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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 an Executive in Residence 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 three public companies with headquarters in Massachusetts: Akamai, EMC Corp. and iRobot Corp. In addition, he is a director of VMware, Inc. 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.


Roland Fryer
Roland Fryer
Harvard University
44 Brattle Street, 5th floor
Cambridge, MA
(Appointment: September 2015)


Roland G. Fryer, Jr. is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and faculty director of the Education Innovation Laboratory (EdLabs). Fryer's research combines economic theory, empirical evidence, and randomized experiments to help design more effective government policies. His work on education, inequality, and race has been widely cited in media outlets and Congressional testimony.

Professor Fryer was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the John Bates Clark Medal -- given by the American Economic Association to the best American Economist under age 40. Among other honors, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the Calvó-Armengol Prize and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. At age 30, he became the youngest African-American to receive tenure at Harvard.

His current research focuses on education reform, social interactions, and police use of force.
Before coming to Harvard, Fryer worked at McDonald's (drive-thru, not corporate).


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 of Suffolk University in Boston, is an educator and lawyer who has spent her career advocating for social justice. She was appointed the University's 10th president in 2015. 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.


Nathan Moore
Nathan Moore
Chair, State Student Advisory Council
c/o Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(Appointment: June 2016)

Nathan Moore is the 2016-2017 Chair of the State Student Advisory Council (SSAC), elected by his fellow students in June 2016. Nathan is entering his junior year at Scituate High School.

Nathan is a member of his high school's debate team as well as a Head Delegate of his school's Model United Nations Club. Nathan is also his high school's liaison to the school committee. Following high school, Nathan wishes to continue his education and pursue a career in political science or economics. He believes that everyone is entitled to a fair and exceptional education regardless of situation. When not in school, Nathan is an active member of his town's Boy Scout troop where he is currently working on attaining the Eagle rank. Nathan is also an avid hiker and snowboarder. He actively works to protect and better the environment. Nathan resides in Scituate with his family.


Michael Moriarty
Michael Moriarty
Olde Holyoke 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. Olde Holyoke 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 William R. Peck Junior High School.  He has also taught at Holyoke Community College, and retains an active educator's license.

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. 


Penny Noyce
Penny Noyce
c/o Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(Appointment: October 2012)

Penny Noyce is a founding trustee of the Noyce Foundation, which since 1991 has supported US public education with a focus on mathematics and science. With a BA from Harvard and an MD from Stanford, Penny practiced as an internist in Boston and Wellesley for several years. From 1993-2002 Penny was co-PI of the $16 million NSF- and state-funded PALMS initiative to improve mathematics and science education K-12 in Massachusetts. Penny has served on several non-profit and foundation boards including the Libra Foundation, TERC, the Rennie Center of Education Research and Policy, the Concord Consortium, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and more. The mother of five children, Penny is a founder of Tumblehome Learning, author of several works of middle grade fiction, and editor of a book on formative assessment in education.


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.


Mitchell D. Chester
Mitchell D. Chester
Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148

Mitchell Chester began serving as Commissioner of the Massachusetts public schools in May 2008 after being unanimously selected by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in January.

Dr. Chester began his career as an elementary school teacher in Connecticut, and later served as a middle school assistant principal and district curriculum coordinator. From there he moved to the Connecticut State Department of Education where he oversaw curriculum and instructional programs. In 1997 he was named the Executive Director for Accountability and Assessment for Philadelphia, where he headed the offices of Assessment, Research and Evaluation, Student and School Progress, and Pupil Information Services. In 2001 he moved to Ohio, where he served as the Senior Associate Superintendent for Policy and Accountability for the Ohio Department of Education, where he oversaw standards, assessments, accountability, policy development, and strategic planning.

Dr. Chester has presented nationally on accountability, assessment and teacher induction and retention. He has served as a consultant to states and school districts regarding curriculum and instruction, teacher evaluation, student achievement, and assessment and accountability. Dr. Chester holds a doctorate in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University, as well as advanced degrees from the University of Connecticut and the University of Hartford. He and his wife Angela live with their son Nicholas in Winchester.




Last Updated: November 21, 2016
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