Board of Directors
president / president of Renewal Housing Associates, LLC of Portland, Maine
David Lakari leads Renewal Housing LLC, is sole member of David Lakari & Associates, LLC, and was Executive Director of the Maine State Housing Authority from 1994-1999. As Executive Director, David was responsible for the allocation of state and federal housing programs and funds within the state. David also served as a board member of the National Council of State Housing Agencies from 1995-1999 and was honored with its Leadership Award in 1999. Prior to entering the public sector, David was a developer, owner, and manager of real estate for over 20 years. He has specialized in affordable housing preservation full-time since 1999. David holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine.
secretary / Attorney at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson
Ari Solotoff is an Attorney at Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, where he is a member of the firm's Business Law Practice Group. Ari focuses his practice on tax-exempt organizations, entertainment law, copyright law, and music licensing. Prior to studying law, Ari worked in the classical music industry, where he served as Executive Vice President of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and before that, Executive Director of the Portland and Pensacola Symphonies. Drawing on this depth of experience, Ari is as equally comfortable managing complex transactions with multiple stakeholders as he is working one-on-one with exceptionally talented and widely-recognized artists. In recognition of his exemplary community service, Ari was awarded Bernstein Shur’s 2016 Barnett I. Shur Civic Award. Ari is a 2015 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, where he earned the 2015 Law School Alumni Association Award and the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Awards in Business & Commercial Law and Labor & Employment Law. At Maine Law, Ari served as Managing Editor of the Maine Law Review and as a Legal Writing Teaching Assistant.
treasurer / NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Prior to joining Northwestern University’s School of Communication as director of development, Stephanie spent eight years as assistant dean for development and alumni relations at the Boston University College of Fine Arts. There, she led fundraising initiatives for its Schools of Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts, as well as the BU Tanglewood Institute, as part of the University’s first-ever comprehensive campaign Choose to Be Great. Previously, as director of development for Boston University’s College of Communication, Stephanie built and led teams that surpassed fundraising goals for six consecutive years. She also served as alumni officer and later as development officer at the College, creating its first-ever alumni affinity networks in media and entertainment and launching signature alumni programs in major media markets across the United States. Stephanie graduated from Boston University with a dual degree in journalism and economics, and later earned an MBA with a concentration in nonprofit and public management.
board member / Maine Public Advocate Office
Bill Black has recently retired from thirty years of serving as General Counsel and Deputy Public Advocate in the Public Advocate Office. Bill continues to represent public-interest concerns before public utilities commissions in northern New England and the Eastern Caribbean and is active on the Advisory Council to the Maine Telecommunications Relay Service. He is a long-time board member of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, and serves as co-chair of the annual Edmund H. Muskie Award Dinner, which raises funds for Maine six legal services organizations. Before moving to Maine, Bill graduated from Stanford University, received an MAT from Reed College, and graduated from the Boston University School of Law.
board member / NTT DATA SOLUTIONS BUSINESS ANALYST
David Martin is a business analyst with expertise in project management, business process redesign, quality management and organizational change. David began his career as an analyst and trainer in the Educational Services division of Digital Equipment Corporation. While at DEC, David became an internal consultant in quality management and business process redesign. He left DEC to join Harvard Pilgrim Health Care where he has held a variety of positions in quality, organization development and project management. He is currently a Senior Business Analyst serving HPHC’s operations as an employee of NTT DATA, a global IT services company. David graduated from Williams College and earned his MBA from Clark University. He is Chair of the Board of the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden and a board member of Palaver Strings, a newly formed, Boston-based classical music ensemble. David is a resident of Westford, Massachusetts.
board member / massachusetts general hospital DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Molly McCarthy is director of development at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she raises philanthropic support on behalf of the Department of Psychiatry to advance its four-part mission of patient care, research, education, and community health. With a decade of experience in philanthropy, Molly has previously worked in higher education, the environment, and the arts, including The Phoenix Symphony. Molly graduated from the Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University with a degree in violin performance.
board member / GREGG WARD GROUP FACILITATOR & FOUNDER,
Gregg Ward is a celebrated international speaker, facilitator, and executive coach who has been serving major corporations, non-profits and government in North America and Western Europe since 1986. He is the author of the best-selling business fable, The Respectful Leader: seven ways to influence without intimidation (Wiley 2016). A graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, and a former freelance journalist on assignment throughout Europe for BBC Radio and other UK media, Gregg is an avid theater, music, and tennis enthusiast and is based in San Diego, CA.
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