The Harvard Club of Boston is governed by a board of 18 Club Members, who meet monthly to set policy, review the organization's operations and finance, and work with the staff to ensure the Club's continued leadership in the field of American Alumni Clubs.
This year's Board of Governors Roster includes:
2012 Board of Governors
Nick has spent the last 20 years in the fields of architecture and real estate development pursuing a passion for building things. His work has encompassed a diverse spectrum, from the design of award-winning vacation houses to the management of multiple $100+ million projects. He has developed nearly $1 billion of real estate projects across a broad range of property types including hospitality, commercial office, multi-family, mixed-use, garage, and entertainment. He has served on many not-for-profit and charitable boards. Member since 1989, former House Chair, Board since 2002, Club President since 2010.
Jeremiah P. Murphy, Jr. ’73, gb’77, President, Harvard COOP
Jerry has spent more than 35 years in retailing, primarily in merchandising, operations and general management. He has served on the board of directors of public, private and non-profit companies and organizations. Member since 2004, Board since 2007, Membership Marketing Chair; Vice President since 2010.
Karen M. Van Winkle ’80, Vice President Business Development, Creative Office Pavilion
Karen has held leadership positions in sales, business development, and marketing for over 30 years. Karen has developed a vast network within the industries of architecture, design, commercial and residential real estate, and consumer sales organizations. In addition, she has served on several non profit boards. Member since 1981, Board since 2011 and during 1993-1999, Vice President since 2011; former House Chair.
Michael H. Shanahan gb’82, Managing Partner, Egan-Managed Capital
Mike has spent more than 30 years in finance and venture investing, specializing in financing, growth, compensation, and governance issues for more than 80 portfolio companies. He has served on the board of directors of more than 15 companies, held interim and crisis management roles, and served as a director, trustee, or officer of a dozen not for profit organizations. Member since 1981, Board since 2004, Downtown Committee Chair, Club Secretary since 2005.
Michael F. Cronin ’75, gb’77, Managing Partner, Weston Presidio
Miichael has been in the private equity industry for over 35 years and in 1991 co-founded his firm which has managed $3.5 Billion in private equity investments. He has served on numerous Boards of both private and public companies. He has served on the boards of several nonprofits including Harvard University’s Board of Overseers and Harvard Student Agencies, Inc. Member since 1986, Director since 2004, Club Treasurer since 2010.
HOUSE COMMITTEE CHAIR:
Stephen H. Allison D’74, Chief Investment Officer, Paradigm Properties
Steve has more than 30 years experience in the commercial real estate business ranging from hands-on development to brokerage, acquisitions, management and capital markets work involving a wide variety of property types in numerous markets across the country. He has acquired office and industrial buildings totaling in excess of $420 million and has developed $150 million of other property in the Greater Boston area. He also serves on numerous non-profit boards. Member since 1980, Board since 2006, former Budget/Finance Chair, House Chair since 2010.
Scott A. Abell ’72, Retired CEO, Abell & Associates
Scott spent 27 years as the CEO and Chair building a holding company of financial service companies and has served Harvard in numerous roles including the Board of Overseers, Dean for Development of FAS, President of the Harvard Alumni Association, President of the John Harvard Society, Executive Committee of the Harvard College Fund and the Committee on University Resources. He has served on, and chaired, numerous national nonprofit organizations. Member since 1998, Budget/Finance Chair, Board since 2009.
Essence R. McGill Arzu ’94, g’97, Partner, Foley Hoag
Essence’s legal practice focuses on advising corporate clients on numerous transactional and organizational issues in the areas of corporate finance, business combinations, banking and nonprofit governance. She has extensive experience with debt financing transactions on both the lender and the borrower side. Member since 2004, Board since 2007. Former Programs Chair.
J. Jacques Carter ph’83, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Jacques is a staff physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a member of the consulting staff at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He has been active in the fields of medicine and public health for 30 years, with special emphasis on primary care medicine, medical education, and global health issues. He has held leadership roles in several regional and national health care organizations and has served on the boards of a number of non-profit agencies and organizations. Member since 1991, Board since 2009.
Mitchell L. Dong ’75, opm’97, Chief Investment Officer, Pythagoras Investment Management
Mitchell is an entrepreneur and private investor. He has started over a dozen companies involved in solar and hydropower, energy conservation, cogeneration, hazardous waste disposal, uranium, and power trading. His philanthropy is focused on public health. He has served on the boards of many non profit organizations, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Buckingham Browne and Nichols School and the Harvard School of Public Health. Member since 1975; on Board since 2010.
Joseph F. X. Donovan, Jr. ’72, Director, Principal Gifts, Harvard University
Joe serves as the senior director of principal gifts at Harvard University’s Development Office. He has been a Harvard fundraiser since 1977; formerly a co-director of capital giving and has served in numerous senior development roles over the course of his time at Harvard. A veteran of two Harvard campaigns, he managed the Boston major gifts team for the University Campaign in 1992. Member since 1973, Board since 2001, former Vice President.
Karen F. Green ’78, I’81, Senior Partner, Wilmer Hale
Karen has represented numerous public companies in high-stakes government investigations and litigation, including white collar criminal and civil False Claims Act proceedings in her 30 year career which included service as a Deputy United States Attorney, and as Chief of Staff to former Massachusetts Governor Weld. She also has conducted sensitive internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients and advised their boards of directors on compliance issues and has served as a director of a privately-held company and as a director or trustee of more than 10 not-for-profit organizations. Member since 1981, Board since 2010.
Matthew G. Hegarty ’84, Sr. IT Project Manager, Rue La La
Matt has spent the last twenty five years in enterprise technology and operations in the financial services, professional services, and ecommerce industries. He specializes in data center infrastructure management/design, business continuity, IT project management, and SAS 70/PCI compliance. Matt has served on the board of directors for private financial institutions, and as a director/officer for several not-for-profit organizations. Member since 1983, Board since 2010.
Ruby Henry ’03, Presidential Fellow in Economics, Rutgers University
Ruby received her Ph.D. from Universite de Toulouse I and M.Sc. in Quantitative Economics & Econometrics from Toulouse. Her research interests are labor economics and urban economics. She has previously held research positions at the Institute for the Study of Labor, Columbia University, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. Member since 2003, Board since 2007.
Katherine Craven Kryzanski ’92, Executive Director, University of Massachusetts Building Authority
Former Executive Director of Massachusetts School Building Authority, Deputy Treasurer, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Director of Policy for the Massachusetts House of Representatives where she helped draft 10 state budgets. Member since 1996; Budget Committee and Board since 2011.
Edward Matson Sibble, Jr. ’73, Senior Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP
Mat has practiced law for over 35 years. He manages his firm’s leveraged finance practice area and works with a broad range of clients, including banks, private equity sponsors, public companies, private companies and not-for-profits. He has served on numerous not-for profit boards. Member since 1977; Board since 2010.
John A. Sims, Jr. gb’75, Exec. Dir. External Relations for Academic Affairs, Bentley College
John has 20 years of experience in the areas of business process and computer implementation strategies plus 21 years of academic administration experience and now serves as a member of the senior management team in the academic affairs area of Bentley University. He also served as an Assistant Professor for 10 years at the Graduate School of Business at Northeastern University. He serves on several nonprofit and privately held company boards. Member since 1983; Programs Chair, Board since 2008.
Margaret M. Vaillancourt ’78, Executive Director, The Red Sox Foundation
Member since 1999; Board since 2011.