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Christopher Gabrieli is a Hungarian-American Massachusetts businessman and American politician. He was the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in 2002. He declined Attorney General Tom Reilly's offer to be his running mate and is now running for Governor of Massachusetts. He announced his candidacy for governor of Massachusetts in April 2006. The son of Hungarian immigrants, Gabrieli grew up in Buffalo, New York. He is a graduate of Harvard College and is married with five children (ages five to twelve).
Chris Gabrieli is Co-Founder and Chairman of Massachusetts 2020, a non-profit foundation aimed at expanding educational and economic opportunities for children and families across Massachusetts. Massachusetts 2020 has shaped public policy at both the state and local level as well as directly helped thousands of children and families across the Commonwealth.
As a leading advocate for after-school programming for children, Gabrieli served as Chairman of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s Task Force on After-School Time and was a founding partner and Chairman of Boston’s After-School for All Partnership, the largest public-private partnership ($25 million) dedicated to children in Boston’s history.
In the arena of economic opportunity, Massachusetts 2020 led a pro bono project to help the $30 billion Massachusetts state pension fund (PRIM) evaluate investing some assets along a “double bottom line” strategy to yield both market-rate returns and economic benefits to Massachusetts such as creating new jobs and expanding home ownership. As a result of the study, PRIM adopted a formal policy to commit up to $600 million in this direction.
Gabrieli has also been active in public policy, civic life and politics. From 1996 to 2002 he served as Chairman of MassINC, the state’s leading non-partisan, independent policy think tank. He serves on a number of non-profit boards including The Boston Foundation, The Boston Plan for Excellence, The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, the Boston Public Library Foundation, and both the Harvard and the Boston University Schools of Public Health. In 2002, Gabrieli won a three-way primary to become the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor of Massachusetts.
A successful entrepreneur, Gabrieli was a founder of GMIS, Inc., a company providing clinical software tools to the healthcare industry. Subsequently he spent 15 years as a General Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, during which time his firm invested over $1 billion in start-up high-tech and biotech companies creating tens of thousands of new jobs during his tenure.
He is currently a Managing Director of the Ironwood Equity Fund, a Small Business Investment Corporation (SBIC) that provides growth capital to expansion and later stage businesses in the Northeast. Ironwood seeks out investment opportunities in undercapitalized markets that have been overlooked by traditional venture investors and focuses on the healthcare, value-added manufacturing, business services, consumer products and retail industries.
Gabrieli lives in Boston with his wife Hilary and their five children, John Abigail, Polly Lilla and Nicholas. (Source Massachusetts 2020)
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