“Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.”
Taidgh H. McClory is the founder of T.H. McClory, LLC, a leading Massachusetts SDO certified minority business enterprise (MBE) and social impact enterprise dedicated to devising and implementing diversity, equity & inclusion strategies for the commercial real estate industry in New England and across the US. McClory is from Lynn and his career in commercial real estate and advertising has spanned over 25 years including expertise in strategic planning, commercial real estate brokerage, marketing, brand planning, market research, and economic development. He most recently served as Director of Social Impact & Inclusion for MP Boston and also Managing Director/Partner at CBRE/New England, where he led sales management, business development and civic engagement across the New England region. A civic leader and champion of diversity, equity & inclusion, McClory is an active member of Real Estate Executive Council (REEC), a leading professional trade association formed to promote the interests of minority executives in the commercial real estate industry. McClory serves on the Board of Trustees for St. John’s Preparatory School; the Urban Land Institute: Responsible Investment Property Council; the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Economic Alliance (MassEcon); the Executive Council of Diversity & Inclusion for The Partnership, Inc.; as well as a handful of initiatives focused on economic development, social impact, diversity/equity/inclusion, commercial real estate, education, and philanthropy. Most recently McClory was the recipient of the National Commercial Real Estate Development Association’s President’s Award issued by the NAIOP-MA Chapter.
Anne Gatling Haynes
Anne Gatling Haynes is an entrepreneurial urban development strategist with 25+ years of leadership experience in sustainable and inclusive economic and community development. She has established experience in both the public and private sector, in large and small cities, as a successful convener among diverse stakeholders and is able to manage complex public and private projects to successful implementation and completion. Anne founded and implemented the Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) program at MassDevelopment, where she facilitated locally-led district development strategies for 10 of the 26 Gateway Cities in the Commonwealth, leveraging initial public investment with additional local public and private investments in order to catalyze improved local market conditions. She has more recently led the Houston Land Bank, and is currently building the start-up Austin Economic Development Corporation for the City of Austin, TX, focusing on assuring inclusive and equitable public policy outcomes in public-private real estate development. She brings knowledge, skills, and connections with planners, architects, developers, and the business community and municipalities in MA and nationwide.
Board Member and Treasurer
Rick Jakious is the District Director for U.S. Representative Seth Moulton and the former Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN), an advocacy group representing the interests of the nonprofit sector in Massachusetts. At MNN, Rick led efforts to pass first-in-the-nation legislation to create a high quality, affordable 401(k) for nonprofit workers by leveraging existing state infrastructure at no additional cost to Massachusetts taxpayers. In 2014, he was nominated to the board of the Massachusetts Health Connector by Governor Deval Patrick, in order to help execute a turnaround of the failed health exchange and protect health insurance for tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents. Rick has served in several roles with City Year, a national nonprofit focused on student and school success, including Deputy Director of its flagship site in Boston and National Corporate Sponsorship Director. Rick is a regular volunteer with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Boy Scouts of America, and he is a proud AmeriCorps national service alumnus. He lives in Swampscott with his wife, a middle school math teacher, and two boys.
Cey Adams is a New York City native and visionary artist who emerged from the downtown graffiti movement in the 80’s alongside fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. He served as the founding Creative Director at Def Jam Recordings, where he co-founded The Drawing Board, the label’s in-house design firm, where they “defined the visual culture of Hip-Hop” and were responsible for some of the most iconic album covers, logos and advertising campaigns for Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Slick Rick, Public Enemy, The Notorious B.I.G., DMX, Jay-Z, Usher, Mary J. Blige, and many more. Since then, he has collaborated with global brands including Pabst Blue Ribbon, Levi’s, Mattel, The Recording Academy, Apple, Bacardi, IDEO, Foot Locker, Converse, YouTube, Google, and many more.Adams has collaborated with global brands including Levi’s, Mattel, The Recording Academy, Apple, Bacardi, IDEO, Foot Locker, Converse, YouTube, Google, and many more. He exhibits, lectures, and teaches art workshops at leading institutions including: The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Brooklyn Museum, Museum of the City of New York, School of Visual Arts, Temple University, MoCA Los Angeles, Stanford University, Howard University, University of Michigan, among others.
Adams designed the award-winning Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap (Smithsonian/Folkways), a box set including a 300-page book and 9 CD set; curated and designed The Mash Up: Hip-Hop Photos Remixed by Iconic Graffiti Artists (Hat & Beard Press);designed Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Rizzoli); and co-authored DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop (Harper-Collins).
Cey left his stamp in Lynn and with our team when he painted an iconic “LOVE” mural in Lynn during the inaugural Beyond Walls Street Art Festival in 2017. After keeping in touch with our team and many Lynn community members, he returned to the city and aided in a Black Lives Matter installation downtown in 2021.
Bob has practiced law for 37 years in tax and estate planning, concentrating on sophisticated wealth transfer strategies often involving income, gift and estate tax issues. Bob often serves as a Trustee for his client’s family trusts and in that capacity he works closely with investment advisors, tax accountants and life insurance professionals. Bob’s law practice also includes advising donors to charities and charitable organizations on tax and strategic planning, and Bob has substantial experience as a principal of a philanthropic advisory company affiliated with his former law firm where he helped families clarify their values and goals as expressed through philanthropy, conceive and implement creative strategies, and measure impact. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and active on its Charitable Planning Committee. After a long career at large law firms, Bob opened his own law office in 2012 which now comprises four lawyers supported by two staff members. Bob regularly serves as pro bono legal counsel to numerous grass roots organizations in Lynn.
Bob graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in English Literature and from New York University School of Law. Bob currently serves as a Trustee of the Essex County Community Foundation and a board member of The Jewish Journal, the largest Jewish newspaper in New England. He is a recent past board member of North Shore Alliance for GLBTQ Youth, and a past president of the board of Epstein Hillel School.
Bob and his husband José live in Lynn where they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Maribel Ortiz manages and coordinates Holyoke Health Center’s Dental Residency Program and is a pivotal figure in the Holyoke community. With a steadfast commitment to community service and a drive for positive change, Maribel’s extensive career in healthcare and community outreach reflects her unwavering dedication.
Having relocated to Holyoke 28 years ago from Puerto Rico, Maribel initially faced language barriers but forged a remarkable professional path. Her journey began at a local senior center, where she served diligently for two years. Subsequently, she spent 11 impactful years working alongside an OBGYN and then managed a grant program at Holyoke Medical Center, aiding underserved women in accessing critical mammograms and cancer treatment. For the past 12 years, Maribel has played a crucial role at the Holyoke Health Center, overseeing the Pediatric Dental Residency program from NYU as the Assistant Manager and Coordinator. Her responsibilities encompass program management and extensive community outreach, allowing her to deeply engage with and understand local needs. Beyond healthcare, Maribel actively engages in civic responsibilities. Her support for Holyoke’s first Latino Mayor and her role as a Citizen-at-large member of the Community Preservation Act Committee demonstrate her commitment to enhancing the city’s welfare. Additionally, she mentors for EforAll, empowering under-resourced individuals in business development. Maribel’s passion for art and community development led her to collaborate with Beyond Walls, supporting their initiatives and facilitating their endeavors in the city. Her multifaceted experience, unwavering commitment to community service, and profound dedication to art make her an invaluable asset to the Beyond Walls Board of Directors, continually inspiring positive change within the community.
President, Chief Executive Officer
Al Wilson is the Founder & CEO of Beyond Walls, a non-profit, place-making organization focused on activating public space to strengthen communities of need. Formerly a media and technology executive, Al initially formed Beyond Walls to address the widespread perceived negative reputation of downtown Lynn and its depressing effects on local business owners and residents. With the goal of significantly increasing foot traffic, Beyond Walls sought to increase safety by illuminating the sidewalks beneath the three commuter train bridges which dominate the downtown, and to attract people to the area with spectacular displays of intriguing public art. Over a 10-month period, Beyond Walls successfully held a 10-day summer mural festival where 20 acclaimed artists installed 15 large-scale murals on prominent buildings. Beyond Walls installed 12 vintage neon signs throughout the downtown, and erected dynamic, LED lighting under all three bridges. Finally, Beyond Walls, as a testament to Lynn’s industrial roots, conserved and installed a 1942 GE Jet Engine, the first commercial jet engine ever produced in America, in an area of prominence at City Hall. This success led to Beyond Walls receiving a Gateway City Innovation Award from MASSInc. Al received a key to the City of Lynn, a Lynn City Pride Award , and was named Lynn Person of the Year. Al addressed The Massachusetts Legislature advocating the efficacy of the creative economy and urging support of the Massachusetts Public Art Program Bill. Al was also selected by the North Shore Community College Board to be the Keynote Commencement Speaker for the 2018 graduating class.