Board of Directors and Regional Advisory Boards

BUILD's growth is guided by a dedicated group of community leaders, representing the academic, technological, legal, and financial strengths necessary for social innovation.

Board Chair:

  • Ajay Agarwal, Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

Board Members:

  • David Bohigian, Managing Director, Pluribus Ventures
  • Doug Brien, Co-Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Waypoint Homes 
  • Emily Chang, Anchor, Bloomberg TV
  • Jack Dorsey, Executive Chairman of Twitter, CEO of Square, founder of both
  • Timothy Garnett, Founding Partner, The Avascent Group
  • Eldridge Gray, Managing Director, Seven Post Private Investment Office (Board Director Emeritus)
  • Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, Founder and CEO, BUILD
  • Jean Kovacs, Former CEO, Comergent Technologies, Inc.
  • Sarah Lucas, Founder, Sarah Lucas Designs
  • David Marston, Silicon Valley Partner, PwC
  • Mike O'Brien, CEO, iMentor
  • Shervin Pishevar, Founder, Sherpa Ventures
  • Baratunde Thurston, Co-Founder & CEO, Cultivated Wit
  • Richard Vieira, Managing Director and Group Head, Technology Investment Banking, BMO Capital
  • Gideon Yu, Former President, San Francisco 49ers (Board Director Emeritus)

Bay Area Advisory Board

  • David Marston, Board Chair, Silicon Valley Partner, PwC
  • Sabrina Aery, Senior Public Health Account Director, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Gary Beasley, Co-CEO and Chairman, Waypoint Homes
  • Louis Chang, Sector Head, Criterion Capital Management
  • Lynda Galligan, Partner, Goodwin Procter
  • Alana Karen, Service Delivery Director, Google Fiber, Google
  • Ellen Levy, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Connect
  • Guru Pangal, General Manager, WSSC StorSimple, Microsoft
  • Ralph Schmitt, President and CEO, OCZ Technology
  • Maz Sharafi, Head of Monetization Product Marketing, Direct Response, Facebook
  • Mark Stevens, Senior Director - Finance, Apple 
  • Cindy Worthington, Vice President Business Development, Wells Fargo
  • Denise Yamamoto, Nonprofit Consultant

Metro DC Advisory Board

  • Timothy Garnett, Board Chair, Partner, The Avascent Group
  • Jeffrey H. Blum, Senior Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel, DISH Network LLC
  • Steve Boyd, Founder and CEO, New City Energy
  • William Cilluffo, Executive Vice President, Card Partnerships, Capital One
  • Craig Dye, Director, VentureAccelerator, University of Maryland
  • Peter Mellen, Founder and CEO, NetCito
  • Harold B. Pettigrew, Jr., Operations and Business Development Executive
  • Scott Plumridge, Principal, The Halifax Group
  • Courtney Straus, Executive Director, JPMorgan Private Bank
  • Amy Wright, President and CEO, Macro Solutions, Inc.
  • Irving Yoskowitz, Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP
  • Pat Sheridan, CEO, Modus Create 

Boston Advisory Board

  • Jeff Glass, Board Chair, CEO, Skyhook Wireless; Operating Partner, Bain Capital Ventures
  • Michele Brooks, Asst. Superintendent, Boston Public Schools
  • Jim Collins, President, New England Business Partners
  • Scott Friend, Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures
  • David Cappillo, Partner, Goodwin Procter
  • Ronald Ferguson, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Roy Hirshland, President, T3 Advisors
  • Sasha Hoffman, Head of Strategy & Partnerships, Plastiq, Inc.
  • Rizwan Mallal, Co-Founder and VP, Crosscheck Networks, Inc.
  • Michele Norman, Entrepreneur
  • Rob Parsons, President, Synergy Dining
  • Shari Redstone, President, National Amusements and Vice Chair, CBS and Viacom
  • Dan Roth, President, Shaser Inc.
  • Venkat Srinivasan, President, Rageworks, Inc.
  • Nancy Sterling, Sr. Vice President of Strategic Communications, Mintz Levin Strategies
  • Ed Sullivan Jr., Partner, KPMG LLP
  • Mary Skipper, Asst. Superintendent for High Schools, Boston Public Schools
  • William Tita, Professor, Northeastern University
  • Richard Vieira, Managing Director and Group Head, Technology Investment Banking, BMO Capital 
  • Sydney Atkins Mason, Investment Advisor, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

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