Chris joined the Council in 1984 and since 2001 has served as president, responsible to the Board of Directors for the successful development and implementation of public policy programs and initiatives in Massachusetts and in Washington, D.C. that help make Massachusetts the world’s most attractive place to create, operate, and expand technology businesses.
Chris is directly involved in resolving conflicts and advocating positions on a broad range of state and federal public policy, legislative and regulatory issues. Possessing a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and a J.D. from Suffolk University, School of Law, Chris is a member of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations. Click here to view Chris’ complete biography.
Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Communications
A longtime State House presence, Mark joined the Council in August 2014 after nearly a decade at Fidelity Investments where he led the financial services firm’s public affairs work in Massachusetts and helped manage state government relations activities across the country. From 1998 to 2005, Gallagher served as an attorney and government relations professional at Mintz Levin and ML Strategies.
Mark is tasked with managing the Council’s public policy agenda, which is established by its CEO members to create a more competitive climate in Massachusetts for creating and sustaining job creation throughout the state’s diverse technology economy.
Mark is a graduate of Boston College and earned his law degree from Suffolk University School of Law. Mark is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Executive Vice President, Digital
As the Executive Vice President of Digital for Massachusetts High Technology Council, Bill helps drive the growth and influence of the organization by developing the organization’s digital strategy, leveraging and developing new digital tools, and converting “analog” processes and services to digital ones. With nearly 20 years’ experience in digital market and technology bridge-building, Bill also heads up MESH Interactive, a Greater Boston-based digital agency.
Special Projects Manager
Andrew DeFalco joined the Council full time in 2016 after interning with us for four months following his graduation from college. Andrew serves as Special Projects Manager at the Council where he focuses on the ongoing development of MATTERS. In this role he collaborates with the various teams building the platform and serves as a liaison between associated MATTERS partners and the development teams. In addition, Andrew provides support for various policy initiatives taken on by the Council.
Andrew has a B.A. in Political Science from Middlebury College, where he spent his summers interning with Senator Elizabeth Warren and working in the life sciences industry in the Boston area.
Joining the team in March 2014, Julie performs a dual role with the Council. She is responsible for the Council’s day-to-day office operations and also serves as Executive Assistant to our Council President, Christopher Anderson.
Julie is a seasoned administrator having supported senior executives at such companies as Loomis Sayles, ACI Worldwide Inc., and Raytheon Company. She is also skilled in the areas of marketing and investor relations via her tenures as an investor relations specialist at Thermo Electron Corporation, now Thermo Fisher Scientific, and marketing associate at Knightsbridge Advisers, LLC, an established venture capital fund of funds. Her earlier career includes positions in human resources and accounting as well as ownership and operation of a small retail business. Julie’s current responsibilities include MHTC’s website administration, event management and membership enrollment.
Julie received a B.S. in Business Administration from Framingham State College and holds a B.S. in Nursing from The Johns Hopkins University.