Patrick J. Sullivan & The Distinguished Panel
"Workplace & Community Strategies On Diversity"
Pat Sullivan, age 61, joined People’s United Bank in November, 2013 as the President of Massachusetts. He is responsible for the strategic development of all commercial business, retail banking, wealth management and insurance across the Commonwealth. Sullivan’s offices are located in Boston, Massachusetts.
Focusing on commercial banking, the region’s relationship management team provides creative financial solutions, encompassing both short and long term credit facilities and investment opportunities to small, mid-size and large companies. The group includes defined divisions of Business Banking, Middle Market Lending, and a regional focus on the seafood industry as well as the non-profit and education industries.
Sullivan has almost forty years of experience in the banking industry and has held a variety of executive and management positions. Prior to joining People’s United Bank, he spent time in the Berkshires as EVP, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management at Berkshire Bank and President and CEO Legacy Banks. Legacy successfully merged with Berkshire Bank in July, 2011.
At Santander (Sovereign) Bank, he held the dual role of President of the New England division and Managing Director of Corporate Banking across the bank’s footprint, with responsibility for all commercial and community banking activities within those regions.
Previously, Sullivan was President and Chief Executive Officer of Howard Bank in Burlington, Vermont. Additionally, he served as COO of a mid-sized family distribution business, and he was the Executive Vice President at First NH Bank, a Bank of Ireland subsidiary.
Sullivan has actively participated in community development throughout his career. Currently, he is a director of The Boston Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Bankers Association, Massachusetts High Tech Council, People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern MA and Massachusetts Business Development Corp, where he serves as chairman. Most recently, Sullivan joined the Board of Trustees at Merrimack College.
In addition, his current professional associations include the Commercial Finance Association, Massachusetts Business Roundtable, Smaller Business Association of New England and Turnaround Management Association. His club memberships include Bass Rocks Golf Club, Boston College Chief Executive Club, Vesper Country Club and 100 Club of Massachusetts.
Bob Dame is the Executive Director at Year Up Boston. He was previously Director of Partner Relations at Year Up Boston. He comes from an experienced background in senior leadership in the financial services industry. Bob previously worked at State Street as a Senior Vice President in the Investor Service Group. He managed several large client relationships as well as the Product and Technology implementation team. Earlier in his career Bob worked in the global business unit as Managing Director of the Australian Investor Services business and Chief Operating Officer of Asia Pacific. Bob has been active with Year Up as a mentor and volunteer for many years before joining the organization. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Boston University and an MBA from Boston College.
Ms. Craven is the Chief Administrative and Financial Officer of Babson College. The former Executive Director of the UMass Building Authority, she also served as the First Deputy State Treasurer, was the founding Executive Director of the Massachusetts School Building authority, and assisted in the writing of ten State budgets for the Massachusetts House of Representatives, with particular focus on hospital and education funding.
She has lectured on topics such as executive leadership and the state budget process at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Northeastern University, and the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts. Katherine has been appointed to various government Transition Teams, serving as a co-chair for Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s transition team in 2013, as a member of the transition teams for Governor Deval Patrick in 2006, State Treasurer Steven Grossman in 2010, and for both State Treasurer Deb Goldberg and Governor Charlie Baker in 2014.
Committed to community and public service, Katherine currently serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Board of Governors for the Harvard Club of Boston, is the Chairwoman of the Boston Public Facilities Commission, the Board of Directors of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, The Dorchester Boys’ and Girls’ Club, The ARC of Massachusetts, the Honorary Board for the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, the Board of Incorporators for Partners Healthcare, Inc., is an associate member of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, the Pioneer Institute’s Shamie Center for Better Government, and is a former member of the Governor’s Commission on Mental Retardation and MassDevelopment.
A graduate of Harvard College and Boston Latin School, Ms. Craven resides in Brookline with her husband, Dr. Jim Kryzanski, and four children, Delia, Joseph, James, and John Francis Xavier.
Giles Li is the Executive Director of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), and has been at BCNC since 2006. With more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Giles has a proven track record of direct service, advocacy work, and management experience. Having grown up locally in an immigrant family, he has a life-long connection and commitment to the community in and beyond Chinatown.
Giles is a recognized thought leader and public speaker in Asian American communities nationwide. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from UMass-Boston and is an alumnus of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Giles has also served as adjunct faculty in the Asian American Studies program at UMass-Boston, and is a cross-sector leader who has served on several boards and committees, including the Task Force for Financial Literacy at the Office of the State Treasurer, the Advisory Board for the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement and the Associated Grant Makers Board of Directors.