Board of Directors

Joseph Albanese –Commodore Builders– Board Chair

joe-albanese-headshotJoe Albanese is founder and CEO of Commodore Builders, a $300 million Construction Management/ General Contracting Firm located in Newton, Massachusetts. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, with a degree in Civil Engineering from UMass Lowell and MBA from Boston University. His life-long career in construction has included management and executive positions with A. J. Martini, Inc., George B. H. Macomber Company, and Shawmut Design and Construction, before founding Commodore in 2002.

As a U.S. Navy Officer, in 2007 Joe mobilized to the Middle East for 10 months of active military service, serving as Commander of the 22nd Naval Construction Regiment. He retired as a Captain, U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps in September 2009, after 28 years military service. His numerous military awards include the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards).

Robert Buckley –Riemer & Braunstein– Board Treasurer

bob-buckley-headshotRobert Buckley is a partner at the firm of Riemer & Braunstein. Land use planning, commercial real estate law, and environmental law are the focus of Bob’s practice. He is recognized for his experience in developing comprehensive zoning initiatives for mixed-use development projects and his expertise in environmental issues, including wetlands and Brownfield sites.

His work on several projects has been cited by Massachusetts officials as examples of creative and responsive zoning. Bob’s projects have been featured in local and national publications, including The Boston GlobeBoston Business Journal, and The Wall Street Journal. He also has written articles for several publications and has spoken at forums on land use and zoning issues associated with commercial real estate development.

Michael Lake –Leading Cities– President

headshot-2Michael is the founding President and CEO of Leading Cities. As President and CEO, Michael establishes and develops relationships with municipal governments, private sector businesses and universities around the world, creating a global network of partner cities dedicated to creating business development and government cooperation opportunities and implementing public policy that effectively addresses the shared challenges facing 21st century cities.

Michael has served as Special Assistant for White House Operations to two Presidents, policy research analyst to the former Prime Minister of Ireland, and Director of Development for United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.

Stephen Baker –Baker Design Group

stephen-baker-headshotStephen Baker is an architect, designer, planner and imaginative thinker who brings human-centered design to every project he embraces. Founder and president of Baker Design Group, Inc. (BDG), Stephen has worked with some of the world’s foremost thinkers and award-winning firms, leading projects and collaborative teams of architects and engineers to create museums, aquariums, educational centers, global corporate headquarters, hotels, and master plan developments across the United States, Italy, Japan and Germany.

 Throughout his career, Stephen’s passion for research and design has fostered a unique design approach, combining the disciplines of architecture, interior design, technology design, industrial design, exhibit design and planning to deliver uniquely branded programs and solutions. Each project leverages practical innovation, storytelling and intuitively engaged technology to embrace the ambitions of clients, while creating meaning and purpose for the project that extends far beyond architecture.

 Since its founding, BDG has embraced unique and challenging projects of all types and scales: from top secret space exploration research facilities to university master planning, historic building restoration in London and Paris to a large scale mixed-use high-rise complex in the Middle East. The firm currently has projects located in 12 countries outside of the United States.

 Robert Beal –Related Beal

 robert-beal-headshotRobert L. Beal oversees the Beal Family Office. Mr. Beal is a graduate of Harvard College, Class of 1963, cum laude, and Harvard Business School, Class of 1965. Prior to joining The Beal Companies in 1976 (now known as Related Beal), Mr. Beal served as Vice President of The Beacon Companies, investment-builders, from 1965 to 1976.

Mr. Beal is active in professional businesses and organizations both locally and internationally. He is a member of the American Society of Real Estate Counselors, a past director and chairman of the Artery Business Committee, and a past president of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. He is the former chair of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, Chair of The Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard as well as the Chair of the School of Social Science, Urban Affairs and Public Policy at Northeastern University.

Renato de CastroBauman Consulting


Renato de Castro is a world traveller. He is vice-president International Affairs at The Brazilian Human Smart Cities Network and Smart City Ambassador of TM Forum. He is senior vice president for smart city investments at Commercial Real Estate Financing, Inc., an American equity infusion & grant funding bank based in Pennsylvania, US.  Renato is International advisor for The World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments, with headquarters in Seoul, and founder, executive board member and senior consultant at Baumann Consultancy Network for Smart Cities projects and internationalization strategies. He has 20+ years of professional experience in developing market entry strategies and managing investments attraction to smart cities development worldwide and he is mentoring and advising startups for “going-global” strategies.

Joseph Haynes –Haynes & Associates

Joseph’s career in the ‘green’ economy began as a national sales joe-haynes-headshotmanager for a publicly traded clean-tech company that focused on recycling organic waste to fertilizer. This initial foray into the “green” economy was enough to convince him that he would pursue sustainable opportunities in one way, shape, or form, for the rest of his career. Joseph and other industry partners started Afriganics LLC, which designed and marketed organic fertilizer products to West African growers. During that time he also worked closely with solar power companies to collaborate on creating an inexpensive, highly resilient, and efficient solar powered water pump to irrigate fields in developing countries. This endeavor led Joseph to again strike out on his own to market a similar solar solution, this time designed for off-grid telecom towers that were seeing tremendous growth in developing countries at that time.

In 2011 Joseph was excited to come home to Boston to begin building a consultancy that enabled him to continue pursuing and supporting sustainable development. He handles all business development for H&A as well as managing the firm’s energy portfolio, which consists of renewables, waste to energy, and comprehensive energy reducing retro-fits of municipalities energy infrastructure.

Kevin P. Martin –Kevin P. Martin & Associates

kevin-martin-headshotKevin P. Martin, Jr. is the managing director of Kevin P. Martin & Associates, P.C. (KPM).  The Firm is a CPA and consulting firm offering a full spectrum of tax, audit, business, IT, risk and compliance services. Kevin has led the Firm through a period of significant growth and expansion focusing on client satisfaction and retention.

Formerly with KPMG, Kevin has over 25 years of experience in public accounting.  Actively involved in the not-for-profit and affordable housing industries, he works to advance the missions of his clients.  Considered an expert in community development, business strategy and negotiation, and performance measurement, he is a frequent and dynamic lecturer and speaker in both industry and best practices subjects.