The Discovery Museums of Acton have welcomed three new members to their board of directors: JD Chesloff, executive director of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable; Robert V. Ferrara, senior director of Strategic Planning, Communications and Alumni Relations for the MIT Division of Student Life; and Jarod J. Bloom, a partner at Sechrest & Bloom, LLC and Sechrest Financial Services, LLC— according to a press release.
As Executive Director of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable (MBR), JD Chesloff is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic framework and direction for MBR in partnership with the chair, executive committee and board of directors. He works with MBR Task Forces and MBR leadership to develop its agenda on public policy matters—particularly in the areas of competitiveness, health care, education, and transportation and infrastructure—and convey those ideas to opinion leaders and policy makers to help inform their deliberations.
He joined MBR in 2004 after serving as legislative/Issues director for the Early Education for All (EEA) Campaign, where he was responsible for developing and driving legislative support for EEA’s legislation and agenda which included the creation of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. He currently serves on the department’s Board of Directors as Chairman.
In addition, he is chair of the Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Advisory Council’s Executive Committee, and is a trustee at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
He lives in Arlington, MA with his wife and two children.
Bob Ferrara is senior director of Strategic Planning, Communications and Alumni Relations for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Division of Student Life (DSL). In this capacity, he works extensively with the MIT Alumni Association and a broad cross section of MIT alumni.
Bob holds a bachelors degree from MIT in mechanical engineering, and an MBA from Harvard University. He is the MIT 1967 Class President and a board member and past President of the MIT Club of Boston.
Bob and his wife live in Acton. Both were active in the founding of The Discovery Museums, and have remained active in several community organizations.
Jarod Bloom is a partner at the CPA and wealth management firms Sechrest & Bloom, LLC and Sechrest Financial Services, LLC in Acton, MA. Jarod attended Boston University as a Trustee Scholar and graduated summa cum laude from BU’s School of Management in 1995 with a bachelors degree in business administration and a concentration in accounting.
Jarod has been a guest financial columnist for Medical Economics magazine, appeared as a financial analyst on Fox-TV, and co-authored a chapter in "Inside the Minds," a wealth management book.
Jarod is a resident of Acton,and was a Big Brother with the Big Brothers of Massachusetts Bay. Jarod has served as president of the Acton-Boxborough, MA chapter of Rotary International and is active with the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce. He is an avid yoga practitioner and professional swing dancer who has taught, competed, and performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia