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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:

  • Global competitiveness: promoting policies that keep organizations in Greater Boston, foster their growth and attract new business.
  • Sustaining a dynamic region: developing our strengths as a region to ensure economic opportunity for all and a workforce that adapts to economic changes.
  • World-class talent: Ensuring that employers have a pipeline of high-quality workers and that our region has the qualities that attract and retain top talent.

Leadership Councils

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.

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

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
  • Joe Zukowski, Verizon

Current Issues

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

Recent Speakers

  • House Majority Leader Ronald Mariano
  • Senator Viriato deMacedo
  • Senator Jason Lewis, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health 
  • Representative Jay Kaufman, Chairman, Joint Committee on Revenue 
  • Senator Michael Rodrigues, Senate Majority Whip and former Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Revenue
  • Representative Brian Dempsey, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee
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

  • Anne Bailey Berman, Chadwick Martin Bailey
  • Steven Wright, Holland & Knight LLP

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

  • Senator Thomas McGee, co-chair Joint Committee on Transportation
  • Tom Glynn, Massport
  • Thomas Tinlin, MassDOT
  • Chris Osgood, Chief of Streets for the City of Boston
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
  • Eric Pugh, PwC

Current Issues

  • Promotion of K-12 educational innovation, including STEM and vocational technical programs
  • Closing the skills gap and investing in workforce development and training.
  • Development of stronger education pathways to employment.

Recent Speakers

  • Secretary James Peyser, Executive Office of Education
  • Representative Alice Peisch, Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Education
  • Commissioner Richard Freeland, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education 
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

  • David Goggin, Amgen
  • Patricia McMullin, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Current Issues

  • Health care cost containment
  • Federal MassHealth waiver and changes to the Affordable Care Act
  • Federal research funding 

Recent Speakers

  • Daniel Tsai, Assistant Secretary for MassHealth and Medicaid Director for the Commonwealth
  • Senator Jason Lewis, Senate Chair of Joint Committee on Public Health
  • Dr. Stuart Altman, Chair of the Health Policy Commission
  • David Seltz, Executive Director, Health Policy Commission  


Financial Services

Mission

The Financial Services Leadership Council works to identify competitiveness issues impacting the Greater Boston financial service 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
  • James Gallagher, John Hancock

Current Issues

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

Recent Speakers

  • Professor Mihir Desai, Harvard Business School
  • Professor Jan Rivkin, Harvard Business School
  • Dr. Paul Willen, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • John Chapman, Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation


Energy & Sustainability

Mission

The Energy & Sustainability Leadership Council works with business and government leaders to engage in dialogue, education and advocacy on energy issues facing the region's employers.

Council Co-Chairs

  • Mark Reed, Eversource Energy
  • Amanda King, Bentley University

Current Issues

  • Balancing cost, reliability and evironmental impact
  • Promoting sustainability and energy efficiency
  • Expanding energy supply and storage options

Recent Speakers

  • Ben Downing, Former Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy
  • Angie O’Connor, Chair of the Department of Public Utilities
  • Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett, Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Commissioner Judith Judson, Department of Energy Resources
  • Stephen Pike, CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
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

  • Judy Nitsch, Nitsch Engineering
  • Paul Ayoub, Nutter McClennen & Fish, LLP

Current Issues

  • South Boston Waterfront District
  • Smart growth
  • Regulatory reform

Recent Speakers

  • Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, City of Boston
  • Sara Myerson, Director of Planning, Boston Redevelopment Authority
  • William Christopher, Jr., Commissioner of the Boston Inspectional Services Department
  • Sheila Dillon, Chief of Housing for the City of Boston and Director of Neighborhood Development
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

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