Board of Trustees

Excel Academy Board of Trustees

As public agents authorized by the state, the members of the board of trustees (board) of a charter school are responsible for governing the school and hold the charter for the school, as it is granted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). 

In addition to its many other responsibilities, the board must ensure that the school is complying with all of the state and federal laws that apply to the school and that the school is operating in accordance with its charter and with any approved amendments to its charter.

Excel Academy is grateful to its volunteer board members for their generous commitment to ensure the success and viability of our organization.

Christopher DeLorey (Co-Chair)

Chris is a Senior Vice President at Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC in Boston. Previously, Chris worked as an independent insurance broker and President of Financial Services at Telamon Insurance and Financial Network in Newton. Chris has been actively involved in healthcare reform here in the Commonwealth and nationally. Chris was an original member of the Governor’s Quality and Cost Council, an integral part of the landmark healthcare reform legislation in Massachusetts. He is also a past President of the Massachusetts Association of Health Underwriters. In addition to Excel, Chris serves on the board of the Mass. Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) and is involved with Business Leaders for Education (BLE). 

Ben Howe (Co-Chair)

Ben is the co-founder and CEO of AGC Partners in Boston, MA. Prior to founding AGC, Ben was a Managing Director and Head of M&A at Cowen Securities. Prior to Cowen he led Montgomery Securities’ East Coast and European Tech Investment Banking practice. He graduated from Trinity College and received an M.S. in Accounting from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Caitlin Brumme (Vice Chair)

Caitlin Reimers Brumme is a Director on the Capital Markets Team at Social Finance where she leads the financial structuring and capital raising activities to drive social impact at scale. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School.

Tom Ellis (Treasurer)

Tom is the co-founder and co-portfolio manager of North Run Capital, LP, a long-short fundamental value hedge fund. Prior to co-founding North Run in 2002, Tom was a Principal at Berkshire Partners, LLC. 

Matt Ottmer (Clerk)

Matt Ottmer is the Chief Operating Officer at Momenta Pharmaceuticals, where he is responsible for the operational management of product development, research, clinical development, pharmaceutical sciences and commercial activities. Matt is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

John Casais

John is currently a Partner at Jones Day. He previously served as a Partner at Edwards Wildman. Prior to that, he served as an associate, and then a Partner, with Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP. 

Minnie Joung

Minnie Joung serves as a board member and strategic business advisor for various social enterprises that are pursuing innovation in the areas of food banking, low-income housing and social services.  She worked in the private sector for over twenty years where she advised start-up ventures, large complex multinationals and Fortune 500 companies.  Most recently, she served in senior roles at Fidelity Investments for business divisions with responsibility for strategic multi-billion dollar portfolios.  

Stephen Mugford

Steve is Executive Vice President, Head of Strategy at Capital One Financial Corporation. Prior to joining Capital One, Steve worked with the Boston Consulting Group where he led consulting engagements with Fortune 500 clients in a variety of industries. Steve is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Business School.

Susan Passoni

Susan is a Founding Board Member of Excel Academy Charter Schools and Chairs Excel’s Advisory Board. For twenty years, she was a Managing Director in Research at several investment banks, including Credit Suisse First Boston and Goldman Sachs. Susan currently Chairs the University Club of Boston’s Scholarship Committee as well as serves on EDVestors’ Grant Review panel and is an Executive Advisor for the Lynch Leadership Academy. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association and Building Excellent Schools. 

Juan Rivera 

Juan is Managing Partner in the Boston office of Simon-Kucher and Partners LLC, a strategy and marketing consulting firm, where he specializes in pricing, reimbursement and new product planning in the life sciences.