Chief Executive Officer, BlueHub Capital
Elyse Cherry is Chief Executive Officer of BlueHub Capital, formerly Boston Community Capital (BCC), and President of its affiliates, Aura Mortgage Advisors and NSP Residential. Ms. Cherry helped found BCC in 1984 as a member of its original Board of Directors and became CEO in 1997. Since then, she has led the development and growth of the organization, including its rebranding in 2018 as BlueHub Capital. Today BlueHub Capital is a national model for community investment that has invested over $1.4 billion and leveraged $7 billion of public and private investment to help build healthy communities where low-income people live and work.
Ms. Cherry’s political and civic involvement encompasses community development, health, education, environment, and LGBTQ activism. The Obama White House named her a Solar Champion of Change for pioneering efforts to bring the benefits of solar energy to low-income communities. She served on Governor Deval Patrick‘s transition team and was then appointed to the Massachusetts Governor’s Foreclosure Impacts Task Force and the Advisory Committee to the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. She is a past Chairman of the Massachusetts Cultural Council and chaired the board of Mass Equality during that organization’s fight for marriage equality in Massachusetts.
She has served as Vice Chair of Opportunity Finance Network, a national organization of community development financial institutions, and on the boards of more than a dozen privately held companies. She currently serves on the board of The Forsyth Institute and the Board of Trustees of Eastern Bank.
Ms. Cherry has received numerous awards and recognitions, including The Boston Business Journal’s Power 50 list of influential Bostonians, and the Susan M. Love Award, Fenway Health. The Financial Times named her one of the Top 100 OUTstanding LGBTQ Executives in the world for three years in a row; and Women’s eNews named her one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. In 2017 she received the Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley College.
Ms. Cherry is an attorney and a former partner at the law firm of Hale and Dorr, now WilmerHale, where she focused on commercial real estate finance and development. She was also CEO of Earthwide Products Corp., an investment fund targeting environmental businesses; vice president and counsel of SRB Corp. (a subsidiary of Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation); a field examiner at the National Labor Relations Board; and a VISTA volunteer in east Tennessee. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Northeastern University School of Law where she delivered the student commencement address.
An accomplished public speaker and author, her opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Baltimore Sun, among others.