MA Business Roundtable CEO Joins Lever Board of Trustees

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — JD Chesloff, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable (MBR), has joined Lever's board of trustees. 
 
His work at MBR is focused on strengthening the state's long-term social and economic vitality with the goal of making Massachusetts a highly desirable place to do business in a global economy.
 
Originally from the Berkshires, Chesloff grew up in Cheshire and has worked in and around Beacon Hill for more than 25 years. In the Massachusetts State Legislature, he was the Chief of Staff to the House Committee on Commerce and Labor, and was the education issues analyst and Deputy Budget Director for the House Committee on Ways and Means.
 
In addition to his work at MBR, he also is a member of the Board of Trustees at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and the Massachusetts Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation.
 
Chesloff holds a Master's in Public Affairs from the McCormack Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and has a Bachelor's Degree in Law and Public Policy and Telecommunications Writing from Syracuse University.
 
"I am absolutely thrilled that JD will join the Lever Board. Adding his statewide economic development perspective is more than timely. I look forward to his contributions to Lever's mission" said James Birge, Chair of the Lever Board. 
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The center has raised 90 percent of its goal of $125,000 so far. 
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