NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Leading a Non-Profit Board

May 8, 2018
Boston, MA



Non-profit organizations play a critical role in the economy of the Commonwealth. From healthcare to social services, education and the arts they are part of the fabric of the quality of our life - often providing the link between the public and private sectors that enable successful collaboration. Serving as the director of a non-profit can be a very fulfilling experience providing the opportunity to combine one’s expertise with a passion for the mission of the institution. The governance of non-profits has increasingly evolved to the levels of sophistication and complexity similar to those at public companies. Our panel will discuss issues facing non-profits and their boards today - from the selection and recruitment of board members to the expectations of the role boards play in such areas as strategy and fundraising. We expect a lively and timely discussion. An important dimension will be representation from the Attorney General's office.

About our Panel:

Courtney AladroCourtney Aladro is the Chief of the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. The Division oversees public charities, safeguarding the public’s interest in these organizations and ensuring the proper solicitation and use of charitable funds. Prior to joining the Division, Courtney was an Assistant Attorney General and Senior Health Care Policy Advisor in the Health Care Division. There, she led the Attorney General’s examination of health care cost trends and cost drivers, worked on health care policy initiatives, and enforced consumer protection and other laws to protect the rights of consumers in the Commonwealth. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Courtney represented and counseled individuals and companies in government investigations, intellectual property litigation and employment disputes at Choate, Hall and Stewart LLP.  She graduated from Boston University School of Law and earned bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Spanish from Case Western Reserve University.

Andrew DreyfusAndrew Dreyfus is President and Chief Executive Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA), one of largest independent Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in the country with over $7 billion in revenue and nearly 3 million members.  During his tenure, BCBSMA has consistently been recognized as one of the nation’s best health plans for member satisfaction and quality.  The company has also received many awards for community involvement and leadership in promoting diverse, healthy and environmentally-friendly work places.  Mr. Dreyfus assumed the role of CEO in September 2010.

Mr. Dreyfus joined BCBSMA in 2005 as Executive Vice President, Health Care Services.  During his tenure, BCBSMA created the Alternative Quality Contract, one of the largest commercial payment reform initiatives in the nation.

Previously Mr. Dreyfus served as founding President of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, where he developed the “Roadmap to Coverage,” a multi-year initiative which led to the passage of the state’s landmark 2006 Health Reform Law.

Prior to his appointment at Blue Cross, Mr. Dreyfus was Executive Vice President of the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA), and held a number of senior health and regulatory positions in Massachusetts state government.

Mr. Dreyfus chairs the board of the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM), and sits on the boards of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Jobs for Massachusetts, RIZE Massachusetts, and the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He is a member of the Massachusetts Digital Health Council and the advisory boards of Ariadne Labs and the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California (USC).  Andrew is a founding member of the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care and a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness.

Mr. Dreyfus graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in English.

Grace K. FeyGrace K. Fey, CFA is President of Grace Fey Advisors. For 20 years, Ms. Fey was a partner at Frontier Capital Management Co., LLC, serving as Executive Vice President and Director of the investment management firm located in Boston, Massachusetts.  She is a member of Affiliated Managers Group (AMG) (the majority owner of Frontier Capital) Senior Advisory Council.

Ms. Fey currently serves as a Trustee of the John Hancock Financial Services Funds and is on the Board of Directors of the Fiduciary Trust Company. She is also a Trustee and Chair of the Investment Committee at WGBH in Boston, a member of the Board of Mass Development and Finance Agency and a Trustee of the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation.  She is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Investment Committee of The Boston Foundation and is a member of Board Leaders and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She formerly served on the boards of Tucker Anthony Sutro and Biojet Medical Technologies. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Tufts Medical Center, a former Chairperson of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees and President of the UMass Foundation. Ms. Fey is a former member of the Board of Higher Education, which oversees State and Community Colleges and is the former Chairperson of The Museum of Fine Arts Board of Trustees and is currently an Honorary Trustee. She also is a former member of the Board of Directors of Huntington Theatre Company, the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zoo New England (Franklin Park & Stone Zoos) and former Chair of the Commonwealth Institute.  Ms. Fey has earned an Advanced Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors, holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland. She is the recipient of the David Knapp award for Trusteeship from the New England Board of Higher Education and the Big Sister Association of Boston Leadership Award. She is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, the Boston Club and Women Corporate Directors. Ms. Fey lives in Boston with her husband, Ted Fey, PhD.

About Our Moderator:
Michael EisensonMichael Eisenson the Co-Chairman of Charlesbank Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm making investments in established middle-market and growth companies, principally in the United States. Prior to the founding of Charlesbank in July 1998, Michael was the President of Harvard Private Capital Group, the private equity and real estate investment unit of Harvard Management Company. Before joining Harvard Management in 1986, he was with The Boston Consulting Group, a corporate-strategy consulting firm. Michael is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Williams College, Vice Chairman of the Board of the Berklee College of Music, a member of the Board of The Boston Foundation, and a Trustee of the Dana- Farber Cancer Institute. He is also a Founding Director and former Chair of the Board of Horizons for Homeless Children. In addition, Michael serves on the boards of directors of several public and private companies. Michael is a graduate of Williams College with a BA in economics, and holds a JD and MBA degrees from Yale University. He and his wife Barbara live in Boston and have four children, ages 25-32.


  NACDNE May 2018 Meeting summary

Location and Time


Offices of Morgan Lewis
One Federal Street
Boston, MA

Program Start: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration Begins 30 minutes prior.



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