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.
Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs
Mark leads the development and implementation of the Council’s public policy agenda and advocacy efforts and serves as the Council’s lead policy analyst and lobbyist. Mark also manages the Council’s member and external communications initiatives and acts as Council spokesperson.
Joining the Council in August 2014, Mark works directly with Council members to identify, influence and advance public policy proposals that support the Council’s mission.
Before joining the Council, Mark served for 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 in Boston.
Mark is a graduate of Boston College. He earned his law degree, magna cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School, and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.
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.