Partner at Booth Sweet LLP, Cambridge, MA
As a partner at Booth Sweet LLP in Cambridge, Massachusetts, an arts and technology law firm, Dan Booth represents people and businesses in creative industries. His clients include new media companies and artists of all kinds, and he focuses on copyright and trademark law. He is also on the counsel at Pawa Law Group, P.C. in Newton, Massachusetts and has worked as a litigation associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP in New York and at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston and as a consultant at several Massachusetts law firms.
Dan received his bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College, and he received his law degree from Columbia School of Law in New York, where he was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Before attending law school, Dan was a sales representative for an independent music distributor and the indie buyer for the late and lamented Tower Records Boston. Dan was a panelist at the Experience Music Project’s Pop Music Conference in 2008, 2009, and 2011, and he has served on several panels on intellectual property law by CLE organizations. He is an active member of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, the Boston Bar Association, the American Bar Association (ABA), and the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law.
Senior Product Marketer, Constant Contact, Waltham, MA
Nancy Darish brings to Passim more than 18 years of corporate marketing, product marketing and music industry experience. Helping to establish Chicago-based Aware Records in the mid-90s, Nancy served as general manager overseeing distribution, manufacturing, and marketing. There she worked with such artists as Matchbox20, Vertical Horizon, Guster and The Verve Pipe.
A move back to Boston led Nancy to apply her entrepreneurial marketing skills to the publishing, database marketing and email marketing industries, where most recently she served as director of marketing for Burlington based e-Dialog. Her work with Passim has most recently led her to apply her email marketing knowledge to Waltham based Constant Contact, a provider on online marketing tools for small businesses and non-profits, as a senior product marketer.
Nancy has a BA from Boston University and recently completed the Professional Chef Program at the Cambridge School of Culinary Art.
Gail Greenwald is an active seed-level investor and an experienced senior executive with more than 25 years’ experience in technology-intensive companies. She is currently a member of the Clean Energy Venture Group and the Launchpad Venture Group, where she serves on the board of directors. She also serves on the advisory board of The Capital Network, and is a board observer for one of her portfolio companies, Practically Green.
Formerly, Gail was executive vice president of Foliage, which provides consulting and software development services for the medical, aerospace, and industrial equipment markets. Gail was responsible for corporate-wide P&L management, restructuring and mentoring the current leadership team, and relationship management for major accounts.
Prior to Foliage, Gail spent five years as chief operating officer of Caveo Technology, an entrepreneurial company focused on advanced motion detection systems for computer security and other applications.
Earlier in her career, Gail spent seventeen years at Arthur D. Little, the international management and technology consulting firm. She was vice president and managing director of the company’s technology and product development group, and managed one of the company’s fastest growing and most highly profitable profit centers.
Gail has been active in a wide range of volunteer activities. She is a long-term supporter of Passim and a past board member. She has also served on boards, trustee groups, and advisory/steering groups for CARE, UNICEF, and BB&N. She founded the New England Women’s Initiative to raise funds for girls’ education, and was a long-term volunteer at the Pine Street Inn.
Gail is also an experienced offshore sailor and celestial navigator, the only woman ever to win the Navigator’s Trophy in the Marion-Bermuda race, and a 4-time marathon runner. She is a lover of folk, independent, and rock music but decidedly mediocre as a guitarist and singer.
Gail holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from MIT and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
President, Ralph Jaccodine Management, Waltham, MA
Ralph Jaccodine started his career as a musician in his hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania. He spent the early years of his career promoting concerts there and later at the University of Notre Dame where he received a degree in economics. He has worked with artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen, Rush, Hall and Oates, and Kiss to Ellis Paul, Greg Brown, and Bill Morrissey. In 1992, he started the independent record label Black Wolf Records with Mike Dreese, the co-founder of Newbury Comics. After helping to launch the career of Ellis Paul, Ralph started what has been a 20-year career of artist management working with Ellis, Flynn, Antje Duvekot, Martin Sexton, The Push Stars, Bang Camaro, Johnny A., and others.
Along with longtime Aerosmith manager, Tim Collins, Ralph founded and runs the Boston Manager's Group, a professional organization of managers in the New England area. Ralph started Black Wolf Press, which has released the books Notes From The Road by Ellis Paul and Deep Community by Scott Alarik. He has also released DVD's by Vance Gilbert and Ellis Paul. Ralph is an active speaker at colleges, conventions, and seminars where he speaks on the music industry.
Ralph is a father of two and a longtime supporter of Passim. He has been on the board of Passim since 2004.
Partner at Wilmer Hale, Boston, MA
Peter Kolovos is a partner at Wilmer Hale, one of the largest law firms in Boston. His practice concentrates on securities litigation and enforcement matters as well as corporate and complex commercial litigation. He has represented numerous public companies and their officers and directors in various federal and state securities litigation and enforcement matters including class actions, derivative litigation, SEC, and DOJ. He has conducted internal investigations for companies in a variety of industries on issues such as revenue recognition, options backdating, and earnings management. He is also a member of Wilmer Hale’s hiring committee for the Boston office and its committee on diversity.
Peter sings and plays the guitar and the alto sax. He played in his high school’s jazz band, was on the senior staff of the Harvard marching band, and occasionally played at open mic nights in Greenwich Village while in law school. These days, Peter is in a parody band that plays at firm events twice a year, which, sadly, is the band’s only performance opportunity.
Cynthia Lange, Board Clerk
President, Wired Artist Agency, Medfield, MA
Cindy Lange first visited Club Passim less than a week after she had moved to the Boston area in late 2007, and it quickly became her favorite place to hear live music. Soon after coming to Boston, Cindy launched her boutique booking agency, Wired Artist Agency. She has built the business with an emphasis on growing musicians’ careers by building relationships with venues, festival promoters, music managers, publicists, and anyone who shares her love for music.
In addition to raising three teenage daughters and running her business, Cindy has also been active in many volunteer endeavors in the communities she has lived in, including the American Heart Association, the Junior League, and afterschool programs in inner-city schools. She also lends a hand at her children's schools. Her broad and diverse experience helps her relate to and connect with artists and venue owners across the nation. Cindy, her husband, and their three girls have lived in six states in 20 years including Connecticut, Indiana, Virginia, California, New York, and now Massachusetts.
Director of Finance and Operations, Fayerweather Street School, Cambridge, MA
Charlie McDermott is the Director of Finance and Operations at the Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge. Before Fayerweather, Charlie worked for more than 25 years in the fields of grant-making and arts administration, including 20 years as Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He has also held positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National Arts Stabilization Fund, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden in Vancouver, B.C., and several public radio stations. Charlie joined the board of Passim in 2012. In addition to Passim, he is currently on the board of EmcArts in New York and TDC in Boston. He is also the past board treasurer of Fayerweather Street School and the Foundation for Faces of Children. He holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Charlie lives in Cambridge with his wife Patricia Flaherty, and daughters Clare (14) and Amelia (12). He’s a piano player and is fond of playing with family friends in a group that sometimes goes by the name Dogs in a Pile. Favorite musicians include Bruce Cockburn, Richard Thompson, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, The Band, Anais Mitchell, Michael Chorney, Karan Casey, Solas, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Jonathan Richman… to name a few!
Ronald M. Pastore
Principal, AEW Capital Management, Boston, MA
As a principal of AEW Capital Management, Ron M. Pastore heads up AEW’s retail investment management group. This group consists of eight professionals who oversee more than $3.5 billion of retail assets, including super regional malls, urban specialty centers, and grocery-anchored neighborhood centers. Ron brings to his position over 25 years of real estate experience. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College. He also attended Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where he received a master’s of arts in city and regional planning and MIT’s Sloan School where he received a master’s of science in management. Ron is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and has been quoted in a variety of major publications. He has also appeared as an industry commentator on CNN and various NPR radio programs.
He resides in Lexington, Massachusetts with his wife, Jeanine, and their three children. Aside from his business activities, Ron has been an active electric bassist since the age of 12 and currently plays in the Boston area with two bands, the Belltones and Memphis Train. Prior to both bands, Ron was a member of the Glee Club, which played extensively throughout Boston and landed two original compositions, WBCN and WFNX. During his college years, Ron’s band, The Press, toured the New England college and nightclub scene. Two of the band’s original songs earned significant radio airplay.
Jerry Potts, Board Chair
VP Marketing, MFS Investment Management
Adjunct Professor, Carroll School of Management, Boston College
Jerry Potts has been involved with Club Passim for over ten years. In the 1990s, he founded Eastern Front Records. A number of artists from the label—including Martin Sexton, Peter Mulvey, Kevin Connolly, Greg Greenway, Courage Brothers, and Barbara Kessler—have performed frequently at Club Passim and have built strong national followings with the Club as a base. Jerry plays guitar and has written and performed for over 35 years. In 2005, he released a CD of original music, "Communicate," and still plays gigs a few times a year. Jerry joined the Board in 2002 after seeing Passim’s ability to create a powerful, nurturing environment that connects artists and audiences.
Jerry has also spent 27 years working in the business world. He was a co-founder of RadioBoston, a 24/7, live Internet radio station, and he has consulted with a variety of start-up organizations. Jerry is a graduate of Brown University where he received a bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior and political science. He's president of Medfield Youth Baseball and Softball and is a rabid Patriots fan.
Jerry lives in Medfield, Massachusetts with his wife and three kids. All of them love music, play instruments, and have figured out that music makes the world a much better place.
Diogo Teixeria, Board Treasurer
Diogo Teixeira joined the Passim board after working as a member of the Harvard Business School CAP team that provided strategic advice to Passim in 2008. He has a professional background in consulting, retail banking, and technology research. In 1993, he founded the Tower Group, which became the leading technology advisory form for financial institutions. Prior to that, he was a consultant at both Ernst & Young and McKinsey. He is also an angel investor in local Boston-area start-ups. His non-profit activities include consulting to educational and social service agencies.
Diogo is a graduate of both MIT and Harvard. He has resided in and around Cambridge for about 40 years.
Business Manager, Global Post.com, Boston, MA
Jim has served as the primary financial/administrative manager for several small companies over the past fifteen years including online music marketplace Sonicbids.com and internet radio pioneer RadioBoston.com. He also worked for healthcare private equity firm MedEquity Capital and as a consultant to local high-tech startups. Prior to that Wooster worked as a controller in the architectural/engineering industry. An avid musician, Jim was a founding member of local band the Courage Brothers who released two CDs on Eastern Front Records in the early 1990s. He lives in Belmont with his wife and two boys and spends his free time playing music or on the tennis court. B.A. – Dartmouth College.