategic and orderly manner as to ensure the advancement of Mass General Brigham’s goals and objectives.  This includes research, strategic counsel, and editorial support for both internal and external matters, close collaboration with Mass General Brigham’s leadership, and coordination with members of the business and civic communities.

Prior to joining Mass General Brigham, Margaret was Director of Corporate Communications for nearly twenty years at Eversource (previously NSTAR) and was responsible for corporate advertising, branding and related external customer communications, large scale sponsorships, employee and community giving and philanthropy, and employee communications. Prior to joining Eversource, Margaret worked at several Boston public relations agencies and at her alma mater, Emmanuel College.

She has served as a member of the Salvation Army Greater Boston Advisory Board, A Better City, and the board of trustees at Notre Dame Academy Hingham, including three years as board chair.

Margaret received her bachelor of art in English literature and political science from Emmanuel College and her master of science in communications management from Simmons College. She resides in Weymouth, Massachusetts with her husband Michael and their children Maggie, John and Kevin.

Freddie Jacobs

Freddie Jacobs

Northeast Retirement Systems

Freddie Jacobs is Chief Risk Officer for Northeast Retirement Systems (NRS) and its subsidiary Global Trust Company (GTC). Freddie is responsible for the company’s overall compliance, risk, and fund accounting and finance functions. He has over 25 years of experience in the investment industry and joined NRS in 2013.

Prior to joining NRS, Freddie was with JP Morgan where he was responsible for the 40’ Act Compliance Reporting Services Team. Prior to JP Morgan, he was with State Street Bank as a Risk Manager for Investor Services. While at State Street he was responsible for new product reviews, new business risk assessments, risk control self assessments, and other duties related to mitigating operational risk. Prior to State Street’s acquisition of Investors Bank and Trust (IBT), Freddie was the Director of Operational Risk and Compliance for Mutual Fund Administration at IBT. Before joining IBT, he accumulated over ten years of experience in various roles for several organizations. He was the Vice President of Fund Administration for Unified Fund Services (UFS, later acquired by Huntington Bank) in Indianapolis, IN, and was also the CFO for the UFS sponsored Unified Series Trust Fund. Freddie began his career with Arthur Andersen as an auditor in Milwaukee, WI, and later worked at U.S. Bancorp Fund Services as an AVP in Fund Administration and Sunstone Financial Group (later acquired by UMB) as a Financial Analyst.

Freddie graduated from Hampton University with a bachelors of science degree in accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Wisconsin. Freddie has been married for 20 years and has three children.

Anthony Tivnan

Anthony Tivnan

Magellan Jets

Anthony Tivnan, President and Co-Owner of Magellan Jets, was solidified as a major player in the world of private aviation long before the company’s launch, in 2008.

In 2002, a novice to the aviation industry, Anthony made his mark at Jets International. As a member of the sales team, he was quick to become a prominent leader and mentor. After years of leadership and record-breaking sales history, Anthony was eventually appointed as the Executive Vice President. He also managed their retail sales department and sales teams in both Massachusetts and New York City.

Through his leadership, Magellan Jets has seen incredible growth since its inception. In the last four consecutive years, Magellan Jets has been awarded by the Boston Business Journal as one of Massachusetts Fastest Growing Companies, and has made the Inc. 5000 five years consecutively.

Anthony works closely with Magellan Jets marketing and sales divisions to strengthen the brand name and innovate the way Magellan clients utilize business jets. Magellan Jets was the first company to appear on iTunes with their Private Jet Search App, allowing users to search, book and sign for a charter in a matter of minutes all from a smartphone device. The innovation doesn’t stop there; Magellan Jets was also the first jet card provider to launch a Wi-Fi Jet Card for business travelers. With his sales background, Anthony is the ideal candidate to translate the client’s needs and expectations into results. Anthony strives to create and retain strong customer and vendor relationships through his belief in personal attention and open communication. He truly executes the entire operation; from creating the product line, to reaching the audience, to obtaining the trust of each and every client he works with. Anthony was recently featured by Boston Magazine as one of “10 Boston Men of the Moment”.

Anthony frequently speaks at conferences and events about entrepreneurialism, business aviation and innovation. He has spoken as an expert regarding aviation safety during ACSF’s annual symposium at NTSB Training Center in Virginia. He recently spoke at a Camp Harbor View panel for local students, hosted by Boston College and Camp Harbor View. His candid, frank speaking style, and honest commentary at the adversity he has overcome to achieve success is powerful and resonates with his audiences. He was asked to speak on the Transportation Panel during BostInno’s State of Innovation Conference, the Aviation Fraternity National Conference, Bentley College, Harvard University and has appeared as an aviation expert on Fox 25 and other news broadcasts.

Anthony completed pilot ground school at Alpha One Flight School in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He serves on the Board of Directors at Magellan Jets, Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and Camp Harbor View in Boston. Anthony and his team at Magellan Jets volunteer annually at various Camp Harbor View events, as well.

Kanna Kunchala

Kanna Kunchala

City Year

Kanna Kunchala  is Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff at City Year. Kanna first joined the City Year family as a Boston corps member in 1995, and then continued on staff in the communications department and as the Director of CYZYGY, City Year’s National Convention, in 1997.

Kanna then joined the Boston Redevelopment Authority, as Special Assistant to the Director, working on the planning and economic development agenda for the city in the late 1990s. After public service, Kanna moved to the Midwest to attend business school, and subsequently entered the private sector at Goldman Sachs in Chicago as an equity derivatives salesman in 2001. Kanna moved with Goldman to London in 2004, helped build their international and emerging market equity derivatives franchises, and then moved to Barclays in 2011 to build those same businesses again.

Throughout his time in the private sector, Kanna maintained his connection to the service sector by helping to bring City Year to the UK. He was a Founding Board member of City Year UK, and served as the Finance Chair for five years. Kanna also organized the Goldman Sachs Gives Team in London to support the program’s work through donations from senior leaders. Since joining City Year, he is one of the only people to serve as a corps member, staff member, individual donor, corporate sponsor and Board Member.

Kanna is a graduate of Harvard College with a degree in English literature, and later received his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Kanna is married to Jill, and they are raising their three children in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Joseph R. Nolan, Jr.

Joseph R. Nolan, Jr.

Eversource Energy

Joseph R. Nolan, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of Eversource Energy, New England’s largest utility. Eversource serves approximately 4.3 million electric, natural gas and water customers across Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Joe is also a member of Eversource’s Board of Trustees.

Joe joined Eversource in 1985 and served in various customer service and government affairs positions before becoming Vice President of Government Affairs in 1999.  In this role, Joe was instrumental in obtaining support for company policies and positions from the state legislature, federal agencies and the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy. Joe also successfully directed the internal and external communications of electric restructuring and the sale of generating plants. 

He subsequently served as Senior Vice President, Customer & Corporate Relations, then as Executive Vice President, Business Strategy, Customer Care & Corporate Relations. Joe oversaw Eversource’s innovative strategic investments in offshore wind, battery storage, electric vehicles, and other technology. In 2015, Joe also led the company’s comprehensive brand change strategy and three-state rollout, bringing six operating companies together as one customer-facing brand: Eversource.

In addition to his Eversource responsibilities, Joe serves on the Chairman’s Council of Boston Children’s Hospital; on the boards of directors of the New England Council, Sancta Maria Skilled Nursing Facility, the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, the Camp Harbor View Foundation and the Long Island Association; and the advisory board of Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation.  Joe is also active in the communications and government relations committees of the Edison Electric Institute and the American Gas Association.

Joe holds a Master of Business Administration from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, and a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Boston College.  Joe and his wife Therese reside in Belmont, Massachusetts, with their four daughters Olivia, Hannah, Isabelle and Claudia.

Davis Weinstock

Davis Weinstock

Davis Weinstock, former Chairman Emeritus of Mercury Clark & Weinstock, counsels leaders, executives, and complex multinational organizations with respect to strategies relating to positioning and relationships.

His clients have included Harvard Graduate School of Business, Yale University, New York Stock Exchange, Les Bourses, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, and Federal Trade Commission. The roster of private sector clients includes the Chief Executive Officers of many large corporations, including Microsoft, Renault-Nissan, Kering, Groupe Artemis, Ford Motor, Walt Disney, Gillette, Eli Lilly, Conde’ Nast, Goldman Sachs, Volkswagen Group, Four Seasons, JPMorgan Chase, Harley-Davidson, Ralph Lauren and CBS. Additional work as a writer/producer has comprised numerous series and programs for three national networks and the BBC, three plays presented in New York, two feature films, and articles in national publications.

In volunteer activities, Davis served as Chairman of the Board for Beyond Conflict, a global organization offering a powerful new approach to conflict resolution, reconciliation and positive social change. Davis serves on the boards of Nation Institute, W. E. B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, PEN America Center, The Flea Theater, and Protect Our Defenders. He also has chaired and served on the boards of Hopkins School, Bank Street College, CORO, Children’s Defense Fund, and New Visions For Public Schools.

Davis Weinstock was educated at Harvard College and London School of Economics. He is married to the writer Elizabeth Hawes. They have three children and live in Martha’s Vineyard and New York City.


David Hoffmann

David Hoffmann

Inspire Brands

Dave Hoffmann is currently the Senior Advisor to CEO of Inspire Brands. Until December 2020, Dave served as Chief Executive Officer for Dunkin’ Brands. Dave joined Dunkin’ Brands in October 2016 as President of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S., overseeing all operations, marketing and development for the brand domestically. He was appointed to CEO in July 2018, where his responsibilities expanded to include Baskin Robbins as well as the international businesses of both Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins.

Prior to joining Dunkin’ Brands, Dave spent 22 years with McDonald’s Corporation, where he most recently served as President, High Growth Markets, an area that included China, South Korea, Russia and several additional European markets. From 2009 to 2015, he held various leadership roles as part of McDonald’s Asia Pacific Middle East Africa (APMEA), serving as President beginning in 2012 and overseeing the operations of 8,900 restaurants across 37 countries.

Dave began his career with McDonald’s as a crew member while in high school and later rejoined the company, post MBA, through its management training program. Prior to rejoining McDonald’s, he worked for Arthur Andersen.

Having lived or worked in over 40 different markets around the world, Dave has always been passionate about giving back to his local communities. He currently is actively involved in the Dunkin’ Brands Joy in Childhood Foundation, which partners with children’s hospitals, food banks, and nonprofit organizations across the country to bring joy to kids who need it most.

Dave earned a B.S. in accounting from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Lori Cashman

Lori Cashman

Victress Capital

Lori Cashman is the founder and principal investor of Victress Capital, LLC, a boutique venture capital firm focused on investing in early stage companies with tenacious and driven female founders.

In her 20+ years of investing experience, Lori has led the growth of early to late-stage companies. Prior to this, Lori co-founded Lineage Capital, LLC, a Boston-based middle market private equity firm that partners with management and founders to help them realize accelerated growth and value creation and align equity interests with their management teams. Lori is a member of the Board of Visitors for Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, a trustee for Derby Academy, a member of the One Love Boston Regional Leadership Board and the Boston Children’s Hospital’s Developmental Medicine Division’s Philanthropic Advisory Board. She resides in Hingham, Massachusetts with her husband and five children.