Professor Michael E. Porter

Founder and Chairman, ICIC
Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School

Michael E. Porter is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School. A university professorship is the highest professional recognition that can be awarded to a Harvard faculty member. A leading authority on company strategy, the competitiveness of nations and regions, and strategic approaches to societal problems, Professor ... Read More

John W. Bachmann

Senior Partner, Edward Jones

John W. Bachmann, senior partner at Edward Jones, grew up in Salem, Illinois. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and an M.B.A. in finance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Bachmann is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws from Wabash College ... Read More

Barbara Berke

Senior Policy Advisor, Mayor Thomas Menino, City of Boston

From 2005 to 2014, Barbara Berke served as an advisor to Mayor Menino and his cabinet on the Mayor’s cross-organizational agenda and initiatives. She worked on a broad spectrum of issues ranging from eliminating achievement gaps and health disparities to creating jobs, workforce housing and new sources of revenue for ... Read More

Mark F. Blaxill

Co-founder and Executive Director, XLP Capital

Mark Blaxill is co-founder and Executive Director of XLP Capital, a firm founded in 2015 and focused on technology strategy development, new technology business incubation and technology-based investments. Before starting XLP, Mr. Blaxill was a co-Founder and Managing Partner of 3LP Advisors, a firm focused on IP strategy development, patent ... Read More

Thomas H. Castro

President, El Dorado Capital

Thomas H. Castro is the founder and president of El Dorado Capital, a boutique investment firm that partners with a select number of growth companies. He is a part-time operating partner of the Pinto America Growth Fund, LP, a private equity firm that invests in and manages fast-growing companies serving ... Read More

Rena Clark

Rena Clark has over 25 years of general management, private equity and entrepreneurial experience. Rena is a former Partner with GenNx360 Capital Partners, a private equity industrial middle market buyout firm with $1.1B in committed capital. While with GenNx360, she led or co-led transactions across a range of industrial sectors ... Read More

Tim Ferguson

Managing Partner, Next Street

Tim Ferguson is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Partner of Next Street, a merchant bank for the urban enterprise. Tim has over 30 years of financial services, investment banking, and investment management experience. He has managed financial services businesses through all stages of business development, including start-up ventures and global ... Read More

George Gendron

Founder and Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, Clark University

George Gendron is the Co-founder and Managing Director of the Solo Project LLC, a media and research venture serving the fastest growing segment of the American workforce–independent professionals and creatives. George served as editor-in-chief of Inc. magazine for two decades, growing the renowned publication into the premier magazine for small- to mid-sized growing ... Read More

Dennis Green

CEO, Green & Associates, LLC

Dennis Green is the CEO of Green & Associates, LLC, a premier retail supply chain logistics consulting company started in 2001. He specializes in working with retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, in both the United States, Europe and South America, to enhance and improve their supply chain logistics, as well as ... Read More

Steve Grossman


As CEO of ICIC, Steve leads a dynamic and growing team of professionals dedicated to achieving economic prosperity in America’s inner cities. Steve is focused on setting ICIC’s strategic direction, leading the organization through a period of rapid growth and extending ICIC’s national visibility and brand. He directs ICIC’s efforts to ... Read More

Ronald A. Homer

Vice Chairman, ICIC
President, Access Capital Strategies LLC

Ron Homer leads RBC Global Asset Management’s impact investing effort. Ron is responsible for servicing the firm’s impact investing clients and ensuring that investment solutions are implemented based on each client’s customized impact requirements. Ron’s background and extensive experience in community investing enables him to identify a broad range of impact ... Read More

Brenda McKenzie

Former President & CEO, Baltimore Development Corporation

Brenda McKenzie is urban development strategist whose expertise fostering living economic growth labs includes dynamic and diverse cities of Baltimore, former president and CEO of the Baltimore Development Corporation, Boston, as Director of Economic Development for the Boston Redevelopment Authority and Chicago as Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Development. With over 20 years of ... Read More

Georgia Murray

Managing Director, MMI LLC

Georgia Murray led several businesses at Boston Financial, a real estate investment company, between 1973 and the sale of the company in 1999. As a senior partner, she was responsible for raising equity from both retail and corporate investors, and the oversight of property and asset management. Since it sale, ... Read More

Judy Pagliuca

President, Pags Group

Judy Pagliuca is President of Pags Group, a venture capital investment firm. Ms. Pagliuca was Vice President/Portfolio Manager, International Fixed Income for Fidelity Investments. Prior to Fidelity Investments, she managed fixed income sales at Solomon Brothers, was a project manager at Quaker Oats and was an engineer at Sargent and Lundy. Ms. Pagliuca is ... Read More

Carl W. Stern

Former Chairman of the Board, The Boston Consulting Group

Carl founded Carl W. Stern Associates LLC on his retirement from Goldman Sachs, where he served as vice chairman of the Investment Banking Division. Carl spent 37 years with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm widely recognized as the pioneer in the field of corporate strategy. He served as ... Read More

Kirk A. Sykes

President and Managing Director, Urban Strategy America Fund LP

As Managing Partner of Accordia Partners (AP), Kirk Sykes combines his professional training and hands-on experience in the areas of development, design and construction to create customized responses to the complex issues of urban real estate development. His approach is grounded in the bottom-line driven perspective gained during his tenure ... Read More

Barry White

Former U.S. Ambassador to Norway
Former Senior Partner, Foley Hoag LLP

Barry B. White served as United States Ambassador to Norway from 2009 to 2013. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, White served for over 13 years as Chairman and Managing Partner (CEO) of Foley Hoag LLP, where he was a senior partner in the firm’s business, corporate, international and government strategies practice ... Read More

Willie E. Woods

Managing Director and President, ICV Partners

Willie E. Woods is the president and managing director of ICV Partners, a leading private investment firm with over $700 million in capital which partners with management teams of companies in the lower end of the middle market. ICV boasts a special partnership with ICIC, an institutional co-sponsor which provides ... Read More

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