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Board of Trustees

Cheryl Cronin

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With over thirty years of legal and political experience, Cheryl has earned an impressive record of managing major issues and challenges to successful conclusions. Cheryl’s professional work has involved legal matters and high profile complex public matters involving a variety of city, state and federal agencies and the private sector.

A graduate of Boston College Law School and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, summa cum laude, Cheryl began her professional career as the first General Counsel of the Office of Campaign & Political Finance, where she was responsible for bringing to fair conclusion many public and sometimes controversial matters. She served as Legislative Counsel to the Attorney General of the Commonwealth, and was responsible for the drafting of comprehensive legislation and playing a key role in advancing legislation through the legislature and the Governor’s office. In private practice for many years since her public service, Cheryl has represented individuals, nonprofit organizations and small and large companies in matters before public agencies at all levels of government. She has also represented public agencies on legal and political matters in a range of substantive areas.

Cheryl has also been an active participant in public, professional and community organizations. With a particular interest in those projects and organizations which bring others to Boston and the Commonwealth, and in the vitality of the city, Cheryl has served organizations related to those goals. She has served on the Board of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and the Strategic Development Study Committee which authored “A Civic Vision for Turnpike Air Rights in Boston.” She served as Chair of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the development of “Boylston Square,” Boston. She was the General Counsel and a Board Member for the Host Committee for the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. She served as a Member of the Board of the Greenway Conservancy. She was a Member of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation Board, a Member of the Board of the Alliance for Business Leadership and a Member of the Board of the National Center for Time & Learning/Mass 2020. She has served as a finance chair for numerous state and federal political campaigns. In addition to other volunteer activities, she currently serves on the Board of Sail Boston, which is working with Mayor Walsh to bring the Tall Ships to Boston in 2017.

Cheryl has been the recipient of awards and recognitions. She was named a Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year for her work related to the 2004 Democratic National Convention. She received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award from the Massachusetts Democratic Party and the Abigail Adams Award from the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. She has been on Boston Magazine’s lists of 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston. She resides in Boston with her husband and sons.