HCAC Responsibilities & Members

The Host Community Advisory Committee was established by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino to ensure integrity, accountability and transparency regarding the potential establishment of a resort destination casino in the City of Boston. The Committee has been built on a philosophy that a resort casino entertainment destination, when properly regulated, can be an important economic driver in the region. The Committee will consist of 5 members, appointed by the Mayor, and will voluntarily have an open and transparent process. Members will advise the Mayor on issues concerning efforts to establish a resort destination casino in the City of Boston, pursuant to the following responsibilities.


  • Ensure the interests of the residents, families, businesses, and visitors of Boston are the utmost priority throughout all efforts to establish a resort casino in the City of Boston;

  • Work with the City of Boston, in an advisory capacity, to ensure the City's and all relevant interests are appropriately represented in the Host Community Agreement;

  • Engage public opinion through public meetings as well as community and online forums;

    • Expectation is to hold community meetings and be available to meet with and advise the Mayor and city officials;

  • Provide transparency and expert and diverse views concerning City of Boston decisions related to the establishment of a resort casino in Boston;

  • Offer independent guidance concerning the siting, authorization, construction, and operation of a resort casino in the City of Boston; and

  • Advise the City of Boston on potential impacts, policies, and best practices related to the establishment of a resort casino.


Brian Leary, Chair
Partner, McCarter & English, LLP

Brian LearyMr. Leary works with some of the nation's largest companies in planning and implementing strategies for high stakes problem-solving, including the coordination of litigation defense, government relations, and communications strategy. Leary was also a reporter/anchor for Boston's WCVB-TV.



Sarah Barnat
Vice President of Development, National Development and East Boston resident
Sarah BarnatWhile previously working at Trinity Financial, Ms. Barnat was Project Manager for the Maverick Landing HOPE VI development in East Boston. She has significant experience leading a dynamic team of consultants, as well as interacting with public agencies and tenant organizations.
Lisa Calise
Chief Financial Officer, Perkins School for the Blind

Lisa CaliseCFO at Perkins since September 2010, Ms. Calise was previously Director of Administration and Finance for the City of Boston.

David Fubini
Senior Director, McKinsey & Company

David FubiniMcKinsey & Company specializes in large global transactions, mergers, and reorganizations. Mr. Fubini also serves on the Boston Green Ribbon Commission with Mayor Menino.

Ronald L. Walker II
President and Founding Partner, Next Street

Ronald WalkerNext Street is a Boston-based merchant bank founded to transform the way finance and business advisory services are provided to small businesses and entrepreneurs operating in urban markets.