Christopher Anderson

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.


Julie Champion
Executive Assistant

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.


Andrew DeFalco
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.


Mark Gallagher
Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs

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.


Bernie Prusaczyk
Vice President, Member Development and Engagement

Bernie joins the Council in 2018 as Vice President, Member Development and Engagement.  Transitioning from VIC Technology Venture Development, Bernie will be focusing on MHTC’s member outreach, growth and retention efforts.

Bernie is well versed in the technology sector with more than twenty five years of leadership experience across various industries; ranging across software, mobility, life sciences data management, search and database technologies, medical devices and printing technologies.  He has served in an executive capacity at multiple Massachusetts based companies including Agfa (now Monotype Imaging), Polaroid, Progress Software and Nugenesis Technologies, acquired by Waters Corporation.  Most recently as Founder and Managing Director of VIC’s Boston Branch office and CEO of multiple VIC established portfolio companies, Bernie led the effort to build new companies in Massachusetts, commercializing innovative technologies exclusively licensed from research institutions.

Bernie holds a B.A. in Economics/Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross.