Board

Officers:

Lynne Doblin, Chair  Bio
Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

Audrey Shelto, Vice Chair Bio
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts

Robert Zaccardi, Treasurer  Bio
JP Morgan Private Bank

Denise Porché, Clerk Bio
The Island Foundation

Jeffrey Poulos, Chief Executive Officer Bio
Philanthropy Massachusetts

Tref Borden, Immediate Past Chair  Bio
Fish Family Foundation

Lori Gazzillo Kiely, At-Large Executive Committee Bio
Bershire Bank Foundation

Giles Li, At-Large Executive Committee Bio
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
 

Directors:

Phil Buchanan Bio
Center for Effective Philanthropy

Kate Carney Larisa Bio
Carney Family Charitable Foundation

Stephen Chan  Bio
The Boston Foundation

Ruth Ellen Fitch  Bio
The Ludcke Foundation

Karen Kelley Gill  Bio
The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation

Josie Greene  Bio
Josephine and Louise Crane Family Foundation

Kate Grundy Bio
The Devonshire Foundation

Deva Hirsch  Bio
The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Foundation

David Howse Bio
ArtsEmerson

Christopher O'Keeffe Bio
Greater Worcester Community Foundation

Geeta Pradhan Bio
Cambridge Community Foundation

Jocelyn Sargent Bio
Independent

Peter Taylor Bio
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Alicia VeritySecond Vice Chair  Bio
Bank of America

Prentice Zinn Bio
GMA Foundations


Bios

Officers:

Lynne Doblin, Chair
The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
Lynne Doblin has served as Executive Director of the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation since 2011.  With the Smith Family Foundation for over a decade, she previously served as its Program Director.  The Smith Family Foundation distributes approximately $13 million in grants each year aimed at promoting the health, educational attainment, and economic mobility of Greater Boston residents. Prior to joining the Smith Family Foundation, Ms. Doblin worked as a senior manager at the City of Charlotte, NC.  During her tenure there, she led the city’s housing, job training and economic development programs and managed City partnerships with community-based organizations. In previous positions she served as a lobbyist for two nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC and worked in international development for a non-governmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. Her educational background includes a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA from Duke University.  She lives in Belmont, MA with her husband and three children.

Audrey Shelto, Vice Chair
Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts
Audrey Shelto is President of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization created to expand access to health care for low-income and vulnerable people in Massachusetts through grants, research, and policy initiatives. Audrey assumed leadership of the Foundation in August 2013. She served as interim president of the Foundation in 2005, helping to shape its policies including the Roadmap to Coverage initiative that led to Massachusetts' landmark 2006 universal health care law. With more than 30 years of experience in health care, Audrey also served as senior vice president of health management at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, chief operating officer of Neighborhood Health Plan, executive director for the Boston Mayor's Advisory Committee on Health Care, associate commissioner of Massachusetts's Department of Mental Health, and assistant budget director for the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance. Audrey holds a master's degree in management of human services from the Heller School at Brandeis University. She serves on the boards of the Justice Resource Institute, the MA Health Policy Forum and Philanthropy Massachusetts. She received the inaugural Art of Healthcare Award from the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center in 2014 and the Thomas M. Menino Award in 2016 from the Disability Policy Consortium.  In 2018, Audrey was honored by the Lynn Community Health Center with their annual women’s award and by the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health with their Spirit of Compassion award.

 Robert Zaccardi, Treasurer
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Robert Zaccardi is an Executive Director with the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Boston, Massachusetts. In this role, Rob advises non-profits, schools, foundations and endowments, ultra-high net worth families, and senior executives across their lending, banking, investing, philanthropic giving and estate planning needs. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Rob served as a Vice President for Strategy and Business Development with Eaton Vance Investment Counsel in Boston where he was responsible for developing the firm’s relationships with area nonprofit organizations, including schools, endowments and foundations, while also working with ultra-high net worth families associated with these institutions.  He is also the founder of Building Capacity, a boutique consulting firm offering a suite of services to successful social entrepreneurs, non-profit executives, and non-profit boards. He earned dual macro practice MSW and Nonprofit Management MBA from Boston University, and a BA in History from Framingham State University. Civically active in the local Boston community, Rob is also a Board member at Technology Goes Home. Rob formerly worked on the Advisory Board of the Boston University School of Education and is the past Chairman of the Board of Boston based InnerCity Weightlifting. Rob resides on the south shore with his two children.

Denise Porché, Clerk
The Island Foundation
Denise Porché is the executive director of the Island Foundation in Marion, MA. In this role, she recently added a global program to the portfolio, and she also founded the Southeastern Massachusetts Food Security Network and the Nonprofit CEO Women’s Group.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Denise was a fellow at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School where she worked on inclusion projects, and was a member of the Harvard Diversity Working Group. Denise also directed the Office for Child Protection for the Diocese of Fall River, where she was responsible for managing compliance and education initiatives in response to the crisis of sexual abuse of children in the Church, and she founded the National Safe Environment Leadership Conference. She also directed the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) for the Diocese by managing fund allocations, providing technical assistance to community organizations, and by serving as a member of the National Advisory Board for CCHD.  Currently, Denise is Exponent Philanthropy’s Local Engagement Group Coordinator for southeastern Massachusetts, and she also serves on many boards, which represent her interests in leadership development, social justice, immigration and the arts.  Denise received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University.

Jeffrey Poulos, Chief Executive Officer
Philanthropy Massachusetts
Since mid-2010, Jeff has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Philanthropy Massachusetts. Jeff is currently the Treasurer of the board of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and Vice Chair of the board of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. Prior to joining Philanthropy MA, Jeff served for ten years as Executive Director of StageSource, the Greater Boston Theatre Alliance, a regional association for theatre artists and organizations. Jeff has also worked at the Huntington Theatre Company in a number of positions and as General Manager at the New Repertory Theatre. Additionally, Jeff has served on the Leadership Team of the national D5 Coalition on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Philanthropy, as Chair of the Arts Services Coalition of Boston, as Board Treasurer of Massachusetts Advocates for Arts Sciences and Humanities, and as a member of The Boston Foundation Arts and Culture Advisory Committee and the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Advisor Corps. In 2007, Jeff was one of 56 arts leaders to attend the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leadership-Arts at Stanford University Graduate School of Business Center for Social Innovation. In 2011, Jeff was awarded the StageSource Theatre Hero Award for his long-time service to the Greater Boston theatre community.  Jeff is a resident of Watertown, Massachusetts and a graduate of Ithaca College.

Tref Borden, Past Chair
Fish Family Foundation
Tref Borden is the Executive Director of the Fish Family Foundation, a Boston-based private foundation  focusing primarily on human services for low-income individuals and families in the Greater Boston area, with a particular interest in immigration and naturalization programs.  As Executive Director of the Foundation, Ms. Borden works closely with its Investment Committee managing the foundation’s assets in addition to managing the Fish Family Office.

Prior to coming to the Fish Family Foundation, Ms. Borden had served as Executive Director of the Tiger Foundation in New York City.  The Tiger Foundation supports educational, vocational, and social services organizations focusing on the lowest-income, highest-risk populations in the city.  Ms. Borden left the Investment Banking field to join Tiger as its founding Executive Director.

Lori Gazzillo, At-Large Executive Committee
Berkshire Bank Foundation 
Lori Gazzillo Kiely is Director of the Berkshire Bank Foundation. In this capacity, she oversees the Bank’s community investment initiatives including Foundation grants, the Volunteer program and Scholarship Program. Each year the Berkshire Bank Foundation contributes nearly $1.6 million to non-profit organizations in Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and Connecticut. Additionally, the Bank’s employees provide over 40,000 hours of service in communities served by Berkshire Bank. Lori came to Berkshire from Legacy Banks, where she spent five years in a similar capacity overseeing public relations, marketing and working with the Foundation. Prior to her banking career, Lori worked for nine years at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts overseeing public relations and communications. She also previously worked for State Senator Jane Swift and on her Congressional campaign and as a reporter for WBRK radio. She serves on the Boards of Directors of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and Multicultural BRIDGE. Lori holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Keene State College and a Master of Educational Administration from MCLA. 

Giles Li, At-Large Executive Committee
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
Giles Li is the Executive Director of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, and has been at BCNC since 2006. With experience in the non-profit sector at the national and local levels, Giles has a proven track record of direct service, advocacy work, and management experience. Having grown up locally in an immigrant family, he has a life-long connection and commitment to the community in and beyond Chinatown. Giles is a recognized thought leader and public speaker in Asian American communities nationwide. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from UMass-Boston and is an alumnus of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Giles has also served as adjunct faculty in the Asian American Studies program at UMass-Boston, and is a cross-sector leader who has served on several boards and committees, including the Task Force for Financial Literacy at the Office of the State Treasurer and on the Advisory Board for the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement.

Directors:

Phil Buchanan
Center for Effective Philanthropy
Phil Buchanan, president of CEP, is a passionate advocate for the importance of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector and deeply committed to the cause of helping foundations and individual donors to maximize their impact. Hired in 2001 as the organization’s first chief executive, Phil has led the growth of CEP into the leading provider of data and insight on philanthropic effectiveness. CEP has been widely credited with bringing the voices of stakeholders to funders and with contributing to an increased emphasis on key elements of effectiveness. Phil is author of Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count, released in the spring of 2019. He is co-author of many CEP research reports, a columnist for The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and a frequent blogger for the CEP Blog. Phil is also co-founder of YouthTruth, an initiative of CEP’s designed to harness student perceptions to help educators and funders accelerate improvements in K–12 schools and classrooms. In 2016, he was named the Nonprofit Times “influencer of the year.” Phil serves on the boards of directors of Philanthropy Massachusetts and the National Council on Aging.

Stephen Chan
The Boston Foundation
Stephen Chan joined the Boston Foundation in September 2010 as Chief of Staff where he oversees strategy and operations, performance evaluation, and human resources.  As a member of the Senior Management Team, Stephen partners with department heads to ensure alignment across mission, strategy, and execution at all levels of the organization, and to monitor organizational performance and effectiveness.  Stephen also provides strategic advice and support to the President in his interactions with the Foundation’s board of directors and as a liaison to external audiences.  He previously worked as Special Assistant to the President at the Boston Foundation from 2004 to 2006.

Stephen most recently served as an Advisor to Mayor Thomas M. Menino at the City of Boston where he developed and managed public-private initiatives in education, community development, and human services.  He led the Boston Food Policy Council and launched the Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives to advance citywide efforts on farmers markets, urban agriculture, food trucks, and healthy school food.  He also helped design and launch the Circle of Promise, an effort to support families in the neighborhoods surrounding Boston’s most challenged public schools through school-community partnerships. Before that, Stephen held a number of consulting roles, including advising the Boston Public Schools Office of Human Resources on the district’s teacher recruitment strategy and conducting research for a healthcare distribution industry association at Booz & Co.

Stephen received his MBA from Harvard Business School, MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and BA with Honors in Public Policy from Stanford University.  He is a board member of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Washington Gateway Main Street, the Massachusetts Governor’s Asian American Commission, and the Membership Committee of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO).  He is also a co-founder of Saffron Circle, Boston’s first Asian giving circle, and been named a Truman National Security Partner and World Economic Forum Global Shaper.He lives in the South End neighborhood of Boston, and enjoys volunteering with his husband Tim for various civic and community initiatives.

Ruth Ellen Fitch
The Ludcke Foundation
Ruth Ellen Fitch served as President and Chief Executive Officer for nine years at The Dimock Center, retiring in June 2013. Prior to her position with Dimock, Ms. Fitch practiced law with Palmer & Dodge LLP where she became the first Black woman partner at a Boston law firm. Before attending law school, Ms. Fitch was Director of the METCO program in the Brookline Public Schools. She also taught Black literature at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where she served for three years on the Law School Administrative Board. She serves as a Director of Health Law Advocates and as a Director of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. She is also a trustee of the Ludcke Foundation. Ms. Fitch received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Curry College in 2011 and an Honorary Doctoral Degree from Simmons College in 2014. She received the Pinnacle Award for achievement in the legal profession from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts Award, the Charles Hamilton Houston Public Service Award from the Harvard Black Law Students Association, and the Distinguished Alumna Award from Girls’ Latin School/Boston Latin Academy, where she has been a commencement speaker.

Karen Kelley Gill
The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation
Karen Kelley Gill serves as the Director of Finance and Operations for the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation.  With more than twenty-five years of experience in the non-profit and philanthropic arena, Karen’s primary expertise is in the area of non-profit finance, operations and strategy. Prior to joining the McGovern Foundation, Karen served as Director of Operations and Administration at the Klarman Family Foundation, as Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer for the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC), and its affiliated organization, the Children’s Investment Fund. Karen has also held finance positions at the National Arts Stabilization Fund (now National Arts Strategies) and at Arena Stage as well as an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy at Tufts University. Karen currently serves on the board of directors of the Boston Center for the Arts. Karen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Business Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Finance from Boston University.

Josie Greene
Josephine and Louise Crane Family Foundation
Josie is the President of the Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation, a fourth-generation private family foundation established in 1956 which supports nonprofit organizations throughout Massachusetts. Josie's background in the mental health field informs her philanthropic work, and she has a particular interest in the impact of systems and trauma on communities and identity development. Prior to becoming involved with her family foundation, Josie was the Assistant Director of Counseling at Mount Ida College in Newton. Among her current interests is identifying ways the philanthropic community can talk about and help address root causes of social inequalities through understanding structural and cultural barriers to equity and how they impact our most historically excluded communities. Josie serves on the Board of Overseers at Boston Children's Hospital and is a member of the McLean Hospital National Council. She received her B.A. In Psychology from American University, in Washington, D.C., and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. She lives in Newton, with her husband Glenn and has two college-aged children.

Kate Grundy
The Devonshire Foundation
Kate Grundy has served as Executive Director of The Devonshire Foundation, a Boston-based private family foundation, since 2014. In this role, Kate collaborates with the board to address systemic issues affecting inner city youth and to affect climate change by encouraging people to live more sustainably. The Devonshire Foundation works to achieve its goals primarily through targeted capacity-building funding. Kate also serves as the Vice President of Foundation Services at Howland Capital Management, where she provides a broad range of grantmaking and management services to foundation clients. Prior, Kate worked in nonprofit management, both as an independent management consultant and as an organizational staff member. She has worked with client innovators through the Social Innovation Forum and Root Cause. Kate also worked at Rosie’s Place, a Boston shelter for poor and homeless women, as Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations and as a senior manager overseeing direct service programs. She continues to volunteer there as a member of the Program and Evaluation Committee.  Kate has also held positions at the National Center on Family Homelessness and Women’s Policy, Inc., a national organization that tracks federal legislation affecting women and families. Kate holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Yale School of Management and Bachelor’s degree in English from Mount Holyoke College.

Deva Hirsch
The Paul and Phyllis Fireman FoundationDeva Hirsch joined the Paul & Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation as Executive Director in May 2015. She currently serves as a member of the GreenLight Fund Boston’s Selection Advisory Committee, the JVS Client Services Committee, the U.S.-Japan Council, the Hands On Tokyo Advisory Board and a mentor with the Tufts University Passport Program. Prior to returning to Boston in 2014, Deva served as Executive Director for the Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation in Atlanta, GA, the founder and president of Hands On Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan and one of two founding Co-Directors and Vice President for Program at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation in Atlanta, GA. Deva obtained her MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Nonprofit Management at Tufts University and her BA in Journalism and Public Relations at the University of Georgia. An almost “native” Atlantan, she was one of eleven co-founders of Hands On Atlanta, a 2000 graduate of Leadership Atlanta and a 2003 YWCA Woman of Achievement.
 

David C. Howse
ArtsEmerson
David C. Howse is a recognized speaker and commentator on the arts and social integration, and for over a decade has been a leader in the nonprofit arts and culture sector. In his role as Associate Vice President of the Office of the Arts at Emerson College and Executive Director of ArtsEmerson, Howse is fiscally and administratively responsible for multiple cultural venues in Downtown Boston. Howse previously served as the Executive Director of the award-winning Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC), an organization that brings youth from the ages of 7 to 18 from the Greater Boston area to create harmony both musically and socially through a shared love of music. The singers’ powerful voices and rich diversity have inspired audiences in Boston and throughout the world. As a founding staff member, Howse was instrumental in helping grow BCC from a pilot project serving 20 kids in 2003 to a vibrant organization educating over 500 singers in 12 choirs in 5 locations.  Howse holds degrees from Bradley University and New England Conservatory of Music and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Next Generation Executive Leadership Program. He remains active with the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, a consortium of 100 of the world’s top cultural leaders, which addresses the critical issues that face the arts and cultural sector world-wide. Howse has received numerous awards for his innovative leadership including Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum Achievement Award and Boston Business Journal's “40 under 40” Award, recognizing him as one Boston’s best and brightest young executives. As a faculty member at the Institute Nonprofit Practice, David teaches a management and leadership seminar to nonprofit managers and executives. David serves on the Board of Corporators for Eastern Bank, Board of Directors of Social Innovation Forum, Chorus America Board of Directors and as a Trustee of the Forbes House Museum. He also serves on the Board of Overseers at the Museum of Fine Arts (Fall 2017) and the corporation of the Community Music Center of Boston. David formerly served on the South Shore Hospital Board of Directors.  He lives outside of Boston with his wife, two young sons, and their four-legged son, Pluto.

Kathleen Carney Larisa
Carney Family Charitable Foundation
Kathleen Carney Larisa is executive director of the Carney Family Charitable Foundation, a family foundation on the South Coast of Massachusetts working in collaboration with funders, nonprofits and anchor community institutions to address the greatest community issues important to the Carney Family.  Kate has a background in public and community based mental health care, the private behavioral healthcare sector and held a private counseling practice. She received both her BA in Human Development and master’s in counseling psychology from Boston College. She did her post graduate work at Boston Medical Center within the Boston Public Health Commission Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program with a focus on opiate addicted pregnant women. She is a licensed mental health counselor and licensed addictions counselor in RI and MA.  Currently she serves as a board member of the Diocese of Fall River Central Board of Catholic Education and member of the Bristol County Savings Bank SouthCoast Advisory Board for their philanthropic community-based work.  She is a member of the SouthCoast Early Childhood Coalition and is a member of the Boston College Board of Regents.  She is a 2018 graduate of Leadership South Coast and served as a project member for Rise Up for Homes homeless initiative.  In the past Kate served on the Diocese of Fall River Task Force for Catholic Education and the Foundation to Advance Catholic Education.  She lives in Dartmouth, MA with her husband, Joe, and their three children, and enjoys running, skiing, and yoga.

Christopher O'Keeffe
Greater Worcester Community Foundation
Chris O’Keeffe is Vice President for Program at the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, among the most respected philanthropic organizations in Central Massachusetts. Expertise, an extensive network of community partnerships and a record of effective, high-impact grant making have made the Foundation a key regional resource. Chris oversees Greater Worcester’s grants and community partnerships. A 21 year veteran of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, he has extensive professional experience in grant making, program development, evaluation of nonprofit performance and fundraising. He lives in Marlborough, MA, where he currently serves as Treasurer of the Marlborough Community Development Corporation and Trustee of the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School.  Chris grew up in New York City and holds an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Syracuse University.

Geeta Pradhan
Cambridge Community Foundation
Geeta, President & CEO, draws on her deep experience in philanthropy, urban planning and economic development to address the needs of Cambridge through the Foundation’s work. She has transformed a local grant-making organization into ‘the’ local giving platform that supports our city’s shared prosperity, social equity and cultural richness. The CCF has been an effective and high impact grant-maker for 100 years; today, it supports approximately 100 nonprofits annually.  The organization has become an influential civic leader, serving as a neutral, civic voice on issues Cambridge faces, and a collaborative philanthropic partner, working with donors, businesses, nonprofits, universities and engaged citizens to address residents’ needs.  Geeta previously worked for the Boston Foundation, where she oversaw the development of the Foundation’s strategic initiatives. She studied architecture in India and holds an MA in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Jocelyn Sargent
Independent
Dr. Jocelyn V. Sargent is the former Executive Director of the Hyams Foundation and was previously the Research and Evaluation Program Officer at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. In that capacity she was responsible for overseeing the foundation’s research and evaluation activities as well as managing grant programs related to mental health research and mental health workforce development. She is an expert on organizational development and the research and evaluation of community development programs. Prior to the Hogg Foundation, Jocelyn was a Program Director and Program Officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She designed and led grantmaking programs targeting the elimination of racial disparities and improving conditions for marginalized communities and served on the Racial Equity; Food, Health & Well Being; Education and Learning and Evaluation teams. Jocelyn served as Program Director of the Institute of African American Research at the University of North Carolina and as Assistant Director for the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. She also was the Deputy Director and Senior Research Associate at the Howard Samuels State Management and Policy Center at City University of New York Graduate Center. Prior, she worked at the Open Society Institute as a Program Director and created and administered the Foundation’s Southern Initiative, an innovative program designed to increase the capacity of grassroots advocacy groups and support community organizing across the American South.  Jocelyn co-founded the Center for Social Inclusion and served as a research advisor and board member for the organization, which supports advocacy strategies for community-based organizations serving low-income and people of color communities.  She has taught politics and research methods at the University of Michigan, Hunter College, New School for Social Research, Barnard College, and Duke University. She is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

Peter Taylor
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Peter Taylor became the fourth president of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in January 2016. Since his arrival, Peter has led the board and staff through a regional community assessment and a strategic planning process resulting in new foundation priorities aimed at increasing educational attainment, community engagement and economic opportunity. During his tenure, the foundation has worked collaboratively with BTCF donors, committees, other funders and community groups to launch multi-year initiatives focused on supporting entrepreneurship, strengthening community engagement through the arts, increasing educational attainment and reducing poverty and substance use. Previously, Peter served as vice president, program development and grantmaking services, at the Maine Community Foundation, a statewide community foundation he joined in 2002. Prior to this role, Peter was associate dean of students at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. His past board service includes chairing Maine Philanthropy Center and Maine Commission for Community Service. Peter is a graduate of Kenyon College and holds a master’s degree from University of Virginia.  He lives in Great Barrington, MA with his wife, Stephanie, and two daughters.

Alicia Verity
Bank of America
Alicia Verity is a Senior Vice President and Massachusetts Market Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility at Bank of America. In this role, she is responsible for programs furthering business integration, employee connectivity, and brand visibility in order to position Bank of America to effectively deliver the entire bank to Massachusetts’ customers, clients, employees and communities.  She provides local intelligence for strategic design and management of initiatives to deepen the bank’s positive impact in the region - through business development and targeted investments including cross-business collaborations, philanthropy, sponsorships, executive engagement, influencer outreach and community volunteerism – which are executed by Ms. Verity and the local market development team she oversees.  Prior to joining Bank of America in 2003, she served as director of investor relations for Liberty Financial Companies (NYSE: L), and in I.R. roles with FitzGerald Communications and Oak Industries (NYSE: OAK).  Earlier in her career, Ms. Verity was based in London as an international trade representative for the State of California's West European Office of Trade and Investments. She began her professional career with the US & Foreign Commercial Services at the Embassy of the United States of America in Paris, France.  Ms. Verity currently serves as an Overseer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, and on the Corporate Advisory Council of Cradles to Crayons.  She has a BA from the American University of Paris, and an MBA from University of Westminster in London.

Prentice Zinn
GMA Foundations
Prentice Zinn is a Director of GMA, responsible for managing several local, regional, and international foundations. He is best known to his clients and colleagues as an advisor, educator, and facilitator. Within the firm’s consulting practice, he leads projects related to strategy development, evaluation, needs assessment, and planning. He is a generalist in philanthropy, but favors wicked challenges related to the environment, public health, community development, and human services. Prentice joined GMA Foundations in 1999 and became a director in 2007.  Prentice grew up in Flint, Michigan and started a lifelong path in the nonprofit sector in high school. His years in Detroit, Denver, and Boston have made him a keen critic of generalizations about nonprofits and philanthropy. He is always eager to share what he is learning about evaluation, governance, participatory research, co-operative economics, community organizing, and organizational development. He is a founding member of Jamaica Plain Cohousing in Boston and a board member of Hesperian Health Guides.  When not training for marathons, Prentice spends his free time recovering from running overuse injuries. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Prentice also earned master’s degrees from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and the Boston University School of Public Health

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