Individual Partners

Paul Grogan

Paul S. Grogan became President and CEO of the Boston Foundation in 2001, coming from Harvard University, where he served as Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs. Earlier, he headed the nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), which raised more than $3 billion of private capital for inner city revitalization across the country under his leadership.

Grogan served in the administrations of mayors Kevin White and Raymond Flynn, pioneering a series of public/private ventures including the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership and the Boston Compact.

Currently, he is a member of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Board of Directors and is a trustee of Williams College. He is the founder and volunteer President of CEOs for Cities, an organization comprised of big-city mayors, corporate leaders and university presidents. He is co-author of Comeback Cities: A Blueprint for Urban Neighborhood Revival, which was published in 2000.

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Mary Jo Meisner

Mary Jo Meisner is Vice President for Communications, Community Relations and Public Affairs at the Boston Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Meisner spent 25 years in the newspaper business. Formerly Editor and Vice Chairman of Community Newspaper Company in Eastern Massachusetts, she served as Editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Managing Editor of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and City Editor of the Washington Post. She serves on the boards of World Boston, the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay, the Greater Boston Food Bank, the ACCESS Scholarship Program and the Women’s Health Leadership Forum of Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

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Charlotte Kahn

Charlotte Kahn is Senior Director of the Boston Indicators Project at the Boston Foundation, which has received local, national and international recognition. She is a co-founder of the Indicators Project, in partnership with the City of Boston and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. Earlier, she directed the Boston persistent Poverty Project for the Boston Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, she was Public Education Fund Director for the Tax Equity Alliance for Massachusetts, and was the founder and long-time Executive Director of Boston Urban Gardeners.

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Geoffrey Beckwith

Geoff Beckwith is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA). In this post, Beckwith is the MMA’s CEO as well as the President/CEO of the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), the MMA’s municipal insurance program. Geoff serves as a liaison to the Municipal Leadership Academy, a joint project of the Dukakis Center and the MMA.

Prior to assuming his position as Executive Director of the MMA in February 1992, Beckwith held a number of posts: Director of Work Environment, Environment, and Technology Policy at UMass-Lowell (1991-1992); Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1985-1991), where he served as Vice Chair of the Government Regulations Committee, and as a member of the Committees on Taxation, Natural Resources & Agriculture, and Housing & Urban Development; Campaign Manager for the Campaign for Massachusetts’ Future (1990); Lecturer in Political Science at Emmanuel College (1990); Assistant to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Commerce and Development (1983-1984); Administrative Assistant to the Reading Board of Selectmen (1982-1983); and Legislative Assistant in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1979-1982).

Beckwith served a three-year term as a member of the Advisory Council of the National League of Cities (NLC). He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the NLC, having been elected to a two-year term for 1996 and 1997, was Vice Chair of the State Municipal League Directors Steering Committee, and is a past Board Member and Chair of NLC-RISC, the NLC-sponsored consortium of municipal insurance programs in over 30 states.

Beckwith is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College, and a former Visiting Scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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David Begelfer

David Begelfer is Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Chapter of NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties), a trade organization that represents the commercial real estate industry. David serves as a liaison with the Center’s Economic Development Partnership. He is the co-chairman of the 495/MetroWest Corridor Partneship Board of Directors, a Board member of the Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development, a member of NAIOP’s National Growth Committee, and serves on numerous state and local advisory committees, including the Superfund Advisory Committee and the Governor’s Central Massachusetts Competitiveness Council. He is a registered lobbyist in Massachusetts. Previously, David was president of The Iver Company, a commercial development company building office and R&D properties in eastern Massachusetts. He has written numerous articles and OpEds and has appeared on numerous panels speaking about development, growth, Brownfields, and environmental issues.

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Ted Carman

Ted Carman has spent over 30 years in the real estate business. After college and grad school, he attended the Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and then served on active duty for 4 years on a Newport based destroyer and on the staff at OCS. His housing career began with the renovation of several historic homes in Newport. He spent the late 60s and the 70s working for and running non-profit community development companies in Providence and in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. This work was primarily focused on the development and management of affordable housing, but also involved downtown redevelopment efforts in Pittsfield and a mill renovation into an arts complex in North Adams.

He moved to Boston in 1980 and since that time has worked in the real estate finance and development fields, primarily focused on market rate housing. With financial partners, he was the developer of the Exeter Mill in Exeter, NH, and of Holt Hall, in Portland, Maine. Both provide new market rate rental housing in historic buildings, and both are on the National Register of Historic Places. He worked with artist groups to develop live-work loft spaces in the Fort Point and South End sections of Boston. In 1992 and 1993 he was the Director of Development for Urban Edge, a Community Development Corporation operating in Boston’s Roxbury and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods. He founded and has been President of Concord Square Planning & Development, Inc. since 1995.

In October of 2002 Mr. Carman wrote a paper which served as the basis for two reports entitled “Building on our Heritage, A Housing Strategy for Smart Growth and Economic Development” (October, 2003), and Chapter 40R School Cost Analysis (May 2004) from the Commonwealth Housing Task Force. He was the principal author of these reports in conjunction with Eleanor White and Professor Barry Bluestone, Dean of the School of Social Science, Urban Affairs and Public Policy at Northeastern University. The recommendations of these reports were incorporated in Chapter 40R of the Massachusetts General Laws, which was passed and signed by the Governor in June, 2004, and in Chapter 40S, which was passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor in November, 2005.

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Alvaro Lima

Alvaro Lima is the Director of Research for the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Originally from Brazil, he recently served as Senior Vice President and Director of Research of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a non-profit organization founded by Harvard Professor Michael Porter. Prior to joining ICIC he was the Director of Economic Development at Urban Edge, a Boston-based community development corporation. He has also worked as Chief of the Economic Development Department of the Ministry of Industry and Energy in Mozambique. In his work in Brazil, he was the Coordinator of Regional Development Projects at the Institute for Social and Economic Research – IPARDES. Mr. Lima holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the New School for Social Research where he is also a PhD candidate.

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Mark Melnik

Mark Melnik is the Deputy Director for Research at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Before joining the BRA in 2007, Mark worked as a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center on The Rebirth of Older Industrial Cities: Exciting Opportunities for Private Sector Investment report, as well as the in development of the Labor Market Assessment Tool (LMAT), a computer-based research tool used to evaluate education, skills, and training requirements associated with various industries. This tool is currently used at the Boston Redevelopment Authority to analyze economic development issues in Boston. Mark earned his bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University in 2000 and his master’s degree from Northeastern University in 2002, both in sociology. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at Northeastern. Mark’s primary areas of interest include urban sociology, political economy, and community analysis.

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Phyllis Segal

As Vice President of Civic Ventures, Ms. Segal leads initiatives aimed at understanding and expanding encore careers as an important source of human talent to meet society’s most pressing needs. These initiatives include action-oriented research such as the 2008 MetLife Foundation/Civic Ventures Encore Career Survey and Survey of Nonprofit Employers, developing new pathways such as encore fellowships, and promoting promising practices. This work builds upon her extensive experience in the nonprofit and public sectors leading organizations, advocating for social justice, teaching and practicing law. She is currently a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and co-founder of the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University. In addition she teaches on the Executive Education Faculty of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and Sloane School at MIT, and recently served on President Barack Obama’s Transition Team, preparing an Agency Review for the incoming administration. In her earlier career, Ms. Segal was the founding Legal Director of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, and subsequently served as the Fund’s President. She also served as Chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and as a trustee and consultant for other nonprofit organizations. In her prior public service Ms. Segal was Chair of the Federal Labor Relations Authority and Deputy Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Clark L. Ziegler

Clark Ziegler joined the Massachusetts Housing Partnership shortly after its inception in 1985 and became Executive Director when MHP was incorporated as a quasi-public state agency in 1990. Under his leadership, MHP has secured $1.2 billion in long-term lines of credit and $44 million in grants from 20 banking institutions including Bank of America, Sovereign, Mellon, Citizens Bank and TD Banknorth. MHP uses these funds to provide long-term financing for affordable housing and neighborhood development. Since its inception MHP has provided financing or technical assistance in more than 315 cities and towns. It has financed more than 13,000 units of affordable rental housing and more than 12,000 affordable homes for low-income first-time buyers.

Between 1976 and 1981 Mr. Ziegler was in Washington, DC as an LBJ Intern, Legislative Assistant and then Administrative Assistant (chief of staff) to Massachusetts Congressman Robert Drinan. He specialized in energy, environmental, budget and tax policy and staffed the House Subcommittee on Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, on which the Congressman served as ranking majority member. From 1983 to 1985 Mr. Ziegler was Deputy Director of Development and Public Affairs at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Mr. Ziegler serves as a governor’s appointee on the board of the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC), which provides technical and financial assistance to community-based nonprofits across Massachusetts. He has served on several blue ribbon housing commissions and chaired a state task force in 2003 that streamlined procedures to eliminate a backlog of cases before the state’s Housing Appeals Committee. He also serves on the board of Housing Partnership Ventures and the Housing Partnership Fund, two nonprofit affiliates of the Housing Partnership Network that are funded by a national consortium of banks and capitalized by the MacArthur Foundation and Fannie Mae. In 2006 he received the Community Service Award from Citizens Housing and Planning Association in recognition of significant long-term contributions to affordable housing.

Mr. Ziegler served as chairman and as a 15-year member of the Finance Committee in Ipswich, Massachusetts, which oversees local spending on municipal government and public education and makes recommendations on zoning and all other matters before Town Meeting. He also helped develop the Town’s first comprehensive development plan as a member of the Growth Management Steering Committee.

Mr. Ziegler has a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College and a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.

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