Boston Leadership

Meet MassChallenge Boston's Board of Advisors. The Boston leadership team strives to better support entrepreneurs and the Massachusetts innovation economy at large.

Boston Board of Advisors

Mark Ain
Mark S. Ain
Founder & Chairman, Kronos Incorporated
Mark S. Ain
Founder & Chairman, Kronos Incorporated

Mark Ain founded Kronos in 1977 and led the company as CEO for almost 30 years to become one of the world’s most successful software companies.

Jay Ash
Jay Ash
Secretary of Housing & Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Jay Ash
Secretary of Housing & Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Jay Ash serves as the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Sean Belka
Sean Belka
Senior Vice President, Director of Fidelity Center for Applied Technology (FCAT)
Sean Belka
Senior Vice President, Director of Fidelity Center for Applied Technology (FCAT)

Sean Belka is senior vice president, director of Fidelity Center for Applied Technology (FCAT), a unit of Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits

Joshua Boger
Founder and former CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Joshua Boger
Founder and former CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Joshua Boger is the founder of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: VRTX). He retired as Vertex’s chief executive officer and continues to serve on the Board.

Damon Cox
Damon Cox
Senior Director of Economic Development, The Boston Foundation
Damon Cox
Senior Director of Economic Development, The Boston Foundation
Damon Cox joined The Boston Foundation in 2013 as Director of Economic Development, overseeing the Foundation’s portfolio of investments focusing on economic mobility and workforce development.
Linda Pizzuti Henry
Linda Pizzuti Henry
Managing Director, Boston Globe
Linda Pizzuti Henry
Managing Director, Boston Globe
Linda Pizzuti Henry is an early-stage impact investor, a televison producer, community activist, and proud Bostonian.
Mary Jo Meisner
Mary Jo Meisner
Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University
Mary Jo Meisner
Fellow, Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University
Prior to being selected as an Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow, Meisner served as Vice President for Communications, Community Relations and Public Affairs at the Boston Foundation for 15 years.
Akhil Nigam
Co-founder and former President, MassChallenge
Akhil Nigam
Co-founder and former President, MassChallenge

Akhil Nigam is the co-founder and former President of MassChallenge. Since 2009, Akhil has helped build and scale MassChallenge from an idea to a well-recognized global organization.

Stuart Weitzman
Stuart Weitzman
Director of Market Development and Innovation Programs, GE Ventures
Stuart Weitzman
Director of Market Development and Innovation Programs, GE Ventures
Stuart Weitzman is the Director of Market Development and Innovation Programs for GE Ventures.
Cathy Wissink
Cathy Wissink
Director of Technology Community Engagement, Microsoft New England
Cathy Wissink
Director of Technology Community Engagement, Microsoft New England

Cathy Wissink is Director of Technology Community Engagement, Microsoft New England. Cathy works directly with local tech leaders and policy influencers on issues critical to both Microsoft and the tech sector.