Former State Representative and Judge Dan Winslow leads the New England Law Foundation

“Education and free enterprise are the great equalizers in our society,” said Winslow, who joined the legal foundation last fall after a job in the tech industry. “But the barriers are great, especially for new Americans where there are not just language issues but cultural issues.”

The institute would be an affiliate of the Boston-based legal foundation. And that would represent a significant expansion. The foundation has an annual budget of approximately $1 million and focuses primarily on filing amicus briefs in support of free market causes. But Winslow wants to raise $6 million, or $1 million per state, over two fiscal years. The money would be used to hire staff for each state, ideally four attorneys and a paralegal, as well as an internship program at a local law school.

Winslow wishes to call on lawyers with different expertise: corporate law, real estate, labor law, intellectual property. Each of these centers would also provide a channel for law firms wishing to offer pro bono support to entrepreneurs of color or other small business owners from disadvantaged communities.

Winslow held a few senior positions in the public sector. He served as a district court judge, one of the chief legal advisers to the governor at the time. Mitt Romney, and possibly a representative of the State of Norfolk. In this role, the Republican was elected twice, in 2010 and again in 2012, before leaving in 2013 to work for Rimini streeta Las Vegas technology company where he was eventually promoted to chief legal officer.

For the Equalizer Institute, Winslow hopes to tap into the billions of corporate and foundation pledges for racial and economic justice that have emerged over the past two years.

“We know there’s a sustainable market for this type of effort,” Winslow said. “It’s amazing how much interest there is in free enterprise now. People understand. »

It’s not sold on name – at least not if someone with the right size knack comes up with a better idea. He added, “I’m happy to call it the ‘Whoever Gives Me a Check for Six Million Dollars’ Institute.”

Grow the pie and spread it too

Mass housing executive Director Christelle Kornegay knows that two of the big dilemmas facing his industry relate to building more affordable housing and diversifying the ranks of the people who build it.

Soon Kornegay may have a new tool to fix both problems. On Monday, the leadership of the House of Representatives released a spending bill that includes $75 million to launch a “fair developer funding program.” Essentially, this program would provide low-cost loans or investments to qualified developers seeking to build or redevelop residential or commercial projects in urban areas and other communities hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This represents a boost from the $50 million request that the Governor charlie baker had initially sought to launch this program, which would be designed by the quasi-public agency headed by Kornegay (full legal name: Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency). The money could go towards pre-development costs, such as permits or engineering, or low-interest loans or other project grants.

“If we’re going to have more developers of color to help us solve some of the affordable housing issues, we need to increase that capacity,” Kornegay said. “It’s an investment in that. . . The barrier to entry is high. It would be a way to break through those barriers so that we can attract more players into this ecosystem.

Build muscle at Colossus

Advertising agency partners Colossus like saying you don’t have to be fat to be a colossus. But the 25-person South Boston company continues to grow regardless.

The latest addition to the management team: Allison Waters Doherty. She was working with the co-founders of Colossus Travis Robertson and Greg Almeida when all three were at Arnold around the world. Robertson and Almeida left Arnold about seven years ago to work at MMBwhere they finally met the future co-founder of Colossus Jonathan Black. Meanwhile, Doherty went to work with Adam Larsonanother former compatriot of Arnold, at Adam&Co., about five years ago, then alone under the name of A&Co.

Doherty now leads the design group at Colossus. She also brings the agency into the potentially lucrative world of commercial real estate, one of her specialties, after a busy year in which Colossus provided advertising and marketing support to clients ranging from winemaker Archer Roose to the health informatics company athenahealth to the restaurant payment company Toast.

“We can take on any design company, certainly in Boston, certainly in New England,” Balck said. “We are a force now.”

In Denmark, just a little delayed

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly ruined travel plans. You just have to ask Jen Bensonthe president of the Alliance for Business Leadership.

The business group had planned a trip to Denmark for an up-close view of that European country’s well-established offshore wind industry when Benson, a former state official, joined ABL in January 2020. Then COVID hit and the trip was delayed.

This gave Benson the opportunity to rethink the trip and expand it a bit. Its goal was to bring business leaders from various sectors and corners of the state to educate them about the offshore wind industry, which is still in its infancy in the United States, and to hear their questions. and concerns.

After a few false starts, the contingent of around 30 people finally made it to Denmark last month. The trip was largely funded by two grants, totaling more than $260,000, from Barr Foundation. (Representing Jeff Roywho co-chairs the Legislature’s Energy Committee, paid his own expenses.) The delegation included a group of Boston University academics, led by Bob Chen, acting president of the School of the Environment. And there were nearly 20 businessmen, ranging from Jeff Busgang of Flybridge Capital Partnersat Joanne Chang of Bakery Flourto the architect David Nagahiro, and Cape Air founder Dan Wolf.

A common theme: a desire among the contingent to ensure that this new industry is much more diverse than other state-supported sectors that have grown significantly over the past decade, such as life sciences and cannabis.

Another takeaway: the offshore wind industry can also be a major provider of electricity and jobs in Massachusetts.

“It gave me hope,” Benson said. “The beauty of this is not only that it works, but it’s good for the economy. We are on the precipice of this very great renaissance. . . as we’ve seen with life sciences if we really hang in there and go big.

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