Thursday, November 5, 2015
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
41 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116
Executive Director, YouthBuild Boston
For the past eighteen years Ken has served as the Executive Director of YouthBuild Boston (YBB), an organization the he helped found in 1990. Prior to coming to YBB, he worked at Harvard where he held the position of Assistant Director of the Phillips Brooks House and Chief Operating Officer of the Phillips Brooks House Association.
Ken spent five years as the Executive Director of the Comprehensive Offender Employment Resource Systems (COERS) managing the Commonwealth’s law offender, re-entry provider, contracted services network. When the Juvenile Court returned to Roxbury District Court, Ken was selected by Judge Julian Houston to oversee the delivery of services to individuals placed under the Court’s care. As part of this effort, Roxbury Youthworks came into existence and Ken served as the agency’s first Director.
During his career Ken has taught at Harvard, Boston University and Northeastern University. He has twice served as the president of the Citizens for Juvenille Justice Board.
He is husband of Debra Smith and the proud father of three.
Chair, Senate Ways and Means, Massachusetts Senate
Senator Karen E. Spilka is the State Senator for the 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk district, which includes the towns of Ashland, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway and Natick in the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. She serves as Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, the committee that oversees the budget and finances of the Commonwealth. Senator Spilka is also Senate Chair of the Biotech Caucus and the Tech Hub Caucus. Senator Spilka’s legislative accomplishments include efforts in a broad range of areas including economic development, jobs creation, education, women’s health and equality, juvenile justice and services for the elderly and disabled communities.
Senator Spilka was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the fall of 2001, where she served three years before her election to the State Senate in January 2005. Prior to becoming a legislator, Senator Spilka was in private practice as an arbitrator and mediator, specializing in labor and employment law and community and court mediation. In addition, she has been a facilitator and fact finder in disputes in the public and private sectors, as well as a social worker and trainer of adult mediation and school-based peer mediation programs, collaborative-based collective bargaining and conflict resolution strategies.
Senator Spilka is a graduate of Northeastern Law School and holds a B.S. from Cornell University. She has been married for over thirty years to Joel S. Loitherstein, an environmental engineer, and has three children and two dogs.