Board of Trustees

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2019-2020 Board Meeting agendas

September 24, 2019

Board of Trustees

Tom beecher

Mr. Beecher is the CFO and Executive VP of Kate Farms, a medical nutrition company that offers plant-based formulas designed for improved tolerance with organic ingredients and without dairy, soy, gluten, corn or nuts. Prior to Kate Farms, he was the CEO of Cartera Commerce, a venture-backed, Boston-based loyalty marketing company. Prior to Cartera, Tom was CFO and later CEO at Imagitas and a consultant at Bain & Co.

Mr. Beecher attended Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School.

stesha emmanuel Laborde

Ms. Emmanuel is a Litigation Attorney at McCarter & English LLP where she represents clients in complex and multi-district products liability litigation in federal and state court in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Her legal experience also includes general litigation and representing employers and employees in all areas of employment litigation.

Ms. Emmanuel currently serves on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and the Editorial Board of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. She was named to Lawyers of Color’s 2014 “Hot List”, a national publication recognizing early-to-mid level minority attorneys excelling in the legal profession. She was also selected as a Massachusetts Rising Star from 2014-2017 and recently named by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as Up and Coming Lawyer in 2017.

Ms. Emmanuel hails from Boston, by way of Dorchester, where she attended Boston Public Schools and was part of the inaugural class of Match Charter Public High School in 2000. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Africana Studies from Brown University, studied comparative politics and dance abroad at the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa, and is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.

Michael Goldstein, clerk and treasurer

Mr. Goldstein founded Match in 1999, and led in various capacities through 2013.  He started the Match Corps in 2004; the Match Teacher Residency in 2008; and the Sposato Graduate School of Education in 2011.  From 2013 to 2016, he served as Chief Academic Officer at Bridge International Academies, helping to launch over 300 schools in Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, India, and Nigeria.

Mr. Goldstein has served on various boards including National Council for Teacher Quality, Education Sector, and the transition teams for Massachusetts Governors Deval Patrick in 2007 and Mitt Romney in 2003.  He is a former journalist and has written for Business Week, New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Boston Globe.  

Mr. Goldstein has a B.A. from Duke and a Master's in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Reverend Ray Hammond, vice chair

In 1988, Reverend Ray Hammond founded and became pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston. In this capacity, he has a long history of involvement with youth and community activities. Rev. Hammond joined the Board of The Boston Foundation in 2000, and became Board Chair in 2002. He is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Black Ministerial Alliance and was also one of the founders of the Ten Point Coalition.

Rev. Hammond is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He also earned his MA in the study of Religion at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Katharine B. schmitt

Ms. Schmitt is an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank where she leads a team of specialists and advises on a range of wealth management topics including investments, banking, credit, planning and philanthropy. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, she worked in business development and marketing for American Express and the New York Mets Baseball Club.

Ms. Schmitt received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Harvard University.

mary wells, chair

Ms. Wells is a co-founder and Partner with Bellwether Education Partners, a professional services firm focused on building leadership and management capacity in the field of K-12 education reform.  Prior to this, she was the senior program officer for STEM and new schools with the Texas High School Project.  

Ms. Wells holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Harvard University.