Corporate Partnerships
with Nonprofits

challenges and opportunities

Join us for an evening of networking and a panel discussion that will focus on corporate partnerships benefiting nonprofits in Cambridge and surrounding communities.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
5:30 – 7:30 PM

The Atrium
50 Church Street, Cambridge
Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

Meet our Moderator and Panelists

James Klocke

Jim Klocke


Chief Executive Officer
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

  • Jim's Profile

    Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) is the voice of the nonprofit sector, focusing on public policy advocacy, programs and services to help nonprofits grow, and communications that increase public awareness of the great work done by nonprofits. MNN’s 800+ members come from all regions of the Commonwealth and all sub-sectors of the nonprofit community. 

    Before joining MNN, Jim was the Executive Vice President of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, where he directed the Chamber’s advocacy and economic development initiatives. Jim was educated at the University of Notre Dame and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Michelle K. Lower

Michelle K. Lower


Assistant Vice President, Real Estate Development & Community Relations
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

  • Michelle's Profile

    Michelle Lower joined Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. in 2007 and has extensive experience working with many departments and committees within the City of Cambridge, MIT, the Kendall Square Association, and local non‐profits, including the East End House, Cambridge’s Community Art Center, and Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House. Michelle has assisted in the procurement of local entitlements, special permits, and MEPA processes of more than 2.0 million square feet of office and laboratory buildings in Cambridge. She assists in all facets of the development and planning of Alexandria’s properties including, the Alexandria Center® at Kendall Square, as well leads the retail leasing efforts at Alexandria in Cambridge. Michelle has successfully secured nearly 50,000 square feet of retail leases, including Catalyst Restaurant and Area Four at Technology Square, Fuji at Kendall at 300 Third Street, and Catalyst Cafe at 75 Binney Street.

    Before joining Alexandria, Michelle spent six years at Jones Lang LaSalle, where she worked in real estate brokerage and market research, focused on the life science industry. She is the Treasurer of the board of directors of the East Cambridge Business Association, serves as the business community representative of the Cambridge Family Policy Council (fka Kids’ Council), cochairs the Kendall Square Association ecodistrict Committee, is a board member of CitySprouts, and was a member of the East Cambridge/Kendall Square Open Space Committee.

    Michelle lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children who attend the Maria L. Baldwin School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from Hamilton College.

Melissa Ganley

Melissa Ganley


Site Experience Lead
Audible, Inc.

  • Melissa's Profile

    Melissa Ganley oversees all local community engagement efforts and acts as the on-site human resources representative. Prior to joining Audible, Melissa spent more than 10 years in the nonprofit sector. Most recently she was the Operations Manager for Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, where she managed all human resources functions, oversaw all finance and grants management, and managed office operations. Prior to her role with Children’s Advocacy Center, she was the Executive Director for a small national nonprofit, called One Brick, that provides one-time volunteer opportunities while also creating opportunities for individuals to connect and socialize. Melissa has also worked as a volunteer manager for the Girl Scouts and in various Human Resources roles for TSNE MissionWorks (formally Third Sector New England). She is passionate about connecting people with opportunities to do good in the world.

Audrey Shelto

Audrey Shelto


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

  • Audrey's Profile

    As a proven leader with 30 years of achievement in improving the delivery of health care and human services, particularly for low-income and vulnerable populations, Audrey assumed leadership of the Foundation in August 2013. She leads the Foundation's strategic agenda to broaden health coverage and reduce barriers to care through grants, research, and policy initiatives.

    Audrey served as interim president of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation in 2005, helping to shape the Foundation's policies and supporting the Roadmap to Coverage initiative that led to Massachusetts' landmark 2006 universal health care law. She joined Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts in 2007, where she focused on medical cost and care management initiatives over the next six years before returning to the Foundation to become its president.

    Audrey's other professional experience includes chief operating officer of Neighborhood Health Plan, executive director for the Boston Mayor's Advisory Committee on Health Care, associate commissioner of Massachusetts's Department of Mental Health, and assistant budget director for the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance.

    She is widely recognized for her expertise in all aspects of health care and is often called upon to serve on committees and task forces around the state, such as the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Addiction & Recovery (Boston), the MA House of Representatives Legislative Working Group on Managed Care Organizations and the Attorney General’s Advisory Task Force on Community Benefits. Audrey is also a sought after speaker on the local and national health care scene.

    Audrey holds a master's degree in management of human services from the Heller School at Brandeis University. She serves on the boards of the Justice Resource Institute, the MA Health Policy Forum and Philanthropy Massachusetts. She received the inaugural Art of Healthcare Award from the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center in 2014 and the Thomas M. Menino Award in 2016 from the Disability Policy Consortium. In 2018, Audrey was honored by the Lynn Community Health Center with their annual women’s award and by the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health with their Spirit of Compassion award.

Sarah MacDonald

Sarah MacDonald


Executive Director
Life Science Cares

  • Sarah's Profile

    Sarah joined Life Science Cares are Executive Director in 2017. Before joining LSC, Sarah served as Executive Vice President at MassBio, the industry trade association. In that role, Sarah led policy, communications, events and strategic functions of the 1,000+ member company organization.

    Prior to MassBio, Sarah held a variety of association and policy positions, including as Interim Executive Director of the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association and as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Department of Business Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Hartwick College and has a Master’s degree from Northeastern University.

    Outside of work, Sarah serves as a member of the Board of Selectmen in Dedham and enjoys time with her husband, Sean and son, Griffin.

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