CPEA is led by a group of esteemed individuals with expertise in medicine, education, not-for-profit management, law and finance.
Executive ChairFormer Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift is an experienced board member and executive, with expertise in education and technology gained from both her public and private sector positions. Ms. Swift served for 15 years in state government, including as Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, and State Senator in Massachusetts. She also serves on the boards of several organizations and has a background working with innovative educational providers. She was CEO of Middlebury Interactive Languages from 2011 to 2017. Ms. Swift served for a decade as a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Leadership Studies at Williams College. She received her undergraduate degree from Trinity College and holds several honorary doctorate degrees for her work.
Board MemberIn addition to a career-long commitment of serving the public interest, Mr. Friedman has extensive experience in nonprofit management. Since 1996, Mr. Friedman has served as managing attorney of Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), a nonprofit corporation that provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals and families in Philadelphia. At PLA, Mr. Friedman focuses on the administration of the organization. He also aids in the representation of clients with respect to matters involving family law, housing, bankruptcy and public benefits. Prior to his work with PLA, Mr. Friedman served as managing attorney for Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. Mr. Friedman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Wayne State University.
Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D.
Board MemberA recognized leader in higher education, Dr. Bailey has served as an educator and administrator for several prominent institutions, while making numerous additional professional contributions. Currently a Professor and Dean Emeritus at Bryn Mawr College, Dr. Bailey has previously taught and served as a Dean at Case Western Reserve University, the University of Minnesota, and Columbia University (where she also served as Vice President and Acting President of Teachers College). Utilizing a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach, she teaches, writes and researches extensively on topics spanning health and human services, leadership development and organizational behavior, while also participating in professional associations and on boards of several nonprofit organizations. Dr. Bailey received her undergraduate degree from Lafayette College, Masters from Columbia, and Ph.D. from Case Western.
Stephen Burghardt, Ph.D.
Board MemberFor more than 30 years, Dr. Burghardt has been a professor at the Hunter College (CUNY) School of Social Work, where he has focused on areas such as transformative leadership models and community-based action. A prolific author, researcher and an award-winning professor, Dr. Burghardt has also provided service to numerous editorial boards and professional societies. Dr. Burghardt approaches his teaching instruction with the philosophy of empowering his students to assist others. Additionally, Dr. Burghardt provides coaching to executives, municipal leaders and others regarding community engagement, leadership, strategic planning and communications. Dr. Burghardt received his undergraduate degree from Lafayette College and his Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Christopher Hawk, M.D.
Board MemberDr. Hawk is a board-certified family medicine physician practicing in Washington state at St. Joseph’s community hospital and the Lummi Nation Tribal Health Clinic. He is also an assistant professor at the University of Washington involved in research and clinical education. Before medicine, he worked internationally on remote construction projects and, through his travels and volunteer efforts for health organizations, witnessed how disparities in wealth, education, and access to healthcare can negatively affect outcomes. Seeking a career that could contribute to addressing these disparities, Dr. Hawk entered the medical and educational professions. Dr. Hawk obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii and his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Washington.
Board MemberMs. McDevitt has a wealth of experience in educational policy, business ethics and compliance. A former chair of the Board of Governors of the Florida State University System, Ms. McDevitt currently serves on the boards of St. Leo University, Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting, and Healthcare Resource Development, Inc. Beyond her service to numerous educational, civic and professional organizations during her career, Ms. McDevitt served for many years as the senior vice president and general counsel of TECO Energy. A recognized leader in the Florida business community, Ms. McDevitt has been inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame and received the Outstanding Contribution Award for Pioneering in Business Ethics from the University of Tampa. Ms. McDevitt received her undergraduate and law degrees from Florida State University.
Board Member & Executive DirectorMr. Polin has more than 25 years of background as an attorney, accountant and advisor with broad experience in major transactions, financial matters and corporate governance, especially for healthcare entities and educational providers. Mr. Polin served as a partner for 15 years at the healthcare law firm of Epstein Becker Green. A former Certified Public Accountant, he also previously worked at KPMG LLP. Growing up as the child of a university professor and author, he learned from an early age the profound benefits of education in helping oneself and others, a particularly powerful tool in the healthcare field. Mr. Polin received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University and his law degree from the New York University School of Law.
Board MemberMr. Wootten brings more than 20 years of financial expertise and community engagement to UMA. Currently a principal of Addison Advisors in Vermont, Mr. Wootten helps his clients with investment management and financial planning. Previously, Mr. Wootten worked as a portfolio manager and member of the Investment Committee at Rock Point Advisors and as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. Preceding his career in financial services, Mr. Wootten served as a Peace Corps volunteer and manager of a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Nicaragua, where he helped farmers improve their standard of living by converting to sustainable agriculture. Mr. Wootten also serves on the board of an organization helping the homeless across Vermont. Mr. Wootten received his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.