Mayor Menino Appoints Boston's Host Community Advisory Committee
Committee to engage residents, city officials to provide independent analysis during resort casino development process
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For Immediate Release
April 12, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced that he has established a Host Community Advisory Committee to ensure integrity, accountability and transparency during the establishment of a potential destination resort casino in the City of Boston.  The Advisory Committee will consist of 5 members appointed by Mayor Menino and is part of the Mayor’s aggressive approach to managing the casino development process in Boston.  Today’s announcement is part of a four-pronged strategy that includes the establishment of the Advisory Committee, creating a public dialogue both in the community and online, an internal working group of City leaders and stakeholders, and hiring of outside consultants and independent researchers. The Mayor has also engaged Father Richard McGowan of Boston College, a renowned expert in the fields of economics and gaming, to help inform the process. 

“A destination resort casino in Boston has the potential to be an important job-creator and economic driver for our city,” Mayor Menino said.  “This could be the largest economic development game changer in Boston’s recent history and we must do this in a way that improves our city and enhances our reputation. The Advisory Committee will engage the community, advise the City, and most importantly, provide transparency into the process of casino review.”

The responsibilities of the Host Community Advisory Committee include:

  • Ensure that the interests of the residents, businesses, and visitors of Boston are the utmost priority throughout all efforts to establish a destination resort casino in the City of Boston;
  • Work with the City of Boston, in an advisory capacity, to ensure that the City’s interests are appropriately represented in the Host Community Mitigation Agreement;
  • Engage public opinion through open meetings as well as community and online forums;
  • Provide transparency and accountability 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;
  • Advise the City of Boston on potential impacts, policies, and best practices related to the establishment of a resort casino.

Today, Mayor Menino appointed the 5 individuals to the Host Community Advisory Committee, bringing together expertise in finance, real estate development, law, business, and community engagement. These individuals have voluntarily dedicated themselves to work diligently throughout the process to engage public opinion and advise the Mayor on issues concerning efforts to establish a destination resort casino.

The Host Community Advisory Committee members include:

  • Brian Leary, Chair, Partner at McCarter & English law firm. Mr. 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 at National Development and East Boston resident. While previously working at Trinity Financial, Barnat was also Project Manager for the Maverick Landing HOPE VI development in East Boston.
  • Lisa Calise, Chief Financial Officer at Perkins School for the Blind since September 2010, previously Director of Administration and Finance for the City of Boston.
  • David Fubini, Senior Director of McKinsey & Company, specializes in large global transactions, mergers, and reorganizations. Fubini also serves on the Boston Green Ribbon Commission with Mayor Menino.
  • Ronald L. Walker II, President and Founding Partner of Next Street, 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.

Today, the City also launched a website featuring information on the Host Community Advisory Committee.  Residents can find information about the Committee and updates on the development of a destination resort casino in Boston at




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