Boston Leaders for Education Steering Committee

Richard Burnes, Partner, Charles River Ventures

Rick is founder and General partner Charles River Ventures. Founder and Chairman of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of New England, Trustee & Former Chairman of Museum of Science, Former Chairman Middlesex School, Vice Chairman of Sea Education Association, Trustee of The Boston Foundation, Advisory Board of Renaissance  Charter School, Member Committee on University Resources ---Harvard University, former parent Boston School System.  Holds a BA from Harvard and an MBA from Boston University.


Donna Cowan, Past Chairwoman, The Hestia Fund

Donna Cowan has decades of experience in networking technology. She has been responsible for global sales and sales strategy for organizations of all sizes. Donna has been active in angel investing for over two decades. Her passion is education and the power it has to transform lives. Donna joined Hestia in 2000 has served as its chair and continues to serve on its steering committee.

Chris Gabrieli, Chairman, Mass Board of Higher Education

Chris is the Founder/Chairman of Empower Schools and founder Mass2020/National Center on Time & Learning.  In addition to being the Chairman, MA Board of Higher Education, he is the Chairman of the Springfield Empowerment Zone.  He is a lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Partner Emeritus at Bessemer Venture Partners.


Lee Gartley, Advisor and Investor

Lee is an investor, advisor and board member of a number of early stage companies. He currently serves as Board Chair of Segterra and Executive Chairman DonorPath and is a Board Member of Mega-Trax.  Lee was previously President of Target Software and Target Analysis Group and SVP of Blackbaud. He has a BA degree from Bowdoin College and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.


Tony Helies, Executive Committee, Kobrand Corp

Tony is a high tech entrepreneur and wine industry executive. Former principal at Walnut Venture Associates.  Founder and CEO of Concord Communications.  Over 20 years experience running high tech ventures including general management positions with Analog Devices and Data General, and engineering with the Apollo program.  On the Boards of a Boston-based technology company, a national wine marketer, and Codman Academy Charter School.  Tutors students in Boston district and charter schools. Holds BSEE from Lehigh, MSEE from Northeastern, and MBA from Harvard.


Mimi La Camera, Former President, Freedom Trail Foundation

Mimi was President of the Freedom Trail Foundation, a non-profit organization that markets, promotes, and helps to preserve Boston’s historic walking trail. She was previously Director of Visitor Marketing at the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau and Executive Director at Lupus Foundation of America. She is a board member at Boston Educational Development Foundation and project director at the Sarah Greenwood BPS School. Mimi holds a BA in English/History from Marquette University.

Chuck Longfield, Founder, Target Analytics/Chief Scientist, Blackbaud

Chuck is Chief Scientist at Blackbaud, a global provider of software and services to non-profits.  He was the founder of Target Software and Target Analysis Group, and a partner at Case Shiller Weiss.  Chuck grew up in East Boston and attended the Boston Public Schools.  He is past Chairman of the Boston Latin School Alumni Association, and has served on numerous school boards including Codman Academy and the Shady Hill School.  Chuck is certified to teach math and has previously taught middle and high school students.  Through the Longfield Foundation, he supports numerous public, parochial and public charter schools and related education reform organizations.   He holds a BA and MEd from Harvard and served as a LeadBoston Fellow in 1997.


Kevin McCall, CEO of Paradigm Properties & Paradigm Capital Advisors; Trustee of Cambridge College

Kevin is a trustee of Cambridge College and the CEO of commercial real estate firms, Paradigm Capital Advisors and Paradigm Properties.  Kevin is committed to issues of civic engagement, education, and social justice in our urban communities.  He is the Founder and Board Chair of Building Impact and currently serves as Board Vice-Chair of Hearth, Inc., and as a member the President’s Council of Cambridge College. He holds a BA and MBA from Harvard and served as a LeadBoston Fellow in 1993-94.


Jamie McDonald, Vice President, Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services, The McDonald Group

Jamie has gained broad-based experience in the thirteen years he has spent in the financial services industry, particularly in serving the wealth management needs of affluent individuals, their families and their businesses. Jamie has a B.A. in economics from Davidson College. Jamie also gives back to his community as a mentor for Year Up in Boston and is the founder of their annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. He is also the founder of the Boston Breakfast Group, which is a group of civic-minded young leaders.


Michael K. Tooke, Founder, Lucy Stone Initiative, Dorchester FAMILY School Initiative

Mike is a former investment banker, consultant, investment manager and venture capitalist.  He has worked with and invested in a number of high tech and other companies.  A graduate of Princeton University and a student at New York University Graduate School of Business, he has served on a number of school boards, including Deerfield Academy and the Park School.  He was a founder of the Lucy Stone Initiative, a "full service" public elementary school in Dorchester, and of the Dorchester FAMILY School Initiative, a collaboration of three district elementary schools, DotWell (a community health and social service organization), UMass Boston, FAMILY Inc. and other partners in Boston's Codman Square neighborhood."


Will Stansbury, Former Senior Vice President, Technology, RoundCorner

Will is Vice President of Technology at Blackbaud, a global provider of software and services to non-profits.  He was formerly Senior VP of Technology at roundCorner, a nonprofit software startup and he was a co-founder of Target Software.  He has a BS degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.  He was a mentor at Year Up, a reader at Everybody Wins, an instructor in Columbia University's Executive IT Managment program and is on the board at ArtsBoston.