2014 Participants' Bios

Honorable Governor Deval Patrick, the 71st governor of Massachusetts, is a civil rights lawyer, author and businessman He was first elected governor in 2006, and is the only African American governor of Massachusetts. Patrick served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division from 1994 to 1997 under President Clinton.  

Robert Pinsky is a poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. He is the author of nineteen books, most of which are collections of his poetry.

Jackie Jenkins Scott is a nationally recognized leader with more than three decades of experience in senior and executive leadership positions in public health and higher education. She is widely recognized as a transformational leader, helping individuals and institutions achieve high performance and strategic results. She served for twenty-one years as the President of Dimock Community Health Center and has been President of Wheelock College since 2004.

Paul Grogan became the President and CEO of the Boston Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations, in 2001. Since coming to the Foundation, Mr. Grogan has boosted fundraising and launched high-impact initiatives in education, youth violence prevention, community development, health care and the arts, among others. Under Mr. Grogan’s leadership the Foundation has become a highly influential civic convener on issues and challenges facing the City of Boston and the region.

Gerald Chertavian is the founder and CEO of Year Up. Gerald's commitment to working with urban youth spans more than 25 years. He is on the Board of Advisors for the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative and is an Emeritus Trustee of Bowdoin College and former Board Member of The Boston Foundation. Gerald has received honorary doctorates from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and Mt. Ida College. 

Joshua Boger is an organic chemist and the founder of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated. He is considered a pioneer in the field of structure-based rational drug design, and drugs developed include treatment for HIV, hepatitis C and cystic fibrosis. In 2003, Vertex was listed as one of forty worldwide Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum. 

Robin Young brings more than 25 years of broadcast experience to her role as host of Here & Now. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for "The Today Show." Robin has received several Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as cable's Ace award, the Religious Public Relations Council's Wilbur Award and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award. She has also received radio's regional Edward R. Murrow award.

Reverend Barbara Harris is a clergywoman and social activist who was the first female bishop in the Anglican Communion. As bishop, she advocated for women and ethnic minorities, spoke against those at the Lambeth Conference in 1999 who questioned the value of women priests, and welcomed the appointment of other women as bishops. She retired in 2002, after reaching the mandatory retirement age. From 2003 to 2007 Harris served as assisting bishop in the diocese of Washington, D.C.

Michael Maso has led the Huntington’s administrative and financial operations since 1982. He has produced more than 200 productions in partnership with three artistic directors and is one of the most well-regarded managing directors in the theatre industry. Under his tenure, the Huntington has received over 140 Elliot Norton and Independent Reviewers of New England Awards, as well as the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.

Bill Littlefield has been the host of Only A Gamesince the program began in 1993, but he wrote his first commentary for WBUR in 1984 and shortly thereafter his work began airing on NPR’s Morning Edition -- where for a few years he hit second (Tuesday) in a line-up that included Frank Deford on Monday and Red Barber on Friday. A graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Bill taught English at Curry College for 39 years and served as writer-in-residence there. Bill’s books include “Take Me Out”, “Only A Game”, “Fall Classics”, “The Circus in the Woods”, “Prospect”, “Baseball Days”, “Champions: The Stories of Ten Remarkable Athlete” and “Keepers: Radio Stories From ‘Only A Game’ and Elsewhere”. 

Giles Li is the Executive Director of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, and has been at BCNC since 2006. With more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Giles has a proven track record of direct service, advocacy work, and management experience. Having grown up locally in an immigrant family, he has a life-long connection and commitment to the community in and beyond Chinatown.

Reverend Gloria E. White-Hammond, M.D., is the co-pastor of Bethel AME Church, Boston, MA. She is the founder and executive director of My Sister’s Keeper, a women-led humanitarian and human rights initiative that partners with diverse Sudanese women in their efforts toward reconciliation and reconstruction of their communities.

Derek Lumpkins is Executive Director of Discover Roxbury. During his tenure, he has expanded and diversified Discover Roxbury’s portfolio of programming, including adding new biking and walking tours of Roxbury’s heritage, and the revitalization of community-wide events including Roxbury Open Studios and the Franklin Park Kite Festival with a creative community of partners. Derek is also increasing Discover Roxbury’s sustainability and social capital with a pair of annual events: Heart of the Hub, a celebration of Roxbury’s food, music, art and interactive experiences, and the Black & White Party, a nod to the energy, vibrancy, and color that artists bring to our lives everyday. As the head of Discover Roxbury, Derek also serves as the chair of the Roxbury Cultural Network, a collaboration of organizations and businesses around Roxbury, which collectively promote and develop new audiences for Roxbury’s physical, cultural, culinary, and historic assets.

Edward Davis is the former police commissioner of the Boston Police Department. Davis is most known for serving as commissioner and leading the city of Boston during the Boston Marathon bombing. Following his resignation from the Boston Police Department, Davis has served as the security analyst on WBZ news Boston.Davis also founded and serves as CEO of Edward Davis, LLC Security and Management Consulting.

Ron Walkeris co-founder and President of Next Street Financial, LLC, a merchant bank that provides strategic advice and access to capital to companies and entrepreneurs nationally. He has held several corporate executive positions in large financial institutions including leading the bank’s advisory board. Ron continues to invest his time and expertise in growing companies, creating jobs, and connecting businesses to resources to drive results.

Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS, is the director of the Center for Professionalism and Peer Support and a surgeon in the Department of Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston and an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Shapiro launched the BWH Center for Professionalism and Peer Support in 2008. As a clinician leader Dr. Shapiro has served as Chief of the Division of Otolaryngology at BWH since 1999.

Black, poet, dyke-god, hip-hop feminist, womanist, friend, Porsha Olayiwola is a performance artist who believes in pixie dust and second chances. A resident of Boston, by way of Chicago, Porsha O is the reigning Individual World Poetry Slam Champion. Her intention is to speak, love, praise, and maintain a cypher that is undocumented, uncontrollable and just plain ole dope.