Members of the Workforce Board

Mayor Michelle Wu appoints the members of the business-majority Council which serves as Boston’s workforce development board, chartering the city’s career centers and overseeing federal workforce funding.

*Also members of the PIC Board of Directors

Business

Darren J. Donovan, Chair*Managing Principal, KPMG Boston (Retired)
Stacia Reidy MacNaught, Treasurer*Vice President, External Affairs Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Joseph E. Aoun*President, Northeastern University
Danny Best*Vice President, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Brenda Cassellius*Superintendent, Boston Public Schools
Kevin Churchwell, MD*President and CEO, Boston Children’s Hospital
Pam Y. Eddinger*President, Bunker Hill Community College
Paul Fleming*Executive Vice President, State Street Corporation
Robert Higgins, MD*President, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Chrissy Lynch* Chief of Staff, Massachusetts AFL-CIO
Marcelo Suarez-Orozco*Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Neil Sullivan*Executive Director, Boston Private Industry Council (PIC)
Jeanne MacNevin, Clerk*Chief of Staff, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Kate BennettAdministrator, Boston Housing Authority
Dan CartonDirector, Human Resources, Tufts Medical Center
Harneen ChernowDirector, 1199SEIU Training & Upgrading Fund
Kristin DriscollDirector, Workforce Development, Boston Children’s Hospital
Toni ElkaExecutive Director and Founder, Future Chefs
Greg JaneyPresident, Janey Construction Management & Consulting
Lauren JonesExecutive Vice President, Massachusetts Business Roundtable
Michael JorgensenGeneral Manager, Omni Resorts at the Seaport
Michael O’NeillExecutive VP, New Business Development, Agency 451
John PepperCEO & Co-Founder, Boloco
Joan PhillipsAssistant Commissioner, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Joanne PokaskiAssistant Vice President, Workforce Planning and Development, Beth Israel Lahey Health
James RooneyPresident & CEO, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Mary Jane (MJ) RyanSenior Director, Workforce Development and Economic Opportunity, Mass General Brigham
Sharon Scott-ChandlerExecutive VP & COO, Action for Boston Community Development
Emily Shea Commissioner, Elderly Affairs, City of Boston
Jessica TangPresident, Boston Teachers Union
Steven TompkinsSheriff, Suffolk County
Sacha StadhardPolicy and Program Manager, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Erin TravassosTalent Acquisition Manager, Eversource Energy
James WhalenSenior Vice President and CIO, Boston Properties

Community-Workforce

James WhalenSenior Vice President and CIO, Boston Properties
John DrewPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Action for Boston Community Development
Toni ElkaExecutive Director and Founder, Future Chefs
Lauren Jones Director, Apprenti Massachusetts

Government

Joan PhillipsAssistant Commissioner, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Emily SheaCommissioner, Elderly Affairs, City of Boston
Steven TompkinsSheriff, Suffolk County
Marina ZhavoronkovaAssistant Secretary, Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development

Education-Public

Brenda Cassellius*Superintendent, Boston Public Schools
Pam Y. Eddinger*President, Bunker Hill Community College
Katherine Newman* Interim Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston
Valerie R. Roberson*President, Roxbury Community College

Labor

Harneen ChernowDirector, 1199 SEIU Training & Upgrading Fund
Marie DowneyExecutive Director, Boston Education, Skills & Training (BEST) Corp.
Jessica TangPresident, Boston Teachers Union
Steven A. Tolman*President, Massachusetts AFL-CIO

Committees

The Workforce Development Committee and the Youth Council make spending recommendations on adult and youth service dollars to the full workforce board.

Workforce Development Committee

Harneen Chernow, 1199SEIU Training & Upgrading Fund

Lydia Argo, Boston Housing Authority

Karla Acevedo, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department 

Babak Bagheral, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Midori Mirikowa, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development

Joanne Pokaski, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Sal Pina, Center for Workforce Development

James Sutherland, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Jill Reynolds, Public Consulting Group

MJ Ryan, Partners HealthCare

Marina Zhavoronkova, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Youth Council

Michael O’Neill, Agency 451

Karla Acevedo, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department

Jim Barr, Carpenters’ Apprenticeship and Training Fund

Bing Broderick, Haley House

Rashad Cope, Department of Youth Engagement and Employment

Lori D’avella, Boston Housing Authority

Papa Diop, Department of Youth Engagement and Employment

Ed Frechette, UTEC

Phil Jackson, Boston After School and Beyond

Dan O’Sullivan, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services

Marcella Raines, More Than Words

Joshua Shanck, Starbucks