Rick Green, Chairman of the Board
Rick graduated from Cornell University, College of Engineering and received his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He is married with three children and lives in Pepperell, Massachusetts. He is an entrepreneur who started his own small business with his brother all while earning his MBA at the same time. After years of dedication, their business has grown to over $100 million in annual revenue, employs over 200 people, is eBay's largest auto parts sellers online and one of the country's largest online auto parts companies. Rick knows how to build a Massachusetts business from scratch and how to create jobs. Rick was unanimously reelected as Chairman of the Board for 2015. You may follow Rick on Twitter @RickGreenMA.
Jim Rappaport, Finance Chairman
Jim is a real estate developer, entrepreneur, attorney, and political activist. He currently serves as Chairman of Specialty Hospitals of America, LLC and Chairman and CEO of New Boston Fund, Inc. After graduating from the Wharton School in 1977, Rappaport earned his law degree from Boston University School of Law. In 1985, Rappaport was elected Chairman of the Mass Taxpayers Committee, an organization that provided political education for fiscally responsible Massachusetts legislators. In 1990, Rappaport was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. He was Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party and a member of the Republican National Committee from 1992 to 1997. In 2002, he ran for the Massachusetts Republican nomination for Lt. Governor. Rappaport is a past member of the Board of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the Jewish Vocational Service of Boston, as well as the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Social Planning and Allocations Committee of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Rappaport was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, as well as previously serving on the Board of Overseers for Children’s Hospital. Rappaport and his wife, Cecelia live in Boston. He has three children, James, Jessica, and Joshua and two grandchildren, Wylie and Lucy.
Paul D. Craney, Executive Director
Paul is the Executive Director of Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. He is responsible for setting the policy and vision of the organization, ensuring it advances its mission in Massachusetts and at the Statehouse. He has been quoted in numerous media outlets including the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Business Journal, Taunton Daily Gazette, Fall River Herald, Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Lowell Sun, Eagle Tribune, Salem Daily News, Cape Cod Times, Sun Chronicle, Milford Daily News, Metro West Daily News, Springfield Republican, State House News, Associated Press, NECN, and WGBH. Prior to his role at Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, he worked in politics in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. You may follow him on Twitter @PaulDiegoCraney.
Carl Copeland, Political Director
Carl spent 25 years in corporate management, working his way from junior assistant to partner, yet assisting others in the political process has always been one of his greatest pleasures. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, Carl feels that the success achieved to date can be replicated and expanded throughout the Commonwealth. As the political director, he has assisted many that have considered a career in public service. Prior to his role with Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, he was the chief of staff to Representative Kevin Kuros and Senator Ryan Fattman. Carl is married with three children and lives in Sutton.
Laurie Belsito, Legislative Director
Laurie currently works as the legislative director at Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. As the legislative director, she closely follows relevant pieces of legislation that fall under the organization’s scope, as well as tracking votes and managing the online scorecard. Laurie also leads policy briefings for state lawmakers and their staff regarding top policy issues in the state. Prior to her role at Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, she spent five years at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., working in the government relations department.
Michael Cowett, Research Assistant
Michael currently works as Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance's research assistant, helping the staff and the Board with carrying out their duties. He focuses primarily on writing, especially press releases and op-ed columns; maintaining the website and updating the scorecard; data collection and analysis; and supervising interns. Previously, he was also an intern. He graduated cum laude with a BA in Classics from Harvard University in 2013, and lives in Everett, MA with his fiancée.
Directors & Officers
- Mark Cohen, Treasurer & Director
- Brian P. Bialas, Esq., Legal Counsel & Director
- Mike Kane, Clerk & Director
Owner, 126 Self Storage Inc. & M.G Kane Properties Inc
- Danielle Huntley, Director
Associate, Lataif, LLC
- Cindy Terwilliger, Director
- Brad Williams, Director