Brenda Diana is a partner of Ropes & Gray, in the firm’s Private Client Group. She serves as trustee of numerous trusts, represents fiduciaries in the settlement of estates, and prepares estate plans for individuals. Brenda works with multiple generations of families with accumulated wealth, entrepreneurs, private and public company executives and shareholders, and professional public personalities, and other high net worth clients. Her practice involves the administration of client estates and trusts, including post-mortem tax planning and giving advice regarding fiduciary responsibilities. Brenda serves as executor for estates of varying size and complexity, helping clients through diverse personal transitions and providing advice on risk management, fiduciary investments and efficient tax alternatives to avoid potential issues or disputes. In addition, she coordinates the proper disposition of individual and family assets including art, antiques, real estate, and other valuables and works with well-known auction houses and advisors when appropriate. Brenda’s practice also involves estate planning, including advising clients on various charitable and philanthropic endeavors. She works closely with financial planners and philanthropic advisors to develop comprehensive plans to meet the unique needs of her clients. Brenda has a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Cornell University.
Dmitry Grekov is a manager at Deloitte, overseeing the technical implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s mandated changes to the State’s Integrated Eligibility system. He has over 16 years of leadership and consulting experience in technical architecture, e-commerce, web design, software programming, and IT services.
He has previously worked at companies such as Accenture and StratEx Partners. He has also founded the companies Venue Cricket and NuDirection Consulting. He attended Purdue University and Columbia College Chicago, and received his B.S. in Communications and Advertising. He is fluent in both English and Russian.
Aaron J. Kleiman is a HillVets Congressional Fellow and a United States Air Force Veteran. Aaron serves as a Fellow in the US Capitol working to empower, educate, and train America’s Veterans to work in government and run for public office. Aaron served as an Air Force Officer for twelve years, with six as a Special Operations Aviator. He has deployed to Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, including over 1,000 combat flight hours in Afghanistan and Africa.
Aaron left active duty in 2014 to attend the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he earned a Master in Public Administration degree. While at Harvard, Aaron was selected to participate in the Women and Public Policy’s “Harvard Square to the Oval Office” program, where he received extensive political candidate and campaign training with a focus on the challenges facing women running for office. Aaron also served on Professor Ronald Heifetz’s teaching team for his Adaptive Leadership course, “Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change”, where he provided mentorship and guidance for 112 students.
In addition to Aaron’s military deployments, he has traveled extensively worldwide visiting 32 countries, including 12 as part of several political and economic Harvard leadership service trips. During his travels, Aaron has cultivated an in-depth, first-hand understanding of foreign affairs, having met with business leaders, government officials, and heads of state in Israel, the West Bank, Asia, and several post-Soviet countries.
Aaron continues to serve as a Major in the Air National Guard as an Air Liaison Officer overseeing Battlefield Airman providing combat air support to the Army. He is also the Owner and President of LunarEagle Real Estate, a real estate and property management company. In addition to his MPA from Harvard, Aaron holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Science in Military Studies from American Military University.
Laura Murray-Tjan is an immigration litigator with extensive experience in citizenship and naturalization claims, visa petitions, removal defense, and appeals. Murray-Tjan also has advised hundreds of immigrants and criminal attorneys on the interplay between criminal and immigration law. She received her A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College and her J.D. from the Yale Law School, where she was a Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal and an Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law. Murray-Tjan was a law clerk to the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She served five years at Boston College Law School as a clinical professor, teaching the federal appeals clinic, the immigration clinic, and advanced immigration law. Murray-Tjan is a member of the Congressional Relations committee for the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, New England chapter.
Jim McGarry is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation Group who specializes in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on the defense of financial institutions in consumer class actions, enforcement actions and complex business litigation. Jim joined the Project Citizenship board in 2016 after serving as a pro bono attorney for Project Citizenship for almost two years.
As a member of Goodwin Procter’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation Practice, Jim has defended against state and nationwide class actions and multi-district class actions around the country. His work has covered a wide variety of consumer class actions and government investigations facing the financial services industry, including banks and mortgage servicers in a host of challenges to mortgage servicing, fair lending and predatory lending practices and auto lenders in loan origination and servicing matters.
Jim also dedicates a significant part of his practice to providing advice and litigation-avoidance counseling to a variety of banks, credit card issuers, indirect auto lenders and other consumer and commercial lenders, and has been involved in various client internal and government investigations. He has been recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. for his work on financial services litigation.
Jim is a member of the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, and has written and spoken on a variety of topics pertaining to financial services and class action litigation. He attended Seton Hall University where he obtained his B.A. in 1985 magna cum laude. He graduated from Rutgers School of Law in 1993 magna cum laude. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. Jim is married with two teenage daughters, both of whom have also volunteered for Project Citizenship.
O’Neil Outar is Vice President of Institutional Engagement for the Rhode Island School of Design. He has more than 20 years of fundraising and leadership experience from some of the world’s leading public and private research universities. He began his career at Tufts University, where he served as director of the Fund for Arts, Sciences and Engineering during the University’s $609 million “Tufts Tomorrow” campaign. From there, Outar held several ascending leadership roles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, leading the work that secured some of MIT’s largest-ever donations.
Following MIT, Outar held fundraising positions at the University of Alberta and Harvard University, where he led the $2.5 billion “Campaign for Arts and Sciences” campaign. Most recently he served as the interim vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement at the University of Pittsburgh.
Currently a special adviser to The Guyana Foundation, Outar was a trustee on the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, a Commonwealth Study Conference Leader, a member of the Word Economic Forum’s Knowledge Advisory Group and an MIT Leader-to-Leader Fellow. A first-generation college student, he was born in New Amsterdam, Guyana, is a naturalized U.S. citizen, and is named in honor of his father’s favorite Australian cricketer, Norman O’Neill. Outar lives with Jane, his wife, Benjamin, his son, and cats Momo and Ash in Newton.
Alicia Rubio-Spring is an associate in Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Group. Ms. Rubio represents clients in a variety of complex litigation matters in both federal and state court, including general commercial litigation, post-closing disputes, and consumer financial services litigation. She also dedicates a significant portion of her practice to pro bono immigration services, devoting particular attention to unaccompanied minors and asylum-seekers. Ms. Rubio received her B.A. from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School. She was thrilled to join the Project Citizenship board in 2016.
Charles Sanders, a partner in Latham & Watkins Litigation Department, Attorney Sanders has market-leading, first chair intellectual property litigation experience Formerly with Goodwin Procter’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, Attorney Sanders focused on intellectual property matters with emphasis on patent litigation. Charles has represented clients in Asia, Europe and the United States as lead counsel in district courts throughout the United States and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. He handles a broad range of intellectual property matters, including licensing, opinions, patent enforcement, inter partes Patent Office proceedings, trials and appeals. He has been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and Boston magazines.
With a background in chemistry and physics, he has represented clients in a diverse range of technologies, including those involving aircraft, acoustic equipment, automotive components, bio-therapeutics, electromechanical devices, environmental remediation, fluid separation, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, rare earth magnets, semiconductors, smartphones, software, spectroscopy, storage media and wireless communication systems. Mr. Sanders has also handled antitrust, false advertising, trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, and unfair competition claims. He is married with a daughter and an avid fan of baseball and basketball.
Charles is a frequent and dedicated pro bono volunteer for Project Citizenship. He has volunteered at numerous workshops, and has provided many hours of pro bono service assisting citizenship applicants as well as a Board member.
Peter Torrebiarte is Starbucks’s director of coffee sustainability and general manager of the Starbucks Coffee Agronomy Company. He is responsible for this multinational’s coffee sustainability programs including its Coffee and Farmer Equity Practices and other third party coffee certification schemes, including Fair Trade. He serves as the company’s lead representative in Central America and is a global senior spokesperson on topics of Starbucks, sustainability, economic challenges in developing countries, farmer equity, and environmental health, as well as chief advisory on matters within origin countries. He leverages strong networks of influence including relationships with suppliers, governments, NGOs and key employees of Starbucks. Peter joined Starbucks Coffee Company thirteen years ago and has held a myriad of posts within the coffee department including global coffee trading, buying and analytics. Peter’s career is coffee based including work in exports, trading, purchasing and selling, as well as time spent at the Coffee, Sugar & Cocoa Exchange. Peter received a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Universidad Rafael Landivar, been an advisor to the Guatemala’s Minister of Interior and has served on the board of directors of two major Guatemalan companies.
Amy M. Wax has been exclusively practicing immigration law since 2000 and has been an adjunct clinical faculty for the Immigration Clinic at Boston College Law School since September 2005. Attorney Wax was the sole attorney at the Committee on Refugees from El Salvador for several years and also worked as a staff attorney at Catholic Charities. She was previously partner at Wax & Kenney, P.C.
Amy handles all types of immigration cases, including family-based petitions, consular processing, deportation, NACARA, asylum, naturalization and applications for relief for victims of domestic violence. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and frequently gives presentations to the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking communities. She also has taught several years for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. She holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.A. in psychology and Spanish from Tufts University.
Amy has been a dedicated pro bono attorney for Project Citizenship providing a Crimmigration training, lending her immigration expertise, and serving on the Board.
Janet Rickershauser serves as of-counsel to Pathway Law, working in the areas of estate planning and nonprofit law. Janet’s work with tax-exempt organizations ranges from guiding new organizations through the process of obtaining 501(c)(3) status to advising established charities on issues such as governance structure and by-laws, the unrelated business income tax (“UBIT”), intermediate sanctions and private foundation excise tax issues, and operating as a scientific research or medical research organization. In addition, she has provided guidance on joint ventures with for-profit business entities, scholarship and disaster relief programs, and international grant-making and other international charitable activities. Janet was also part of the legal team that put together one of the largest “social impact bond” arrangements to date in the United States, bringing together private, philanthropic, and government funding to help at-risk youth in Massachusetts.
As a member of the New York State Bar Association, she has been awarded the Empire State Counsel designation in recognition of her pro bono activities, and in 2014 Janet’s work with two colleagues was recognized through a National Public Service Award from the American Bar Association. Janet has been practicing law since 2003 and is a member of the Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York bars and the American Bar Association. Before joining Pathway Law, Janet worked as a senior attorney in Goodwin Procter’s Trusts and Estate Planning group. Janet has her Bachelor’s Degree from Brown University, a Master’s Degree from Columbia University, and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. Janet speaks French and some Spanish and Russian.
Elaine Boltz‘s career has been focused on general management and strategy in the consumer and retail sector, with most of the last decade primarily in the digital space. She is the former President of TJX Digital, responsible for ecommerce at the $50B off-price retailer. She currently serves on the board of directors for Brinker International, a $3B global restaurant operator/franchiser, where she is on the Audit and Nominating/Governance committees. While at TJX, Elaine launched and scaled the online business, including TJMaxx.com and the acquisition of Sierra Trading Post. Prior to TJX, she led the direct-to-consumer businesses (catalogs and ecommerce) for Chico’s FAS portfolio of brands. Her experience also includes Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, at Ann Inc, owner of Ann Taylor and LOFT brands, where she held multiple successive positions including head of ecommerce and real estate/construction. Prior to these roles, she was a member of the consumer and retail practice at The Boston Consulting Group for 8 years. She started her career as a brand manager for Reckitt Benckiser. Elaine has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She serves on several industry boards of directors, including Shop.org, the NRF Foundation, and the Executive Committee for MITX (Massachusetts Innovation and Technical Exchange, furthering the New England digital community).
Ed Boyajian, president and CEO of EDB, drives the development and execution of EDB’s strategic vision and growth strategy in the database industry. Ed joined EDB in 2008 after six years at Red Hat, where he rose to Vice President and General Manager of North America. He played a central leadership role in the development of the modern business model for bringing open source to enterprises. Before that, he was Vice President of Red Hat’s global OEM business, responsible for all partnerships, including the early Linux adoption by HP, IBM, and Dell. As a 15-year veteran of the open source software movement, Ed is a seasoned enterprise software executive who emphasizes that EDB must be a technology-first business in order to lead the open source data management ecosystem. He is adamant that great technology above all else drives market leadership. Ed believes strongly in the importance of investing in partnerships across the open source and commercial software and hardware ecosystem. Ed served as a Captain in the U.S. Army and trained as an Airborne Ranger. Within EDB, he coaches and encourages each employee to hone leadership skills. Ed is known for his passion, relentless energy, and strategic leadership. Ed earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and BA from Boston University.
Marianna Koval is a senior researcher with the New York University Stern School of Business, Center for Sustainable Business. She has twenty-five years of experience in implementing innovative public policy, government strategy and finance, nonprofit management, board development, political and organizational fundraising, federal, state, and city government relations, and financial management. As a successful development professional, she has a track record of helping to raise more than $280 million in public and private funds. She worked in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration as senior policy advisor to the commissioner of NYC Environmental Protection (DEP), where she helped develop green infrastructure policy and partnerships to advance the Mayor’s equity agenda in DEP’s $2.4 billion stormwater management program. Previously, she was the president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for more than a decade, helping to forge the complex political, financial, and community support for the creation of NYC’s new iconic park. She also worked as a litigation associate at Dewey, Ballantine. A resident of Boston, she holds an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School, a J.D. from Fordham University Law School, and an A.B. from Princeton University. She is a member of the Bar of the State of New York and Washington, D.C.