EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DAWNE SHAND

PRESIDENT
Dawne Shand grew up in Alabama’s Black Belt and attended Selma’s public schools during their first two decades of integration. Since then, she has lived and worked in Nice, London, and Boston. Author of a forthcoming memoir, her work is published in Southern Cultures, Scalawag, The Georgia Review, and Kenyon Review. In 2017, she founded what is now MWPC’s North Shore Committee. In 2020, she managed a Congressional campaign. She will serve as MWPC’s president, 2021-2023.

DELORIS PETTIS

VICE PRESIDENT
Deloris Pettis is a C suite executive with broad experience in audit, general management and risk management across the public and private sectors and in higher education. She is currently serves as CFO for Quality Interactions, a leading provider of health care cultural competency training. Deloris previously served as the VP for Enterprise Risk Management at Northeastern University where she was responsible for the implementation of an institution-wide enterprise risk management program. Her work led to the effective incorporation of risk analysis with university strategy and stronger governance practices.

Earlier Deloris served for thirteen years in roles of increasing responsibility at Harvard University. As Director of Risk Management and Audit Services where she chaired Harvard’s international projects committee. As Associate Vice President for Sponsored Programs Administration, Deloris was accountable for a portfolio of over $600MM of federally sponsored awards; and as Director of the $70 million PEPFAR (AIDS) program transition initiative at the School of Public Health.

Deloris, held audit leadership positions at Digital Equipment Corporation, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Barone & Associates; and held financial and compliance roles at the Bank of Boston. Deloris began her career in public accounting at KPMG.

Deloris earned her MBA in accounting from Tulane University and has a BSc in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA).

Deloris is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. In addition, Deloris serves on the Board of Directors of OneUnited Bank and as Audit Committee Chair; Board of Directors of Boston Urban League and as a member of the Finance Committee, President of Newton Chapter Jack and Jill and a former Town Meeting Member in Framingham.

AMY F. DIAMOND

TREASURER
Amy F. Diamond is a senior executive with extensive knowledge and management experience in three key business sectors – finance, energy development and strategic advisory, both domestic and international. She has worked for more than thirty years within a corporate environment as well as managing her own private business enterprises She has a successful track record of identifying early energy market trends, creating an investment vehicle to capture this “first mover” advantage and affording its targeted investors the ability to secure additional investment premium.

Earlier in her career, she held senior positions at Triumph Securities, Lazard Freres and ABC News among others. Ms. Diamond serves on the board of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, is Co-Chairman of the MWPC Political Action Committee and founded the Western Massachusetts MWPC (MWPC Berkshires) in 2017. She has a BA in Psychology from New York University and an MBA in Finance from New York University Graduate School of Business.

CECILIA “CELIA” CLANCY

SECRETARY
Celia Clancy is an inspiring leader with extensive experience in retail and consumer businesses. Her background includes team building, strategic planning, merchandising, product development and sourcing, direct consumer marketing, omni-channel retailing and manufacturing. She has led businesses through solid growth and successful turnarounds, as well as asset sales and liquidations. She has a wide range of experience in public, private, family-owned, private equity and ESOP companies.

She has served on the boards of The Fitzpatrick Companies, known for the Country Curtains brand and Ashley Stewart, a plus-size specialty retail chain serving the urban woman. She serves on several non-profit boards, including Tapestry Health, Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity and Community Health Programs. She also serves as President of Berkshire Business and Professional Women.
Celia is currently Managing Partner of Celia Clancy Advisors, where she serves as a director and advisor, with an emphasis on applied customer insights, strategic planning and business process improvement.

In addition to CEO roles at The Fitzpatrick Companies and Ashley Stewart, prior roles include President, AJ Wright division of TJX, Senior Operations Consultant with Cerberus and Senior Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, Walmart.

Celia’s educational background includes a BA from Wellesley College, graduate coursework at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College and Columbia University Executive Education.

2021 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CHELSEA AQUINO

Chelsea Aquino serves as the Manager of Government Relations and Public Policy for Mass Mentoring Partnership, where she develops and manages MMP’s policy efforts and advocacy campaigns, maintains relationships with state and local

CAROLYN ASSA

Carolyn Assa is an award-winning broadcast journalist, former network television executive, and marketing consultant with thirty years of experience telling stories from newsrooms, boardrooms, and classrooms. She is a results-driven

PAM BERMAN

Pam is a partner with Robins Kaplan LLP, one of the nation’s premier trial law firms with more than 250 lawyers in 8 major cities. She is a trial lawyer with significant jury and non-jury experience. For more than 30 years, she has focused her practice on

ESHITA CHAKRABARTI

Eshita Chakrabarti has been a global advocate for the civil rights of women and children. She represents women of diverse cultures and supports social issues centered around mainstream America. Immigrating from India in her early twenties, she

CAITLYN CLARKE

Caitlyn Clarke currently works as the Operational Risk Lead at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Prior, she worked in the Risk Assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC (“PwC”). She was the past President of the Boston Rotaract Club

SUSAN COAKLEY

Susan Coakley is the President of the Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan. She first joined Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan (BMCHP) in 2007 as Chief Legal Officer and became President of the organization in 2014. Under Ms. Coakley’s

GABRIELA COLETTA

Gabriela is a Boston-area civic leader with over five years of experience successfully executing large- scale projects and operations in the political, non-profit, and public sectors. She is the Chief of Staff for Boston City Councilor Lydia M.

SHANNON DARCY

Shannon is currently the Senior Manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. In the past she was a Senior Health Officer for USAID and a Senior Development Advisor for the U.S. Department Of State. Shannon is a results-driven healthcare

CHARLOTTE GOLAR RICHIE

Charlotte Golar Richie, a former state legislator, is an experienced leader and administrator with a background in public service and political activism, and a deeply held commitment to civil rights, fairness and equality. As a former

GAIL JACKSON-BLOUNT

Gail is the President of Jackson Communications, a public relations, marketing & communications consultancy where she provides strategic communications programs, business development, fundraising and events for public and private companies and non-profit

MARCELLA LANCOME

Marcella is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer at Coast and Harbor Associates, INC. Marcella has over 30 years of experience performing comprehensive construction management services for municipal, state, and federal government construction

GRETCHEN MANNING

Gretchen is a seasoned executive with a professional portfolio that includes leadership in public affairs, public and private higher education, fundraising, government relations, and advocacy. She is the Chief Executive Officer at the Ronald McDonald House

LUCINDA RIVERA

Lucinda is an energetic and intellectually curious attorney specializing in Banking and Financial Law with a background in anti-money laundering subject matter. She currently works as an attorney for the Contracts Consel at Cogito Corp.

MARY USOVICZ

Mary Usovicz created MU Connections to assist companies with siting energy projects particularly in New England. Mary has over 20 years with siting energy projects particularly dealing with stakeholder outreach and communications.

LINNEA WALSH

Linnea Walsh is the Director of Marketing and Communications with the Group Insurance Commission, a state agency within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance. A resident of Quincy,

RAQUEL WEBSTER

Raquel Webster is Senior Counsel in the regulatory group at National Grid, where she represents the company in regulatory proceedings in Rhode Island and advises clients regarding regulatory compliance and strategy on a wide range of statewide energy

MWPC OFFICE

AYNUR OLMEZ

PROGRAM MANAGER
Aynur Olmez is the Program Manager for the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC). She manages the MWPC office in all its efforts, and supports the MWPC Board and its Political Action Committee (PAC).

Previously, Aynur worked as an Office Operations Manager at MWPC in collaboration with MWPC’s Board and its PAC to advance the mission of MWPC. She originally joined MWPC as an intern in January 2019.

Aynur holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Cambridge College and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Marmara University.