Chris Gabrieli is the Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (MA BHE), the Co-Founder and CEO of the education non profit Empower Schools and a lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. He has served as Chair of the MA BHE since being appointed by Governor Charlie Baker in 2015. The BHE is responsible for setting policy and strategic direction for the public higher education system in the state which includes 29 community college, state university and UMass campuses and serves over 200,000 full-time students.Empower Schools is a leading national non-profit that has helped foster, design and launch fourteen Empowerment Zones in five states encompassing more than 25,000 students including the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership, whose Board Chris Chairs. Springfield is the site of the first such Zone in the country and has received hundreds of visitors from across the nation eager to see this collaboration among the state, the school district and the SEA. The goals of the Zone are to allow educators to design and refine the parameters of their schools in order to allow students to flourish. At Harvard, Chris has taught a graduate school course on education policy change for more than a decade and has partnered with several faculty colleagues on research and policy projects. Chris authored the book Time to Learn and is a co-author of more than twenty scientific and policy papers. Chris is actively involved in civic life in Massachusetts and beyond and has served on more than thirty national and local nonprofit, governmental and private company Boards of Directors. Chris began his career as the founder and CEO of a health care software company and was a Partner of Bessemer Venture Partners for twenty years helping other entrepreneurs start and build biotech and healthcare enterprises. He is a graduate of Harvard College and lives in Boston, MA where he and his wife Hilary raised their five children, all of whom are now young adults.