Gail is the founder and principal of Jackson Communications, a marketing communications firm specializing in fundraising, public relations, DEI marketing, political affairs, event production and management, community engagement strategy.

Most recently she served as the Sr. Director of Marketing and External Affairs at Carney Hospital, part of the Steward Health Care System. Reporting to the hospital president as a member of the hospital’s executive leadership team, Gail managed crisis communications, and developed a new marketing plan to rebrand the hospital, wrote speeches, created strategic partnerships that brought in new patients, and successfully enhanced the strategy for delivering equitable health care. Prior to joining Carney, Gail was the first Chief Development and Communications Officer at the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, where she led fundraising efforts to raise over $4 Million to support the health center and COVID-19 programs. She drove media campaigns & strengthened relationships with elected officials, government and the broader community. Additionally, with leadership and community partners, established a COVID-19 Mass Vax Center which today has vaccinated tens of thousands of residents from across the Commonwealth. She joined Harvard Street, first as a consultant, and after three months was offered the CDO opportunity. Gail continues as the principal of Jackson Communications and is committed to working with mission-driven companies that are dedicated to advancing diverse and underserved populations and businesses.

Clients have included the American Red Cross, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. & MassBio, La Alianza Hispana, and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) – She has spearheaded DE&I focused marketing initiatives for Avon, Pfizer, and Partners HealthCare in Massachusetts. Gail has held communications leadership positions with Wang Laboratories, Action for Boston Community Development, Roxbury Community College, The Ad Club Foundation, and as the Massachusetts Executive Director for Political & Community Affairs of the 2004 Democratic National Convention Committee.


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.


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 Charities of New England. She previously served as the Deputy Director for the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges.

Gretchen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Russell Sage College and her Master’s in Education Policy and Management from the University of Albany, SUNY.


Nicole Caravella has served as press secretary for Mayor Marty Walsh and Congressman Joe Kennedy, policy advisor to Senator John Kerry, and account manager at Solomon, McCown & Cence. Most recently, she was the director of communications for the Annissa for Boston campaign. Nicole graduated from Hobart & William Smith Colleges with a degree in political science and lives in Newburyport with her husband, Sean, and son, Jack.



Chelsea Aquino joined the Museum of Science as their Senior Government Relations Officer in January of 2022. In this role, she develops and manages the museum’s policy efforts, maintains relationships with state and local


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


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

Ellen Fleming Clark

Ellen Fleming Clark is a client executive at a S&P 500 technology company. A lifelong campaign activist and New Hampshire native, Ellen served as finance director for Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter (New Hampshire First District). As a


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

Martina Jackson

Martina Jackson was the first woman in Massachusetts to run a statewide campaign. For over 20 years, she has been a leader within the Massachusetts State Democratic Party. There, she was instrumental in founding its Coalition of Democratic

Christie Lindor

Christie Lindor is the CEO of Tessi Consulting, a Boston-based diversity firm focused on creating an anti-racist, anti-sexist corporate America. She is also the co-founder of the Political Lab, a nonprofit initiative focused on building a pipeline of


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

Yvonne Spicer

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Jacquetta Van Zandt

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Linnea Walsh

Director of Communications and Intergovernmental Affairs, Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services. Linnea Is a strategic communications professional whose portfolio includes leadership roles spanning


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



Kat Cline is the Associate Director of MWPC. Cline brings to the organization a wealth of campaign experience at both the federal and state level in Massachusetts. Most recently, she served as the Congressional campaign manager to Ihssane Leckey in the competitive 2020 CD-4 race. During Shannon Liss-Riordan’s Senate campaign, she was Political and Operations Director. In Cline’s first race, she managed State Senator Becca Rausch’s winning campaign against a four-term incumbent. A graduate of Simmons University (formerly Simmons College), Cline has also been a Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fellow.