Our Partners

We are a coalition of leaders throughout the City of Lawrence that are dedicated to working together on a shared vision of growing the Lawrence economy. To do this, we are bringing the resources of our organizations to the table, as well as a spirit of collaboration that allows us to achieve goals of a bigger magnitude than any one entity could accomplish alone.

Leaders In and
Around Lawrence

Executive Committee


Wendy Estrella, Owner/Partner

Estrella Law Offices, PC


Vice Chair

Socrates De La Cruz, Founding Partner

De La Cruz Companies


Heather McMann, Executive Director

Groundwork Lawrence


Gary Sidell, President

Bell Tower Management

Jessica Andors, Executive Director

Lawrence CommunityWorks

Joan Hatem-Roy, CEO

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley

Jonathan Isaacson, CEO
The Gem Group

Marianne Paley Nadel 

Evan Silverio, President/CEO

Silverio Insurance Company

 Chet Szablak, Executive Vice President,

Chief Sales, Community and Customer Relationship Officer

Enterprise Bank
(Enterprise Bancorp)

Julieann Thurlow, President/CEO

Reading Cooperative Bank


Board of Directors

Matthew Bonavita, Global Director - Internal Audit

New Balance

Mark Cochran, President
Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union


John Croce, President/CEO

Abel Womack

Jose De La Rosa, Founder & President/CEO

Guardian Healthcare


Markus Fischer, Executive Director

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence


Guy Fish, President/CEO

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center

Evelyn Friedman, Executive Director
Greater Lawrence Community Action Council


Lane A. Glenn, President

Northern Essex Community College

Zolia Gomez, Managing Partner

Gomez & Palumbo Law, LLC

Maria Gonzalez-Moeller, CEO
The Community Group


Toni Hays, President

Regis College

John Howard, President/CEO

Merrimack Valley Credit Union

Craig Jesiolowski, President/CEO

Holy Family Hospital

Jeanne Leydon, President/CEO

Mary Immaculate Health Services

Walkiria Manzueta, Business Development/Talent Acquisition

HomeShop Properties


Alberto Nunez, Owner/Developer
Syramad Properties, Inc

Glenn Prezzano, President/Publisher

Merrimack Valley Media Group

Ramon Quezada, Director of Business Development
Labor on Site

Brenna Schneider, Founder and CEO

 99 Degrees Custom

Chris Sullivan, President

Central Catholic High School

Jadihel Taveras, Head of School

Esperanza Academy

Deb Wilson, President

Lawrence General Hospital

Ex-officio Members

Joseph Bevilacqua, President/CEO
Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce

Marcos Devers, State Representative

16th Essex District

Brian De Pena, Mayor
City of Lawrence

Barry Finegold, State Senator

2nd Essex and Middlesex District

John Lavoie, Superintendent

Greater Lawrence Technical School

Christina Minicucci, State Representative
14th Essex District

Frank Moran, State Representative
17th Essex District

Richard Napolitano, Jr., SVP External Relations/Chief Development Officer

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center

Cynthia Paris, Superintendent

Lawrence Public Schools

Pedro Soto, Planning Director

City of Lawrence

Lori Trahan, U.S. Congresswoman
3rd Congressional District


Brian Norris, Interim Executive Director

MassHire Merrimack Valley Workforce Development Board

Marc Laplante, President

Lawrence City Council

Leadership Council

Greg Bialecki, Principal


Salvatore Lupoli, President/CEO

Lupoli Companies

Bob Rivers, Chairman/CEO
Eastern Bank

Alberto Vasallo III, President/CEO

El Mundo Boston


Lenders Circle

Pete Johnston, Senior Vice President & Senior Commercial Banking Officer
The Savings Bank

Jim Reagan, President/CEO

Jonathan Dowst, President/CEO
Pentucket Bank

Ray Wrobel, Vice President

Align Credit Union

Larry Andrews, President/CEO

Mass Growth Capital Group

Timothy Burrill, Vice President, CRA Officer

Institution for Savings