Executive Committee

Steve Vinter, Executive Committee Chair
Steve Vinter is an Engineering Director at Google's office in Kendall Square in Cambridge, and has overseen the growth of the site from 15 software engineers to over 500 since 2007. Steve began programming in high school, received a Bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Michigan. After working a few years as a software engineer he moved to Massachusetts to study at UMass, Amherst, receiving Masters and PhD, studying distributed systems as the Internet was emerging. Steve has over 20 years of industry experience, working at a wide array of companies including BBN, an R&D Lab; Software.com, a startup; Tufts University as a lecturer; and Dun & Bradstreet Software developing enterprise software.

Steve serves as the chair of the Talent Working Group and Executive Committee member of the Tech Hub Collaborative; Board member of the Kendall Square Association; Overseer at the Museum of Science, Boston; and Advisor to MIT's OEOP program; member of Governor's STEM Advisory Council; member of Citizen School’s National Science and Technology Advisory Committee; and Board member of the Community Charter School of Cambridge.

Steve has focused on building products and services for hundreds of millions of users of mobile and cloud computing and is a passionate advocate for improving the way we inspire and educate students about computer science.

Jim Stanton, Executive Director

Jim Stanton is MassCAN Executive Director and a Senior Project Manager at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC). Prior to Jim’s work on MassCAN he founded and developed the widely acclaimed Leadership Initiatives for Teaching and Technology (LIFT²) program. LIFT ² provided paid summer externships in a wide array of STEM industries and three graduate level courses for middle and high school math and science teachers. Forty corporate partners joined with the public sector to provide over $2M in stipends, course tuition, and funds for program coordination. In 2009 LIFT² was selected to participate in a National Teacher Externship retreat, organized by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, as one of ten “Best practice” externship programs in the country. 

Earlier in his career Jim served as Executive Director of the Cambridge Civic Assn. which recruited and provided year-round support to education reform candidates for School Committee and City Council, consulted for the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service on the Boston School Desegregation case, directed the Boston Citywide Parent’s Council under Judge Garrity’s Court Orders, directed national education research projects at the Institute for Responsive Education, and he also worked in the private sector as treasurer , technology director and later co-owner of a medium size insurance agency.

Jim was a member of the 2008 Task Force that rewrote the Massachusetts K-12 Instructional Technology Standards and was a member of the Governor’s Readiness Committee on Teacher Recruitment, Retention and Quality. Currently, Jim is a member of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, the Tech Hub Collaborative Talent Working Group and serves on the Teachers21 Board of Directors.


JD Chesloff, Executive Committee Member
JD Chesloff is Executive Director, MA Business Roundtable. As Executive Director, JD is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic framework and direction for MBR in partnership with the Chair, Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He works with MBR Task Forces and MBR leadership to develop its agenda on public policy matters – particularly in the areas of competitiveness, health care, education, and transportation and infrastructure – and convey those ideas to opinion leaders and policy makers to help inform their deliberations.

JD has worked in and around Beacon Hill (the State House) for more than 20 years. In the Legislature, he was the education issues analyst and Deputy Budget Director for the House Committee on Ways and Means.

He joined MBR in 2004 after serving as Legislative/Issues Director for the Early Education for All (EEA) Campaign, where he was responsible for developing and driving legislative support for EEA’s legislation and agenda which included the creation of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. He currently serves on the Department’s Board of Directors as Chairman. In addition, he is Chair of the Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Advisory Council’s Executive Committee, and is a Trustee at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

JD holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the McCormack Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Public Policy and Telecommunications Writing from Syracuse University.