Richard Chacón, Executive Director, Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants
Richard Chacón oversees the state agency that is chiefly responsible for the resettlement of refugees in Massachusetts and coordinates state policies and programs for the commonwealth’s various immigrant communities. He was appointed in September 2007. Richard has served as Director of Policy for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick since January 2007. Before that, he served as Deputy Campaign Manager/Communications Director for the Deval Patrick Committee during the victorious 2006 gubernatorial campaign. Chacón worked for nearly two decades as a print and broadcast journalist. For more than 12 years at the Boston Globe, he held various reporting and editing positions, including Boston City Hall, Latin America Bureau Chief, and Deputy Foreign Affairs Editor. He also served as the newspaper’s Ombudsman. In 2004, Chacón was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. His other journalistic work includes positions at WCVB-TV and WBUR-FM in Boston, New York Newsday and KTSM-TV in El Paso. Chacón served as Assistant to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development under New York City Mayor David Dinkins from 1990 – 1992, and later as Deputy Media Director for the 1992 Democratic National Convention in New York. He also served as the founding director of the Intercultural Resource Center at Columbia University. A native of El Paso, TX, Richard earned a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University, and holds Master’s degrees in public administration and in journalism from Columbia University. He lives with his wife, Lauren, and their sons, Ricardo and John Sebastian.
Keith Johnson
Keith Johnson, former editor-in-chief of the Cornell Daily Sun, reporter for the New York Herald Tribune, and longtime writer, correspondent and editor for Time and Fortune.
Bill Lynch, Chairman and Founder Bill Lynch Associates
Bill Lynch founded Bill Lynch Associates after more than 35 years of service and leadership in government, politics, non-profit, labor and the corporate world. His extensive experience includes service as Deputy Mayor of New York City, Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Deputy Campaign Manager for Kerry-Edwards 2004, Vice President for MacAndrews & Forbes Holding, Inc., and a key advisor to Nelson Mandela as South Africa prepared for its first free elections.
Robert H. Marsh, Principal, The OB-C Group, LLC
Robert H. Marsh joined the OB-C group in late September 2003, after serving in the White House as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Legislative Affairs. He served in that capacity from May 2000 until joining the firm. Focusing on the House of Representatives, Mr. Marsh dealt with a wide range of issues including but not limited to the areas of financial services, transportation and the judiciary. Previous to his service in the White House, Mr. Marsh was Deputy Director of Federal Affairs for General Motors Corporation (GM) and Regional Government Affairs Manager for the American Automobile Manufacturers Association. While at GM, he ran the Federal PAC and worked on myriad issues, such as corporate average fuel economy (CAFÉ) and franchise law. Mr. Marsh worked as a Special Assistant to Secretary Andrew H. Card at the Department of Transportation, in President George H. W. Bush’s Administration. Additionally, he served non capital Hill as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Peter I. Blute of Massachusetts. In 1986 he was elected as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he served three terms. In 1991 he was elected Assistant Republican Whip in the Massachusetts House. He is a past member of the Board of the Massachusetts Port Authority, which oversees the operations of Boston’s Logan Airport and the Port of Boston. Mr. Marsh holds a B.A. in English and History from Hobart College in Geneva, New York.
Jonathan Spalter, Chairman and CEO, Public Insight
Before creating Public Insight, Jonathan Spalter was CEO of Snocap, Inc., the digital copyright management service founded by the creators of Napster. He has also held senior management roles at Vivendi Universal, the global media communications group where he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Vivendi’s health publishing subsidiary, Atmedica Worldwide, and was later promoted to serve as Vivendi Universal’s group Senior Vice President responsible for the company’s public policy teams worldwide. In 1998, Spalter was confirmed by the US Senate to serve as Associate Director of the US Information Agency, where he also was appointed CIO. Spalter served in the White House as a Director on the National Security Council staff, as a senior policy appointee at the Pentagon, and as chief international affairs spokesman for Vice President Al Gore. In addition to his work in government, Spalter also has been a Principal at the Dewey Square Group, advising global energy, healthcare and financial services companies on marketing and government affairs strategies. In the 1980’s, Spalter was an analyst at Multinational Strategies Inc., the New York investment advisory firm. He was graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University, and received the M.Phil. from Cambridge University, where he focused on international economics and political risk analysis. A frequent commentator and author on financial markets and public policy, he is a member and former Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has served on the boards and executive committees of Active Europe, S.A., Havas MediMedia, Platform Equity, LP, and Meaningful Machines, Inc.

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