BPE Board of Trustees

BPE is guided by a volunteer board of trustees that represents Boston’s corporate, education, philanthropic, and civic communities.

Charles K. Gifford,  BPE Board Chairman, Bank of America (Chairman Emeritus)

Charles K. Gifford (Chad) is Chairman Emeritus of Bank of America.  He served as Chairman of the Corporation from April 1, 2004 until his retirement on January 31, 2005.  He continued to serve as a Director of the Corporation until April 26, 2016, when he retired from the Board.

Mr. Gifford joined the First National Bank of Boston in 1966. He was named a Loan Officer in 1967, Assistant Vice President in 1970, and Vice President in 1973. Between 1975 and 1977, Mr. Gifford oversaw the bank’s lending operations in London. He was elected a First Vice President in 1978, a Senior Vice President in 1979, and an Executive Vice President in 1981. He assumed the position of Group Executive of the Corporate Banking Group in 1984 and, in March 1987, was elected Vice Chairman of both Bank of Boston Corporation and its principal subsidiary, The First National Bank of Boston. Mr. Gifford was named President in March 1989 and Chairman and CEO in July 1995. Mr. Gifford was named President and COO following the merger of BankBoston and Fleet Financial Group in October 1999. He became Chief Executive Officer on December 31, 2001, and chairman on December 31, 2002.

During his stewardship of BankBoston, Mr. Gifford was instrumental in steering the bank through the severe New England recession of the early 1990s and transforming the strategic direction of the company. This led to the merger with Fleet Financial Group, the largest in-market transaction of its kind in the banking industry, and the creation of a regional powerhouse with unprecedented market share. The transformation was completed with the 2003 merger with Bank of America, a leader in the financial services industry and one of the most profitable companies in the world.

Mr. Gifford has also been a driving force in the Boston business and civic community, working closely with both the private and public sectors to ensure the city’s competitive position and attractiveness. He has helped ensure that Boston remains a national center of finance; a rich and vibrant cultural community that is home to some of the country’s finest arts and cultural venues and sporting teams; and a hub for continued innovation.

Throughout his career, Mr. Gifford placed a high premium on corporate integrity in the conduct of business with shareholders, customers, employees and the community. He has provided tremendous personal leadership to the values of diversity and community involvement.

Mr. Gifford is a director of CBS Corporation and Eversource Energy.  He is chairman of BPE and was the founding chairman of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay's "Success By 6" initiative, serving in that capacity from 1994 to 1998.  Mr. Gifford also serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including The Massachusetts General Hospital, The General Hospital Corporation, Partners HealthCare System, Inc., Dana Farber/Partners Cancer Care, Red Sox Foundation, Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital - Honorary Life Overseer, and is an honorary past chairman of The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Gifford received a B.A. from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.

Jesse Solomon, Executive Director, BPE

Mr. Solomon co-founded and directed Boston Teacher Residency since its inception in 2003. Mr. Solomon was a founding teacher at City on a Hill Public Charter School, one of the first charter school in Massachusetts, serving as head of the math department, lead teacher for curriculum and instruction, and a member of the board of directors. He taught secondary math in urban schools for ten years, and is a National Board certified teacher. He serves on the Board of Directors for Cambridge College and UP Academies Boston/Dorchester, and is a member of Deans for Impact.

Maura Banta, Corporate Community Relations Manager, IBM Corporation

Ms. Banta has worked in marketing, sales, and community relations at IBM since 1973. She is currently responsible for IBM's corporate philanthropy, government relations, and community relations. She also serves as a board member to the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, United Ways of New England, Mass Taxpayers Foundation, Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, and the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Ms. Banta has served as chair of the board of the Mass Business Alliance for Education. 

Tammy Battaglino, Senior Partner and Co-Head Education Practice, The Parthenon Group

Ms. Battaglino co-leads the firm's Education Practice. She has advised clients on issues related to operational excellence, strategy development, and new venture creation. Her clients include a wide range of organizations from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, and some of the world's largest foundations. While at Parthenon, Ms. Battaglino has worked extensively with companies in the information and education sector, partnering with clients spanning the K-12, higher education, and corporate training continuum. Ms. Battaglino holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College. She received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Richard Burnes, Founding Member and General Partner, Charles River Ventures

Mr. Burnes is a Founding Member and General Partner at Charles River Ventures, one of the nation’s major venture capital firms. Mr. Burnes is a trustee of Boston’s Museum of Science, The Boston Foundation, and Vice Chair of the Sea Education Association. He brings extensive experience in the areas of organizational development and leadership.


Dr. Tommy Chang, Superintendent, Boston Public Schools (ex officio)

Dr. Tommy Chang has served as superintendent of the Boston Public Schools since July 1, 2015.  In this role, he leads the nation's first school district, which serves more than 56,000 students in 125 schools, and will serve as a cabinet member to Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  Previously, Dr. Chang served as the Local Instructional Superintendent, Intensive Support & Innovation Center (ISIC) at the Los Angeles Unified School District where he oversaw 135 schools and approximately 95,000 students. Dr. Chang also previously served as special assistant to the superintendent of LAUSD. He is a former teacher and principal. He holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Loyola Marymount University, an M.Ed. from the Principals Leadership Institute at UCLA, an M.Ed. from the Teachers Education Program at UCLA, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Reverend Gregory Groover, Pastor, Charles Street AME Church

Reverend Groover was appointed to the Boston Public Schools School Committee in 2007 and was elected Chair in 2009. He serves as chairman of the Education Committee of the Black Ministerial Alliance in Boston, president of the board at Roxbury Renaissance Center, and board member for YMCA or Greater Boston and Gordon College. A Roxbury resident, Reverand Groover is also a Boston Public Schools parent.

Ellen Guiney, Director Emeritus, BPE

Ms Guiney led BPE as its executive director for 15 years, introducing a focus on teacher development and a whole-school approach to change. Prior to her work at BPE, Ms. Guiney was Chief Education Advisor to the United States Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and one of the Democratic staff leaders on the reauthorization of Goals 2000 and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1995. A former high school English teacher, Ms. Guiney served as education advisor to Mayor Ray Flynn during Boston’s transition to an appointed school board.

Robert Schwartz, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Mr. Schwartz held a wide variety of leadership positions in education and government. From 1997 to 2002, he served as president of Achieve, Inc., an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit organization created by governors and corporate leaders to help states improve their schools. From 1990 to 1996, Schwartz directed the education grant-making program of The Pew Charitable Trusts, one of the nation's largest private philanthropies. Mr. Schwartz has been a high-school English teacher and principal; an education advisor to the mayor of Boston and the governor of Massachusetts; an assistant director of the National Institute of Education; a special assistant to the president of the University of Massachusetts; and executive director of The Boston Compact, a public-private partnership designed to improve access to higher education and employment for urban high-school graduates.

Kerry H. Sullivan, President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation