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.
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.
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 fund raiser 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.