NEC Elects Six Respected Regional Business Leaders to Board of Directors

New Directors Include Executives from Beth Israel Lahey Health, Clearway Energy Group, Liberty Utilities, Ocean Spray, Ørsted North America, and Salve Regina University

BOSTON – The New England Council, a non-partisan alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations, has elected six leaders from the New England business community to serve on its Board of Directors. The Council’s Board of Directors voted to elect the new directors at its recent virtual meeting. The newly elected Board of Director members are:

  • Kelli J. Armstrong, Ph.D. President, Salve Regina University (RI)
  • Lauren Burm, Head of Public Affairs and Communications, Ørsted North America (MA)
  • Chris Ferzli, Director, Global Corporate Affairs and Communications, Ocean Spray (MA)
  • Sandi Hennequin, Vice President, Governmental Affairs, Liberty Utilities (NH)
  • Raymond G. Long, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Clearway Energy Group (CT)
  • Malisa Schuyler, Vice President of Government Affairs, Beth Israel Lahey Health (MA)

“The New England Council is fortunate to have an incredibly supportive Board of Directors who provide excellent guidance and leadership as we navigate these challenging times for our region and our nation,” said James T. Brett, President and CEO of The New England Council. “The addition of these six new Directors, each of whom bring valuable experience and diverse perspectives to our board, will only further strengthen the Council and help us carry out our mission of promoting economic growth and high quality of life in this region we call home.”

More about the newly elected Directors:

  • Kelli J. Armstrong, Ph.D., has served as the President of Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, since July 2019. Before joining Salve Regina, Dr. Armstrong served in leadership positions at Boston College for some 15 years, including stints as Vice President for Planning and Assessment, Associate Vice President, and Founding Director of the Institutional Research Department. Earlier in her career, she held administrative positions in the University of Massachusetts system, as well as at Bates College and Tufts University. She is a graduate of Bates College, earned a master’s degree from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate from Boston College.
  • Lauren Burm is the Head of Public Affairs and Communications at Ørsted North America, the national and global leader in offshore wind development. Based in Boston, Ms. Burm oversees the company’s public affairs, communications, community relations, branding, partnerships and collaborations at the national, state and local level. Prior to joining Ørsted, Ms. Burm managed community relations, communications and served as spokesperson for Entergy Corporation’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. Earlier in her carrer, Lauren served as an aide in both the legislative and executive branches of Massachusetts’ state government. She is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
  • Chris Ferzli is Director, Global Corporate Affairs and Communications at Ocean Spray, headquartered in Lakeville-Middleboro, MA. Ms. Ferzli leads Ocean Spray’s Health and Wellness, Public Relations, Consumer Engagement, Executive Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility and Government Affairs teams. She joined Ocean Spray from the Milken Institute’s Center for Public Health where she fostered strategic partnerships and led programming to elevate sustainable solutions to the health crises around the globe. Prior to Milken, Ms. Ferzli served as Strategy Director and Legal Counsel for Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier America.
  • Sandi Hennequin is Vice President, Governmental Affairs at Liberty Utilities in Concord, NH. Sandi joined Liberty in October 2019, bringing over 25 years of experience in advocacy, strategic communication, regulatory issues, public policy, and energy and environmental policy. Prior to joining Liberty, Ms. Hennequin served as the Vice President for Public Affairs for Emera Energy, acting as the government affairs, public relations and communications liaison for Emera Energy in the Northeast United States. She is a graduate of the George Washington University in Washington, DC and holds a Masters of Public Administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
  • Raymond G. Long is the Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Clearway Energy Group, in Glastonbury, CT, where he leads the government, regulatory and communications team. Mr. Long has over 25 years of experience leading corporate external campaigns and initiatives in the energy and renewables sector. At Clearway, he is responsible for managing the external activities and policy advocacy for Clearway’s portfolio projects throughout the United States. Prior to joining Clearway, he served in several capacities for over 15 years at NRG, a Fortune 500 energy company, where he was last Vice President of State and Federal Government Affairs. Mr. Long holds a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Administration from Suffolk University.
  • Malisa Schuyler is the Vice President of Government Affairs at Beth Israel Lahey Health in Boston. Ms. Schuyler has more than 20 years of experience leading government affairs strategy and supporting Massachusetts’ executive and legislative branches of government. Prior to joining Beth Israel Lahey Health in January 2020, she served as Vice President of Government Affairs at Wellforce, where she led the organization’s advocacy, legislative affairs, local, state and federal policy and government relations functions. Ms. Schuyler also spent 13 years in government affairs at Tufts Medical Center. Earlier in her career, she held positions in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the Massachusetts State Senate, and Bain and Company.

Click here for a complete listing of the New England Council’s Board of Directors.





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