The Essex County Community Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees that establishes the policies & procedures and oversees general management of The Foundation and the funds entrusted to its care. Our board consists of highly qualified community leaders from across the county who are passionate about improving the health and well-being of the nonprofits in our region and the people they serve.
Steven P. Cohen, of Pride's Crossing, has been engaged in community issues as a volunteer and staff person, and a member of boards more than 20 local, state, and national organizations. After Columbia Law School, Steve had a distinguished career in government and politics, serving as Boston’s Washington lobbyist, developing Boston’s public school lunch program and many other initiatives. Thereafter he developed and managed commercial real estate for 12 years before founding The Negotiation Skills Company in 1991. His clients included Fortune 100 corporations and other organizations in more than 20 countries. Author of "The Practical Negotiator" and "Negotiating Skills for Managers," he has been a professor at Brandeis University's International Business School since 203 and was a professor at Groupe HEC (Paris) from 1995 until 2005. He joined the ECCF board in 2012.
John D. Colucci
At McLane Middleton, John specializes in business law, healthcare law, technology and nonprofit work, where his clients range from start-up companies to large, public corporations. John is a board member for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, serves on the Corporate Committee of the Peabody Essex Museum, and is on the boards of both the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants and the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. He is the immediate past chair of the board of trustees of Montserrat College of Art, and past president of the Greater Beverly YMCA and the Beverly Chamber of Commerce. He also served as chairman of the board of directors of the North Shore United Way. John is a graduate of Bentley University and Suffolk University, and lives in Wenham with his wife, Lisa, and their two teenage sons. He joined the ECCF board in 2016.
Matthew P. Doring
Grants & Services Committee Chair
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
At Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP, Mathew specializes in finance, business law and corporate governance. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1994 with a BA in American Studies, and from Notre Dame Law School with a Juris Doctorate in 1997. He is a member of the Boston, Massachusetts, and American Bar Associations respectively. Matt has a strong interest in youth and community, serving as Trustee for the Ipswich YMCA and volunteering as a youth basketball coach. He lives in Rowley and joined the ECCF board in 2011.
Theresa M. Ellis
Theresa is currently the interim director of the Dartmouth Center for Service, and interim dean of the Tucker Center at Dartmouth College. She has dedicated her career to bringing innovative, business-minded solutions to the most pressing social problems. Theresa was the founding CEO of Common Impact, a nonprofit that developed the first systematized way of engaging corporate America’s talent. After leaving Common Impact, Theresa was appointed the Gleitsman Visiting Practitioner at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she focused on understanding how companies and nonprofits can collaborate, and taught cross-sector leadership. She is also the founder of Liminality Partners, a boutique management consulting firm. Theresa lives in Beverly, and joined the ECCF board in 2013.
Robert R. Fanning, Jr.
Finance Committee Chair
Northeast Health Systems (retired)
Robert has over 35 years of executive leadership experience in community hospitals and academic medical centers, including Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital and Boston’s Children’s Hospital. For 20 years, he served as president and CEO of Northeast Health Systems/Beverly Hospital, before serving as senior principal with BBK, a corporate renewal, operations, and turnaround management firm. In 2003, he joined the management firm Speltz & Weiss and served as interim CEO of Kingston Regional Hospital and Health Care System. In 2004, Bob became chief operating officer of St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, the third largest healthcare system in New York. He retired from consulting in 2006 and now serves on the boards of Endicott College, Bay State Reading Institute, and Media Metrix. He is a past chair of the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals, and the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority. Bob lives in Boxford and joined the ECCF Board in 2012.
Tracy Abedon Filosa
Cambridge Associates LLC
Tracy Abedon Filosa is the co-head of Enterprise Advisory Practice for Cambridge Associates LLC in Boston, a global investment firm serving nonprofits, pensions, and private wealth. She was the founder and principal of TAF Consulting, and has served in various roles at many educational institutions, including Harvard University, Northeastern University, and Tufts University, her alma mater. She earned her MBA and a certificate in public and nonprofit management from Boston University. Tracy serves as the vice-chair of the Feoffees of the Grammar School Trust in Ipswich and has served on the Tufts Alumni Council and the Winthrop School Council. Tracy lives in Ipswich with her husband, Steve, and their three children. She joined the ECCF board in 2014.
Robert P. Goldman
Bob Goldman Law LLP
Bob Goldman has over 30 years of experience as a nonprofit board member, with a focus on organizations supporting youth at risk. Currently, he is on the board of Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead, and the North Shore Alliance for GLBT Youth. He is also the founder and volunteer legal counsel of Friends of Yemin Orde, a supporting organization of a Youth Village in Israel, and a former member of the steering committee of the New England chapter of the Human Rights Campaign. He currently serves on ECCF’s Professional Advisors Committee, and served on the same committee at The Boston Foundation. Goldman is a managing partner of Bob Goldman Law LLP, a tax and estate planning firm that concentrates on sophisticated wealth transfer strategies and advising clients on charitable giving, and has been practicing law since 1986. He joined the board in 2016.
Robert C. Gore
Towers Perrin (retired)
Robert C. Gore has over 35 years of management consulting and executive advisory experience with a focus on compensation, recruitment and retention, and change management. He spent 30 years of his career with Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson), a global professional services firm, where he was the managing partner of the Boston office. Bob is chair of the board at Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc., a nonprofit that provides equine assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with special needs, veterans, at-risk youth, survivors of human trafficking and more. Bob is also a director of Instinct Health Science, Inc. and a member of the Boston Private Bank Advisory Board. Previously, he served on the Board of Visitors of the University of Wyoming’s College of Arts and Sciences and as a guest lecturer and facilitator at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He was also a member of the board of directors and the executive committee of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, where he also served as chair of the finance committee, and a member of the board of directors and the executive committee of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Bob lives in Boxford with his wife, Judy. They are the parents of two young adults. Bob joined ECCF’s Board in 2017.
Susan J. Gray
Susan Gray, a former human resources executive, has worked as a freelance writer and editor, specializing in employee communications. Susan is a member of the board of the Essex County Greenbelt Association, a corporate trustee of the Trustees of Reservations, and a trustee of the Caldwell Foundation. She has also served as a board member and chair of Wellspring House, and as a board member of Pathways for Children, both in Gloucester. She is a past chair of the board of Rockport Music, where she served as a trustee and co-chair of the $21 million campaign to build Rockport Music’s new Shalin Liu Performance Center. Susan is a graduate of Smith College and holds a master’s degree from Simmons College. She lives in Rockport. Susan joined the ECCF board in 2012.
Moira McNamara James
Moira McNamara James has nearly 30 years of experience as a nonprofit adviser and trustee, concentrating on education, governance, and fundraising. Currently, she is chair of the board of trustees at the Landmark School in Beverly and is also a trustee emerita of her alma mater, Wesleyan University. Previously, she served for 10 years on the board of directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities, an organization based in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to strengthening the performance of boards of public and private higher education institutions. She is a founding member of The Brain Tumor Society and is a tireless fundraiser for cancer research, cycling the Pan Mass Challenge for the past 18 years and raising over $85,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. An accomplished and award-winning broadcast journalist and freelance producer, Moira lives in Marblehead. She joined the board in July 2015.
Institute for Health Metrics
Joe Knowles, an experienced entrepreneur focusing on enterprise development, is president and CEO of the Institute for Health Metrics, a nonprofit incubator of information-based solutions aimed at improving healthcare. Before IHM, Joe was a co-founder of Brooktrout Technology, a leading voice-processing firm. He has been an active trustee for schools, arts groups, and housing organizations throughout Essex County, and was a visiting scientist from 2002-2010 at Harvard School of Public Health. Joe lives in Manchester and joined the ECCF board in 2014.
Affiliated Managers Group
Ben Langille is a senior vice president and senior counsel at Affiliated Managers Group, a publicly traded global asset management company. Ben oversees AMG's corporate legal functions and has primary responsibility for the legal execution of AMG's investments in new affiliates. Prior to joining AMG in 2008, Ben was a mergers and acquisitions attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York. He received a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.A. from Colby College. Ben lives in Manchester-by-the-sea with his wife, Michelle, and his children, James and Stella. Ben and Michelle are part of the ECCF NextGen Program, and Michelle serves on the ECCF Grants Management Committee. Ben joined the ECCF Board of Trustees in 2016.
Patricia Maguire Meservey
Governance Committee Chair
Salem State University
Patricia Maguire Meservey is president emerita of Salem State University having retired in 2017 after ten years of service. Pat held a number of academic positions in both nursing education and administration at Boston University, Northeastern University, and Suffolk University. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College, an MS in parent-child health nursing and a BS in nursing, both from Boston University. She aslo served as executive director of the Center for Community Health Education, Research & Service, and the national director of the Community Partnerships in Graduate Medical and Nursing Education Initiative, both of which were funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Patricia lives in Salem. She joined the ECCF board in 2009.
Chairman of the Board
Executive Committee Chair
Wellington Management Company (retired)
Jonathan Payson graduated from Yale University in 1979 with a BA in Economics and Political Science. After eight years at a private investment firm in New York City, Jon joined Wellington Management Company, LLP in 1987, becoming a senior vice president and partner in 1995. Jon held a variety of management roles at Wellington, overseeing a global relationship management group and the firm's corporate operations prior to his retirement in 2009. In addition, Jon was the president and chair of the board of the firm's national trust bank subsidiary during his tenure at Wellington. A former Marine Corps Reserve officer and Gulf War veteran, Jon is a volunteer pilot for the Veterans Airlift Command and treasurer and board member at Root NS, a non-profit social enterprise in Salem, MA. Jon lives in Manchester. He joined the ECCF board in 2011.
Jim A. Rullo
Wellington Management Company (retired)
Jim Rullo retired in 2014 as a Senior Vice President and partner from Wellington Management Company, LLP. At Wellington, he led a team of 20 investment professionals in the Quantitative Investment Group, managing more than $30 billion in assets for corporate, sovereign government, and nonprofit clients. Most recently, as global strategist for the firm, he had primary spokesperson responsibility for a $90 billion mutual fund family client. He holds a BS in Finance from Boston University and an MBA in Management Information Systems from Babson College. He is a member of the board of trustees at Babson and chairs the investment committee at the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. Previously, he served on the board of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston. Jim lives in Andover. He joined the ECCF board in July.
Richard L. Sumberg
The Financial Advisors LLC
Dick Sumberg has spent over 30 years providing financial advice to a diverse clientele. In addition to being an SEC Registered Investment Advisor and licensed insurance broker, Dick is also the founder of The Financial Advisors LLC, a financial service firm that has been delivering committed, high quality financial planning and investment management services since 1991. Dick currently serves and President of the Board of Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity and is a past board president of Family Service of the Merrimack Valley. Raised in Massachusetts, he graduated from Boston College with a degree in business administration and went on to earn his master’s degree at Suffolk University. Dick currently lives in Andover and rejoined the ECCF board in 2017.
Kevin M. Tierney Sr.
North Shore Bank
Kevin M. Tierney, Sr. is currently the president and chief executive officer and director of North Shore Bank. In addition to ECCF, Kevin also serves on the boards of the planning office for Urban Affairs in Boston and North Shore Chamber of Commerce, and as a director on several other local nonprofit organizations. Mr. Tierney attended Merrimack College and Northeastern University, and earned a master’s in banking from Sheshunoff Banking Institute at Louisiana State University. Kevin lives in Danvers. He joined the ECCF board in 2012.
Hunt's Photo & Video
Rich Yagjian has nearly 20 years of experience serving on nonprofit boards, primarily in Essex County. Yagjian currently serves at Montserrat College of Art. He is on the board of directors of North Shore Bank and serves as chairman of the City of Peabody retirement board. He is President Emeritus of the Essex National Heritage Commission and past chair of the board of trustees at North Shore Community College. Rich is executive vice president and chief operating officer at Melrose-based Hunt’s Photo & Video, and has over 40 years of retail leadership experience at the sales, management, and executive levels. Rich resides in Peabody. He joined the board in 2016.