Statement

Massachusetts Statewide Business Groups Commit to Addressing Systemic Racism and Discrimination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
July 9, 2020
As a community of business associations, representing tens of thousands of employers across the Commonwealth, we mourn the losses and honor the memories of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the countless other Black people who have been killed. We acknowledge the systemic oppression and racism of our country’s history.

Racism has no place in business or anywhere in our society - it is a stain on our history and our identities both across the country and here in Massachusetts. Bigotry, hate, violence, and inaction are an insult to our collective values and we must use our voices as business leaders to ensure these practices end for the sake of those unfairly targeted, and the sustainability of the Commonwealth as a place of social and economic opportunity.

Together, we are committed to ending systemic and institutional racism and addressing economic inequities. We will listen. We will hear. We will learn. We will act. We will hold ourselves accountable. Today we all commit to using our platform to amplify the voices of Black leaders and the calls for sustained, societal change.

AIM
John Regan
President & CEO

American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts
Abbie R. Goodman
Executive Director

The Alliance for Business Leadership
Jennifer Benson
President

Amplify Latinx
Rosario Ubiera
Executive Director

Associated General Contractors of MA (AGC MA)
Robert L. Petrucelli
President & CEO

Boston Municipal Research Bureau
Pam Kocher
President

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
James E. Rooney
President & Chief Executive Officer

Greater Boston Real Estate Board
Greg Vasil
CEO & President

Massachusetts Assisted Living Association
Brian Doherty, CAE
President and CEO

Massachusetts Association of Realtors
Theresa Hatton
CEO

Massachusetts Bankers Association
Daniel J. Forte
President & CEO

Massachusetts Biotechnology Council
Robert Coughlin
President & CEO

Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education
Edward M. Lambert, Jr
Executive Director

Massachusetts Business Roundtable
JD Chesloff
Executive Director

Massachusetts Chemistry & Technology Alliance
Katherine Robertson
Executive Director

Massachusetts Competitive Partnership
Jay Ash
President & CEO

Massachusetts Food Association
Christopher Flynn
President

Massachusetts Petroleum Council
Stephen Dodge
Executive Director

Massachusetts Restaurant Association
Bob Luz
CEO

Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association
Steve Walsh
President & CEO

Massachusetts Nonprofit Network
Jim Klocke
Chief Executive Officer

Massachusetts Package Stores Association (MPSA)
Robert A. Mellion
Executive Director

Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants
Amy Pitter
CEO

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
Eileen P. McAnneny
President

MassEcon
Peter Abair
Executive Director

NAIOP Massachusetts, The Commercial Real Estate Development Association
Tamara C. Small
CEO

New England Cable & Telecommunications Assn., Inc.
Timothy O. Wilkerson
President

Retailers Association of Massachusetts
Jon Hurst
President

Springfield Regional Chamber
Nancy F. Creed, IOM
President

Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Timothy P. Murray
President & CEO

1Berkshire Strategic Alliance Inc.
Jonathan Butler
President & Chief Executive Officer

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