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As Executive Director, JD is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic framework and direction for MBR in partnership with the Chair, Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He works with MBR Task Forces and MBR leadership to develop its agenda on public policy matters and convey those ideas to opinion leaders and policy makers to help inform their deliberations.
JD has worked in and around Beacon Hill for more than 25 years. In the Legislature, he was the Chief of Staff to the House Committee on Commerce and Labor, and was the education issues analyst and Deputy Budget Director for the House Committee on Ways and Means. After working as both a budget analyst and Assistant to the President at the University of Massachusetts, JD worked as the Legislative Director for State Treasurer Shannon O’Brien and then as Issues Director for the O’Brien-Gabrieli gubernatorial campaign in 2002.
He joined MBR in 2004 after serving as Legislative/Issues Director for the Early Education for All (EEA) Campaign, where he was responsible for developing and driving legislative support for EEA’s legislation and agenda which included the creation of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. He currently serves on the Department’s Board of Directors.
In addition, he serves on the state’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Advisory Council’s Executive Committee, and is a Trustee at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He also serves on the Board of The Discovery Museums; the Board of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education; and the Advisory Board of ReadyNation.
JD holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the McCormack Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Public Policy and Telecommunications Writing from Syracuse University. He lives in Arlington, MA with his wife Lori and his two daughters, Sadie and Tessa.
Chris works with the Roundtable’s CEOs and senior business leaders to develop public policy solutions that improve the competitiveness of the Commonwealth. Chris works with Executive Director JD Chesloff to implement the Roundtable's member-driven policy priorities in areas such as transportation, energy, health care, education and workforce development. He is responsible for managing external affairs including outreach to the media and other key stakeholders, managing the Roundtable's Twitter account, distributing an e-news briefing for members, writing the annual report and working with coalitions of leaders from government, industry and higher education to advance public policy. He focuses on workforce development and tax policy serving as a member of the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board and as a member of the Department of Revenue's Advisory Council.
Most recently, Chris served as Chief of Staff and Communications Director for the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, where he worked with leaders from government, industry and academia to enhance the state’s innovation-based economy. He managed all external communications and worked with the agency’s executive team to advance technology-based solutions that strengthened regional economies, improved the health care system, expanded high-speed Internet access, and stimulated cluster growth.
Chris has 20 years of experience as a government affairs and communications executive in areas including economic development, real estate development, life sciences, clean energy, health care technology, human services and taxation. He previously served as Chief of Staff and Communications Director at the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency and as Communications Director for the Department of Revenue’s Child Support Enforcement program.
Chris serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Teachers21, a non-profit organization dedicated to teacher and principal leadership development in schools throughout Massachusetts. He is also a members of the Executive Team for the Workforce Solutions Group.
He received his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross. He lives in Medway with his wife and three daughters.
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