Eric Rosengren has been President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston since July 2007 and is currently a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee. Previously he headed the Bank’s supervision, regulation, and credit group, and was active in domestic and international regulatory policy. Rosengren joined the Bank in 1985 as an economist in the research department, with a B.A. from Colby College and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has written extensively on macroeconomics, international banking, bank supervision, and risk management; including articles in leading economics and finance journals. Much of his recent research has focused on how problems in the financial sector impact the real economy. Rosengren is a director of the United Way, a trustee of Colby College, and a member of advisory boards at Colby College and the University of Wisconsin.
In a recent Working Cities press release, Eric stated: “Boston Fed researchers have compared cities across the country and identified collaborative leadership – the ability to work together across sectors over a sustained period with a shared vision – as a crucial factor driving the economic recovery of smaller cities. We believe that loss of a manufacturing base does not mean loss of assets, and we want to support these cities as they move toward greater economic prosperity.”
Ben Hecht was appointed President and CEO of Living Cities in July, 2007. Since that time, the organization has adopted a broad, integrative agenda that harnesses the collective knowledge of its 22 member foundations and financial institutions to benefit low income people and the cities where they live. Living Cities deploys a unique blend of more than $140 million in grants, loans and influence to re-engineer outdated systems and connect low-income people and underinvested places to opportunity.
The Working Cities Challenge is modeled after Living Cities’ signature effort, The Integration Initiative (TII). In a recent Working Cities press release, Ben stated: “The primary aim of The Integration Initiative was to work to improve the lives of low-income people at scale. Increasing prosperity at the population level requires systematic, not programmatic, solutions. We need more public-private cooperation, collaboration, and investment aimed at removing the barriers that are holding back our smaller and medium sized cities. We hope that Massachusetts is the first of many states that will adopt this model.”
Gregory Bialecki has served as the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since his appointment in 2009. As Governor Patrick’s chief housing and economic development advisor and cabinet member, Secretary Bialecki has oversight of 14 state agencies that carry out on the Administration’s top priorities in business development, housing and community development, consumer affairs, and business regulation. The focus of his Secretariat is the creation of homes and jobs in the Commonwealth. To that end, he has aligned the state’s housing and economic development priorities to coordinate policies and programs that ensure Massachusetts maintains its global competitive edge.
In a recent Working Cities press release, Greg stated: “The Patrick-Murray Administration is committed to growing Massachusetts through investments in education, innovation and infrastructure, and these investments work best when government, private business and academia team together. Through the Working Cities Challenge, we are ensuring that our combined efforts are reaching smaller cities in Massachusetts and creating economic opportunity for everyone.”
Dan O’Connell is the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP), a public policy group made up of fifteen Chief Executive Officers of the largest private employers in Massachusetts focused on job creation and competitiveness in Massachusetts. Together, MACP member companies employ 130,000 employees in Massachusetts and over 700,000 employees worldwide. MACP member companies represent over $180 Billion (USD) in market capitalization. Prior to MACP, he served as Secretary of Housing and Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2009.
In a recent Working Cities press release, Dan stated: “The Massachusetts Competitive Partnership is committed to job growth and competitiveness. The Working Cities Challenge supports economic development in all regions of the state."
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last update: November 20, 2013