The Alliance connected progressive business leaders with key officials including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Attorney General Maura Healy, and Congressman Seth Moulton.

The Alliance connected progressive business leaders with key policy advocates including the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, Raise Up Massachusetts, Transportation for Massachusetts, A Better City, Conservation Law Foundation, Business Leaders for Climate Action, and the Climate Action Business Association.

The Alliance successfully advocated for the restoration of funding for the state’s Global Entrepreneur in Residence Program.

The Alliance has been a leading voice for the business community, advocating on issues such as carbon pricing, investing in public transit, EITC, tax fairness, pay equity, women on corporate boards, and earned sick time.

The Alliance amplified the voice of progressive business leaders in media outlets including The Boston Globe, CommonWealth, The Boston Business Journal, MetroWest Daily News, Fox25, and NECN.


The Alliance organized Clearing the Path, a bold event to advance Massachusetts’ competitive position in the global economy by closing the gender wage gap and increasing the number of women on boards of directors. Speakers included Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

At the Alliance’s most substantive fall CEO Summit yet – “The CEO Summit on Sustainable Business: Growing Margins, Growing Markets” – long-term CEO level collaborations were launched and deepened across more sustainable investing, workforce development, employee engagement and women in business leadership.

A select group of about three dozen Alliance Leaders traveled to Washington, D.C. with the message that “Growth Economy Leaders” (those regularly adding terrific jobs with a future in the U.S.) are committed to supporting higher standards in workforce development, a cleaner economy, and improving health care for all.


The Alliance held a lunch symposium titled Growth Economy: Leaders for a More Just and Sustainable Society to discuss whether managers have a responsibility to the broader institutional structures in which their firms are embedded, and if so, what they can actually do.

The Annual Fall CEO Summit brought together innovators and business leaders to consider the impact of The Sharing Economy; guests included Senator Edward Markey, newly-elected U.S. Representative Katherine Clark and new Boston Mayor Martin Walsh.


The CEO Summit in Washington, D.C. brought top business and government leaders together for small-group strategy sessions and high-level briefings.

Alliance members Jeff Bussgang (General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners) and Tim Rowe (CEO, Cambridge Innovation Center) served as high-profile advocates, helping to include crowd funding in the JOBS bill signed by President Obama.

The Alliance strategized with the Brookings Institute, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the Sunlight Foundation, and others on government, fiscal, and campaign finance reform and the role of business leadership in moving these issues forward.

2011 and Earlier

The Alliance received a 2011 grant from the Barr Foundation to explore climate change solutions by bringing business leaders to the table around local and regional opportunities.

The Alliance worked to protect and uphold Massachusetts’ landmark energy policy, the 2008 Green Communities Act, as an active member of the Green Communities Act Coalition. Additionally, the Alliance presented official testimony in defense of the Green Communities Act and various other pieces of legislation encouraging the development of alternative energy sources and energy efficiency measures.

The Alliance hosted and organized several forums exploring ideas for zero net-energy buildings, building affordable homes throughout Massachusetts, and bridging sustainable and affordable development strategies.

The Alliance joined and actively participated in the Coalition to Protect the 40B Affordable Housing Law.