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  • Ted Landsmark (moderator) may be most famous as the subject of a 1976 Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph that showed him being attacked with an American flag on the steps of Boston's Government Center. Landsmark is currently the president and CEO of the Boston Architectural College, a school offering degrees in architecture and interior design and one of the only schools in the country fully staffed by individuals practicing in the areas they teach. Landsmark has worked as the dean of graduate and continuing education at the Massachusetts College of Art. He also served as the director of Boston's Office of Community Partnerships.

  • Dr. Robert Brown was selected as the 10th president of Boston University in May 2005. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1979, he joined the faculty of MIT as an assistant professor. He worked at MIT for 25 years before moving across the Charles River. During his tenure at MIT he served as co-director of the MIT Supercomputer Facility, head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, dean of engineering, and provost.

  • Steve Corkin is a board member of the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. Founded in 1936 as The Boston Museum of Modern Art, the museum was conceived as a laboratory where innovative approaches to art could be championed. In pursuit of this mission, in its early days the museum established a reputation for identifying important new artists. It changed its name to the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1948. On Dec. 10, 2007, as head of the ICA's building committee, Corkin helped unveil the museum's new home on Boston's waterfront.

  • John B. Hynes III has been a leader in the Greater Boston commercial real estate community for nearly 20 years. He opened the Boston office for Gale International in January 1999, and as CEO and managing partner he has been a driving force in the company's aggressive expansion both domestically and in Asia. Prior to joining Gale International, Hynes spent ten years as a broker with the Codman Company and RM Bradley & Co. and ten years as the local development partner with Lincoln Property Company. During that time he participated in more than 300 leasing and sales transactions in the Boston market totaling more than six million square feet. He also developed three office projects totaling two million square feet with an aggregate value in excess of $1 billion.

  • Daniel O'Connell is an attorney and real estate developer with extensive management experience, currently serving as secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. Prior to joining the Patrick Administration he served as an executive vice president, partner, and senior member of Meredith & Grew's Development and Advisory Services Group. Before joining Meredith Grew, O'Connell served as principal in the Development Services Group at Spaulding & Slye Colliers, providing strategic counsel and execution capabilities to governmental, institutional, and corporate clients. He also served as chief of staff to Congressman Ed Markey.

  • Martha Schwartz is president and founder of Martha Schwartz Partners, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. MSP provides a full range of landscape design services conceived and executed at the highest artistic levels. MSP's philosophy recognizes that as residents of a community we live within built environments, and therefore the quality of the design of these environments has a great affect on the quality of our lives. Over the years MSP has evolved from providing landscape design services primarily for private-sector urban environments to large-scale public projects, land reclamation, and planning studies.
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