John was Chief Operating Officer from 2015 to 2018 during which he built key pieces of the organization’s infrastructure including finance, human resources, impact measurement, and IT. Previously, John worked in the life sciences industry.
John co-founded Gilliam Capital LLC, a life science investment firm, and was a co-founder of the RNA interference company Alnylam Pharmaceuticals where he held the position of Vice President, Strategy and Finance and CFO through to its successful 2004 IPO. He held a variety of positions at Transkaryotic Therapies and Biogen in marketing, business development, sales and finance. He was a Manager at the strategy consulting firm of Bain & Company and has recently been Board Chair of The YMCA of Greater Boston and of The Jericho Road Project. John graduated with a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He was a 2014 Fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. In 2016 John became a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur. John lives with his wife, Liz Awalt, in Concord with their three children.