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Elyse D. Cherry

CEO, BlueHub Capital | President, Boston Community Venture Fund

Elyse Cherry is the CEO of BlueHub Capital, a national nonprofit community finance organization located in Roxbury, MA with a 35-year history of building healthy communities where low-income people live and work.

Under her leadership, BlueHub has invested over $2.2 billion to: finance affordable housing, health centers, schools, and other community facilities; provide foreclosure relief to families facing eviction; create jobs; benchmark and drive down energy and utility costs; and promote resiliency.

Elyse has been named one of 50 most influential Bostonians by the Boston Business Journal, one of the Top 100 LGBT Executives in the world by the Financial Times and OUTstanding, and one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews. In 2014, The White House named Elyse a Solar Champion of Change. She received Wellesley’s Alumnae Achievement Award in 2017, and she received the Susan M. Love Award from Fenway Health in 2014. For the past seven years, The Boston Globe and The Commonwealth Institute have included BlueHub Capital as one of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts.

In addition to her contributions to Board of the Forsyth Institute, she is an active civic and business leader. Elyse is a member of the Wellesley College Board of Trustees, the Board of Advisors of Eastern Bank, and on the Board of Directors of The Boston Foundation, where she co-chairs the Advisory Committee for The Equality Fund — a fund supporting greater Boston nonprofits that strengthen the LGBTQ community.

Elyse is a former partner at the law firm of Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale) where her national transactional practice focused on multi-family and commercial real estate finance and development, affordable housing, and open space preservation.

Elyse, an attorney, graduated from Wellesley College and Northeastern University School of Law.

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