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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 Greater Boston's:

  • Global competitiveness
  • Dynamic region
  • World-class 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

  • Senator Karen Spilka, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means
  • Representative Jeffrey Sánchez, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means
  • Representative Brian Dempsey, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee
  • Senator Michael Rodrigues, Senate Majority Whip and former Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Revenue
  • Representative Jay Kaufman, Chairman, Joint Committee on Revenue 
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

  • Stephanie Pollack, Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation 
  • Representative William Straus, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation 
  • Joe Aiello, Chair of the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board
  • Chris Osgood, Chief of Streets for the City of Boston
  • Senator Thomas McGee, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation
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

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

  • Rosalin Acosta, Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development 
  • Senator Jason Lewis, Senate Chair of Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development
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

  • Senator Karen Spilka, Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means 
  • David Seltz, Executive Director, Health Policy Commission  
  • Daniel Tsai, Assistant Secretary for MassHealth and Medicaid Director for the Commonwealth
  • Senator Jason Lewis, Senate Chair of Joint Committee on Public Health
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

  • Mark Nunnelly, Secretary of the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS)
  • Professor Alex "Sandy" Pentland, Director of MIT's Human Dynamics Laboratory and MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program
  • 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 environmental impact
  • Promoting sustainability and energy efficiency
  • Expanding energy supply and storage options

Recent Speakers

  • Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley, Chair of Environment and Sustainability Committee
  • Senator Michael Barrett, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy 
  • Stephen Pike, CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Commissioner Judith Judson, Department of Energy Resources
  • Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett, Energy and Environmental Affairs
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

  • Brian Golden, Director of the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA)
  • Mark Boyle, Assistant General Manager, Real Estate and Asset Development- MBTA
  • Sheila Dillon, Chief of Housing for the City of Boston and Director of Neighborhood Development
  • William Christopher, Jr., Commissioner of the Boston Inspectional Services Department
  • Sara Myerson, Director of Planning, Boston Redevelopment Authority
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 

Recent Speakers

  • Tom Glynn, CEO of the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport)
  • Steve Wynn, CEO of Wynn Resorts