The Essex County Community Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees that establishes the policies & procedures and oversees general management of The Foundation and the funds entrusted to its care. Our board consists of highly qualified community leaders from across the county who are passionate about improving the health and well-being of the nonprofits in our region and the people they serve.
The Negotiation Skills Company
Steven P. Cohen is a longtime volunteer who has served on over 20 nonprofit boards, including the National Coalition on Human Needs and Budget Priorities, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Beverly Bootstraps and Temple Achavat Achim in Gloucester. He has also served as a volunteer for VISTA, the predecessor of AmeriCorps and part of the War on Poverty. A graduate of Columbia Law School, Steve had a distinguished career in government and politics, serving as Boston’s Washington lobbyist, developing Boston’s public school lunch program and working on local and national political campaigns. He then developed and managed commercial real estate for 12 years before founding The Negotiation Skills Company in 1991. Steve provides coaching, consulting and training for corporations and organizations in more than 20 countries. He is the author of “The Practical Negotiator” and “Negotiating Skills for Managers.” Steve lives in Pride’s Crossing. He joined the ECCF board in 2012.
Matthew P. Doring
Grants & Services Committee Chair
Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Matthew P. Doring, a partner at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP, specializes in business law, tax-exempt finance and corporate governance. Matt graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1994 with a BA in American Studies, and from Notre Dame Law School with a Juris Doctorate in 1997. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association, National Association of Bond Lawyers and Real Estate Bar Association. Matt has a strong interest in youth and community, serving as Trustee for the Ipswich YMCA and volunteering as a youth basketball coach. Matt is a former trustee of trust funds for the town of Newton, NH. He lives in Rowley and joined the ECCF board in 2011.
Theresa M. Ellis
Theresa M. Ellis is interim director of the Dartmouth Center for Service and interim dean of the Tucker Center at Dartmouth College. She has dedicated her career to bringing innovative, business-minded solutions to the most pressing social problems. Theresa founded and was CEO of Common Impact, a nonprofit that developed the first systematized way of engaging corporate America’s talent and coined the term “skills-based volunteering.” After leaving Common Impact, Theresa was appointed the Gleitsman Visiting Practitioner at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she focused on understanding how companies and nonprofits can come together to create a better community for all, and taught on the topic of cross-sector leadership. She is also the founder of Liminality Partners, a boutique management consulting firm. Theresa lives in Beverly. She joined the ECCF board in 2013.
Robert R. Fanning, Jr.
Finance Committee Chair
Northeast Health Systems (retired)
Robert R. Fanning, Jr. is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 35 years of executive leadership in community hospitals and academic medical centers, including Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital, Burbank Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. For 20 years, he served as president and CEO of Northeast Health Systems/Beverly Hospital, from which he retired in 2000. After, Bob served as senior principal with BBK, a corporate renewal, operations and turnaround management firm. In 2003, he joined management firm Speltz & Weiss and served as interim CEO of Kingston Regional Hospital and the Kingston Regional Health Care System. In 2004, Bob became chief operating officer of St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, the third largest healthcare system in New York. He retired from consulting in 2006. Bob serves on the boards of Endicott College and Family Services of Greater Boston. He is a past chair of the Massachusetts Hospital Association, the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals and the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority. Bob lives in Boxford. He joined the ECCF Board in 2012.
Tracy Abedon Filosa
Cambridge Associates LLC
Tracy Abedon Filosa is the co-head of Enterprise Advisory Practice for Cambridge Associates LLC in Boston, a global investment firm serving nonprofits, pensions and private wealth. She is the founder, and was principal of, TAF Consulting, which provided business planning, analysis and narrative presentations of financial issues for colleges, universities and schools. Tracy has served in various roles with many educational institutions, including Harvard University, Northeastern University and Tufts University, her alma mater. She earned her MBA and a certificate in public and nonprofit management from Boston University. Tracy serves as the vice-chair of the Feoffees of the Grammar School Trust in Ipswich and has served on the Tufts Alumni Council and the Winthrop School Council. Tracy lives in Ipswich with her husband, Steve, and their three children. She joined the ECCF board in 2014.
Robert P. Goldman
Bob Goldman Law LLP
Bob Goldman has over 30 years of experience as a nonprofit board member, with a focus on organizations supporting youth at risk. Currently, he is on the board of Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead, where he also served as president from 2012-2014. He is a board member of the North Shore Alliance for GLBT Youth and is the founder and volunteer legal counsel of Friends of Yemin Orde, a supporting organization of Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel. Bob is also a former member of the steering committee of the New England chapter of the Human Rights Campaign. He currently serves on ECCF’s Professional Advisors Committee and served on the same committee at The Boston Foundation. Goldman is managing partner of Bob Goldman Law LLP, a tax and estate planning firm with offices in Salem and Boston that concentrates on sophisticated wealth transfer strategies and advising clients on charitable giving, and has been practicing law since 1986. He joined the board in 2016.
Susan J. Gray
Susan Gray, a former human resources executive, worked for over 15 years in the electronic components industry. After leaving corporate life, she worked as a freelance writer and editor, specializing in employee communications. Susan is a member of the board of the Essex County Greenbelt Associations, a corporate trustee of the Trustees of Reservations, a member of the Hestia Fund of Boston and a trustee of the Caldwell Foundation. She has also served as a board member and board chair of Wellspring House and as a board member of Pathways for Children, both in Gloucester. She is a past chair of the board of Rockport Music, where she served as a trustee and co-chair of the $21 million campaign to build Rockport Music’s new Shalin Liu Performance Center. Susan is a graduate of Smith College and holds a master’s degree from Simmons College. She lives in Rockport. Susan joined the ECCF board in 2012.
Moira McNamara James
Moira McNamara James has nearly 30 years of experience as a nonprofit adviser and trustee, concentrating on education, governance and fundraising. Currently, she is chair of the board of trustees at the Landmark School in Beverly and is also a trustee emerita of her alma mater, Wesleyan University, where she served as vice chair of the board until she retired in 2006. Previously, she served for 10 years on the board of directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities, an organization based in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to strengthening the performance of boards of public and private higher education institutions. She is a founding member of The Brain Tumor Society and is a tireless fundraiser for cancer research, cycling the Pan Mass Challenge for the past 18 years and raising over $85,000 for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. An accomplished and award-winning broadcast journalist and freelance producer, Moira lives in Marblehead. She joined the board in July 2015.
Institute for Health Metrics
Joe Knowles, an experienced entrepreneur focusing on enterprise development, is president and CEO of the Institute for Health Metrics, a nonprofit incubator of information-based solutions aimed at improving healthcare. Before IHM, Joe was a co-founder of Brooktrout Technology, a leading voice-processing firm. He has been an active trustee for schools, arts groups and housing organizations throughout Essex County, and was a visiting scientist in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health from 2002-2010 at Harvard School of Public Health. Joe holds three patents related to formulations chemistry and is a frequent speaker on enterprise creation and development for the MIT Enterprise Forum. Joe lives in Manchester. He joined the ECCF board in 2014.
Affiliated Managers Group
Ben Langille is senior vice president and senior counsel at Affiliated Managers Group, a publicly traded global asset management company with equity investments in a diverse group of boutique investment management firms. Ben focuses primarily on investments in new AMG affiliates and other legal matters. Prior to joining AMG in 2008, Ben was a mergers and acquisitions attorney with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York. He received a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.A. from Colby College. Ben was most recently a member of the Board of Trustees of Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School in Beverly, and served as the school’s treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee. Ben lives in Ipswich with his wife, Michelle, and his children, James and Stella. Ben and Michelle are part of the ECCF NextGen Program, and Michelle serves on the ECCF Grants Management Committee. Ben joined the ECCF Board of Trustees in 2016.
Patricia Maguire Meservey
Governance Committee Chair
Salem State University
Patricia Maguire Meservey is president of Salem State University, one of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The university enrolls approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing 27 states and 57 nations. With an annual operating budget of over $150 million and an aggressive expansion plan, Salem State serves as an important resource for the region’s business, municipal and nonprofit communities. Pat holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Boston College, and an MS in parent-child health nursing and a BS in nursing, both from Boston University. She also served as executive director of the Center for Community Health Education, Research & Service, and the national director of the Community Partnerships in Graduate Medical and Nursing Education Initiative, both of which were funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Patricia lives in Salem. She joined the ECCF board in 2009.
Chairman of the Board
Executive Committee Chair
Sustainability Committee Chair
Wellington Management Company (retired)
Jonathan Payson graduated from Yale University in 1979 with a BA in Economics and Political Science. After eight years at a private investment firm in New York City, Jon joined Wellington Management Company, LLP in 1987, becoming a senior vice president and partner in 1995. Jon held a variety of management roles at Wellington, overseeing a global relationship management group and the firm's corporate operations. In addition, Jon was the president and chair of the board of the firm's national trust bank subsidiary during his tenure at Wellington. A former Marine Corps Reserve officer and Gulf War veteran, Jon is a volunteer pilot for the Veterans Airlift Command and serves on the finance committee of More House, the Catholic Center at Yale University, where he is a past president and trustee. Jon lives in Manchester. He joined the ECCF board in 2011.
Jim A. Rullo
Wellington Management Company (retired)
Jim Rullo retired in 2014 as a Senior Vice President and partner from Wellington Management Company, LLP, a $900 billion investment management firm in Boston where he worked for over 20 years. At Wellington, he headed a team of 20 investment professionals in the Quantitative Investment Group, managing more than $30 billion in assets for a global client base of corporate, sovereign government and nonprofit clients. Most recently, as global strategist for the firm, he had primary spokesperson responsibility for a $90 billion mutual fund family client. He holds a BS in Finance from Boston University and an MBA in Management Information Systems from Babson College. He is a member of the board of trustees at Babson and chairs the investment committee at the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. Previously, he served on the board of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston. Jim lives in Andover. He joined the ECCF board in July.
Kevin M. Tierney Sr.
North Shore Bank
Kevin M. Tierney, Sr. is currently the president, chief operating officer and director of North Shore Bank, a $750 million community bank located in Peabody. Prior to joining North Shore Bank via a merger with Saugusbank, Kevin served as executive vice president and general manager of The Bisys Group’s Corporate Financial Solutions Division in New York. In addition, he has held several senior executive level positions in the financial services industry. Kevin serves on the board of the Planning Office for Urban Affairs in Boston, and also serves as director on several other local nonprofit organizations. Kevin attended Merrimack College and Northeastern University, and earned a master’s in banking from Sheshunoff Banking Institute at Louisiana State University. Kevin lives in Danvers. He joined the ECCF board in 2012.
Hunt's Photo & Video
Rich Yagjian has nearly 20 years of experience serving on nonprofit boards, the majority of which are right here in Essex County. Yagjian currently serves on the board of trustees at the Griffin Museum of Photography and at Montserrat College of Art. He is on the board of directors of North Shore Bank and serves as chairman of the City of Peabody retirement board. He is President Emeritus of the Essex National Heritage Commission and past chair of the board of trustees at North Shore Community College, where he was instrumental in the selection of Patricia Gentile as the college’s next president. Yagjian is also a past president of the Foundation Board at the college. Rich is executive vice president and chief operating officer at Melrose-based Hunt’s Photo & Video, and has over 40 years of retail leadership experience at the sales, management and executive levels. Rich resides in Peabody. He joined the board in 2016.