The Alliance in 2013: A Sharp Focus
2013 brought large changes and a sharp focus to the Alliance’s work. With the assumption of the presidency by Jim Boyle, CEO and founder of Sustainability Roundtable, Inc., and the passing of the baton to the new Alliance board chairman Phil Edmundson, CEO of William Gallagher Associates, the Alliance increased its focus on empowering business leaders to make their voices heard in the public arena.
In May, the Alliance sponsored its lunch symposium, Growth Economy Leaders for a More Just and Sustainable Society. Leaders gathered at the beautiful Artists for Humanity Epicenter in South Boston to discuss whether managers have a responsibility to the broader institutional structures in which their firms are embedded, and if so, what can they actually do?
October brought the Alliance’s Annual Fall CEO Summit, bringing together innovators and business leaders to consider the impact of The Sharing Economy. Guests included Senator Edward Markey, newly-elected U.S. Representative Katherine Clark and new Boston Mayor Martin Walsh. For details on the free-ranging discussions and presentations, visit the 2013 CEO Summit page.
And our leaders continued throughout the year to speak up for policies and measures which will help invent a more just an sustainable society – from meetings with policy-makers and candidates about issues of vital concern, to news interviews and opinion pieces, Alliance leaders are bringing a different and more inclusive voice to the public policy arena.
The Alliance in 2012: A Year of Big Moves and Even Bigger Impact
Three key initiatives were launched to tackle critical issues of the day through education, innovation, and advocacy: Health Promotion and Cost Containment, Economic Development and Jobs, and Responsible Government.
Together we achieved significant policy wins, built powerful partnerships, and increased exposure for the Alliance, its leaders, and the role of business in challenging today’s most pressing issues:
- We influenced public debate on clean energy, education, and public health:
- Alliance members Jeff Bussgang (General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners) and Tim Rowe (CEO, Cambridge Innovation Center) were high profile advocates, helping to include crowd funding in the JOBS bill signed by President Obama.
- Health Initiative co-chairs Jack Manning and Phillip Edmundson had an opinion piece in support of the Affordable Care Act published in the Boston Business Journal.
- The Alliance was active in a coalition that strengthened the MA Green Communities Act
- We joined a partnership to support Community College Reform and members Tom Clay (CEO, Xtalic Corp.), Tom Dretler (Executive in Residence, Sterling Capital Partners), and Mark Shirman (CEO, River Meadow Software) have joined Community College Boards of Trustees.
- The CEO Summit in Washington, DC brought top business and government leaders together for small-group strategy sessions and high-level briefings; other events include the well-attended launch of the Year of Innovative Thinking, initiative team meetings, and meetings with policymakers.
- Dan Wolf (CEO, Cape Air) testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the effects of health care reform on small businesses. The Huffington Post published a blog that championed Senator Wolf’s testimony and amplified the Alliance’s message nationally.
- We strategized with the Brookings Institute, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the Sunlight Foundation, and others on government, fiscal, and campaign finance reform and the role for business leadership in moving these issues forward.
- 12 members served as delegates on international trade missions to Israel and Brazil.
- With more than 150 members, we now represent local, regional, national, and multinational firms.
- Alliance leaders created and launched the Leadership Commitment, a shared expression of values that unites the membership and has attracted national recognition.
- Alliance staff celebrated a successful rebranding campaign and the move to new headquarters.
Below are examples of past Alliance achievements, including multiple education events and successful legislative and policy initiatives. For more information, visit the news archives from 2010, and 2009, or visit our blog.
Legislative and Policy Efforts
- Active participant in the Massachusetts Race to the Top Coalition with other business/community organizations in a successful effort to pass education reforms into law and secure substantial federal funding for innovation and turnaround strategies throughout the Commonwealth.
- Active member of the Green Communities Act Coalition, working to protect and uphold the 2008 Green Communities Act- Massachusetts’ landmark energy policy. Additionally, the Alliance has presented official testimony in defense of the Green Communities Act before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy and various other pieces of legislation encouraging the development of alternative energy sources and energy efficiency measures.
- Held a forum featuring Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), EnerNOC CEO Tim Healy, CERES President Mindy Lubber and Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles to discuss federal energy policy and climate change legislation.
- Hosted forums and meetings with both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Capitol to make the business case for protecting EPA Authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and to reinforce our commitment to a Cap and Trade system and a transition to a clean energy economy.
- Provided official testimony before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development in support of the Middle Skills Solutions Act.
- Joined and actively participated in the Coalition to Protect the 40B Affordable Housing Law
Advocacy and Educational Efforts
- Received a 2011 grant from the Barr Foundation to explore climate change solutions by bringing business leaders to the table around local and regional opportunities.
- Advocated for passage of national healthcare reform in 2009-10 that would bring healthcare coverage to all Americans and focus energy on creating healthier families and containing the cost of healthcare for businesses and the entire economy.
- Hosted conversations with Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville, Associate Commissioner for Economic and Workforce Development for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education David Cedrone, Massachusetts Ways and Means Committee Chair Charley Murphy, charter school and teachers’ union advocates, community leaders, senior executives of higher education institutions and leading businesses.
- Hosted and organized several forums exploring ideas for zero net-energy buildings, building affordable homes throughout Massachusetts, and bridging sustainable and affordable development strategies featuring HYM Investment Group Managing Partner Thomas N. O’Brien, Boston Capital Corporation CEO Jack Manning , Center for American Progress Executive VP Sarah Wartell, U.S. Green Buildings Council COO Chris Smith, Boston Redevelopment Authority Director of Economic Development Brenda McKenzie, Goulston & Storrs attorney David Abromowitz, Beacon Communities Development President Pam Goodman, CHAPA President Aaron Gornstein, and Massachusetts State Representative Tom Conroy.
- Held several forums on strategies for maintaining access to health care, refocusing on healthy outcomes and cost containment. Speakers at past forums have included Tufts Health Plan CEO Jim Roosevelt, Vertex Founder & former CEO Joshua Boger, William Gallagher Associates Chairman & CEO Philip Edmundson, Massachusetts Association of Hospitals CEO Lynn Nicholas, MA Secretary of Housing & Economic Development Greg Bialecki, Massachusetts Secretary of Health & Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, The American Prospect Founder & Co-Editor Robert Kuttner, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center President & CEO Paul F. Levy, Atrius Health President and CEO Dr. Gene Lindsey, and Alkermes President & CEO Richard Pops.