Board of Directors
Chair – Amanda Hall, Director and Senior Counsel, Carbon Black, Inc.
Amanda is Director and Senior Counsel at Carbon Black, Inc., a leader in endpoint security, where she provides counsel on licensing, intellectual property, corporate matters, and a range of other business-related issues. Prior to Carbon Black, she served as legal counsel for Iron Mountain and Progress Software. Amanda brings years of legal expertise and experience working with business leaders on strategic initiatives and organizational goals. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and National Women’s Law Association. In addition to her profession, Amanda has substantively contributed to the Boston area communities and provided thought leadership through her service on boards and councils with organizations including the Children’s Trust Fund, The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care, the Museum of Fine Arts Council, the New England Council and other nonprofits. Originally from Texas, Amanda moved to Boston for law school and has made Massachusetts her home.
Vice Chair – Stefan Spazek, Senior Vice President, Capital Advisors Group
Following a carefully designed path, Stephan has dedicated his career to gathering knowledge and building expertise in the fields of marketing, communications and business development for professional and financial services organizations. For the past three years Stefan has served as head of East Coast business development for Capital Advisors Group, a leading institutional investment firm, helping CFOs develop corporate cash investment strategies and counseling companies on raising debt finance. Previously, Stefan spent five years as the firm’s marketing director, during which time assets under management increased more than $1.5 billion. Earlier in his career, Stefan successfully managed both media and community relations activities in New England for the second largest professional services firm in the world; and provided branding and communications counsel to billion dollar marketing agency clients.
Treasurer – Michael Sperlinga, Managing Director and Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Over the course of an eighteen year career, Michael has developed and maintained a notable book of clients. Michael’s unique approach to financial management begins with a thorough study and daily review of the events impacting the global and national macroeconomic landscape. A graduate of Bentley University, Michael has been closely involved with numerous Boston area non-profit organizations such as the Make A Wish Foundation, Friends of the Esplanade, Dana Farber, and Champions for Children’s Hospital.
Secretary – Jessica Lutzker, MBA Admissions Board, Harvard Business School
Jessica Lutzker’s career has spanned the field of business and marketing. A graduate of Duke University and Harvard Business School, Jessica has worked in marketing for CVS, Tripadvisor, Lycos, and as an independent marketing consultant. Jessica has been involved in various local organizations and in addition to her role with Raising A Reader MA, she is currently a partner with Social Venture Partners, a trustee of the Park School and a volunteer with Beacon Academy. She hopes to bring her passion for community and early education to the board of Raising A Reader MA.
Julie Cox, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, ML Strategies
Julie is Vice President of Legislative Affairs at ML Strategies. ML Strategies is the government relations practice within Mint Levin. Julie has more than a decade of government affairs and legislative counsel experience. She clerked for several justices in the Superior Court of Massachusetts. Julie served as legal counsel to the House Committee on Ways and Means in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Julie also served as general counsel, legislative liaison, and spokesperson for the Retailers Association of Massachusetts. Prior to joining ML Strategies, she held an of counsel position in the public policy and public finance practices of a large Boston law firm. She has successfully advocated for a number of companies before the executive, legislative, and local government branches in the Commonwealth. Her work also has included analysis of the state budget and legislation to determine client impact, developing public relations strategy, and initiating and coordinating the presentation of client initiatives to legislators. Clients have also relied on the relationships she has built with key legislators, advocacy and trade groups, and other interested parties to develop beneficial coalitions. She is a graduate of Boston Latin School, the University of Vermont and Suffolk University Law School. She is a life-long resident of Dorchester MA.
Heather Dickinson, Managing Director, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Heather Dickinson is a Managing Director at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Heather has over 20 years of experience serving and leading audit engagements and relationships for a diverse mix of clients within the technology, manufacturing and service industries. Such clients have included public registrants, large private companies, and serving emerging growth companies. She has extensive experience advising companies on technical and industry related matters. Heather also holds a National Office role for Deloitte, she supports the Audit practice Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Heather works with the leadership team to execute on the priorities and strategy of Deloitte’s Audit practice. Heather is on the New England leadership team for Deloitte’s Women’s Initiative. She is a graduate of Villanova University, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts and Massachusetts and New York Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Gregg M. Dooling, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Pioneer Investments
Gregg is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of Pioneer Investment Management USA Inc. and a member of Pioneer’s Management Committee. Prior to taking the role of CFO in 2008, Gregg was Vice President and Corporate Controller for Pioneer since 2006. Gregg has over 25 years of experience in the Financial Services and Asset Management industry. Before joining Pioneer, Gregg served in several roles at Putnam Investments, first as Vice President and Corporate Accounting Manager, and subsequently as Financial Planning and Analysis Manager, providing support for Putnam’s Institutional Management Business. Gregg also served as Assistant Controller for five years at John Hancock Funds and has held management positions at Ernst & Young and Chase Manhattan Bank. Gregg earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Bentley University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Series 27 license from FINRA. Gregg lives in the Boston area with his wife and two children.
Dave Richter, Vice President, Executive Jet Management
Dave joined Jeteffect from the CitationAir division of Cessna Aircraft. Before Cessna, he worked for several smaller jet aircraft brokerages. Prior to his business aviation career, Dave managed money for investors at Magnum Portfolio Management, Smith Barney and Prudential Securities. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Currently Dave is the President of the Massachusetts Business Aviation Association (MBAA), board member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation and Committee Chair for the MGH Cancer Center Friends Professional Group. He is on event committees for the Institute of Contemporary Arts Uncorked Wine Dinner, Children’s Hospital Boston Texas Hold ‘em Tournament and is an annual 100 miler for the Rodman Ride for Kids supporting The Sports Museum and RAR.
Evan Zall, President and Co-Founder, Ebben Zall Group
Evan is President and co-founder of Ebben Zall Group, a Boston-area public relations and advertising firm that serves clients in the financial, professional services, and consumer sectors. He was previously Deputy Managing Director of River Rouge Communications, a cross-border public relations firm with offices in Boston and London. He has been involved in communications as a journalist, editor, investor relations professional, and public relations leader for over 20 years. Evan also serves as Vice Chair on the Board of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston and as Communications co-Chair on the Board of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (Boston).
John Simon, Board Chair Emeritus and Co-Founder, GreenLight Fund
John joined Sigma Prime in November of 2012 to help build the firm and help invest in great entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Sigma Prime, John was a Co-Founder and Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners. John has been a recipient of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council “Investor of the Year” Award. John is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO). He is also a co-founder and current trustee of the Steppingstone Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides educational opportunities to deserving inner-city students. In addition, he has continued his involvement with the non-profit sector by founding the GreenLight Fund (www.greenlightfund.org), which spurs the replication and growth of innovative non-profits. John is a graduate of Harvard University, earning a B.A. in History and Science and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and received his M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.