Members of the Workforce Board

Mayor Martin J. Walsh appoints the 36 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


Kenneth C. Montgomery, Chair*First VP and COO, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Joseph E. Aoun*President, Northeastern University
Darren Donovan, Treasurer & Finance Chair*Managing Partner, KPMG Boston
Christine CarmodySenior Vice President, Human Resources, Eversource Energy
Dan CartonDirector, Human Resources, Tufts Medical Center
Roxann CookeSenior Vice President & Regional Manager, Eastern Bank
Donna C. Cupelo*Region President, Verizon
Paul Fleming*Executive Vice President, State Street Corporation
Sophia HolderVice President of Finance, Boston Children's Hospital
Greg JaneyPresident, Janey Construction Management & Consulting
Michael JorgensenGeneral Manager, The Westin Boston Waterfront
Denise KornPresident and CEO, Korn Design
Jeffrey M. Leiden*CEO and President, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Jeanne MacNevin*VP, Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Michael O'NeillEVP, New Business Development, Agency 451
John PepperCEO & Co-Founder, Boloco
Joanne PokaskiDirector of Workforce Development, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
James RooneyPresident & CEO, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
MJ RyanDirector, Workforce Development, Partners HealthCare


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


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


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


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


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