President & CEO
As President & CEO, 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 Board and Department of Early Education and Care. He served on the Board for 10 years, 5 as Chairman.
JD serves on the Board of Trustees at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and on the Boards of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, Science from Scientists, and the Taly Foundation.
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.
Executive Vice President
Lauren serves as the Executive Vice President, focusing especially on policy and communications and working closely with the Executive Director and in collaboration with the Roundtable’s Board and Executive Committee to develop strategies, initiatives, and programs consistent with the its mission.
Lauren has over 15 years of professional experience, spanning local and state government and the private and non-profit sectors, and specializing in economic development, workforce development, communications, and business marketing. Prior to joining the Roundtable, Lauren served as the Massachusetts State Director for Apprenti, leading the national non-profit’s expansion in Massachusetts by working with companies to cultivate and diversify tech talent via registered apprenticeship. During her time in local government, Lauren created and led the Business Strategy Unit for Mayor Walsh’s Office of Economic Development in the City of Boston, supporting business attraction and employer engagement. While working in state government, Lauren held multiple roles during the Patrick-Murray Administration including Director of Policy & Communications for Lt. Governor Tim Murray; Director of Communications in the MA Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development; and Senior Program Manager of the Economic Development Incentive Program in the Massachusetts Office of Business Development.
Lauren serves on the Board of Trustees for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s New England Chapter. Lauren holds a Master in Public Administration from Northeastern University, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Providence College.
Vice President of Public Policy & Operations
Claire Cooper is the Roundtable’s Vice President of Public Policy & Operations, where she oversees administrative operations, membership resources and events, and works with the CEO & President and EVP to support the Roundtable’s public policy agenda.
Claire has over twelve years of experience in external affairs, programming, partnerships, and operations in the public and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining the Roundtable, she served as Director of Partnerships & Programs at the Alliance for Business Leadership (ABL), where she managed ABL’s membership program and events. She previously served as Director of Community Engagement at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate where she produced dozens of programs with national political leaders and deepened partnerships within Columbia Point. She also served as a founding staff member of HubWeek, where she worked as Director of External Affairs & Partnerships, and in the Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick, where she focused on health care issues.
Claire has a Bachelor’s Degree in Government & Legal Studies and Religion from Bowdoin College.