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.


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.


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.


Director, Google

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.


Head of Corporate Services, Shire Pharmaceuticals

Mike is responsible for a number of functions at Shire including- Financial and HR Shared Services, Travel, Meetings & Events, Real Estate, Facilities and Security. Shire is a global leader in rare disease therapies and Mike’s teams ensures efficient infrastructure as an enabler for Shire’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 included – working in divisions of Motorola and 3Com. He started his career in the aerospace industry with the US government and Lockheed-Martin.

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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.


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.


Head of School, Community Charter School of Cambridge

Caleb is 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. 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.


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.


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.


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.


Executive Director, Life Science Cares

Sarah is Executive Director of Life Science Cares, a nonprofit organization harnessing the financial and human resources of the life sciences industry to fight poverty in Greater Boston. Previously, Sarah spend eight years 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.


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.


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.


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 NorthPoint 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 NorthPoint, 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.


Executive Director, Just-A-Start Corporation

Deborah Ruhe is the Executive Director of Just-A-Start Corporation (JAS), a not-for-profit organization providing affordable housing, housing services and education and training programs. Since joining JAS in 2013 she has led strategic planning, and internal restructuring. She was formerly Executive Director of Hosteling International – New England where she oversaw six facilities. She she developed new properties in Hyannis and Boston which enjoy global recognition and have received awards for historic preservation, innovation and green design.

Deborah has held leadership positions of other non-profit organizations in New Hampshire and Boston. She has also served on the boards of several non-profit organizations and community service initiatives. She is currently on the Board of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, Foundry Building Advisory Committee and the Board of Trustees of Old South Church in Boston.

Deborah has been a Cambridge resident for 20 years. She has an MS in Management from Antioch/New England Graduate School.


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.