The Adams Presidential Center Board of Directors is a cross-partisan panel of local and national leaders in government, academia, and business. Board members are united by their shared commitment to open dialogue and a desire to inspire everyday citizens to embrace their responsibilities to our nation.

Board of Directors


General Joseph F. Dunford, USMC (ret.)

General Joseph F. Dunford, USMC (ret.)

  • Chairman of the Board

  • Senior Managing Director, Liberty Strategic Capital

  • Chairman, Semper Fi & America’s Fund Board

Katherine Craven

Katherine Craven

  • Treasurer of the Board

  • Chairwoman, Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

  • Chief Administrative & Financial Officer, Babson College


Benjamin C. Adams

Benjamin C. Adams

  • Vice Chairman, Massachusetts Historical Society Board of Trustees

Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen

  • James Bryant Conant University Professor, Harvard University

  • Director, Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard Kennedy School

Willaim Delahunt

The Honorable William D. Delahunt

  • United States Congressman (1997-2011)

Rob Hale

Rob Hale

  • Chief Executive Officer, Granite Telecommunications

Kerry Healey

The Honorable Kerry Healey

  • Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth (2003-2007)

  • President, Milken Institute’s Center for Advancing the American Dream

Edward Keohane

Edward J. Keohane

  • Chairman, Keohane Funeral Home

Sam Slater

Sam Slater

  • Director, Slater Foundation

  • Managing Partner, Tremont Asset Management LLC

  • Co-founder & Partner, Burn Later Productions

Richard Mahoney

Richard P. Mahoney


Rich Mahoney is the inaugural leader of the Adams Presidential Center and has led the project since inception. He has overseen all planning as the project has evolved from a vision to one that is being executed upon.

He works alongside the Board of Directors and a team of consultants on fundraising, educational programming, exhibition design, and all of the stages a startup nonprofit goes through. A Quincy native, Mr. Mahoney finds it a privilege to honor John, John Quincy, Abigail, and Louisa Catherine Adams in the city they called home.

Mr. Mahoney has deep experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. He consulted to Year Up and helped them expand nationally. Year Up has grown to be the most impactful workforce development model in the country. Prior to his nonprofit work, Mr. Mahoney was a Managing Director for Phoenix Growth Capital and a Vice President at GE Capital.

Kathy Hussey OBrien

Kathleen Hussey O'Brien

Vice President of Donor Relations

Kathleen Hussey O’Brien is a passionate non-profit marketing and fundraising professional. A strategic mind with unparalleled commercial acumen, O’Brien produces tangible mission-driven outcomes on innovative projects. She excels at facilitating experiential in-person and online programming, cultivating major donors, courting corporate philanthropy, and increasing digital media engagement. O’Brien is a veteran of the events marketing industry, where she produced events around the globe for tech, healthcare, and telecom industries.

Outside of her work at the APC, O’Brien serves on Quincy College’s Business Board and Providence College’s Alumni Committee.

O’Brien grew up in Merrymount, a close-knit neighborhood in Quincy, Massachusetts where she still resides with her four wonderful children, Kelli, Mikaela, Paul, Brendan, and Aussie Mountain Doodle Reggie.

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The Adams Presidential Center is excited to collaborate with the Massachusetts Historical Society. Together, we’re providing the public with even greater access to the Adams Family Papers and other noteworthy artifacts from the MHS collection.

The APC will not only feature objects from the collection in permanent exhibits and programs, but it will also provide the Society with its own exhibition area at the Center. By co-developing educational initiatives, we will inspire responsible citizenship and teach information literacy. Our joint curricular, programming, and exhibit efforts will help both institutions promote a fuller understanding of the Adams family’s legacy.

Museum Planning and Design Partners


Interested in learning more about future career opportunities with the Adams Presidential Center? If you think you would be a good fit as we start to grow the team, we’d like to hear more about your experience and interest. Reach out and introduce yourself today!