SARAH GALLOP Chair
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.
BRIAN DACEY Vice Chair
President, 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.
ROBERT URBAN Vice Chair
Retired Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center Boston
Robert G. Urban has over 25 years of international experience in the healthcare industry. Until September 2018 Robert was the Global Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, LLC. – a distinct business unit of J&J that serves as the Company’s enterprise-level externally facing R&D investment platform. While at J&J Robert was a member the R&D Management Committee (RDMC), the group chartered to oversee the allocation of the company’s ~$10B annual R&D budget. Under his leadership, the J&J Innovation brand and global platform was launched and became the #1 recognized cross-sector (pharm, med device and consumer) innovation leader with a portfolio encompassing over 400 individual investments, including a globally distributed suite of incubators (JLABS) hosting over 300 start-ups and collectively generating a risk adjust enterprise value of over $5B. Prior to joining J&J, Robert was the founding Executive Director of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); an academic institution that has launched over fifty MIT start-ups since its opening. He was previously the CEO of Acretia Inc., a privately held intellectual property arbitrage organization, and has also held founding and executive positions at ZYCOS Inc. and Pangaea Pharmaceuticals. Robert has served on the Board of many companies and organizations. He has in-depth experience in global organizational management, healthcare product development and fundraising. Robert holds both bachelor and doctoral degrees from the University of Texas System and was an Irvington Fellow in Structural Immunology at Harvard University.
STEVE VINTER Vice Chair
Steve is an executive coach and organizational development consultant. He started at Google in 2007 and served as the site lead and engineer director for Google's Cambridge office for 10 years. He is a founding member of the Board for the Kendall Square Association, member of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council Executive Committee, and Board member of the Community Charter School of Cambridge. Steve has a Master's degree and PhD in Computer Science.
MICHAEL SHIRES Treasurer
Head of Corporate Services, Takeda
Mike is responsible for a number of functions at Takeda, including Financial and HR Shared Services, Travel, Meetings & Events, Real Estate, Facilities and Security. Takeda is a global leader in rare disease therapies and Mike’s teams ensures efficient infrastructure as an enabler for Takeda’s mission - deliver life saving treatments to patients whose lives depend on those therapies.
Prior to this current role, Mike co-led the integration of Shire/Baxalta. In addition, he was Vice President, Program and Portfolio Management at Baxalta and Baxter. Other roles include working in divisions of Motorola and 3Com. He started his career in the aerospace industry with the US government and Lockheed-Martin.
MICHAEL OWU Secretary
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.
Executive Vice President and 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.
President and Founder, Graffito SP
Jesse Baerkahn is the President and Founder of Graffito SP, a Boston-based commercial real estate company best described as part retail brokerage, part creative agency, and part urban design firm. Jesse’s multidisciplinary work at GSP utilizes his transactional training as an attorney and lessons learned through other entrepreneurial endeavors within the real estate, arts and entertainment fields. Jesse was previously a Director and Board Member at the Artisan's Asylum, a non-profit makerspace in Somerville, MA, and Adjunct Faculty Member at CUNY School of Law. Jesse lives in Cambridge, MA and works out of GSP offices in Kendall Square and Boston's Leather District.
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.
Vice President, Commercial Programs, Draper
Tara Clark joined Draper in January 2016, bringing to Draper over 25 years of experience in the
commercialization of biomedical products. Prior to joining Draper, she was the North American
General Manager for Miltenyi Biotec where she initiated and secured FDA approval for the
various medical devices, led the business development efforts, and established the commercial
launch strategies. Recently, she was recognized by the “Boston Business Journal” as a “Woman
to Watch in Science and Technology, 2017”.
As Vice President, Commercial Programs, Tara is responsible for developing and managing the
Company’s business and strategic plans within the Transport, Energy Systems and Biomedical
Program Offices, including the successful execution of programs that support these business
areas. While the Commercial Programs area includes both commercial and government
customers, the emphasis is on leveraging Draper’s broad engineering capabilities and intellectual
property with commercial partners. products into the commercial marketplace.
Tara holds a degree in Microbiology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Executive Director and Records Access 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.
Head of Philips Research, the Americas and Chief Medical Officer Philips North America
Joseph Frassica, MD, is Head of Philips Research, the Americas and Chief Medical Officer Philips North America where he focuses on leading broad-based medical, science and technology teams to bring clinically meaningful innovation to the bedside. Joe also serves as Professor of the Practice at the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Senior Consultant in Pediatric Critical Care at the Massachusetts General Hospital
Prior to joining Philips, Joe served in leadership roles in academic medicine including: Chief Medical Officer at Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida; Chief Medical Information Officer and Executive Medical Director of Aero-Medical Transport for the Jackson Health System; Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Pediatrics and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Anesthesiology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine; Chief of Pediatric Critical Care at UMASS/Memorial Medical Center and Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of Massachusetts Medical School; Attending Pediatric Intensivist at Massachusetts General Hospital; Attending Anesthesiologist at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Chief of Anesthesia at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Boston.
Founder, President and Executive Director, BioLabs and LabCentral
Johannes is a physician-scientist and life science entrepreneur. He is the President and CEO of Biolabs, the national network for biotech co-working spaces and the Executive Director of LabCentral, the largest co-working space for life-science companies in the Boston area. Together, these organizations span all of the major biotech markets in the US and comprise a large number of startup companies (over 150 currently, over 200 companies graduated). Johannes is a General Partner at BioInnovation Capital, an early stage venture capital fund providing capital to startup companies in the life sciences. Johannes studied Medicine in Germany and France. He practiced medicine (internal medicine and OB/Gyn) for several years in Germany before coming to Boston for a post-doc at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. He is an author of 30 peer reviewed articles in the medical literature and inventor on numerous issued and pending patents, mostly on drug delivery and RNAi technologies.
Director of Special Projects, Community Charter School of Cambridge
Caleb is currently advising the new Head of School as she transitions into the role, helping to manage the school’s charter renewal, and handling special projects. Formerly, as Head of School, Caleb was responsible for adherence to the school’s mission, academic program development, student achievement, personnel and staff development, facilities, operations, long-range planning, and financial management. Caleb was a founding member of the CCSC faculty in 2005. Before becoming Head of School, he wore various hats, including that of High School Principal, middle and high school humanities teacher, instructional leader, and basketball coach. Caleb earned a B.A. in history from Brown University and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he was an Urban Scholars Fellow. As a Massachusetts Charter Public School Association board member, he chairs the Governance Committee and the Gateway Cities Charter Alliance. Caleb lives in Cambridge with his wife and three kids and can most commonly be found on his bike, heading to school or home, or from one off-campus meeting to the next.
Senior Vice President for East Coast Leasing, BioMed Realty
Bill Kane is Senior Vice President for East Coast Leasing with BioMed Realty, a real estate provider that owns and operates approximately 12 million square feet of laboratory and office space in both the United States and United Kingdom. Bill is based in BioMed’s Cambridge office and is charged with overseeing the east coast and U.K. markets. Prior to joining BioMed, Bill was responsible for the development of R&D, hospital, and office real estate development projects for the Fallon Company, Davis Marcus Partners, Lyme Properties, and Turner Construction. Mr. Kane received a BS in Civil Engineering from Tufts University, and an MIS/MBA dual degree from Boston University. Bill currently lives with his wife and four children in Marblehead, MA.
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.
Vice President & General Manager, Turner Construction
Kent began his career with Turner Construction Company in 1993 in the Boston office. He has held many roles within Turner including: Field Engineer, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, Project Manager, Purchasing Agent, Operations Manager for the SPD Division, Turner Logistics Manager, Development Manager, and finally General Manager of the Boston Office, his role today. Kent became an officer of Turner in 2017. He is on the Advisory Committee for the Aspire Works organization which focuses on providing work experiences for individuals on the Autism spectrum. Kent resides in Milton, MA with his wife of 20 years and 3 children, Jack (13), Breanna (11), and Matthew (5). He is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Architectural Engineering.
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.
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.
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.
President, Cambridge Community Foundation
Geeta brings a deep background in government and philanthropy to the Cambridge Community Foundation, as well as expertise in community development, urban design and nonprofit research to her role as the Foundation’s first president.
She served as a foundation leader overseeing strategic initiatives at the Boston Foundation. As part of that work, she led the development of the Fairmount Corridor, organized the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, co-founded the Boston Indicators Project and directed the New Economy Initiative using technology and data to drive social change.
Geeta serves on the Family Policy Council for Cambridge, is a member of the Birth to Third Grade Partnership Steering Committee, district planning committees for the Cambridge Superintendent of Schools, and the Mayor’s Women’s Pay Equity Committee.She studied architecture in India and received her masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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.
Managing Director, DivcoWest Real Estate Investments
As Managing Director of DivcoWest Real Estate Investments, Mark Roopenian leads all leasing and marketing initiatives of the Company’s Cambridge Crossing development, a 45 acre, 4.5 million square foot mixed-use project located in the cities of Cambridge, Somerville and Boston, MA. Mark joined DivcoWest in 2015 bringing over 30 years of ground-up development and leasing experience having played significant roles in projects such as One International Place, John Hancock Tower, and Trip Advisor’s world headquarters. Mark has been deeply involved in all aspects of planning and permitting of Cambridge Crossing, the largest development in Cambridge’s history, and is focused on attracting world-class tenants to this one-of-a-kind project and city
Prior to joining DivcoWest, Mark was a Principal with Normandy Real Estate Partners, a leading real estate operator and investment manager, overseeing all leasing and development activities for the Greater Boston and Los Angeles markets. Prior to that Mark oversaw all leasing and suburban development activities for the Chiofaro Company, a Boston area real estate development firm.
Mark graduated from Boston College with a degree in Marketing and was a defensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League prior to starting his real estate career. A Boston native, Mark is active in numerous local community and charitable organizations including CASPAR, Cambridge Family & Children Services, East End House, CYO and others. He currently lives in Sudbury, MA with his wife and has 3 grown children.
Senior Vice President, Head of Legal, Stoke Therapeutics
Robin Walker is a dynamic and forward-thinking leader who serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer for Stoke Therapeutics. Robin leverages over 20 years of in-house and law firm experience to oversee the legal department at Stoke.
Prior to joining the Stoke team in 2019, Robin served Senior Vice President, Head of Legal at Casebia Therapeutics; an Associate General Counsel at Biogen; Senior Corporate Counsel for Staples Inc.; and as an associate at K&L Gates LLP, formerly Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, where she focused on securities, corporate governance, licensing, and mergers and acquisitions.
Her past and present service includes time as President of the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Bar Foundation; member of board of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Chapter, where she also chairs the Diversity & Inclusion Committee; the Board of Trustees of the Shady Hill School; the Dean’s Advisory Committee of Boston University School of Law; the U.S. Government Relations Committee of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine; and the Government Relations Committee of the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy.
Robin earned her B.A. from Vassar College and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Currently, Robin lives in Lexington, MA and enjoys reading, traveling, cheering on the New England Patriots (win or lose), and spending time with her husband and two sons.
President & CEO, Cogo Labs
Mira Wilczek is President and CEO of Cogo Labs and a Senior Partner at Link Ventures. She serves on the Board of Directors at EverQuote, CareDash, and Hopjump, and the Advisory Board of Vestigo Ventures. She is also a Co-Director at the Brahe Educational Foundation. In 2017 Mira was named Top 40 Under 40 by the Boston Business Journal.
Prior to joining Cogo, Mira was founder and CEO of Red Panda Security, Principal Investigator under the DARPA CFT program, and Director of Business Development at Lyric Semiconductor, where she garnered industry recognition including TR50, Silicon 60, and an EE Times ACE Award and led the successful sale of the company to Analog Devices. She started her career as an ethical hacker at IBM, architecting their first automated penetration testing platform.
Mira holds patents both granted and pending in the fields of cyber security and sensor data fusion. She has an S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
General Manager, Boston Marriott Cambridge
Cathleen graduated from the business school at the University of New Hampshire and began her Marriott career as a management trainee in New York. She progressed through a series of sales roles before becoming general manager. She served as general manager of the Peabody Marriott and the Residence Inn Cambridge, where she was awarded Marriott’s General Manager of the Year. Cathleen has served as past chairperson of Marriott’s Boston Business Council. She is currently the guidance chairperson for four of the northeast Marriott Business Councils. Cathleen and her husband live in Ipswich, MA. Cathleen enjoys biking, boating and exploring New England’s hidden harbors.
Software Engineer and Community & Culture Lead, Facebook Boston
Laney Zamore is a software engineer at Facebook Boston, where she also serves as the office’s Community & Culture lead. Laney started at Facebook in 2012 and moved to Cambridge in 2015. During her time at Facebook, Laney has worked on News Feed, GraphQL, and Design Tools. Laney received her BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.