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Chair

Robert L. Beal

Related Beal Group

Robert L. Beal is a graduate of Harvard College, Class of 1963, cum laude, and Harvard Business School, Class of 1965. Prior to joining The Beal Companies in 1976 (now known as Related Beal), Beal served as vice president of The Beacon Companies, investment-builders, from 1965 to 1976.  Beal is active in professional businesses and organizations both locally and internationally. He is a member of the American Society of Real Estate Counselors, a past director and chairman of the Artery Business Committee, and a past president of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. He is the former chair of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, chair of The Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard as well as the chair of Northeastern's School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Advisory Committee. 

Executive Chair

Robert Fishman

Nutter, McClennen & Fish LLP

Bob Fishman is a senior partner in the Real Estate and Finance Department and chairs the Land Use, Permitting and Development Practice Group at Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP in Boston. His practice focuses on development, financing, acquisition and disposition, leasing, and land use/environmental permitting. Fishman was elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 1991. He is an active member and frequent lecturer in both bar association and real industry trade groups. Fishman appears among the best real estate lawyers in Massachusetts in the Chambers USA America's Leading Business Lawyers Guide and was named a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" in a survey by Law & Politics and Boston Magazine. He is listed as one of only five Massachusetts lawyers in the International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers and in the Best Lawyers in America. Fishman is an active member of the Massachusetts Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He has chaired NAIOP's Public Affairs Committee and has received NAIOP's Public Affairs Award three times for his work on legislative and administrative matters. In 2016, Fishman received NAIOP's Champion Award in recognition of his exceptional advocacy benefiting the real estate industry. Fishman is a past chair of the Lawyers' Team of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Inc. (CJP). In 2008, Fishman received the Community of Excellence Award from CJP in recognition of his significant contributions to both the broader community and the legal profession. Fishman presently is an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Law. He also has taught at Harvard Law School, Boston College Law School, and Suffolk Law School. Fishman's most recent articles and presentations have addressed smart growth issues, permitting of complex development projects, and environmental issues in business transactions. He authors a chapter of MCLE's Massachusetts Zoning Manual. Fishman graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and from Harvard Law School, cum laude.

Members

George Bachrach

Environmental League of Massachusetts

George Bachrach is the former president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts since 2007. He is an attorney, former state senator, and teaches journalism at Boston University. He also regularly provides political commentary for Boston area television and radio stations including New England Cable News, WGBH-TV, and The Boston Globe, among other media outlets. Bachrach served three terms in the Massachusetts state senate in the 1980s and has run for the U.S. Congress with the endorsement of The Boston Globe, and organized labor and civic groups. Upon leaving the state senate, Bachrach practiced law for nearly a decade as a partner with the Boston law firm of Brown, Rudnick, Freed and Gesmer. Thereafter, he served as the CEO of a direct marketing firm assisting national nonprofits and later founded Bachrach & Co, a public affairs and public relations consulting firm. From 1987 through 1993, he was appointed by Governor Michael Dukakis to chair the board of the Massachusetts Office for Children. In addition, Bachrach has served on the board of the Boston Society of Architects and as past president of both Americans for Democratic Action (Mass. chapter) and Mass. Handgun Control, Inc. He has also served as a board member of the Mass. Human Services Coalition and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, among others. Bachrach is a graduate of Trinity College and Boston University’s School of Law. 

Lisa Brothers

Nitsch Engineering

Lisa Brothers has more than 30 years of experience in the design, construction, management of roadway, site development, sustainable design, and infrastructure-related projects. After beginning her career in the public realm, she moved over to the private side early on, eventually joining Nitsch Engineering in 1990. Brothers served as COO for 18 years before becoming President and CEO in 2011, and Chairman and CEO in 2016. As such, Brothers is the champion for the vision, growth strategy, strategic direction, and overall performance of the firm. Her passion is to grow the firm and provide diverse opportunities to Nitsch Engineering’s staff for advancement, while providing creative, innovative, and sustainable project solutions for their clients. Brothers holds a BSCE from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, an MBA from Northeastern University, and is a 2004 graduate of ACEC National’s Senior Executive Institute. Her contributions to her community have been well recognized by a range of organizations. Brothers received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the New England region’s services category. She also received the 2017 Leadership Award and 2008 Woman of the Year from WTS-Boston; the 2004 Citizen Engineer Award from the Boston Society of Civil Engineers; the 2003 Francis Academy Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from UMass-Lowell; was honored with a 2002 Pinnacle Award as an Emerging Executive from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; and the BSCES Lester Gaynor Award in recognition of her exemplary service as a public official in Wilmington, Massachusetts in 2001.

Steve Farrell

Metro Housing Boston

Farrell works daily with donors, legislators and members of the media around the impact of public policies on homelessness prevention and affordable housing in the metro Boston area. Farrell, a Watertown native who now lives in Dorchester, joined MBHP in 2013 after previously serving as the director of development at the Boston Private Industry Council. While working as an independent management consultant in Ohio, Farrell was the first executive director of a statewide nonprofit housing association for people with developmental disabilities, and helped launch a membership association for local human service providers. He graduated from Northeastern University, earned a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, and received a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University.

Joe Geller

Stantec

As a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects with over 35 years of experience, Geller has been involved in all aspects of project management, site master planning, and design. He especially enjoys the strategic aspect of planning and permitting, and has led successful efforts for an array of project types, including institutional, commercial, residential, and healthcare. Geller is passionate about enhancing his surroundings and believes landscape architecture betters our quality of life, our communities, and our world. Geller is currently working on several community based housing and mixed-use developments as well as healthcare and senior housing projects. Newbridge on the Charles, an intergenerational campus in Dedham, MA, is among his favorite projects where he was able to align strategic thinking and design skills with client mission and vision. Geller has been with Stantec since his firm, Geller DeVellis, was acquired by Stantec in 2007.

Nancy Goodman

Environmental League of Massachusetts

As head of ELM’s policy work, Nancy Goodman has primary responsibility for developing, prioritizing and advancing ELM’s environmental agenda on a wide range of issues, including land use and smart growth, land protection, energy and climate change, water resources, and transportation. Much of ELM’s policy work is accomplished through Goodman’s participation in a number of coalitions, including the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and Transportation for Massachusetts, both of which she chairs, and the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance. Goodman has a BA from George Washington University and a Master’s degree from Tufts University in Urban and Environmental Policy.

Mike Hogan

A.D. Makepeace Company

Mike Hogan served for eight years as president of MassDevelopment, the state's economic development authority. In that role, he served as a cabinet officer for two governors. Prior to his work in statewide economic development, Hogan served as mayor in the city of Marlborough for four years. Hogan has been director of A.D. Makepeace Company since May 2006, director of Ocean Spray Cranberries and Rockland Trust. He serves as co-chair of the Commonwealth Housing Task Force.

Charles Homer

Harvard Medical School and of Social and Behavioral Science at the Harvard School of Public Health

Charles J. (Charlie) Homer, MD, MPH, served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation/US DHHS from April 2015 through December 2016. Prior to this, he co-founded the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) in July 1999, and then served as the organization's president and CEO. He led NICHQ to focus not only on clinical quality, but also on the broad social conditions that contribute to childhood obesity and infant mortality. He is an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and of social and behavioral science at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a past member of the third U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce, the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children as well as numerous panels devoted to child health, health care and quality measurement. Homer obtained his bachelor's degree from Yale University, his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Heather Hume

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

Heather Hume is a former enlisted Army Reserve member who has an extensive background in public transportation, particularly in fixed route and paratransit operations. She started her career driving buses while at the University of Massachusetts and also assisted with transportation for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. In 2005, she worked for the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority and eventually found her way east working for Greater Lynn Senior Services (GLSS) as an operations supervisor for their contract operating MBTA’s paratransit program known as The Ride. In 2011, she started her career at the MBTA as a service planner and has been able to assist many different departments within the agency. Over the past six years, she has moved up the ranks as manager of paratransit programs, superintendent of workforce logistics, and currently serves as director of service planning. She is responsible for the design of the MBTA’s 175 routes and schedules as well as modernizing how operations manages its workforce. In October 2015, Mass Transit magazine recognized Hume as one of the nation’s top 40 under 40 transit professionals in the United States. Hume has degrees in both African-American Studies and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She obtained her Master’s Degree from the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University with a focus on transportation policy.

Ken Kimmell

Union of Concerned Scientists

Ken Kimmell is president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading science-based nonprofit that combines the knowledge and influence of the scientific community with the passion of concerned citizens to build a healthy planet and a safer world. Kimmell has more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He is a national advocate for clean energy and transportation policies and a driving force behind UCS’s “Power Ahead” campaign to build a large and diverse group of clean energy leadership states.

Doug Landry

Tighe & Bond

Doug Landry, AICP, is Tighe & Bond’s vice president for real estate development. He is charged with continuing to expand the company’s visibility and portfolio of work with private sector and institutional clients throughout its footprint, building on his strong network of regional and national clients, business partners, and public sector regulatory relationships. He has 30 years of professional experience working initially as the first town planner for Walpole, MA, and as chief planner of the Public/Private Development Unit for MassHighway (now MassDOT). The most recent 22 years of his career have been in the engineering consulting business leading several high-profile projects including the WGBH Headquarters in Boston, the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, and the China Railroad Rolling Stock Corporation MBTA Rail Car Assembly Plant in Springfield. Landry serves on the national Board of Directors of NAIOP (the Commercial Real Estate Development Association) and the National Steering Committee for LOCUS Developers, a private sector-focused program of Smart Growth America. He is also a member of the American Planning Association, the Urban Land Institute, and is an active participant with the Massachusetts Alliance for Economic Development (MassEcon). Landry holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.

André Leroux

MA Smart Growth Alliance

As the executive director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, Leroux has led efforts to reform zoning laws, expand housing choices, increase transportation investment, and support vibrant places across the state. He helped found the Transportation for Massachusetts Coalition, and established the Great Neighborhoods campaign to help communities transform themselves through better collaboration, placemaking, and district management. Previously, Leroux coordinated a grassroots revitalization initiative in Lawrence, MA, that won smart growth awards from the Romney and Bush Administrations. Prior to that, he worked for State Senate President Tom Birmingham. Leroux studied at Dartmouth College and El Colegio de México in Mexico City and is fluent in Spanish.

Kyle Warwick

Redgate

As founding member of Redgate and a co-leader of Gate Residential Properties, Redgate’s multifamily investment platform, Kyle Warwick leads deal structuring, planning, regulatory approvals and project execution. He is also a member of Redgate’s Investment Committee. Warwick excels at understanding the concerns of local neighborhood property owners, municipalities, and investors and structuring winning deals that set the foundation for the development of new urban neighborhoods that, when delivered, enhance the economic and social vitality of the area. Warwick has more than 28 years of diverse real estate experience with special expertise in master planning, regulatory approvals, mixed-use development, and financing. He has led the planning and development of 15 million square feet of mixed-use real estate. Prior to founding Redgate, Warwick held a long tenure at Spaulding & Slye/Jones Lang LaSalle, where he became the New England regional director in 2004 and oversaw the performance and long-term strategic direction of Spaulding & Slye’s 250-person Boston office.