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Chris Cavallerano

MassBay Foundation
2021 to 2022
MassBay Foundation Board Member

Chris Cavallerano B.A. in Political Science and Minor in Organizational Psychology - University of Rochester; Intensive Italian Language and Opera Studies - Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici, Florence, Italy; JD and Certificate in Law and Economics - Syracuse College of Law.

Chris Cavallerano, founder of Motivo, Inc., is a social entrepreneur and “champion of the human spirit”. He is valued for his leadership and support of social causes and his ability to inspire organizations and people to achieve excellence. Prior to founding Motivo, Chris spent over a decade as an internal consultant and catalyst for change to executive leaders at one of the world’s largest financial services companies.

Chris proudly supports Community Investors and their Project PowerPlay initiative, which creates positive impactful experiences for children through autonomous play resulting in increased empathy, resiliency, and stronger communities. Community Investors is one of only two MA-based non-profits recognized as a National Youth Sports Strategic Champion by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. In partnership with the Reebok Foundation and their Building Our Kids Success (BOKS) program, Chris led the successful launch of a district-wide BOKS before-school fitness program in Wellesley receiving numerous grants and cultivating strategic partnerships.

He serves on the Boards of National Braille Press, Wellesley Youth Commission, Wellesley Scholarship Foundation, and The GIFT Foundation. He is the Wellesley High School parent representative for Challenge Success, volunteer for the Wellesley Graves/Ceremonial Officer assisting the Wellesley Veterans' Services Officer. Also, Chris and his family are full-time puppy raisers for NEADS — World Class Service Dogs.

His support extends far beyond the Boardroom. In 2012, Chris demonstrated his indomitable spirit by running the Boston Marathon blindfolded (with guides) and in record heat to support literacy for blind children. In 2017, he was profiled in the Spartan Up! Episode 170, "What Motivates?" and in 2019, Chris completed two marathon ruck marches, the Bataan Memorial Death March and Tough Ruck, to support and honor Veterans and Gold Star Families.