Meet the Board Members
Jeff Jacobs, Chair
Jeff Jacobs is currently the Director of Institutional Sales at Telsey Advisory Group. Jeff grew up in a Massachusetts suburb and has resided in the Boston area since 1997 where he currently lives with his wife and two daughters. Jeff earned an MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA from Vanderbilt University. He has volunteer experience at Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Make A Wish Foundation, The Chestnut Hill School and various youth coaching roles.
Chair: Executive Committee
Lori Stevens, Vice-Chair
Lori Stevens is Vice President for Growth Strategy and Development at The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that empowers veterans to serve their communities in new ways as part of strong transitions back to civilian life. Previously, Lori was the Chief Development Officer at Citizen Schools for six years, helping to lead their expansion of middle school educational programs, and worked at Harvard for 11 years, including leading Harvard’s cross-university public service fundraising initiative. Lori has a Bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Education focused on urban education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Vice Chair: Executive Committee
Member: Development/Trustee Committee and Strategic Planning Committee
Ginger Parker, Secretary
Ginger is a retired Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she helped lead the firm’s federal healthcare consulting work. She also has years of experience in city planning, including working for the City of Boston and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. Ginger has a MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, a masters degree in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Brown University. Her volunteer experience at Rosie’s Place, Habitat for Humanity and the University Club of Boston Scholarship Fund shows her deep commitment to our community. Ginger resides with her husband Marcus in the Jamaica Plain area of Boston.
Secretary: Executive Committee
Member: Human Resources and School Performance Committees
Cara Stillings Candal, Ed.D
Dr. Cara Stillings Candal is currently the Director of Research and Curriculum at the Center for Better Schools/National Academy for Advanced Teacher Education. In this role, she works to provide targeted, differentiated professional learning opportunities for experienced educators from across the country that have been identified as highly effective by the districts, charter, and faith-based networks in which they work. Cara has worked in the field of education for fifteen years as a high school teacher, as a curriculum and large-scale assessment specialist for the Riverside Publishing Company, and as a Research Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Education. In her role as researcher and educator at Boston University, her work focused on domestic and international policies affecting educational opportunities for low-income students. Cara is the author of numerous articles on the charter school movement, both nationally and in Massachusetts, and on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. She is also the editor of the book Partnering for Progress: Boston University, The Chelsea Public Schools, and Twenty Years of Urban Education Reform. Cara holds a B.A. in English literature from Indiana University, an M.A. in Social Science from the University of Chicago, and an Ed.D from the Boston University School of Education.
Chair: School Performance Committee
Member: Finance Committee
As City Year’s Senior Vice President of Strategy & Operations, Jeff Jablow leads City Year’s national growth and impact planning. Jeff directs City Year’s school district relations, strategic analysis and Diplomas Now school turnaround collaboration work. Jeff has been with City Year since 2005 when he joined the organization to lead the creation of City Year’s five year strategic plan. Since then, Jeff has played a lead role in evolving City Year’s focus to strategically deploy to low performing schools to address the nation’s dropout crisis. Jeff has lead the growth and development of Diplomas Now since its founding in 2007 and helped to direct the effort to win an Investing in Innovations (i3) grant from the US Department of Education. Prior to joining City Year, Jeff worked as a strategy consultant with Cambridge Strategic Management Group, Ernst and Young Consulting, and The Bridgespan Group. Jeff also worked at Ma Afrika Tikkun, a community and youth development nonprofit in Cape Town, South Africa. Jeff has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Accounting from the University of Michigan. Jeff currently resides in Boston.
Chair: Development/Trustees Committee
Member: Strategic Planning Committee
Ben Lummis is the Assistant to the Superintendent for Strategy and Performance at Public Schools of Brookline. Prior to his current job, Ben was Vice-President at Massachusetts 2020 where he oversees the organization’s state engagement and school transformation practice areas. Previously, as Director of Public Policy at Mass 2020, Ben was responsible for developing the state policy that created the nationally recognized Massachusetts Expanded Learning Time Initiative, the first state-wide initiative to use increased learning time to build a better public school day. Prior to joining Massachusetts 2020, Ben worked at the Center for Collaborative Education where he was the national director of Turning Points, the Comprehensive School Reform model for middle schools. At Turning Points, Ben was responsible for the quality and implementation of Turning Points’ services to schools and for the growth of its national network of schools and regional centers. Ben began his career in education as a middle school English teacher. He has also worked as a member of Senator Edward Kennedy’s staff, and for the North Carolina Outward Bound School. Ben currently lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife and their twins.
Chair: Strategic Planning Committee
Member: Human Resources Committee
Michael Rosen is a Partner at Foley Hoag LLP, a Boston-based law firm, where he has practiced labor and employment law for almost 20 years. He counsels clients on and litigates a range of employment law matters, such as employment contracts, wage and hour laws, equal employment opportunity and harassment issues, noncompetition agreements and employment polices. Mike is a graduate of New York University School of Law and the University of Miami. He lives in Cohasset with his wife and three sons.
Chair: Human Resources Committee
Member: Finance Committee
Greg is Managing Member of Hyde Park Ventures, LLC, a restaurant developer, operator, and franchisee group. Currently, Hyde Park owns Five Guys restaurants in Massachusetts and Vermont, Dunkin’ Donuts units in Arkansas, and is actively developing those regions as well as Tulsa, OK. Greg and a colleague from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business formed Hyde Park Ventures as an investment team focused on expanding into new brands and to strategically align with franchised concepts that present high structural cash flow opportunities. Greg was asked to join Five Guys Franchisee Council in 2012, was elected Vice Chairman in 2014, and was tapped by Five Guys management to be a charter member of their Marketing Task Force last year. Greg has also invested in the fast casual start up concept, The Taco Truck. Prior to forming Hyde Park Ventures, Greg worked on UN policy at the US Department of State. He received his MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from Hamilton College. Greg lives in the South End of Boston with his wife, Whitney, and two children.
Member: Finance Committee and Strategic Planning Committee
Karin Wall is a Clinical Supervisor in a school-based program at the Home for Little Wanderers in Roslindale, where she works with students in grades K-8 who are challenged with social emotional issues as well as adults with chronic mental health issues. A native New Yorker, Karin moved to Boston in the late 70’s to attend Boston University School of Social Work and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, earning a double masters degree in social work and African American History. In her career she as worked in a diverse set of roles, from policy analysis for the federal government to a teaching position at Gordon College. In the early 90’s Karin and her husband co-founded a faith-based non-profit, where she served as the founding executive director for 13 years before returning full time to social work. Karin is a member of the ministerial staff of Global Ministries Christian Church, where her husband serves as the pastor. Her first book, Is it Morning Yet, is due to be released in the summer of 2016. Karin resides in Boston with her husband and is the proud mother of two adult sons and Oare K. Wall, a 2014 graduate of City on a Hill Circuit Street and 2016 graduate of Dean College.
Member: Human Resources Committee and Strategic Planning Committee
Johanna Ward is a Senior Vice President and Director of Financial Reporting at The Baupost Group, a Boston based investment management firm. Johanna is responsible for portfolio-level and investor-level reporting for Baupost’s limited partners and for internal management reporting and analytics. She joined the firm in 2002 and has held various accounting, finance and valuation roles throughout her tenure. Prior to Baupost, Johanna worked for Spinnaker Capital LLC and Deloitte & Touche LLP. She holds a B.B.A. in Accountancy, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame. Johanna resides in Boston’s South End.
Chair: Finance Committee
Member: Development/Trustee Committee
Kim Wechtenhiser is the President of Schoolworks, an Educational Consulting Group. She is formerly the Associate Vice President of the Charter Schools Institute in New York. Prior to her work with the Institute, Ms. Wechtenhiser served as the Coordinator of New Schools Development in the Charter School Office at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. There she led the review of new charter school applications and provided technical assistance to newly chartered schools. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Secondary Education and a M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature, both from Simmons College. In addition, she possesses an Ed.M. in School Leadership from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Member: School Performance Committee and Development/Trustees Committee