An Initiative for Massachusetts Smaller Cities

Challenge Jury & Selection Process

In all, 20 cities submitted proposals to the Working Cities Challenge and took part in an extensive application process. The Challenge Jury (listed below) evaluated these proposals using a set of criteria based on the challenge goals and published in the RFP. The jury members were selected for their broad and relevant expertise and ability to be unbiased. No Federal Reserve Bank of Boston officer or employee served on the jury.

In order to control for any conflicts of interest or perceived bias, jurors were required to disclose potential conflicts (past or present) with eligible working cities, applicant team members, or with their personal financial interests. A Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Ethics Officer was extensively involved in the Working Cities Challenge process, and addressed potential conflicts of interest on a case-by-case basis.

The jury included:

  • John DeStefano, Mayor, City of New Haven
  • Danielle Duplin, Vice President of Innovation, Fidelity Investments
  • Amanda Fernandez, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusiveness, Teach for America
  • Ben Hecht, President & CEO, Living Cities
  • Marty Jones, President & CEO, MassDevelopment
  • Judith Kurland, Executive Director of Center for Community Democracy and Democratic Literacy, UMass Boston
  • Lisa Lynch, Dean of Heller School for Social Policy, Brandeis University
  • Dan O'Connell, President & CEO, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership
  • Lewis H. "Harry" Spence, Court Administrator, Massachusetts Trial Court