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Mike Kennealy '90

In March 2015 Mike joined Governor Charlie Baker's administration as Assistant Secretary for Business Growth for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, working to advance the administration’s strategy for job creation and business development.  In 1997 he joined Spectrum Equity, a leading growth private equity firm founded in 1994 with offices in Boston and San Francisco.  During his more than 15 years at Spectrum, the firm grew from $360 million in assets under management to $4.7 billion and invested in nearly 100 high growth information services, digital media, software, and Internet companies. 

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Mike retired as a Managing Director of Spectrum in early 2013 and spent two years as Special Advisor to the Receiver at Lawrence Public Schools. There he worked with the state-appointed superintendent/receiver on strategic and financial initiatives to support the district’s turnaround plan and developed and managed relationships with non-profit partners, philanthropic funders, and the municipal government.  Earlier in his career, Mike was an Associate at TA Associates, a Boston-based private equity firm. 

Mike and his wife Trisha live with their three children in Lexington, Massachusetts, where they have been highly involved in town government, education, and youth sports.  Mike has also been active in organizations dedicated to public education reform and ending family homelessness, as well as in a variety of state and federal political campaigns.  He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts since 2009 and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board.  Mike received an AB magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with High Honors in Government from Dartmouth College in 1990 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997.

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