Cathy Wissink is Director of Technology & Civic Engagement at Microsoft New England. Her job focuses on partnering with civic leaders in greater Boston to use technology to solve large challenges and capitalize on impactful and inclusive opportunities. Cathy works directly with local tech leaders and policy influencers on issues critical to both Microsoft and the tech sector. She represents Microsoft with major tech associations, and develops programs on key issues in the tech policy space. She also plays a key role in overseeing the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center - New England, which was formally announced in October 2013. A 20-year veteran of the tech industry, Cathy joined Microsoft in 2000 and spent her first 9 years working on Windows, focusing on software globalization and helping ensure diverse countries were on the right side of the digital divide. She moved to the Legal and Corporate Affairs team at Microsoft in 2009, working on global government affairs, then took her current role in Cambridge in October 2013. Cathy is a Seattle native and is enjoying exploring her adopted city.
Doug Arsham is a Vice President of Residential Development at Forest City, a $10B publicly traded real estate firm engaged in the development and ownership of distinctive and diversified real estate projects in select core U.S Markets. The firm specializes in the large scale development of engaging places to live, work and shop, where culture and real estate often intersect. Doug is also a founding and current member of Rubikon, a rock band based in Boston that has been touring, writing, performing, and recording in some fashion since 2001. A veteran of the local music scene and an active real estate developer, Doug is passionate about both disciplines and the challenge of communities in fostering the coexistence of both.
Mark Ethier is the co-founder and CEO of iZotope, an industry-leading audio technology company based in Cambridge, MA. Mark holds degrees in both Music and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is a member of the Boston Committee for the New York Chapter of The Recording Academy®. Over the last decade, Mark has worked with many of the world's leading musicians and audio professionals to develop innovative audio products and technology used by millions of people in over 50 countries.
John Escobar is a producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist and educator. His work has spanned many genres over the years, allowing him to work with such great artists as jazz guitar virtuoso Larry Coryell, Grammy nominee Sarah Jarosz, multi-platinum producer Barry Eastmond, and many more. His most recent work includes a project featuring the Grammy winning duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
As an educator, John serves as Adjunct Faculty at BU College of Communication, works as a Film Scoring Engineer at Berklee College Of Music, is an occasional guest lecturer at Harvard University, and had taught at Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts (were he also served as the Audio Production Program Director).
Chelsea Rathbun is a fundraising professional, currently working with a small team to raise $180 million for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Her strengths are in individual, foundation, and corporate prospect identification as well as stewardship strategy. Prior to working at the museum, she worked for the development department at Reach Out and Read, a national nonprofit that advocates for childhood literacy. At Reach Out and Read, Chelsea managed the stewardship of over 2,000 individual and institutional donors.