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Paul Sagan
Paul Sagan, Chair
c/o Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(Appointment: March 2015)

Sagan is a managing director at General Catalyst Partners in Cambridge, MA. From 1998 until 2013, Paul Sagan was a member of the executive team of Akamai Technologies, Inc., a leading Internet services company based in Cambridge, where his responsibilities including serving as CEO, president and chief operating officer. Prior to joining Akamai, Sagan served in various executive positions at Time Warner Cable and Time Inc., where he helped to found several Internet businesses.

Sagan was also a senior advisor to the World Economic Forum, and he has served on the boards of numerous advisory panels and educational organizations, including for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, the Alliance for Business Leadership, Massachusetts Business Leaders for Charter Public Schools, and the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

In addition, Sagan is a director of two public companies, Akamai and Vmware. Previously, he was a director of EMC and iRobot, among other businesses. He received his Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and was a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Sagan is a resident of Cambridge.

James Morton
James Morton, Vice Chair
YMCA of Greater Boston
316 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(Appointment: October 2013)

James O'S. Morton is the 13th President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston. James joined the Greater Boston Y in 2015 after serving at YMCAs in Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA YMCAs. Prior to joining the YMCA of Greater Boston, James served as President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford where the Y experienced double digit growth in contributions; developed innovative programming; improved the membership engagement experience; and built many collaborative relationships. He led a successful $15 million capital campaign and launched a new strategic plan to guide the work of the organization.

He also has a deep personal and professional connection to work force development and education having served as a leader to two work force development agencies and was an educator in the Springfield, MA public school system.

James earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Wisconsin and a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law. He is a current member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, serves on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and is a trustee of Springfield College. In addition, he has served on numerous YMCA of the USA committees and task forces around brand management, executive leadership and multiculturalism.

James has a compelling personal history that exemplifies the positive impact that the Y makes. With an African-American father and mother of Irish descent, James laughingly often introduces himself as "Black Irish", and his background and personality provide him with a unique ability to forge meaningful connections with everyone that he meets. James is a world class runner and continues to run competitively. In 2008, James was the national Master's champion and #2 in the world in the 800 meter, in his age bracket.

Katherine Craven
Katherine Craven
Babson College
Chief Administrative Officer
231 Forest Street
Babson Park, MA 02457-0310
(Appointment: August 2014)

Katherine Craven currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Babson College, one of the nation's leading business colleges. Katherine began her career as a budget director and policy advisor to the Massachusetts House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means. Craven was named Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the newly created Massachusetts School Building Authority in 2004, where she won plaudits for her effective management and leadership. While leading the School Building Authority, Craven was also named First Deputy Treasurer of the Commonwealth. Craven left the School Building Authority and the Treasurer's Office in 2011 when she was appointed Executive Director of the UMass Building Authority and Assistant Vice President for Capital Finance for the University of Massachusetts. Craven received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Harvard University. She is a resident of Brookline, where she lives with her husband and four children. Her appointment fills the vacancy left by Board member Beverly Holmes, who stepped down from the Board last year. Craven fills the business seat on the Board.

Ed Doherty
Ed Doherty
AFT Massachusetts
38 Chauncy St. Suite 402
Boston, MA 02111
(Appointment: December 2014)

Ed Doherty's involvement in public schools began sixty-four years ago when he entered the first grade at the Patrick F. Lyndon School in West Roxbury. He graduated from Boston Latin School in 1963, and then where on to Boston College. In 1967, Ed began his career in education as an English teacher at Boston Technical High School. While teaching he earned his Master's Degree in Education at Boston State College, and later a Master of Arts in English at UMass Boston.

Ed's family is also heavily involved in public education. His wife Bea is a former ESL teacher in Boston; both their daughters attended the Boston Public Schools (his daughter Allison is now a Special Education teacher at West Roxbury High School); and now Ed and Bea have grandchildren attending the Boston Public Schools at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Elementary School in Hyde Park.

When Ed and Bea's children attend the Boston Schools, they both became very active in the Parent Councils, and in the 70's and 80's Ed served on the Executive Board of the City-Wide Education Coalition. The CWEC was a group of educators, parents, and community leaders dedicated to building and preserving a quality, integrated public school system in Boston.

In 1975 Ed left the classroom to work full time for the Boston Teachers Union. In 1983 he was elected President of the BTU, a position which he held for twenty years. While serving as BTU President he attended Harvard University on a part time basis and earned his Doctorate's Degree in Education. In 2003, Ed left the BTU to become the Special Assistant to the President of the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts, the position that he currently holds.

Over the years Ed has served on a number of Boards including, the Executive Council of the American Federation of Teachers, the AFT Massachusetts Executive Board, the Executive Council of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, and MassPartners for Public Education.

Ed and Bea have recently purchased a home in Hyde Park.

Amanda Fernandez
Amanda Fernandez
c/o Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(Appointment: September 2017)

Amanda is the CEO and co-founder of Latinos for Education, the first Latino-founded and led social enterprise solely dedicated to creating leadership pathways for emerging Latino leaders in the education sector. She has over 25 years of work experience in the private and nonprofit sectors with focus on talent, leadership and Latino community engagement. She currently serves on the Roxbury Community College Board of Trustees, the RISE Colorado Advisory Board and CSC Consulting advisory board based in Chicago. She is a Fall 2015 Aspen Institute Pahara Fellow and recently delivered the convocation speech at Boston University School of Education graduation. Amanda holds an M.S. in Education from Fordham University and a BA from Western Illinois University.

Maya Mathews
Maya Mathews
c/o Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148

Maya Mathews comes to the Department of Education as a student representative with a diverse educational background that helps her both communicate a unique perspective and represent a large number of student experiences in the Commonwealth. Maya is a senior in high school and serves on the State Student Advisory Council (SSAC) as their Chairperson. Maya has studied at a Montessori school, a private college preparatory school, and two public schools, both in the southern United States and in New England. Maya is currently a fourth term Class President at Newton North High School, a student athlete (volleyball D1 MIAA State Champion), an honor student, a vocational student (Major 2 student in TV Media Arts), and has reached master level in acting at Cathryn Sullivan's acting for film studio.

Furthermore, Maya also serves the City of Newton's School Committee; voted as a 3-year School Committee Member, she shares the students' perspective within her community and helps to drive her city's educational projects and policy.

With a focus on helping to bring quality experiences and education to all students through public policy and community engagement, Maya has taken every opportunity to study government and growth-through-leadership. She has taken classes such as Close Up Government at Newton North, Law and Ethics at Tufts University, Leadership through Student Ambassadors at Yale University, and also volunteers in the Mayor's Office of Civic Engagement.

As a hobby, Maya adores journalism and video editing. This year Maya was awarded News Story — Broadcast of the Year by The Massachusetts Scholastic Press Association, for a journalism piece she did on the Students March for our Lives, a march led by students against gun violence in schools.

Margaret McKenna
Margaret McKenna
President Emeritus, Lesley University
c/o Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(Appointment: August 2014)

Margaret McKenna, President Emeritus, Lesley University, is an educator and lawyer who has spent her career advocating for social justice. McKenna began her career as a civil rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. Later in her career, she served as the deputy counsel in the White House, as undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education, and led the education transition team for President Clinton. McKenna's experience in higher education includes serving as vice president of Radcliffe College and as president of Lesley University for 22 years. She also served as a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. During her tenure at Lesley, the college grew from 2,000 to more than 10,000 students, from a college to a university, and from a small regional college to a nationally recognized leader in teacher education. While leading the Walmart Foundation from 2007 - 2011, McKenna created a strategy that emphasized hunger relief, education, and the economic empowerment of women. During her term, the foundation provided more than $900 million in grants annually. McKenna is an author, speaker, and expert on issues of educational access, women's economic empowerment, hunger, and social change leadership. She has served on five corporate boards and dozens of non-profit boards and is the recipient of 10 Honorary Degrees. She also serves as the vice chair of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Board.

Michael Moriarty
Michael Moriarty
OneHolyoke Community Development Corporation
70 Lyman Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
(Appointment: September 2015)

Michael Moriarty is a lifelong resident of Holyoke, where he served for 13 years on the school committee. He was instrumental in the formation of the Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative, a community wide collaborative focused on increasing the number of students that are proficient in reading by the end of third grade. He has also been a vocal advocate for arts education.

In 2013, Attorney Moriarty was named the executive director of a community development corporation based in Holyoke. OneHolyoke Community Development Corporation is a mission driven non-profit that believes every resident of Holyoke should live in a dignified home and a safe, attractive neighborhood. Prior to joining the company, he was a practicing attorney focused on real estate and civil matters. In the 1980's, he was a teacher at Holyoke's William R. Peck Junior High School.

He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America (BA '85) and Western New England University School of Law (JD '93). He is married to Attorney Susan Turcotte Moriarty. They are the parents of two children, who like Mike, are proud products of the Holyoke Public Schools.

James Peyser
James Peyser
Secretary of Education
Executive Office of Education
One Ashburton Place, Room 1403
Boston, MA 02108

Jim Peyser was appointed Secretary of Education by Governor Charlie Baker in January 2015. He is the former Managing Director at NewSchools Venture Fund, a non-profit grant-making firm that seeks to transform public education in high-need urban communities by supporting innovative education entrepreneurs. From 1999 through 2006, Secretary Peyser served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Education. Prior to joining NewSchools, Secretary Peyser was Education Advisor to Governors Bill Weld, Jane Swift and Mitt Romney, where he helped shape state policy regarding standards and assessments, school accountability, and charter schools. In 1995, he served as Under Secretary of Education and Special Assistant to Governor Weld for Charter Schools. He spent seven years as Executive Director of Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, where he helped to launch the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center, which supported the development of the state's first charter schools. Prior to joining Pioneer, Jim held various positions at Teradyne, Inc. in Boston, an electronic test equipment manufacturer.

Jim holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School (Tufts University) and a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University.

Mary Ann Stewart
Mary Ann Stewart
c/o Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(Appointment: August 2014)

Mary Ann Stewart was appointed Parent Representative to the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education by (then) Governor Patrick in August 2014. From 2010-2012, she served as President of the Massachusetts PTA and continues to serve on the state PTA Board as a Member-at-Large. She also serves as a member of the National Advisory Council for Media Literacy Now.

Mary Ann is a parent of three and resides in Lexington. She has been active in the schools and in town government, serving as an elected representative to Town Meeting since 2006 and on the School Committee from 2009-2014 where she lead as Chair from 2011-2012.

Mary Ann has served in numerous leadership roles at the local, state, and national levels. She is a champion of children, youth, and families, and her experience in organizational development and passion for advocacy and creativity has leveraged engagement in professional and volunteer settings alike. Mary Ann received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts for Music Education.

Martin West
Martin West
c/o Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(Appointment: September 2017)

Martin West is associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and editor-in-chief of Education Next, a journal of opinion and research on education policy. He previously worked as senior advisor to the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, taught at Brown University, and was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution. West received a B.A. in History from Williams College, an M.Phil. in Economic and Social History from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University. He lives in Newton with his wife and two sons who attend public schools.

Jeffrey C. Riley
Jeffrey C. Riley
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148

Jeffrey C. Riley was appointed Massachusetts' 24th commissioner of elementary and secondary education in early 2018 and began serving as commissioner on April 5, 2018. A Massachusetts native, Mr. Riley's experience spans urban and suburban districts and includes teaching in Baltimore, Md., being principal of Tyngsboro Middle School, and being principal of Boston's Edwards Middle School. In January 2012, Commissioner Riley was appointed superintendent/receiver of the Lawrence Public Schools. During his more than six years there, he led a team that brought major improvements by shifting more resources and autonomy to the school level, expanding the school day, increasing enrichment opportunities, and ensuring all schools had great leaders and teachers.

Commissioner Riley lives in Boston and holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Pomona College in California, a master's degree in counseling from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland and a master's degree in school administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University.



Last Updated: November 14, 2018
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