Boston Leadership Team

Lynn Margherio, Founder/CEO

Lynn Margherio is Founder and CEO of Cradles to Crayons, an innovative Boston and Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that equips homeless and in-need children with the basic things they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued. Cradles to Crayons mobilizes communities of plenty on behalf of communities of need, recycling and reusing high-quality children’s goods and engaging thousands of youth and adults in tangible service activities each year that benefit local children. Since Cradles to Crayons’ founding in 2002, almost one million children have received packages filled with basic items.

Prior to Cradles to Crayons, Lynn’s 20 year career spanned the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Trained as a business strategy consultant, Lynn has advised Fortune 500 companies on growth strategies, competitive positioning, and investment/acquisition opportunities.  She has applied that training and experience to policy challenges at the local, national and global levels.  Lynn was a senior member of the health care reform team in the Clinton White House and served as Executive Vice President of the William J. Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative, where she helped launch and build President Clinton’s program to assist countries in the developing world to plan and implement large-scale HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs. From mid-1997 to mid-1998, she directed the U.S. Commerce Department team that produced The Emerging Digital Economy report, the first U.S. government report to describe and measure the impact of information technology and the Internet to the longest peace-time expansion in history.

Lynn has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including honors from Bank of America, the Boston Business Journal, the Boston Celtics, Facing History & Ourselves and the National Committee on Child Labor. Lynn serves on the New England Regional Advisory Board of Citizens Financial Group and on the Advisory Board for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of Georgetown University, Lynn currently resides in Cambridge with her husband and children.

Karen Grant, VP of Development

As Vice President of Development, Karen is responsible for envisioning and managing the organization’s revenue development strategy and works to ensure that fundraising is implemented according to Cradles to Crayons’ vision, mission, values and plans.

Karen has over a decade of experience developing comprehensive external relations strategies for a variety of organizations. Most recently, she served as the VP of Development & Communications at Peace First. There, she was responsible for leading the organization’s fundraising, communications and marketing efforts, including helping to launch a national peacemaking award for young people.

Prior to that, Karen spent several years working in political communications, most recently as the Deputy Executive Director, Communications for Boston 2004—the local organizing committee for the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Throughout her career, she has been committed to social justice issues and working to empower and give a voice to the disenfranchised.

Karen serves on the board of the Melrose Education Foundation. She is an alumna of Boston University and resides in Melrose with her husband and two daughters.

Daniel Vidaña, VP of Operations

As Vice President of Program Operations, Dann has overall responsibility for the development, planning, preparation and performance of the Cradles to Crayons Boston Giving Factory, its processes, associates and volunteers, as well as oversight for these functions across markets. Dann brings over 20 years of solid experience merging leadership, creativity and business insight to his role as well a strong global supply chain management background.

Previously, Dann has held senior executive roles for market leaders such as Apple, Inc., Provide Commerce, Verifone and Universal Electronics during periods of high growth. In addition, Dann founded and managed a non-profit youth soccer league, helping thousands of high school athletes gain exposure to college scouts in pursuit of athletic and merit scholarship opportunities.

Dann holds a B.A. in Spanish from Santa Clara University, with a concentration in International Business and Latin American Studies.

Board and Councils

Boston Board of Directors

Deborah Devaux—Massachusetts Board ChairChief Operating Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Joshua Beer, Managing Director 
Charlesbank Capital Partners

Renee Boynton-Jarrett
Boston University School of Medicine; Boston Medical Center; Vital Village Network

Todd Cook, Managing Director
Bain Capital

Michael Croke
Partner, Audit and Enterprise Risk Services Partner
Financial Services Practice, Deloitte & Touche

Michael Ewald, Managing Director
Bain Capital Credit

Barbara Goose, Chief Marketing Officer
John Hancock

Sharlyn Heslam, Managing Director and General Counsel
Berkshire Partners

Wendy Kraft, Clinical Consultant
Quality Rehabilitation Services

Aidan Riordan, Executive Vice President & Head of Affiliate Management

Liz Roaldsen, Senior Vice President–Head of Digital Enterprise Transformation
State Street Corporation

Sharon Scott-Chandler, Executive Vice President
Action for Boston Community Development

Monica Shah, Associate
Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP

Newcomb Stillwell, Senior Partner
Ropes & Gray LLP

Yolanda Taylor, Managing Director, Seaward Asset Management
Owner, Lexington Power Yoga

Corporate Advisory Council

Felicia Allen, Director of Marketing
UPS Northeast District

Brian Bilello, President
New England Revolution

Alison Connell, Senior Director of Media

Lucy Darragh, Director, Corporate Citizenship
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Ilyse Greenberg, Brand Strategy
Boathouse Group

Jim Holzman, President and CEO
Ace Ticket

Bjorn Jakobsen, Partner

William Matson,Vice President of Human Resources
Analog Devices

Robert Mills, Managing Director
Fidelity Investments

Colleen Richards Powell, Vice President Corporate Citizenship and Diversity
MFS Investment Management

Aidan Riordan, EVP, Head of Affiliate Management

Jennifer Rosenbaum,Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Randy Shelly,Vice President—Hospitality
Shawmut Design & Construction

Daniel Sullivan, EVP Chief Credit Officer, Corporate Credit
Eastern Bank

Robin Swartz, Attaché to the CEO, Senior Director, Compliance Operations

Ashley Swenson,Vice President of Customer Marketing
Staples, Inc.

Alicia Verity, Senior Vice President
Bank of America

Family Advisory Council

Julia Clarkson—Brookline (Chair)
MBA Admissions, Harvard Business School

Victoria Sullivan—Lexington (Vice Chair of Programs)
Volunteer & Philanthropist

Yolanda Taylor*—Lexington (Vice Chair of Recruitment)
Managing Director, Seaward Asset Management, Owner, Lexington Power Yoga

Kevin Conn—Newton
Cradles to Crayons Ambassador

Beth Cook—Wellesley
Assistant Professor, UMass School of Public Health

Todd Cook*—Wellesley
Managing Director, Bain Capital

Jeff Gandel—Newton
Managing Director, Long Wharf Real Estate Partners

Jennifer Gandel—Newton
Cradles to Crayons Ambassador

Jason Glass—Brookline
Managing Director, CVC Growth Partners

Cindy Greene—Newton
Cradles to Crayons Ambassador

Wendy Kraft*—Newton
Clinical Consultant, Quality Rehabilitation Services

Heather Krauss—Medfield
Cradles to Crayons Ambassador

Renée Kwok—Newton
President, TFC Financial Management

Charles Rudnick—Needham
Cradles to Crayons Ambassador

Jeff St. Mary—Hingham
Managing Director, Seaward Asset Management

*Massachusetts Board of Directors