Jim Rappaport

Jim Rappaport

Jim is a real estate developer, entrepreneur, consultant, attorney, and political activist.  He has served as Executive Chairman of New Boston Fund, Inc. and currently serves as Chairman.  Jim is currently partnering in medical office buildings in central Florida, working on over $115 Million in current transactions.  In addition, Jim does consulting with the goal of helping family businesses become more functional and set better boundaries, roles, responsibilities and accountabilities within the family business and office structure.

Jim 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. With his wife, Cecelia, Jim has also funded three fellowships at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Pediatric Oncology and Melanoma, and at Children’s Hospital in Pediatric Surgery. They are also involved in numerous other community organizations at the board and fund-raising levels.

Jonathan Rapaport

Jonathan Rapaport

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.

James Rappaport

James Rappaport

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.

Diego Arambula

Diego Arambula

Diego Arambula is a Partner with Transcend, working with schools across the country to explore how to best reimagine learning environments to prepare all children to thrive. Prior to joining Transcend in the fall of 2018, Diego spent nearly 15 years working to build, lead and unlock demand for innovative schools.
Diego began his work in public education in 2005 at Summit Public Schools, a leading network of public charter schools headquartered in CA. At Summit, Diego was a classroom teacher, a founding principal and the Chief Growth & Innovation Officer. Through his ten years as a team member-and his years since serving on the Summit Public School board-Diego has supported Summit’s move toward personalization and a refined and scalable school model.
Diego has served as the founder and Executive Director of GO Public Schools Fresno, an education advocacy non-profit focused on unlocking demand for radically re-envisioned school models in his hometown of Fresno, CA.Diego received his A.B. in government from Harvard University and a Master’s in Education from Stanford University.

Janet Aserkoff

Janet Aserkoff

Janet is the General Counsel to New Boston Fund, Inc., a position she has held since its founding in 1993.  From 1969 to the present she has represented Charles River Park and New Boston Fund, (including it many property-owning entities) in all aspects of commercial real estate law. She began her legal career in Atlanta, Georgia where she practiced with Atlanta Legal Services Agency.

Janet is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, magna cum laude, and Emory University School of Law.  She has been very active as a fundraiser for Mount Holyoke, and volunteer for its Alumnae Association and for the College.  She served a member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Holyoke College from 2006-2011.

She is a long-time member of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation where she received its President’s Award in 2009, has served on its Board since 2010, and was its President from 2016 to 2018.  Janet is a member of the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee for a term 2016 through 2019.    She also served on the Board of The Rashi School for 14 years including chairing its Building Committee during the design, financing and construction of its current facility which opened in Dedham in 2010.  Ms. Aserkoff is a founding member of The Miriam Fund (originally named the Women’s Fund at Combined Jewish Philanthropies).

Ms. Aserkoff is currently a fellow at the Access to Justice Commission and  works at Cambridge Legal Services and Counseling Services, focusing on issues of housing and disability matters.

Colby Robertson

Colby Robertson

Colby Robertson is the Executive Director of Wellfit Girls Program Southwest Florida, Inc., a five-month leadership, fitness and empowerment program for high school girls in Collier and Lee County. The mission is to inspire, challenge and empower teen girls to climb high in all areas of life through transformational leadership programs.
Colby earned her BS in Broadcast Journalism and Psychology from the University of Miami (FL) and began a career in television directly out of college. Her seven years of experience as a television reporter included positions as: General Assignment Reporter for WAOW (ABC) in Wausau, Wisconsin; Capitol Reporter for WKOW (ABC) in Madison, Wisconsin, and Collier County Bureau Reporter for WINK (CBS) in Naples, Florida.
Prior to joining Wellfit Girls full time, Colby served on the board of the David Lawrence Center Young Executives and Girls on the Run of Collier County. In 2014, she was named Young Professional of the Year at the Chamber’s Excellence in Industry Awards. Colby was recognized as one of Gulfshore Business’ 40 Under 40 in 2015. Most recently, Colby graduated from the Leadership Collier(tm) Class of 2018.
Colby is very passionate about health and fitness and is an avid runner and member of Gulf Coast Runners. Since joining GCR in 2013, she has completed eight marathons and two ultra-marathons.
Scott Harshbarger

Scott Harshbarger

Scott Harshbarger is a Senior Counsel in Casner & Edwards’ Litigation and Nonprofit departments. For more than a decade, Scott has specialized in providing strategic counsel for business ethics, corporate investigations and defense, compliance and risk management, corporate and governance, and government regulation. His distinguished career includes positions in major public office, nonprofit executive management, private legal counsel and numerous board directorships.

Scott has had a long and succcesful career as a public defender, civil rights attorney, Middlesex District Attorney and Massachusetts AG. While AG, Scott was recognized as a national leader. Not only was he elected President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), he was also recognized for being one of the first AG’s to sue tobacco manufacturers on behalf of children and public health, and for his pioneering use of Chapter 93A to promulgate hand gun safety and regulations.

Edward Glaeser

Edward Glaeser

Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He regularly teaches microeconomics theory, and occasionally urban and public economics. He has served as Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He has published dozens of papers on cities economic growth, law and economics.  In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his Ph.D from the University of Chicago in 1992. His books include Cities, Agglomeration, and Spatial Equilibrium, Rethinking Federal Housing Policy and Triumph of the City.