Public Policy

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We research, develop, and advocate for public policies that contribute to the economic success of our region and generate economic opportunity for businesses and people. Our policy priorities are designed to advance Greater Boston's:

  • Global competitiveness
  • Dynamic region
  • World-class talent

Our Leadership Councils draw together select groups of business leaders from our membership with a specific interest in policy areas to connect with one another, share ideas and perspectives, and help inform and develop the Chamber's policy positions. As a member of one of our Leadership Councils, you will gain exposure not only to networking opportunities, but also to knowledge sharing, discussion, and guidance on a variety of issues affecting Greater Boston’s business community.

Leadership Councils:

  • Help us identify emerging policy issues 
  • Serve as a resource of expertise as questions arise
  • Advise the Chamber on prioritizing specific issues within a broader subject area

Each Leadership Council meets four times per year. All Leadership Council members are asked to attend at least two of the four meetings each year. All meetings are one hour and will be held at the Chamber Offices. We will strive to make Wednesday’s a “Leadership Council” day, with the understanding that meetings are driven by speaker and co-chair availability. Both of your co-chairs as well as your staff lead are responsible for scheduling meetings. Your staff lead will then send out invitations as speakers and meeting times are confirmed. Meetings are limited to seated members of the individual Leadership Council. Staff leads must approve any substitutions.  

Members of Leadership Councils serve two-year terms. Rotation of members happens every December. The staff lead will contact members upon the conclusion of their term.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR COUNCIL CO-CHAIRS

Our Leadership Councils currently include the following topics (expand for more information).

Public Policy & Government Relations

Mission

The Public Policy & Government Relations Leadership Council works with city, state, and federal officials to create a competitive climate for the continued growth and success of Greater Boston's employers.

Council Co-Chairs

  • Pamela Everhart, Fidelity Investments
  • Brian Dempsey, Dempsey, Lucey & Associates

PUBLIC POLICY & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ROSTER

Current Issues

  • Transportation
  • Talent, Education and Training
  • Economic Mobility
  • Health Care Costs
  • Competitiveness

Recent Speakers

  • Chairman Aaron Michlewitz, House Ways and Means Committee
  • Representative Paul Brodeur, Chairman, Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development
  • Senate President Karen Spilka
  • Senator Michael Rodrigues, Chair Senate Committee on Ways and Means
  • Christopher Harding, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR)


Transportation & Infrastructure

Mission

The Transportation & Infrastructure Leadership Council works to promote a safe and reliable transportation system at the city, region and statewide level to support the economic growth of Greater Boston and Massachusetts.

Council Co-Chairs

  • Katie Lapp, Harvard University
  • Michael Scott, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ROSTER

Current Issues

  • Improving MBTA service to better serve our economy
  • Addressing the needs of the city and state transportation systems
  • Modernizing transportation through new technologies

Recent Speakers

  • Steve Poftak, General Manager MBTA
  • Stephanie Pollack, Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Joe Aiello, Chair of the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board
  • Chris Osgood, Chief of Streets for the City of Boston
  • Liz Williams, Director of Data and Policy at Massachusetts Department of Transportation


Talent Development & Retention

Mission

The Talent Development & Retention Leadership Council works with government, business, and education leaders to promote education innovation, workforce training, and policies that attract, develop and retain a strong talent pipeline to meet industry and employer rapidly changing needs.

Council Co-Chairs

  • Joanne Pokaski, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Kerry Stakem, PwC

TALENT DEVELOPMENT & RETENTION LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ROSTER

Current Issues

  • Closing the skills gap and investing in workforce development and training
  • Development of robust education pathways to employment
  • Preparing for the future of work and changing models of work

Recent Speakers

  • Jennie Peterson, Encore Boston Harbor; Joseph McLaughlin, Boston PIC; and Matthew Resseger, BPDA
  • Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) Digital Equity Walk
  • Travis McCready, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
  • Steve Vinter, Executive Committee Chair at MassCAN
  • Karen Young, Vice President and Chief Inclusion Officer at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Rosalin Acosta, Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Health Care & Life Sciences

Mission

The Health Care & Life Sciences Leadership Council works with business and government leaders to engage in efforts to find health care cost solutions, and preserve our region's leadership roles in the areas of care quality, research and innovation.

Council Co-Chairs

  • Kevin Churchwell, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Michael Caljouw, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

HEALTH CARE & LIFE SCIENCES LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ROSTER

Current Issues

  • Health care cost containment
  • Upcoming health care legislation
  • Federal research funding

Recent Speakers

  • Marylou Sudders, Secretary of the Executive Office of Health & Human Services
  • Senate President Karen Spilka
  • David Seltz, Executive Director, Health Policy Commission
  • Daniel Tsai, Assistant Secretary for MassHealth and Medicaid Director for the Commonwealth
Financial Services

Mission

The Financial Services Leadership Council works to identify competitiveness issues impacting the Greater Boston financial services industry, and then formulate policies to address those issues and work for their implementation by conveying our message to elected and appointed officials.

Council Co-Chairs

  • Tracey Flaherty, Natixis Global Asset Management
  • Thomas Samoluk, John Hancock

FINANCIAL SERVICES LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ROSTER

Current Issues

  • Business cost and regulatory issues
  • Talent, education and training
  • Job creation and entrepreneurship

Recent Speakers

  • Mark Nunnelly, Secretary of the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS)
  • Professor Alex "Sandy" Pentland, Director of MIT's Human Dynamics Laboratory and MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program
  • Professor Jan Rivkin, Harvard Business School
  • Dr. Paul Willen, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • John Chapman, Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
  • Senator James Welch, Chair of the Joint Committee on Financial Services



Climate & Energy

Mission

The Climate & Energy Leadership Council convenes business and government leaders for dialogue, education, and advocacy on climate readiness and energy issues that impact employers.

Council Co-Chairs

  • Vikki Spruill, New England Aquarium
  • Brian Swett, Arup

CLIMATE & ENERGY LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ROSTER

Current Issues

  • Building the business case for becoming climate ready
  • Incentivizing climate action and collaboration across sectors
  • Making Greater Boston an industry leader in clean energy and green technology
  • Informing the development of climate policy

Recent Speakers

  • Boston Green Ribbon Commission
  • Patrick Woodcock, Undersecretary of Energy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Commissioner Judith Judson, Department of Energy Resources
  • Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston
  • Kate Fichter, Assistant Secretary for Policy Coordination at MassDOT
  • Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley, Chair of Environment and Sustainability Committee
  • Senator Michael Barrett, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy
Regional Real Estate Development

Mission

The Regional Real Estate Development Leadership Council works to promote the development of buildings, land, and open space in ways that maximize job creation and quality of life.

Council Co-Chairs

  • Kim Sherman, Related Beal
  • Adam Weiner, Weiner Ventures

REGIONAL REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ROSTER

Current Issues

  • South Boston Waterfront District
  • Smart growth
  • Regulatory reform

Recent Speakers

  • Liz Williams, Director of Data and Policy at Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Brian Golden, Director of the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA)
  • Chris Cook, Chief, Environment, Energy and Open Space at City of Boston
  • Jonathan Greeley, Director of Development Review, BPDA
  • Sheila Dillon, Chief of Housing for the City of Boston and Director of Neighborhood Development
  • Lauren Liss, President and CEO of MassDevelopment
Hospitality & Tourism Leadership Council

Mission

The Hospitality & Tourism Leadership Council works to promote policies that will strengthen the region's hospitality and tourism, and arts and culture industries, both of which contribute to our economy and make Greater Boston a leading global destination.

Council Chairs

  • Robert DeSalvio, Wynn Resorts Development
  • Carrie Campbell, Boston Red Sox

HOSPITALITY & TOURISM LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ROSTER

Current Issues

  • Growing business tourism to Boston
  • Increasing leisure tourism to Boston and Massachusetts
  • Modernizing and improving Boston Logan International airport and other tourism-travel infrastructure

Recent Speakers

  • Leaders from the Reinventing Work Initiative including staff from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Commonwealth Corporation, and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Dr. Arun Upneja, Dean of the Boston University School of Hospitality Administration
  • Upcoming: Martha Sheridan, President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitor's Bureau, and Keiko Matsudo Orrall, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism