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OpenWork Board of Directors

Kathleen Christensen

Kathleen Christensen Program Director   |   Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Kathleen Christensen directs the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Working Longer program. Previously, Dr. Christensen established and led Sloan’s 17-year pioneering program on working families, including spearheading the first national workplace flexibility campaign. Prior to that, she was a psychology professor at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Author and editor of seven books, Dr. Christensen planned and participated in the 2014 White House Summit on Working Families and the 2010 White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility. In 2010, Dr. Christensen was named by Working Mother magazine as one of the “Seven Wonders of the Work-Life Field.” In 2004, Families and Work Institute honored her with the inaugural Work-Life Legacy Award as a founder of the work-life field.

Kathleen Christensen

Anne-marie slaughter President and CEO   |    New America Foundation

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the president and CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009-2011 she served as the director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009. Dr. Slaughter’s July/August 2012 article in The Atlantic entitled, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” ignited a national and international conversation about working parents and workplace flexibility, and her upcoming book, Unfinished Business, continues to explore the paradigms of care and competition.  

Kathleen Christensen

Ellen Galinsky President and Co-founder    |   Families & Work Institute

Ellen Galinsky is the president and Co-founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI).  She helped establish the field of work and family life while at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for 25 years.  She also co-directs When Work Works, a project on workplace flexibility and effectiveness first funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that has produced a series of research papers, and has launched the Sloan Awards as well as conducted the National Study of Employers, a nationally representative study that has tracked trends in employment benefits, policies and practices since 1998.  When Work Works is now a partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Kathleen Christensen

Mike Aitken VP of Government Affairs   |   The Society for Human Resource Management

Mike Aitken is a vice president of government affairs at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. He serves as a strategic advisor to the society’s overall external relations activities. Aitken plays a key role in helping to set the strategic direction of the organization, offering important counsel on SHRM’s educational programs and professional development opportunities. With over 20 years of experience working on workplace and workforce issues, Mike is a leading authority on issues important to the human resource profession. As one of SHRM’s primary spokespeople, Aitken is regularly interviewed by the media and sought out as a speaker for business audiences.

Kathleen Christensen

John C. Parry Former CEO   |   Solix

John retired in 2014 after serving 10 years as CEO of Solix, Inc., a privately-owned company specializing in determining eligibility for $5 billion annually in public and private sector grants and subsidies. He also worked for over 30 years in telecommunications for Verizon and its predecessors. He was president of Bell Atlantic Network Systems upon his retirement from Verizon. John is a Vietnam veteran who served five years on active duty and retired as a captain in the United States Navy after 24 years of service in surface warfare, intelligence and logistics. He has a BA from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Pace University and completed the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth College.

Kathleen Christensen

Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes Former Director   |   The Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College

Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes is a professor at the Boston College School of Social Work and has appointments at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and the Business School at Middlesex University in London. From 2005–2015, she co-founded and served as director of the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College which conducts research and promotes the quality of employment for older adults. Starting in 2014, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes became the director of the Social Work Doctoral Program at Boston College. She participated in the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and received one of the Work-Life Legacy Awards conferred in 2007.

Kathleen Christensen

Maia Germain Senior Vice President   |   State Street

Maia Germain is a senior vice president in State Street’s Corporate Citizenship division, responsible for employee engagement in programs, such as global volunteering, matching gift and community events. Maia is also responsible for departmental operations and communications. Prior to this role, Maia was responsible for leading the Organizational Change Management function, as well as the global Flex Work Program. Maia continues to be an advocate for Flex Work and has spoken about this at a number of national conferences, including being selected for a session leading up to the 2014 White House Summit on Working Families. Maia was awarded the 2012 Stars 40 under 40 award for her leadership and community service.

Ted Nelson

Ted Nelson CEO/Strategy Director   |   Mechanica

Ted Nelson is one of three founding partners who conceived and launched Mechanica, a next-generation branding firm with clients including Saucony, Akamai, Partners Healthcare, Kronos, Disney, Northeastern University, Art Science Labs, Boston Brewing Company and Houghton Mifflin. Ted is a multi EFFIE award recipient for communications effectiveness and a regular speaker at business and brand development conferences. Ted also lead Mechanica’s Branding Forward Project collaboration with Fast Company.

Paul Rupert

Paul Rupert CEO   |    Rupert Organizational Design

Paul Rupert is Chief Executive of Rupert Organizational Design. He has been a flexible staffing and scheduling practitioner, advocate and consultant for four decades. As founder, he utilized flexibility as a central organizing principle in five SF Bay Area start-ups, was a leader in pioneering flexibility and work- life organizations New Ways to Work and Work/Family Directions and has consulted to more than a hundred major employers on superior approaches to implementing flexible work. For two decades his firm has pioneered innovative approaches to flexibility, including the development of phased retirement programs and Mutual Respect initiatives in response to sexual harassment and bias in the workplace.