We also have a small but mighty staff at the KSA. Get to know us!



Co-Director, Office of Government and Community Relations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sarah serves as a liaison with the Cambridge government and community, working with citizens, public officials, businesses, regulatory bodies, and advocacy organizations on projects and issues of mutual interest. In representing MIT, she tries to bring a collaborative problem-solving approach to her interactions with Cambridge stakeholders. She thinks Kendall Square is on fire and feels privileged to be working on its behalf. Before joining MIT, Sarah worked for the City of Boston in various planning and development roles. Sarah received her BA in Political Science from Bates College and her MBA in Organizational Behavior from Boston University.

​​If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?

Author or wildlife preservationist.

BRIAN DACEY Vice President

President, CIC (fka Cambridge Innovation Center)

Brian is an experienced real estate executive and entrepreneur. He has overseen a wide range of commercial, hospitality, retail and residential projects during his career, including the World Trade Center Boston. He is a founding member of the Board for the Kendall Square Association, Chairman of the Board of the Boston College Real Estate Council, and serves as a member of A Better City, the Kendall Square Master Plan Committee and Transit Advisory Committee for the City of Cambridge.

​​If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?

Movie director.

ROBERT URBAN Vice President

Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center Boston

Robert leads Johnson & Johnson’s Boston Innovation Center. Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers are home to investment teams that work closely with entrepreneurs to advance products and technology up to proof-of-concept across the pharmaceuticals, medical device and consumer sectors. Prior to J&J, Robert was the founding Executive Director of MIT’s Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Robert has co-founded multiple biopharmaceutical companies, held a variety of R&D leadership/operational roles and served as an advisor or board member in the industry. Robert received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Microbiology and his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Texas system and was an Irvington Fellow in structural immunology at Harvard University.

​If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?


STEVE VINTER Vice President

​Engineering Director, Google

Steve is a site lead and engineering director for the Google office in Cambridge, having overseen the growth of the office from 40 to over 900 people. Steve works on Google Play and is involved in Life Science-related projects in Cambridge.

​If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?

Professional photographer.


Executive Vice President, Regional Market Director, Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc.

Tom Andrews serves as the Executive Vice President Regional Market Director for Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Tom has 26 years of experience in the development and management of office and life science facilities, including 16 years heading Alexandria’s acquisition, development, leasing, and asset management activities in Greater Boston. Under Tom’s leadership, Greater Boston has become Alexandria’s largest region, with properties totaling 4.5M RSF, and over 1.1M RSF of additional development .

Prior to Alexandria, Tom served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Research Park. Tom earned degrees from Cornell University and the MIT Center for Real Estate.

​If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?

Professional golfer.


Director – Real Estate, MIT Investment Management Company

Michael Owu is the Director of Real Estate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investment Management Company where he manages the planning and development of the Institute’s commercial real estate portfolio in Cambridge. Mike graduated from MIT in 1986.



Team Lead, Operations and Outreach, Shell TechWorks Boston

Ellen Avery joined Shell TechWorks–an R&D center focused on accelerating the deployment of technology solutions within Shell by leveraging technologies and capabilities from outside the energy sector–in May 2013 as the Lead for Operations and Outreach. She wears a number of hats in the organization, and manages projects that range from Communications to Real Estate. Before joining Shell TechWorks, Ellen served as Community Relations Manager at Draper Laboratory, where she oversaw the Lab’s STEM outreach initiatives and philanthropic programs. Ellen earned her bachelor’s degree from Clark University, and holds a MLIS from Simmons College.


Senior Campus Planner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Office of Campus Planning

Kelley Brown is a senior campus planner with the Office of Campus Planning at MIT. He represents MIT in a variety of transportation and civic projects, seeking to improve access for all modes of transportation on the campus and in the broader community. He also provides public approval management services for a variety of MIT building projects. He has worked for 30 years in the public, private and non-profit sectors as a planner and project manager. He has a Master in City Planning (MCP) from MIT, an MBA in public and non-profit management from Boston University, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

​If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?

Blogger and podcaster.


General Manager, Americas, Abcam

Bill is responsible for commercial operations in the Americas for Abcam. Abcam is a global life science reagent company that helps scientists discover more, faster. Bill also serves as site head for the office in Kendall Square and oversees the office in San Francisco. He has worked at Abcam for 11 years in various roles starting from an entry level position in Scientific Support. Bill received a PhD in Biology from Brown University and completed a four year postdoc at Harvard Medical School prior to joining Abcam. He has authored or co-authored 16 scientific publications.

If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?

Personal trainer.


Director, Acquisitions & Asset Management, DivcoWest

Tim is responsible for east coast acquisitions, asset management and development activity for DivcoWest. DivcoWest’s Greater Boston investment activity includes the acquisition of more than 4.5 million square feet of commercial property office including nearly 1.0 million square feet in East Cambridge. Prior to his role at DivcoWest, Tim worked in the capital markets group at Transwestern RBJ. He has a BA in Economics from Amherst College and an MS in Real Estate Development from MIT. Tim is also a member of NAIOP.

If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?

Basketball coach.


Founder and Chairman, Endeavour Partners

Michael A. M. Davies is an executive, academic, entrepreneur, and globally recognized thought leader. His work focuses on technology, innovation, and leadership.

In 2003, Michael founded Endeavour Partners, a boutique strategy consulting firm that enables business leaders to anticipate the future, navigate opportunities, and innovate for growth. In addition to his role as Endeavour Partners' chairman, Michael is also a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Guest Lecturer at London Business School.

Michael looks forward to sharing his insights in his forthcoming book, which will identify and predict the continuing transformational influences of mobile technology on society. ​

If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?

Open side flanker for the All Blacks - New Zealand's National Rugby team, or an architect.


Executive Redevelopment Officer, Cambridge Redevelopment Authority

Tom has led the CRA through an organizational restructuring and strategic planning process, launching new development initiatives in Kendall Square. Before coming to the CRA, Tom worked in MassDOT’s Office of Transportation Planning where he wrote sustainable transportation policies including the state’s GreenDOT Implementation Plan and the Healthy Transportation Policy Directive. Previously, Tom served as the Planning Division Manager of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, facilitating the planning, adoption, and implementation of signature revitalization plans along the southeast waterfront of San Francisco. He holds a Masters of City Planning from University of California and a bachelors in environmental biology.

If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?



Director, Community Relations, Draper

Kathleen leads Draper’s community relations, including corporate giving and STEM K-12 programs, and special projects. She established Draper’s media relations function and previously led corporate communications and special events. She serves on the boards of Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, Cambridge Compact for Sustainability, and SparkingLife, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting fitness for life. She holds a B.A. from St. John’s University and M.A. from Northeastern University.

If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?



Executive Vice President, Boston Region, Boston Properties

Bryan Koop is Executive Vice President, Boston Region for Boston Properties where he oversees all operations, development, new business opportunities and regional operations for the Boston Region. The portfolio of properties includes Kendall Center, the Prudential Center and Marriott Hotel Cambridge, totaling over 14 million square feet of commercial office and retail space. Prior to joining Boston Properties in 1999, Bryan was a Partner at Trammel Crow Company, where he developed commercial office buildings, shopping centers and hotels.

Bryan’s other board affiliations include: City of Boston, Climate Action Leadership Committee; City of Boston Green Ribbon Commission, Co-Chair Adaption Working Group’s Steering Committee; Back Bay Association, Board of Directors (Chairman 2006 to 2010).

Bryan received a BBA in 1980 and an MBA in 1982 from Texas Christian University.

​If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?

Social Physics professor.


Restaurant Partner / General Manager, EVOO and Za

Steve Kurland is a partner at Za and EVOO, with locations in Cambridge and Arlington. Before partnering with Peter and Colleen McCarthy at Za and EVOO, he worked at several restaurants, including California Pizza Kitchen, Legal Sea Foods, and Bertucci's. Steve is also involved in mentoring hospitality students at Boston University. Steve most enjoys spending time with his friends and family, especially his two-year old daughter, Lulu.

If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?



Immigration Attorney and Managing Partner, Clark Lau LLC

Vincent W. Lau is the managing partner of Clark Lau LLC, a national immigration law firm, located in the heart of Kendall Square. Vince counsels employers and employees on a range of temporary and permanent immigration options. His clients include professionals, employers, investors, institutions, and families, and he represents a number of start-up companies. Vince has in-depth experience in obtaining employment visas for professionals with non-traditional duties. Vince received his B.A. from Yale College, M.A. from the Boston College School of Education, and J.D. from the Boston College School of Law.

​If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?



Principal, Jacobs

Chris is the Managing Director of Projects for the Cambridge Jacobs Global Building Design Office, where he leads an office of just under a hundred architects, engineers, and interior designers. The design work of the Jacobs Cambridge office focuses on technically complex projects such as urban high-rise office and laboratory buildings and inspiring workplaces for established leading global as well as groundbreaking new and local companies. Chris is a registered architect, a LEED Accredited Professional, and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Syracuse University.

​If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?

Test pilot.


General Manager, Technology & Civic Engagement, Microsoft Corporation

Annmarie Levins is the General Manager for Microsoft’s Technology & Civic Engagement Group. Her team works with government, community, business, and academic leaders in a number of cities, including Boston, to help solve the biggest challenges facing cities. She founded the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center, which focuses on technology, law, and policy and serves on the Executive Committees of the Mass Tech Leadership Council and the New England Council. She joined the Board of the Kendall Square Association in March 2014. Among the issues she works on are STEM education, privacy, interoperability, and intellectual property. Prior to joining the Technology & Civic Engagement team, Annmarie managed the legal team supporting Microsoft’s US and Canadian subsidiaries.

Annmarie received a BA from Brown University and a PhD in politics from Princeton University. A native of Massachusetts, she is based at Microsoft’s New England Research & Development Center in Kendall Square, Cambridge.

​If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?

Professional basketball player.


Executive Vice President, MassBio

Sarah is Executive Vice President at MassBio, overseeing communications, events policy & advocacy, and economic development. Before joining MassBio, Sarah served in a variety of association and policy positions, including Interim Executive Director of the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association and Deputy Chief of Staff in the Department of Business Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Sarah is a graduate of Hartwick College and has a Master’s degree from Northeastern University. She also successfully completed the Emerging Leaders Program at the Center for Collaborative Leadership at UMass Boston and served for six years as a Selectman in the town of Dedham.

​If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?

My old profession - newspaper reporter. I truly believe that a professional, critical and curious free press is critical to a vibrant and free society. And you get paid to ask interesting people questions all day!


Site Lead, Facebook Boston

Ryan leads Facebook's Boston-area engineering office located in Kendall Square. He is best known for his work on Facebook's Timeline, improving photo quality, and speeding up Facebook's MySQL databases. From the launch of Facebook Boston in 2011, Mack has focused on hiring infrastructure experts to help solve the performance and scalability challenges of scaling a service to billions of people. Before his time at Facebook, Mack was a game developer for some of Southern California's most notorious video game companies including Rockstar San Diego and Sony Computer Entertainment.

​If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?



Chief Communications Officer, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Lee McGuire, Chief Communications Officer at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, oversees external and internal communications, including science writing, media relations, web development, events, video, social media, and graphic design. Before joining the Broad Institute in 2015 as Director of Communications, McGuire served on the Superintendent’s executive leadership team as Chief Communications Officer for the Boston Public Schools. McGuire is a reporter by training and spent ten years as a broadcast journalist covering government and health care policy for television stations in Boise, Austin and Houston. He earned a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University and a Masters Degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

​If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?

New profession? I just started this job! But seriously, folks, I'd run an adventure park for friendly dogs.


Vice President, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Martin Mullins is the chief operating officer at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. He previously served as: Vice President for Licensing, Georgetown University; Associate Vice President for Licensing, Case Western Reserve University; and, Senior Technology Licensing Manager and Interim Director, Office of Technology Licensing and Industry Sponsored Research, Harvard Medical School. Prior to arriving in the United States, he held positions with BioResearch Ireland and Eli Lilly & Co. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biochemistry from University College Cork, Ireland. Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research is a nonprofit, independent research and educational institution. Wholly independent in its governance, finances and research programs, Whitehead shares a close affiliation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology through its faculty, who hold joint MIT appointments.


Rich Paret, Senior Director, Software Engineering

Rich leads engineering for the Twitter developer platform. Prior to joining Twitter, Rich was head of engineering at crash-reporting solution Crashlytics, which was acquired by Twitter. Earlier, he was the senior director of engineering at Brightcove, an online video platform.

Rich earned a B.S. degree in Information Systems from Northeastern University. He is @richparet on Twitter.

If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?



Director of Property Management, BioMed Realty

Wendy Pierce serves as the Director of Property Management for the Boston and Cambridge Market with BioMed Realty, the leading provider of real estate solutions to the life science community with almost 19 million rentable square feet in the U.S. and U.K. Prior to joining BioMed Realty, Wendy was responsible for overseeing and managing a portfolio of approximately four million square feet of Class A office space in Boston and Cambridge with Jones Lang LaSalle. Wendy has approximately 30 years of experience in the real estate industry.

If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?

Race car driver.


Owner, MexiCali Burrito Co. and Sulmona

Eric Quadrino is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He left Citigroup Asset Management in 2005 to pursue his passions for entrepreneurship, hospitality and cooking. Eric opened MexiCali Burrito in 2008, MexiCali Burrito Cabana in 2012 and Sulmona in 2016. He is a founding member of the Kendall Square Association and currently resides on their Board of Directors.

If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?



General Manager, Boston Marriott Cambridge

Thirty five year Marriott veteran Alan Smith is the General Manager of the landmark Boston Marriott Cambridge, located in the heart of Kendall Square. Previously he served as General Manager, Courtyard Boston Downtown; Resident Manager, Boston Marriott Cambridge; Director of Finance, Boston Marriott Copley; Controller, Key Bridge Marriott; and Controller, Greenbelt Marriott. Alan holds a Bachelor of Science, with distinction, from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration. He is a member of the Cornell Hotel Society. Alan chaired the Boston Marriott Business Council from 2007 through 2009, during which time the Council was recognized as Marriott’s “Business Council of the Year”.

If you could choose a new profession, what would it be?

A master brewer at Montana Aleworks in Bozeman, MT.