James Brett

President & Chief Executive Officer at The New England Council, Inc.

James Brett

James Brett

President & Chief Executive Officer at The New England Council, Inc.

Biography

Jim Brett is the Vice Chairman of the National Council on Disability. He formerly served for more than 15 years as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. While serving as a legislator he was appointed Chairman of five committees and was recognized on 10 occasions as Legislator of the Year. Brett currently serves as Chairman of both the Governor’s Commission on Intellectual Disability in Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission. He formerly served as Chairman of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, and was the former President of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health. In 2014, he was inducted into the Special Olympics Massachusetts Hall of Fame. Also in 2014, the Disability Law Center bestowed upon him the Edward M. Kennedy Leadership award. In 2013, the University of Massachusetts Boston established the James T. Brett Chair in Disability and Workforce Development, the nation’s only endowed chair in disability and workforce development. In 1996, Bay Cove Human Services of Boston named a new community home for disabled adults “Brett House” in his honor. Mr. Brett is a recipient of 14 honorary degrees.

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Career Highlights

The New England Council, Inc.

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1729

Number of Boards

31

Number of Awards

14

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Managing Director, Corporate Affairs & Regional Executive at The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation

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Senior Counsel at Goodwin Procter LLP

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Director at Boston Redevelopment Authority

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Employee at Massachusetts Economic Development and Industrial Corporation

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Co.

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President at Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, Inc.

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Vice President & Counsel, External Affairs & Investigative Services at John Hancock Financial Services, Inc.

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Senior Vice President & Chief of Public Affairs Office at Dell Technologies, Inc.

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President at Rodman Ford Sales, Inc.

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President, Northern Region at AT&T, Inc.

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Education
Bachelor's Degree

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Master's Degree in Public Administration

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Master's in Public Administration

The Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School closes gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health and education by creating knowledge, training leaders and informing public policy and organizational practices. Our research provides evidence-based insights on the role of gender in shaping economic, political and social opportunities available to individuals. We identify successful interventions and measure their impact on women, men, and society, then share recommendations on what policies, organizational practices and leadership techniques help close involuntary gaps.

Career History
President & Chief Executive Officer
Current

The New England Council, Inc. operates as business association firm. It also offers counseling services to academic, health institutions, public and private organizations. The company was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Boards & Committees
Trustee
Prior

Catholic Charitable Bureau of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc. provides child, family and community services. The company was founded by John J. Williams in 1903 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Director
Prior

Carney Hospital, Inc. provides health care services. It offers injections, pills, tablets, soluble tablets, inhalers, ointments, creams and liquid solutions. The company was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Dorchester, MA.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$1,000 - $4,999
2016

OUR MISSION IS TO ENRICH THE LIVES OF AT-RISK YOUTH THROUGH QUALITY OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME AND EARLY EDUCATION & CARE PROGRAMS. OUR MISSION IS ACHIEVED THROUGH PROGRAMS THAT INCLUDE EDUCATION, ART, MUSIC, FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY, ATHLETICS, AQUATICS, SOCIAL RECREATION, CAREER PREPARATION, COMMUNITY SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS.

$500 - $999
2014

Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps, Inc. provides care, counseling, treatment, education and rehabilitative services. The firm’s services include education, clinical support, family services and adventure education. The company was founded on June 25, 1969 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

$1,000 - $2,499
2013

Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps, Inc. provides care, counseling, treatment, education and rehabilitative services. The firm’s services include education, clinical support, family services and adventure education. The company was founded on June 25, 1969 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Political Donations
$250
2018

Director, Public Affairs at Foley & Lardner LLP

$250
2016

Representative from Massachusetts's 1st Congressional District

$500
2012

Senator from Massachusetts

Awards & Honors
2011
New England Council - New Englander of the Year Award
Anna Maria College
Bridgewater State University
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