James (Jim) A. MacDonald
Chief Executive Officer
On June 28th, 2017, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg named James (Jim) A. MacDonald as the Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). Jim had been serving as the Interim CEO since January 2017. Jim resides in Dedham with his wife, Paula, and two sons, James and Stephen. See Jim's full bio.
Deputy Chief executive officer/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mary Pichetti joined the Massachusetts School Building Authority on November 28, 2007, as the Director of Construction. Since 2008, she has served as the Director of Capital Planning leading the team in developing and implementing grant processes that have supported programs for major projects and repair projects. The Capital Planning team's efforts have resulted in the approval of over 260 major core projects totaling approximately $8.5 billion in grants and supporting over $1 billion in school construction projects annually. The Capital Planning Team also managed over 589 repair projects for roof, window and boiler projects totaling over $822 million in grants. Mary has extensive experience in the planning, design and construction for building and large-scale infrastructure projects in both the private and public sector. Prior to joining the MSBA, Mary worked for over 18 years with the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority managing construction projects and program administration including public procurement, contract management, claims and change order analysis for the $3.6 billion Boston Harbor Project and the $1.7 billion Metrowest Water Treatment Plant, tunnels and covered storage tanks. Prior to the MWRA, Mary provided on-site construction management for nine years for a real estate developer specializing in historic renovation of townhouses in Boston's South End. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Smith College.
Director of Construction Administration
Greg Brunell serves as the Director of Construction Administration within the Capital Planning team and has worked at the MSBA since 2017. Prior to joining the MSBA as a Senior Project Manager, Greg worked for Keville Enterprises in a project management consulting role within the MSBA’s Construction Administration group. Greg leads business processes and construction administration staff responsible for ensuring conformance with the MSBA guidelines, policies and procedures associated with capital projects in the grant program. Greg administers the MSBA’s commissioning program and provides oversight of project management consultant services within his group. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College.
Director of administration and operations
Matt Donovan is the Director of Administration and Operations for the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Prior to joining the MSBA in June, 2005, Matt worked as the Government Affairs Liaison at the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, where his work focused on the creation, implementation, and management of a comprehensive legislative agenda for the agency. Matt also worked for the City of Boston in (former) Mayor Menino’s Office of Constituent Services. Matt is a graduate of Boston College.
Laura M. Guadagno
Chief Financial Officer
Laura Guadagno joined the Massachusetts School Building Authority as Chief Financial Officer in September 2018. Prior to joining the Authority, Laura most recently worked at the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board in Washington, DC as a Manager of Regulatory Education, and before that held various financial roles with a number of Massachusetts state entities, including the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Her experience also includes positions with legal and financial services organizations. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wheaton College and the University of Pennsylvania, and a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School. She is a member of the Bar in Massachusetts, New York and the District of Columbia.
Director of Strategic Planning
Barbara Hansberry joined the School Building Authority on March 4, 2013. Prior to joining the Authority, Barbara served for over eighteen years as the General Counsel for the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General where she was responsible for the legal aspects of investigating and reporting fraud, waste and abuse in government spending, overseeing the IG’s interpretations of the Uniform Procurement Act and the growth, continuity and content of the acclaimed Massachusetts Certified Public Procurement Official (MCPPO) training program. She resides in Watertown with her husband, David, and their two children, Douglas and Myra Elizabeth.
John Jumpe, Jr.
Director of Project management
John Jumpe is the Director of Project and Construction Management for the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Prior to joining the MSBA in October 2008, John worked for over 17 years for Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. There he served as an engineer, project manager, operations and startup specialist, and group leader performing capital planning, design, facility startup, and project management for municipal systems and facilities ranging from small distribution and pumping systems to treatment facilities with capacities in excess of 400 million gallons per day. John is a registered professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.
Director of Capital Planning
Mike McGurl is the Director of Capital Planning for the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Mike joined the MSBA’s Capital Planning department in April 2013 following three years as a project management consultant supporting the start of the MSBA’s Green Repair Program in addition to other MSBA project assignments. Within the Construction Administration team, Mike initially led the Green Repair Program and Accelerated Repair Program before assuming additional responsibilities as a Senior Project Manager in March 2017. Mike became the Deputy Director of Capital Planning in February 2021 working with the Director of Capital Planning on annual and long-term objectives while continuing oversight of the Accelerated Repair Program and leading a newly established Data team within Capital Planning. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering – Construction Engineering from North Carolina State University.
General Counsel Christine first joined the MSBA in 2006 as Associate General Counsel and then served as Deputy General Counsel from 2016 through 2018. Prior to working at the MSBA, Christine worked at the Massachusetts State House in the Science and Technology Committee, the Education Committee, and then as Chief of Staff for the House Majority Whip. Christine received her Bachelor's Degree from Boston College, where she was a Thomas P. O’Neill Scholar. Christine then earned her Juris Doctor Degree from Suffolk University Law School, where she was a Judge Garett Byrne Scholar. Christine also earned a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMASS. Christine is a member of the Bar in Massachusetts and is also a trained mediator.
Director of Human Resources
Stacy Patino joined the Massachusetts School Building Authority in September 2015 as Director of Human Resources. She is an experienced Human Resources professional with over 20 years in the field of HR performing at varying levels with focused areas in HR management, recruitment, retention, workforce planning, benefits, and compensation. Stacy previously performed in a wide range of progressively responsible human resources roles in institutions of higher education, banking and real estate property management and garnered hands on experience that equipped her to be well versed in various areas of human resource management and operations. In her span of time at the MSBA, she has established formal compensation structure facilitated the creation of MSBA Culture and Values while promoting an open-door policy to all staff. Stacy earned her bachelor’s degree at Suffolk University in International Business and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.
Director of Program Management
Diane Sullivan serves as Director of Program Management for the MSBA. Prior to joining the Authority in August of 2008, Diane's experience was primarily in the field of community development including serving as the Executive Director of the Marlborough Community Development Corporation, where she managed multiple grant programs, working for MassDevelopment, the Town of Ayer and the City of Lawrence. Diane holds a Bachelors degree in Education from Lesley College and a Graduate degree in Business from New Hampshire College.