NEC Elects Three New Board Members

New Directors Include Executives from New Balance, Suffolk Construction, and Ernst & Young

BOSTON (May 22, 2019) – The New England Council, a non-partisan alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations, has elected three 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 meeting in Washington, D.C. The newly elected Board of Director members include Amy Dow, Director of Public Relations and Government Affairs at New Balance; Katy O’Neil, Vice President, Business Development and Client Relations, Northeast at Suffolk Construction; and Shaun Real, Partner & New England Financial Services Industry Leader at Ernst & Young.

“These three dynamic leaders will bring to our Board of Directors vast experience and expertise, and I look forward to working with them as The New England Council continues to pursue our mission of promoting economic growth and a high quality of life in our region,” said James T. Brett, President and CEO of The New England Council. “Further, I believe this group of new Directors appropriately represents the incredibly diverse array of industries present in New England, and they will bring fresh perspectives and new ideas to the table.”

The new Directors are:

  • Amy Dow, of Hingham, MA, who is currently Director of Public Relations and Government Affairs for New Balance Athletics in Boston, MA. A 19-year company veteran, Dow most recently led global corporate and brand marketing communications for the company. Prior to joining New Balance, she worked at MS&L Boston and Agnew, Carter, McCarthy. She is a past board member for The Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation and was named to the 2004 Massachusetts Governor’s Committee on Physical Fitness & Sports. Dow received her B.A. in English and Government from Colby College.
  • Katy O’Neil, of Duxbury, MA, who is currently Vice President, Business Development and Client Relations, Northeast for Suffolk Construction. Prior to joining Suffolk, O’Neil was the Executive Vice President for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, where she spent 22 years of her career. She was responsible for programs and events, member retention, sponsorship programming, business development, and the development of the Chamber’s Leadership Initiative. She is the former Chair of the Board of the Massachusetts March of Dimes, a Member of Mayor Walsh’s Women’s Workforce Council, Member of Board of Overseers for the Boch Center, a member of the Babson Boston Advisory Council and a Board Member for the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, UMASS Boston. O’Neil is a graduate of the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson and holds an MBA with a concentration in marketing, as well as a B.A. from Colby College.
  • Shaun Real, of Canton, MA, who is currently a Partner in Ernst & Young’s Boston office, and is the New England Financial Services Industry Leader. With more than 31 years of Financial Services and Wealth and Asset Management experience, Real started his career in EY’s Boston office in 1987 in the Assurance practice and is now responsible for growing EY’s Financial Services accounts, market share, and brand across New England. Real is a Director Emeritus of the Expect Miracles Foundation – Financial Services Against Cancer, and has also served on the local community boards of the Milton-Hoosic Club and Canton Youth Hockey. Real is a graduate of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

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

The New England Council, the country’s oldest regional business organization, is an alliance of businesses, academic and health institutions, and public and private organizations throughout New England formed to promote economic growth and a high quality of life in the region.  The Council is dedicated to identifying and supporting federal public policies and articulating the voice of its membership regionally and nationally on important issues facing New England.  The NEC is also committed to working with public and private sector leaders across the region and in Washington through educational programs and forums for information exchange.  For more information, please visit:


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