Economic Opportunity

  Through dedicated, intentional work, including our programs like Pacesetters and City Awake, we aim to create access, economic and systemic opportunity for all. 


Pacesetters are large and midsized companies and anchor institutions committed to using their procurement purchasing power to close the racial wealth gap by intentionally increasing spend with businesses of color. Our Pacesetter companies demonstrate their commitment to increasing their supplier diversity in both dollars and contracts. Our Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs), a listing of more than 90 businesses of color, have the operational and financial capacity to service the buying needs of major corporations. Through this network of MBEs, Pacesetter companies have an opportunity to make new and valid connections while we promote ways to share best practices across local, state and national lines. 

City Awake

City Awake is the leading platform for next-generation leaders in the Greater Boston area. Talent and workforce development is a top policy priority for the Chamber and its members, who know that in order to attract and retain a talented workforce, we must engage next-generation leaders, understand their perceptions of Greater Boston, address their challenges living and working here, and elevate their voices in creating solutions to the most pressing issues facing our region. We convene, empower, and celebrate these leaders and their contributions to our economy and community. 

Economic Opportunity Committee

The Economic Opportunity Committee advises the Chamber on initiatives, policies, and programs that are focused on building a thriving economy where opportunity is available to all. The Committee supports the implementation of initiatives focused on increasing the access businesses of color have to contacts and changing the experiences young professionals of color have working and living in Boston. 

This committee meets quarterly. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Beyazmin Jimenez, Director of Economic Opportunity.

Committee Chairs:


Robert F. Rivers, Chairman and CEO, Eastern Bank

Bob is a passionate and visionary leader who believes that doing what’s right and smart means building a strong business by doing good things to help people prosper. During Bob’s tenure, Eastern has built upon its long legacy of community service and philanthropy by developing a robust advocacy platform in support of various social justice and sustainability issues. In 2014, Bob co-founded Eastern’s innovation venture, Eastern Labs, which earlier this year spun out Numerated Growth Technologies, a new fintech company offering a state-of-the-art small business lending platform. Bob has been personally recognized for his work in championing social justice and sustainability issues by a number of organizations and outlets such as: The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, The Partnership, Get Konnected! and others.


Corey Thomas, Chairman and CEO, Rapid7

Corey Thomas is the CEO of Rapid7, as well as Chairman of its board of directors. In 2018, he was elected to the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA) board of directors and the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Strategy Council. He also serves on the board of directors for LPL Financial, as well as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, sitting on its audit and health care quality and affordability committees. He previously served on the U.S. Commerce Department's Digital Economy Board of Advisors. Corey has extensive experience leading technology companies to the next stage of growth and innovation. Prior to joining Rapid7, Corey was VP of marketing at Parallels, Inc., a virtualization technology company; group project manager of the Microsoft Server and Tools division, steering product planning for Microsoft’s data platform; and a consultant at Deloitte Consulting. Corey received a B.E. in electrical engineering and computer science from Vanderbilt University and a MBA from Harvard Business School.


Steven H. Wright, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Steven is a distinguished Boston-area attorney, serving as lead counsel and strategic advisor for several Fortune 500 companies, addressing complex commercial, corporate, intellectual property, litigation and regulatory matters. He is named as a “Best Lawyers in America” for commercial litigation, a member of Best Lawyers National Advisory Committee and a “Super Lawyer” for business and corporate law. In his capacity at the Boston Fed, Steve serves as the Bank’s senior legal officer and advisor, providing strategic counsel to the Bank’s leadership. He is a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee and leads the Legal Services Group.  He is also a member of the Bank’s Diversity Advisory Council and was named one of the 50 Most Influential Bostonians by the Boston Business Journal. 

Committee Members
  • Zamawa Arenas, Founder & CEO, Flowetik LLC
  • Anne Bailey Berman, Co-founder & Chair, Chadwick Martin Bailey, Inc.
  • Prabal Chakrabarti, Senior Vice President & Community Affairs Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Darren Donovan, Managing Partner, KPMG LLP
  • Herby Duverné, CEO, Windwalker Group
  • Pamela Everhart, Senior Vice President, Head of Regional Public Affairs and Community Relations, Fidelity Investments
  • Gerald Francis, President, Keolis Commuter Services
  • Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, President and CEO, Dentaquest
  • Malia Lazu, Regional President and EVP, Chief Experience and Culture Officer, Berkshire Bank
  • Sandy Lish, Principal and Co-Founder, The Castle Group
  • Juan Lopera, VP of Marketing, Public Plans and Corporate Business Diversity Officer, Tufts Health Plan
  • Dani Monroe, VP and Chief DEI Officer, Mass General Brigham
  • Paul Parravano, Co-Director, Government & Community Relations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Lee Pelton, President, Emerson College
  • Walter Prince, Partner, Prince Lobel Tye LLP
  • Marcy Reed, President, Massachusetts and EVP US Policy & Social Impact, National Grid
  • Thomas Riley, Managing Director, CIBC Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management
  • Bob Rivers, Chairman & CEO, Eastern Bank
  • Darryl Settles, President and Managing Partner, Catalyst Ventures Development, LLC
  • Micho Spring Chair, Global Corporate Practice & President, Weber Shandwick
  • Corey Thomas, Chairman and CEO, Rapid7 
  • Fletcher Wiley Esq., Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Steven H. Wright, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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