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Executive Directors

Bob Dame

Executive Director at Year Up Greater Boston

Bob is the Executive Director at Year Up Boston. He comes from an experienced background in senior leadership in the financial services industry. Bob previously worked at State Street as a Senior Vice President in the Investor Services Group. He managed several large client relationships as well as the Product and Technology implementation team. Earlier in his career Bob worked in the global business unit as Managing Director of the Australian Investor Services business and Chief Operating Officer of Asia Pacific. Bob has been active with Year Up as mentor and volunteer for many years before joining the organization. He has a Bachelors degree in Business from Boston University and an MBA from Boston College.

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Brian Spector (Chair)

Partner at Baupost Group LLC

Brian Spector is a partner at The Baupost Group, L.L.C., where he focuses on both distressed debt and equity investments. Prior to joining Baupost, Brian was an associate with Oak Hill Advisors, Inc. and a financial analyst at The Blackstone Group.

Brian graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan School of Business Administration with a B.B.A. He is Chairman of the Year Up Boston Advisory Board, serves on the board of New Profit, Inc., and is actively involved in a number of other non-profit organizations.

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Christopher Gordon

Managing Director at Bain Capital, LLC

Christopher Gordon is a Managing Director of Bain Capital based in the Boston office and has been with the firm since 1997. He has played a leading role in numerous transactions in the healthcare sector. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Gordon was a consultant at Bain & Company, Inc. Mr. Gordon currently serves as a director of Acadia Healthcare, Beacon Health Options, Physio Control, Inc., Quintiles Transnational Corporation and Grupo Notre Dame Intermedica.  He is a founding Director of the Healthcare Private Equity Association. He also volunteers for a variety of charitable organizations, serving on the Board of Directors for Year Up – Boston and as a member of the Boston Medical Center Foundation Board, the Boston Medical Center Health Plan Board and also as a Trustee of the Dana Farber Cancer Center.  Mr. Gordon received an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.  He lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife and 3 daughters.

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Colin Mahony

Senior Vice President & General Manager Big Data at Hewlett Packard

Colin Mahony leads the HP Software Big Data business group, which is responsible for the full portfolio of HP Software’s Big Data offerings of Information Analytics including Vertica and Autonomy IDOL, and Information Management & Governance. Prior to leading the Big Data business group, Colin was VP and General Manager of HP Vertica, where he guided the business to significant annual growth and recognized industry leadership. Colin brings a unique combination of technical knowledge, market intelligence, customer relationships, and strategic partnerships to one of the fastest growing and most exciting segments of HP Software.


Prior to Vertica, Colin was a Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners focused on investments primarily in enterprise software, telecommunications, and digital media. He established a great network and reputation for assisting in the creation and ongoing operations of companies through his knowledge of technology, markets and general management in both small startups and larger companies. Prior to Bessemer, Colin worked at Lazard Technology Partners in a similar investor capacity.


Prior to his venture capital experience, Colin was a Senior Analyst at the Yankee Group serving as an industry analyst and consultant covering databases, BI, middleware, application servers and ERP systems. Colin helped build the ERP and Internet Computing Strategies practice at Yankee in the late nineties.


Colin earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degrees in Economics with a minor in Computer Science from Georgetown University. He is an active volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and the Joey Fund for Cystic Fibrosis.



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Elyse Beauboeuf

IT Specialist at Ropes & Gray LLC (Year Up Boston Alumnus ’12)

Elyse is an IT professional and active member of the Year Up alumni community. She graduated from Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in 2009. Throughout high school, she volunteered as a counselor at the Arlington Boys and Girls Club. She was working various retail jobs to save money for college when her mother told her about Year Up. Through the program, she earned an internship at Wellington Management in Quality Assurance. Immediately following her graduation from Year Up in July 2012, Elyse accepted a full-time job offer at Ropes & Gray for a position that was created especially for her.

Elyse currently serves as Co-Chair and Founder of the Year Up National Alumni Association and as a member of the Year Up Boston board.

She is a new mother, certified Microsoft Office Specialist, and will be pursuing part-time courses at Wentworth Institute of Technology to focus on her Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.


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Keith Peden

Former Senior Vice President at Raytheon Company

Keith joins the Year Up Board of Directors after serving for 22 years as a senior leader at Raytheon Company, a $24 billion corporation with 61,000 employees. Over the last 12 years he was Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Security and participated in the four member operating committee which provided strategic direction and operational guidance for the corporation.


In his role at Raytheon he was responsible for architecting an integrated system of Leadership Development and succession planning that led to Raytheon being identified as one of the Top 25 Companies for Leaders globally. He worked to create a culture of Diversity and Inclusion that led to the acknowledgement of Raytheon as a best practice company and one that diverse employees would most likely seek to join. He and his team championed numerous industry pioneering Diversity efforts that shaped the culture and fostering equitable treatment for all.


Peden is an acknowledged leader known national for strategic thinking that leads to transformational organization change through the engagement of others in value based initiatives. Committed to lifelong learning and the development of others he started his career as a teacher and coach before a 35 year career in business. His business career saw him work with four multibillion dollar enterprises, including Lotus Development, Alexander & Alexander and Honeywell as well as Raytheon.


He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Wheaton College, Wentworth Institute of Technology and a past member of Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. His education includes a B.A. from Western Michigan University and a M.A. from Eastern Michigan University. He and his wife Mindy have been married for 37 years and have three adult children.


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Robert Lewis, Jr.

CEO at HomeBASE – Boston Academy for Sports & Education

Robert Lewis, Jr. is a nationally recognized thought leader, public speaker and passionate advocate for urban youth.  Known as a bridge-builder and catalyst for collaboration between diverse business, civic and public sectors, Robert has deep experience with grassroots, community-based organizations throughout Greater Boston and government entities, colleges, sports franchises and philanthropic foundations throughout the country.  A 2015 Boston Magazine cover story listed Robert among the city’s 50 Most Powerful Leaders, calling him ”a tireless advocate for inner-city kids.”


Robert’s impressive career trajectory has included important roles such as Executive Director of the Boston Centers for Youth and Families, President and Executive Director of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), Senior Vice President of City Year’s national operations and Executive Director of City Year Boston, and Vice President for Program at the Boston Foundation where he directed the distribution of $16 million+ in discretionary grants.


In 2013, Robert left his high profile position at The Boston Foundation to pursue a lifelong dream to launch The BASE. The BASE is a model and methodology that changes the paradigm for urban youth by providing student athletes with the opportunity, knowledge, skills and confidence needed to develop a winning game plan for success both on and off the field.  The BASE embodies everything Robert learned as founder of the Boston Astros, a youth baseball team he launched in 1978.   Legendary baseball writer Peter Gammons has called The Astros, “Hands-down the best urban baseball program in the country,” and Triple Crown Sports awarded the Astros the 2012 “Team of the Year” award from a field of 40,000.


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Stephanie Dodson

Co-Founder and Director at Strategic Grant Partners

Stephanie Dodson became a Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation in September, 2014.  Draper Richards Kaplan believes that with early funding and rigorous support, exceptional social entrepreneurs, tackling some of the world’s most complex problems, can make the world a better place.

Prior to DRK, Stephanie was a fellow with Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative and was consulting to several different philanthropic and social entrepreneurial ventures.  She currently serves on the boards of RefugePoint, Year Up, Project Healthy Children and Partners In Health and also serves on the boards and advises six DRK portfolio organizations:  City Health Works, Clean Energy Trust, Crisis Text Line, D-Rev, Lava Mae, and Upstream.

Stephanie co-founded three social ventures:  Strategic Grant Partners, a venture capital model of consulting and philanthropic investing, works to create positive futures for children and families in Massachusetts and nationally; Project Healthy Children partners with developing countries to save lives through sustainable and measurable methods of food fortification and supplementation; and the Maranyundo Initiative, a boarding school for girls achieving the highest academic performance in the country and a teacher enrichment program in Rwanda.  Stephanie also worked in the computer industry at Tandem Computers.

She holds a BA in English and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and an MBA from Stanford University and lives in Boston.

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Stephen F. Nazzaro

Executive Vice President Institutional Investor Services at State Street

Steve Nazzaro is an executive vice president and head of the Asset Owner segment within Investor Services Americas, with a client base totaling $5 trillion in assets across 1,200 client relationships. Steve is responsible for clients across the United States, Canada and Latin America with Defined Contribution and Defined Benefit plans as well as Insurance clients and Retiree Services as well as the teams that provide Training, Risk & Compliance and Business Continuity support for all of Investor Services Americas.


Mr. Nazzaro has over 29 years of experience at State Street. He began his career in 1986 and has held a wide variety of leadership roles across the accounting and operations divisions, servicing our mutual fund, mid-market pension and defined contribution business. In 2001, Mr. Nazzaro left State Street for two years to serve as a senior vice president and chief operating officer in Securities Finance at Brown Brothers Harriman and rejoined State Street in 2003 as a senior vice president and department head for Strategic Operations and Strategy.


Mr. Nazzaro sits on the board of Year Up, a nonprofit organization founded in 2000 and based in Boston, whose mission is to close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.  Steve is also a member of the board of Archbishop Williams High School.


Mr. Nazzaro holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Suffolk University.

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Greater Boston Leadership Council

Brad Ursillo

Consultant at MSCI

Bradley Ursillo, CFA serves as a Vice President with MSCI in Boston, managing an analytical service and support team for institutional asset management clients across New England and eastern Canada. Previously, he worked for over a decade across various subsidiaries of Wells Fargo asset management units in portfolio and risk management roles both in Boston and in Charlotte. Bradley obtained his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his graduate degree from UNC Charlotte. He serves on the Mentorship Committee of Boston Security Analyst Society. In addition to participation in the Boston-area YearUp Leadership Council, Bradley serves as Board Treasurer of GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project.


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Brian Dugdale

Associate at Goulston and Storrs

Brian Dugdale is an Associate in the Real Estate group at Goulston & Storrs. Commercial real estate matters, including development, financing, and acquisitions and dispositions are the focus of Brian Dugdale’s practice. Brian helps clients analyze and create land use and permitting strategies in connection with development and acquisitions. He is a member of the Boston Bar Association, a mentor at the Citizens School Mock Trial Apprenticeship Program, and a member of the Right Question Institute.


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Brian Elworthy

Associate at Ropes & Gray LLP

Brian Elworthy is Assistant General Counsel of inVentiv Health and works in the company’s corporate headquarters in Burlington, Massachusetts.  Prior to joining inVentiv, Brian was an associate at Ropes & Gray, LLP where he focused on private equity and mergers and acquisitions.  Brian received his law degree from Georgetown University and received his Bachelor’s from Middlebury College.  Brian has been involved with Year Up since 2011 when he first volunteered with Year Up as a mentor.

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Britt Danneman

Analyst, Sankaty Advisors LLC

Christina Reale (Co-Chair)

Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Manager at GID

Christina Reale is an Assistant Vice President and Portfolio Manager at GID, based in Boston, MA. Christina joined GID in 2003 as a Portfolio Management Analyst after spending five years at PwC where she obtained her CPA license. Christina has been active at Year Up where she participates as a mentor to three mentees, in student interview workshops, and in the Tech Olympics. She is the Co-Chair of the Year Up Boston Leadership Council and the Co-Chair of the Clothing Drive Committee of the Leadership Council.

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Christy Strawbridge (Co-Chair)

Vice President at Goldman Sachs

Christy Strawbridge is a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, managing a Global Operations team for the Agency Lending business, based in Boston, MA. Christy joined Goldman Sachs in 2004 as an Operations Analyst on the Fixed Income, Money Market & Repo desk in New York and transferred to the Boston office in 2009. She was voted to Co-Chair the Risk Management Association’s Operations & Technology Conference for a 2012-2014 term, driving regulatory discussions and market changes throughout the industry. Christy is actively engaged in fostering the Goldman Sachs community partnerships with Year Up and the Neighborhood House Charter School through volunteer days and mentoring events. She is the Co-Chair of the Year Up Boston Leadership Council and the Co-Chair of the Young Advocates Board at the Neighborhood House Charter School. Christy earned a BA in Business Administration from Boston University.


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David Grossman

Co-Head of Acquisitions at The Grossman Companies, Inc.

David is Co-President of The Grossman Companies, Inc. where he oversees the management and origination of new loans and home builder joint-venture equity investments for the Company’s private lending affiliate, First Boston Capital Partners. In addition, he is actively involved in the asset management and financing of its commercial real estate portfolio. Prior to joining The Grossman Companies in 2009, David served as vice president of acquisitions at Louis Dreyfus Property Group in New York. Earlier in his career, he worked for five years at Wells Fargo’s Real Estate Merchant Banking Group in Boston; Washington, DC; and New York.  David graduated from Brown University.  He is been involved with Year Up since 2007 and is a member of the Boston Leadership Council; in addition David is involved with a number of other non-profit organizations.

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Hannah Wells


Hannah Wells is a Management Consultant at Accenture, a global consulting firm.  She works within the Health and Public Service division with a focus on change management.  With a passion for corporate citizenship efforts, Hannah leads her current account’s community outreach efforts and identifies areas of opportunity to help support the local community.  Prior to joining Accenture, she worked at Partners HealthCare as a Human Resources practitioner and then as a project analyst on a large implementation project.


Hannah received her BA from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts and Master of Public Health from the University of Sydney.

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James Downey

Senior Manager at Sapient

As Learning & Organization Development Lead, James sets the global strategy on how to grow, develop and retain the 4,000 consultants that make up Sapient Consulting.  In his role, he has responsibility for leadership development, succession planning, performance management and learning.  James is based in the Boston office and has been with Sapient for 2 years.


Prior to joining Sapient, James spent a decade with Accenture.  For the first half his career, he was a management consultant, advising clients on how to manage large scale change and organization transformation. In the later half of his career, James worked as an internal Talent and Organization Development consultant, helping to implement global strategies for retaining and developing the 300,000 employees of Accenture.


James has been a mentor and Year Up Leadership council member since 2012.  In 2013, James was recognized by Accenture as one of the top 10 corporate citizens in the company for his active work with Year Up in Boston and nationally.

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Jessie Cai

Summit Partners

Jessie Cai is a private equity associate at Summit Partners.  Prior to Summit, Jessie worked for Citigroup’s investment banking division and Peer2Peer Tutors, a DC-based start-up peer-to-peer tutoring company.  She holds a BA in mathematics and economics, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University and a certificate in financial economics from Kellogg School of Management’s Certificate Program for Undergraduates.  Jessie Cai is a Maryland native and enjoys basketball, journalism and travel.



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Julia Hebert

Portfolio Manager at Income Research + Management

Julia is a portfolio manager at Income Research & Management, a fixed income asset management firm based in Boston. She joined IR+M in January 2009 as a credit research analyst. Prior to IR+M, she was a U.S. Investment Grade Debt Syndicate Analyst at Barclays Capital Investment Bank in New York. Julia has a BA from Wellesley College and an MA from Brandeis International Business School.



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Kent Bennett

Vice President, Bessemer Venture Partners

Larry Tobin

Major Gifts Officer at Combined Jewish Philanthropies

Larry Tobin is the AVP, Major Gifts at Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston where he has worked since 2008. Larry helps to lead the $55M annual campaign and serves on the organizations strategic leadership team. In his spare time, in addition to Year Up, Larry serves on the development committee of The Rashi School, The committee on Trustees of The Schechter School and chairs the alumni efforts of BU Academy.

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Lisa Smith


Luis M. Echeverri

Director, Insurance Management at Enel Green Power

Luis M. Echeverri has over 12 years of corporate experience. He spent the first part of his career in the insurance industry, transitioning later into the renewable energy and power sector.

He has hands-on experience in North America and Latin America settings, as well as in start-up, corporate, multinational, non-for-profit, academic, and board settings.


He currently works at Enel Green Power, Italian multinational in the renewable energy sector, where he holds the position of Director of Insurance Management. In this role, he leads the insurance unit and risk management of renewable energy plants across the United States and Canada.


Education is one of his drivers. In addition to his already wide range of responsibilities, Luis also serves as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University—Graduate courses: Strategic Management, and Investing in Emerging Markets.


Luis holds a Bachelors degree in Economics and International Business from ICESI University (Cali, Colombia) and a Masters degree in Management from Harvard University. He was born and raised in Colombia and is bilingual.


Luis has been recognized for his community service in pro of education, by the Ad Club (Rosoff Award), El Planeta Newspaper (Powermeter 100, Emerging Leaders), and by the Points of Lights Institute (The President’s Volunteer Service Award).

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Matthew Berner

Stockbridge Investors

Matt Berner is a Principal at Berkshire Partners, based in Boston, MA.  Matt is a member of the Stockbridge Investors team, a fund within Berkshire that invests in marketable securities.  Matt originally joined Berkshire Partners in 2007 as an associate working with the private equity group, and returned to the firm in 2012 after earning an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.  Prior to joining Berkshire, Matt was an analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co.


Matt earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, where he majored in public policy. In addition to serving on the Year Up Leadership Committee, Matt enjoys volunteering as a mentor for Year Up students.

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Peter Cowan

Banker Associate at Citi Private Bank

Peter is a Vice President, Associate Banker at Citi Private Bank in Boston, MA. Peter received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Pennsylvania State University and is currently attending Business School at Babson College.  Peter started his career in the financial services industry at The Vanguard Group located in Great Valley, PA.  From Vanguard Peter moved to the Boston area and worked as a Sales Assistant at Harbour Investment Group in Manchester, MA.  In 2007 Peter moved to Charlestown, MA and started working at Citi Private Bank.  For the past 8 years Peter has been an integral member of a private banking team that provides banking services and wealth management solutions to Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, Family Offices and Foundations with a focus on meeting the banking and lending needs of large private equity firms and their founders.  In his spare time Peter enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing guitar and taking his dogs to the beach.  Peter currently resides in Topsfield, MA with his wife and 2 children.

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Peter Grave

Corporate Client Group Director at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Peter Grave is a Financial Advisor and Corporate Client Group Director with Morgan Stanley and he has been a registered Financial Advisor since 2003.


Over the years Peter has developed a passion helping business professionals and families, to simplify some of the complex financial and wealth management questions so they can move confidently towards their larger aspirations in life.  He advises clients on all aspects of wealth planning, including asset allocation, portfolio management, legacy and trust planning, risk management, and developing income strategies. Additionally, he has extensive experience working with corporate executives.


Peter received a BA in Economics from the University of Colorado and is a CHARTERED RETIREMENT PLANNING COUNSELOR® from the College of Financial Planning.


Peter lives in Back Bay with his wife Alison and they enjoy traveling and skiing together.

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Preston Raymond

Analyst, Income Research + Management

Ricky Sharma

Associate at TA Associates

Ricky Sharma is an investment professional based in Boston. Most recently he was a growth private equity investor with TA Associates. Prior to TA, Ricky worked in investment banking at Lazard Freres. Ricky is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a mentor with Year Up since 2012 and a member of the Leadership Council since 2013.

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Stephen Davis

Student, MIT

Steven Dechiario

Vice President, Private Banker, Citi Private Bank

Troy Lieberman

Nixon Peabody

Troy Lieberman is an attorney in the Intellectual Property Litigation group at Nixon Peabody LLP.  His practice focuses primarily on patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and false advertising disputes.  Troy also has experience in complex commercial disputes, including class action lawsuits, appeals, and other technology-related matters.  In addition to litigation, he advises individuals and companies on licensing, branding, and privacy matters.  Troy was formerly a consultant with the IBM Corporation, received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and received his B.A. from Colby College.

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Winnie Chen

Student, Harvard Business School