BOSTON – The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, the non-profit organization responsible for the management and care of The Greenway, is pleased to announce the election of four new members of its volunteer Board of Directors: Michael Bonetti, Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment; Jennifer Fang, Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Jessica Hughes, Managing and Regional Director of Boston for Tishman Speyer; and Sayed Saleh, President of International Hotel Management & Development, Inc.
Legislatively established, the 21 members of the Greenway Conservancy’s Board of Directors are nominated by community groups, government agencies and officials, the Greenway Business Improvement District, and the Conservancy. Through their diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise, and their shared passion for The Greenway, these committed volunteers work to ensure the Conservancy’s mission and sustainability. At public Board meetings this year, the Greenway Conservancy Board of Directors welcomed:
Michael Evarista Bonetti is a life-long Bostonian with his roots in the historic neighborhood of the North End. From a young age, Michael has been involved in many community and local affairs, seeking a position in his local neighborhood council to advocate on behalf of residents in need of elderly or affordable housing and represent his neighborhood and later the entirety of Boston’s District One on behalf of former City Councilor Lydia Edwards as her Chief of Staff.
Following his tenure in the Boston City Council, Michael served under Mayor Michelle Wu as her Deputy Director of Special Events in the Economic Opportunity and Inclusion Cabinet. In this role, Michael is instrumental in producing and marketing events that are free and open to the public across the City of Boston. Some of these events include, but are not limited to, the Mayor’s State of the City Address, The Earthshot Prize and welcoming the Prince and Princess of Wales to Boston, the reopening of Boston City Hall Plaza, and Mayor Michelle Wu’s Enchanted Trolley Tour.
Michael is a proud product of Catholic schools, continuing until his graduation from Arlington Catholic High School in 2014. Michael later graduated with honors from both his undergraduate and graduate studies at Suffolk University with a Masters of Science in Marketing. In his spare time, Michael serves as Vice President and a member of the Feast Committee for the San Antonio Di Padova Da Montefalcione Society that holds the annual Saint Anthony’s Feast in Boston’s North End. In addition to this, Michael serves as the Master of Liturgical Ceremonies at Saint Leonard of Port Maurice Parish where he leads the most complex and important celebrations for the Catholic faith community of the North End.
“The Greenway Conservancy is an important and irreplaceable resource for our downtown communities. I worked closely with Michael Bonetti as City Councilor, and can think of no one better to uphold the Conservancy’s legacy of inclusivity and vibrance. I am confident Mr. Bonetti will bring immense creativity and effective leadership during his time on the Board,” shared State Senator Lydia Edwards.
Jennifer Fang is a partner in the Boston office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She helps innovative start-ups grow into successful enterprises by providing counsel to the founders, management teams, and boards and by handling the legal and strategic business issues and transactions that arise at each stage. She is experienced in negotiating and executing a variety of corporate transactions and she also counsels venture capital, growth capital, and strategic investors with respect to their investment transactions and their existing portfolio companies. Her practice focuses on companies that can improve patient lives and healthcare through innovations and advances, including in gene editing, cell therapy, novel therapeutics, synthetic biology, proteomics, diagnostics, bioinformatics, medical devices, and research and manufacturing tools and processes.
She is a frequent speaker on corporate and securities topics and currently serves on the General Counsel Advisory Board of the National Venture Capital Association. Jennifer is co-chair of the firm’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and serves on the investment committee for the firm’s affiliated fund, the WS Investment Company. She’s also a member of the firm’s Career Development Committee and the Boston office hiring committee. In her free time, she enjoys mentoring young lawyers, entrepreneurs, and investors in the local community. Jennifer works in downtown Boston and was nominated by Mayor Michelle Wu.
“The Rose Kennedy Greenway serves as a key community partner in activating Downtown vibrant, open space and creating a treasured community resource. As a leader Downtown, I am thrilled to welcome Jennifer Fang to the Greenway Conservancy’s Board of Directors to help further enhance all that the Conservancy does for our community,” shared Mayor Michelle Wu.
Jessica Hughes joined Tishman Speyer in 2018 and is currently responsible for the company’s operations in the Boston region including acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, and development. She joined Tishman Speyer from Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL), where she was a Managing Director in the Boston Capital Markets group and a member of JLL’s International Capital Group. Previously, she was a Senior Vice President at Beacon Capital Partners, responsible for acquisitions and dispositions in major U.S. markets, as well as establishing Beacon’s offshore offices in London and Paris. Jessica has a BA in History from Dartmouth College. She serves as a board member at the Boston Center for the Arts. Jessica was nominated by the Greenway BID which is managed by A Better City.
“Jessica Hughes knows the power of public spaces such as The Greenway and partnerships like the Greenway BID have to make Boston more dynamic, inviting, and exciting for residents, workers, and visitors alike,” said Kate Dineen, President and CEO of A Better City. “She will bring innovative and actionable ideas to the Conservancy’s Board as she continues to serve as an invaluable member of our Greenway BID board.”
Sayed M. Saleh is the President of International Hotel Management and Development, Inc. He has earned a reputation as a tireless, multi-talented and visionary leader in the hospitality world. He began his hotel career over thirty-five years ago in his native Egypt after completing his college studies at Cairo University. Over the years, he has worked in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and China including being the Managing Director of The Colonnade Hotel and Owner of The Orchards Hotel in Williamstown, MA. In 2006, Saleh Hospitality Group partnered with the Jin Bin ERA Development Company and in 2008. Mr. Saleh was appointed the General Manager of the Sofitel Zallaq Resort, Spa and Marina in Bahrain on the Arabian Gulf. Currently, Mr. Saleh serves as Asset Manager and Managing Director for the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester, MA.
Mr. Saleh has been honored as a leading global hotelier numerous times and cited for his international service to the hospitality industry. His awards include the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide “2000 Number One Service Award” in North America; the “Top 10 in the World” Service Award in 2001; the “1989 Spirit of Massachusetts International Tourism Leadership Award”; and the “International Golden Helm Award.” For many years, Mr. Saleh served as a board member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, devoting himself to the dynamic growth and development of that organization. He was honored by Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as the “2003 Hotelier of the Year.”
Mr. Saleh has served on numerous community, industry and government boards and commissions including The Board of Managers of The Residences at Rowes Wharf; President of the Boston Skal Club International; President of the Greater Boston Hotel Association; member of the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Lodging Association, Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, New England Inns and Resorts Association, Tourism Massachusetts International, and the Saunders School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at Newbury College, Boston. Sayed lives on The Greenway and was nominated by the Greenway Conservancy.
“The Greenway is a signature destination for Boston’s visitors and a treasured asset for its residents. With his extensive experience in the hospitality sector and as a Greenway neighbor, Sayed is incredibly well positioned to serve and enhance the Conservancy mission.” said Hilina Ajakaiye and Bradley Snyder, “As co-chairs of the Conservancy’s Nominating Committee, we are delighted by his willingness and enthusiasm to serve.”