MassINC announces four new members of its Board of Directors

MassINC today announced the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors.

“Each individual brings with them enormous talent and expertise, as well as a diversity of perspective attained from wide-ranging profiles,” said Greg Torres, president of MassINC and publisher of CommonWealth magazine. “With experience that spans the public, private, and non-profit sectors, from different regions of the state, these new members are a welcome addition to our existing group of prominent advisors.”

Joe Alviani is the vice president for government affairs for Partners Healthcare.  He is responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s public policy strategy at both the state and federal levels of government and responds to the legislative and regulatory needs of the Partners’ hospitals and affiliated entities.

Joe was Secretary of Economic Affairs for the Commonwealth under Governor Michael S. Dukakis and served as Co-Counsel to the House Select Subcommittee on Labor of the US House of Representatives. Immediately prior to joining Partners, Joe was a principal at Alviani & Associates where he provided strategic advice to government, business and non-profit clients. Before that he served as president of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative where he was instrumental in creating the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council. Joe was president of ML Strategies, the consulting subsidiary of the law firm Mintz Levin, where he focused on life sciences, economic development, health care and non-profit organizations.   He was also a partner at the law firms Palmer & Dodge and Goodwin, Proctor & Hoar.

Joe received his B.A. in government from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He was a Fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and an adjunct professor of law at American University Law School.

Stephanie J. Anderson is head of public relations and chief corporate spokesperson for OSRAM SYLVANIA. She directs communications strategy, media messaging and public relations for the largest lighting company in North America. She also serves as president of the company’s employee affinity group steering committee.

An award-winning communications strategist, Anderson provides informative and insightful media commentary on topics ranging from green technology to civic engagement. She has been quoted by CNBC, The Boston Globe and USA Today, among others. Her Twitter updates can be followed @StephieTweet.

An advisor and board member for several non-profit organizations, Anderson comes to the MassINC Board of Directors from the MassINC Associate Board.

Anderson completed the Business Management Institute at Cornell University in 2008. She holds a master of business administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Michigan State University.

Dr. Mary K. Grant is the 11th president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) and the first alumna of the College to serve as its president. Under Dr. Grant’s leadership, MCLA has expanded academic programming and facilities, recruited an array of outstanding new faculty, provided students with new study abroad, internship, and research opportunities, overseen growth in enrollment, strengthened the connections between the College and the community, and become part of the Massachusetts State University System. 

Dr. Grant is the immediate past president and continues to serve as a member of the executive committee of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), which champions public liberal arts education in the United States and Canada, and is a former chair of the Massachusetts State College (now State University) Council of Presidents (COP).

Dr. Grant is an advisor to a number of organizations and initiatives, including the Massachusetts Life Sciences Education Consortium (MLSEC), a workforce development collaboration between higher education and the life sciences industry; the Robert H. Goddard Council on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education, which promotes the sciences in higher education; and the Commonwealth Covenant Fund, which supports college loan relief for students studying to enter fields in the life sciences. Governor Deval Patrick appointed Dr. Grant co-chair of the education and technology subcommittee of the state’s Readiness Project Leadership Council. Dr. Grant serves on the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Advisory Council, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. Most recently, Dr. Grant joined the governing board of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative’s John Adams Innovation Institute, which works to enhance innovation as an integral process of the Massachusetts economy.

Dr. Grant holds a Ph.D. in social policy from The Heller School at Brandeis University, a Master’s degree in public affairs from the John W. McCormack Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Travis McCready is the first Executive Director of the Kendall Square Association, leading the efforts to preserve, promote and advance the interests of Kendall Square, the densest square mile of innovation on the planet and a vibrant place to live, work and play.  Travis was previously the COO and CFO of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, where he oversaw all operations and finance for the Commonwealth’s three convention centers including the award-winning Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.  He also served as Chief of Staff of the Boston Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations, and Director of Community Affairs for Harvard University.  In 2009, the Boston Business Journal named Travis one of the areas top “40 under 40” young business leaders.  

Travis received his B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from University of Iowa.


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