Jim Rappaport is an attorney, real estate developer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and fundraiser and political activist.
In 1993, he joined his father and brother Jerry Jr. and founded the New Boston Fund, which owns, develops, and operates over 15 million square feet of office, research and development, warehouse, and residential real estate. He has also been active in state and national politics, serving as Massachusetts Republican State Chairman from 1992 to 1997 and as a member of the Republican National Committee. He ran for US Senate in 1990 and lieutenant governor in 2002.
Jim and his wife, Cecelia, have funded three fellowships at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Pediatric Oncology and Melanoma and at Children’s Hospital in Pediatric Surgery. They have also been involved in numerous other community organizations at the board and fund-raising levels. In addition, Rappaport’s commitment to the goals of the Foundation can be felt in his recent work with the Rappaport Honors Program at Suffolk University Law School and the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service at Suffolk University.
Nancy Rappaport, M.D.
Nancy Rappaport, M.D. is the Director of School Programs at Cambridge Health Alliance and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rappaport is nationally recognized for her clinical expertise in identifying and safely managing aggressive students in schools. She has worked extensively with school administrators and teachers to recognize the opportunity for intervention and treatment that optimizes students’ functioning.
Dr. Rappaport completed her medical degree in 1988 and is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. Her research, teaching and clinical expertise focuses on the collaboration between education, psychiatry and understanding the demographic profile of aggressive students in an urban setting to discern the psychiatric diagnoses, functional impairment, psychosocial stressors and appropriate interventions. Before entering medical school, Nancy was inspired by her work in Harlem as a science teacher at an innovative elementary school. She has expanded upon that commitment and presented nationally and regionally on her experience with school based program development. Dr. Rappaport has published extensively in chapters, requested reviews and peer review journals to help redefine the expectations of child psychiatrists.
Jonathan Rapaport has served on the Board since December 2007. He graduated Vassar College in 1993, where he majored in Russian studies and education. After college Jonathan lived in Russia, Texas and Manhattan. He recently resettled in the Boston suburbs.
Jonathan has worked on various entrepreneurial endeavors. He is currently the president of Thanks For Everything, an e-commerce concern specializing in custom thank-you notes. In his spare time he enjoys rock-climbing and blogging.
Diego Arambula is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at GO Public Schools. Prior to joining GO, Diego was the Chief Growth Officer for Summit Public Schools, a leading network of public charter schools serving close to 3,000 students in California’s Bay Area and Washington State. As Chief Growth Officer and a member of Summit’s Executive Team, Diego focused on helping grow Summit’s impact on public education through new school development and innovative partnerships with charters and districts across the country. Diego came to that work after almost a decade as a teacher and principal.
He began his career in politics, serving as the Communications Director for US Representative Cal Dooley. Diego received his AB in Government from Harvard University and a Master’s in Education from Stanford University. He currently lives in Fresno, CA, with his wife, Chandelle, and their two daughters. In addition to his work with the Rappaport Family Foundation, Diego serves on the board of Summit Public Schools, Voices College-Bound Language Academies and the Downtown Fresno Foundation.
James Rappaport holds a BA in Political Science from American University and received his MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He has devoted his career to improving the effectiveness of his clients, focusing his efforts on talent development, coaching and learning, and organizational health. James is currently an Expert with McKinsey & Company and, after a 15 year detour in the DC area, lives in Lexington, MA, with his wife, two children, and two dogs.