Kerry Bowie is the Managing Partner of Msaada Partners. Msaada is Swahili for "service", and the strategy firm empowers social impact through consulting, coaching, and connecting. Kerry works at the nexus of social, economic, and environmental justice and has more than 20 years of experience in private, public, and nonprofit management. In addition to holding leadership positions at his church, Kerry is a Food Solutions New England Trailblazer, Instructor in MIT’s National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Program, and serves on the Boston Ujima Project Investment Committee and the Board of Museum Advisors of the Museum of Science. Kerry holds bachelors and masters degrees in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Michigan, respectively, as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Kerry lives in Somerville, MA with his wife, Sherri-Ann, and two young daughters, Alexis and Sophia.
Marc Filerman, CEO of German Accelerator Life Sciences, is a healthcare innovation leader with expertise in market development and early stage commercialization. He has broad corporate and startup experience and was a member of the CIMIT Healthcare Accelerator at Massachusetts General Hospital. Marc co-founded a molecular imaging startup, was Chief Commercial Officer of an NIH-funded homecare technology venture, and held leadership positions in multiple healthcare companies prior to his entrepreneurial ventures. Marc has BS and MS degrees from MIT in Mechanical Engineering. Marc loves bridges (literally and figuratively) and enjoys running, cycling, hiking, and kayaking/canoeing.
Partner, Community Development
Alessandra Brown is Managing Director at the Timothy Smith Network (TSN). Alessandra brings over 12 years of project management experience to TSN and most recently focused on corporate social responsibility initiatives at Athena Global Advisors. She has worked with a variety of top brands, including NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Strategic Partnerships department, Microsoft, Verizon Foundation, and the Venture Café Global Institute. Alessandra graduated from California Institute of the Arts with a Master’s in Production and Management, and Boston College with a Bachelor’s in English and Theater Arts. In her spare time, Alessandra enjoys traveling, watching interior design shows, and spending time with her family.
Ebi Jombai is a Project Manager with over 5 years of experience working in the United States and West Africa. Ebi holds a BSc. in Economics and a minor in Communications from Louisiana State University. She also has a Masters’ in International Business from Hult International Business School. She has also worked in various organizations such as PwC, The Presidency (Nigeria), Partners HealthCare and The World Trade Centre (New Orleans). Her desire for economic development across all cultures and demographics influences her decision to serve at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPHA) and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA).
Wendy Hernández was born in Washington Heights and raised in Boston. She attended Boston Public Schools and worked for 10 years in the same district. Wendy received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management and Writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she attended on a Talented Minority Scholarship. She then enrolled at Lesley University’s M.F.A in Creative Writing program, where she worked on a collection of short stories about the struggle of growing up in a racially tense and traditional Dominican family. In her last semester at Lesley University, Wendy was recruited by the Boston Teacher Residency, Boston’s premier teacher preparation program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and in 2008 graduated with an M.Ed. She entered the education field as the Executive Assistant to the headmaster at an alternative school and remained in this role for 5 years before transitioning to teaching. Understanding the pressures of high-level executives, in 2014, Wendy left the education field to support high-profile executives, small business owners, and consultants. Wendy believes that her only responsibility is to live in happiness and she does it fearlessly and unapologetically. She lives with her partner Je’Nae in Quincy, MA and is the proud mom of Remy, a very stubborn Lhasa Apso.
Intern - Associate
Kimberly Hui is passionate about bringing efficiency and improving the lives of others through the power of technology. Her career has been focused on building and implementing technology that improves healthcare access and delivery. As a Product Manager at athenahealth, she manages the development and scaling of a product that eliminates one of the most burdensome administrative tasks in healthcare - prior authorizations. Prior to athenahealth, she consulted for various state governments on the implementation of integrated eligibility systems and health insurance exchanges in accordance with the ACA. She holds a BA in Government and Economics from Cornell University. In her free time, she leads a community group at her church in Boston and enjoys hiking locally and around the world.
Intern - Analyst
Felix Chavez is a senior at MIT from Long Island, NY studying Business Analytics and planning to pursue a career in consulting and/or finance, while remaining active in the non-profit community after graduation. On campus, he participates in various activities and holds various leadership positions. He is a part of the inaugural class of the Minority Business Association. Felix is also the Treasurer for the Latino Cultural Center, and the Vice President of his fraternity. Off campus, he has participated in a few internships in the non-profit space, with the i.am Angel Foundation and NetFreedom Pioneers. Whenever he is not working on problem sets, Felix enjoys playing soccer and video games, hanging out with his fraternity brothers, and traveling.