JD Chesloff

Executive Director, Massachusetts Business Roundtable

As Executive Director, JD is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic framework and direction for Massachusetts Business Roundtable (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 and convey those ideas to opinion leaders and policymakers to help inform their deliberations.

JD has worked in and around Beacon Hill for more than 25 years. In the Legislature, he was the Chief of Staff to the House Committee on Commerce and Labor, and was the education issues analyst and Deputy Budget Director for the House Committee on Ways and Means. After working as both a budget analyst and Assistant to the President at the University of Massachusetts, JD worked as the Legislative Director for State Treasurer Shannon O’Brien and then as Issues Director for the O’Brien-Gabrieli gubernatorial campaign in 2002.

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 Board and Department of Early Education and Care. He served on the Board for 10 years, five as Chairman.

JD is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and serves on Boards of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, Science from Scientists, and the Taly Foundation. He also is on the Advisory Board of ReadyNation.

JD holds a master’s in public affairs from the McCormack Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and has a bachelor’s degree in law and public policy and telecommunications writing from Syracuse University.