We’re guided by a volunteer board of directors that represents Boston’s corporate, education, philanthropic, and civic communities.

Charles K. Gifford (Chad)
BPE Board Chairman, Bank of America (Chairman Emeritus)
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Charles K. Gifford (Chad) is Chairman Emeritus of Bank of America. He served as Chairman of the Corporation from April 1, 2004 until his retirement on January 31, 2005. He continued to serve as a Director of the Corporation until April 26, 2016, when he retired from the Board.

Jesse Solomon
Executive Director, BPE
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Mr. Solomon co-founded and directed Boston Teacher Residency since its inception in 2003. Mr. Solomon was a founding teacher at City on a Hill Public Charter School, one of the first charter school in Massachusetts, serving as head of the math department, lead teacher for curriculum and instruction, and a member of the board of directors. He taught secondary math in urban schools for ten years, and is a National Board certified teacher. He serves on the Board of Directors for Cambridge College and UP Academies Boston/Dorchester, and is a member of Deans for Impact.

Maura Banta
Former Corporate Community Relations Manager, IBM Corporation
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Ms. Banta has worked in marketing, sales, and community relations at IBM since 1973. She is currently responsible for IBM's corporate philanthropy, government relations, and community relations. She also serves as a board member to the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, United Ways of New England, Mass Taxpayers Foundation, Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, and the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Ms. Banta has served as chair of the board of the Mass Business Alliance for Education.

Tammy Battaglino
Former Senior Partner and Co-Head Education Practice, The Parthenon Group
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Ms. Battaglino co-leads the firm's Education Practice. She has advised clients on issues related to operational excellence, strategy development, and new venture creation. Her clients include a wide range of organizations from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, and some of the world's largest foundations. While at Parthenon, Ms. Battaglino has worked extensively with companies in the information and education sector, partnering with clients spanning the K-12, higher education, and corporate training continuum. Ms. Battaglino holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College. She received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Richard Burnes
Founding Member and General Partner, Charles River Ventures
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Mr. Burnes is a Founding Member and General Partner at Charles River Ventures, one of the nation’s major venture capital firms. Mr. Burnes is a trustee of Boston’s Museum of Science, The Boston Foundation, and Vice Chair of the Sea Education Association. He brings extensive experience in the areas of organizational development and leadership.

Reverend Gregory Groover
Pastor, Charles Street AME Church
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Reverend Groover was appointed to the Boston Public Schools School Committee in 2007 and was elected Chair in 2009. He serves as chairman of the Education Committee of the Black Ministerial Alliance in Boston, president of the board at Roxbury Renaissance Center, and board member for YMCA or Greater Boston and Gordon College. A Roxbury resident, Reverand Groover is also a Boston Public Schools parent.

Ellen Guiney
Director Emeritus, BPE
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Ms Guiney led BPE as its executive director for 15 years, introducing a focus on teacher development and a whole-school approach to change. Prior to her work at BPE, Ms. Guiney was Chief Education Advisor to the United States Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and one of the Democratic staff leaders on the reauthorization of Goals 2000 and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1995. A former high school English teacher, Ms. Guiney served as education advisor to Mayor Ray Flynn during Boston’s transition to an appointed school board.

Makeeba McCreary
President, New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund
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Makeeba McCreary joined the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in January 2019 as the first Chief of Learning and Community Engagement. Her portfolio in this role encompasses public programs, learning programs, Interpretation and inclusion overseeing more than 60 full and part time employees, and another 300 active volunteers. Prior to joining the Museum, she was most recently Chief of Staff and then Managing Director and Senior Advisor of External Affairs at Boston Public Schools where she worked with the Mayor, School Committee, Superintendent, and district leadership to engage members of the Boston community and expand their efforts to garner positive attention for the many accomplishments of Boston students, teachers, and alumni. Previously she worked with global brands such as Nike Inc., Jordan Brand, National Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Darden Inc. Makeeba’s early career was spent in direct service delivery with opportunity youth. In addition to her youth-facing work, she has designed, programmed, and driven policy for supported team-problem solving with urban public school teachers. The goal of these efforts was to reduce the disproportionate special education designation of black and latino children – particularly boys. McCreary’s current portfolio touches the early childhood to college pipeline and along the way emphasizes the inclusion of students with special needs, experiencing housing instability and those most marginalized by the opportunity and achievement gaps. McCreary earned her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Boston, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an EdD. from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jal Mehta
Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
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Jal Mehta is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research explores the role of different forms of knowledge in tackling major social and political problems, particularly problems of human improvement. He has also written extensively on what it would take to improve American education, with a particular focus on the professionalization of teaching.

Jal is the author of The Allure of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations and the Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) and the co-editor of The Futures of School Reform (Cambridge: Harvard Education Press, 2012). He is currently working on two projects: In Search of Deeper Learning, a contemporary study of schools, systems, and nations that are seeking to produce ambitious instruction; and The Chastened Dream, a history of the effort to link social science with social policy to achieve social progress. He is co-editor of the Learning Deeply blog at Education Week, and in 2014 was the top-ranked junior faculty scholar in the Rick Hess Education Week rankings. He is also the winner of the Morningstar Teaching Award at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was recently awarded a Radcliffe Fellowship and will be on sabbatical for the 2016-17 academic year.

Kerry H. Sullivan
President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation
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Kerry Herlihy Sullivan is President of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, whose mission is to help advance economic mobility for individuals and families, and to support economic progress in communities across the company’s global footprint. In this role, Sullivan leads a team responsible for philanthropic strategy in support of the company’s commitment to responsible, sustainable growth through a focus on environmental, social and governance issues. The company annually provides $250 million in philanthropic investments to drive economic mobility and social progress, and in 2020 committed an additional $100 million of philanthropy to address health and humanitarian needs brought on by the coronavirus.

Sullivan manages relationships with nonprofit partners that address issues fundamental to economic mobility and social progress in low- and moderate-income communities, including basic needs, workforce development and education through job training and up-skilling, and affordable housing and community revitalization that create pathways for social progress and resiliency. Through these partnerships, the Foundation supports vulnerable populations, including working families, youth and young adults out of school and work, seniors, individuals living with disabilities, veterans, and those impacted by the criminal justice system – enabling them to move forward toward their goals. This work is extended further through the lens of the company’s efforts to address racial equality and economic opportunity in Black and Hispanic-Latino communities, with a focus on creating opportunities for people and communities of color.

Sullivan leads the company’s signature philanthropic programs, Neighborhood Builders®, Neighborhood Champions and Student Leaders®, which recognize the community leadership and service of nonprofit organizations and students in 92 markets across the U.S., with more than $265 million invested since 2004. These locally-delivered programs help advance diverse leaders and change makers who can tackle complex societal challenges. In addition, Sullivan and her team developed the company’s skills-based volunteer corps, Better Money Habits Champions, which supports Bank of America’s purpose to improve financial lives.

She currently serves on the National Board of Directors of Year Up; Mentor, the National Mentoring Partnership; Points of Light; BPE, the Boston Plan for Excellence; the GreenLight Fund and the Boston Public Library Fund.

Sullivan has a BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross-Worcester, Massachusetts,
and earned her MBA from Boston College, Carroll School of Management.