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Alumni Advisory Council

Members of the Alumni Advisory Council are available to students for career counseling, networking and mentoring. Members have organized and participated in career panels as well as organized academic panels.

Alumni Advisory Council Members

Steven J. Bolognese ('07)                                                                                        

Mr. Bolognese joined Tentindo, Kendall, Canniff & Keefe LLP (TKCK) in 2007. Prior to joining the firm, he held various leadership positions in industry including managing customer service, operational and human resource departments for both US Airways and United Airlines. Steve’s practice areas include workers’ compensation under Massachusetts and federal acts including the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, employment law, aviation law, and general business law including federal and state tax matters. In addition to his law practice, Steve has extensive business and management experience and is a licensed pilot.

Mr. Bolognese earned a B.S. in management from Cambridge College, and his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from New England Law | Boston.  He is admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar.

Daniel B. Brunk ('07)                                                                                        

Daniel Brunk is assistant vice president, compliance testing and risk assessment program manager for J.P. Morgan in London, England.  He was previously an associate at Quirk & Bakalor P.C. in New York City.  His practice has included commercial litigation, representing clients in industries as diverse as insurance, food manufacturing, and the airlines.  Before practicing law, he was an assistant vice president at Bank One, NA, where he managed operations for a retail banking center and later served as a quality analyst in the international funds transfer operations area. Prior to his banking career, Brunk taught in the public school system in Indiana as a band director, achieving multiple state level awards with his bands.

Mr. Brunk is active in the legal community and is a member of the American Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, and the New York County Lawyers Association. He serves on various committees of the local associations in the areas of litigation, securities regulation, and banking.

Mr. Brunk earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Indiana University and his juris doctor from New England Law | Boston, receiving a Meritorious Service Award for Service to the law school. He is a member of the New York, Massachusetts, and District of Columbia bars, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Douglas Denny-Brown ('97)

Mr. Denny-Brown is currently general counsel and director of regulatory affairs for Burlington, Massachusetts, based Mint Energy, LLC, a regional competitive electricity supplier that serves commercial and industrial customers.  Previously, Mr. Denny-Brown was president and general counsel at Clean Asset Partners Corporation, a clean tech renewable energy certificate aggregator and broker based in Arlington, Massachusetts.  Before working for Clean Asset Partners, Mr. Denny-Brown was manager of public policy outreach for Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, a regional energy efficiency advocacy nonprofit that provides policy and other information to utilities, government agencies, and others.
From 1999 until 2008, Mr. Denny-Brown was general counsel and vice president of regulatory affairs at RNK communications.  When he left, RNK Communications was a Massachusetts-based telecommunications company with more than 150 employees, $60 million in revenue, and operations in a dozen states.  At RNK, Mr. Denny-Brown was responsible for all in-house legal matters and state and federal regulatory compliance and policy issues, and managed a staff of seven.  Before joining RNK, Mr. Denny-Brown spent nine years at the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy, serving as a hearing officer and a senior policy analyst.
Mr. Denny-Brown is also a member of the Environmental and Energy Efficiency Committee for the City of Watertown, where, among other things, he assists in state and federal grant writing.  Mr. Denny-Brown has been chosen as a speaker on in-house legal issues for various Massachusetts Bar Association events, and serves on the Alumni Advisory Council of the New England Law | Boston Center for Business Law. 
Mr. Denny-Brown received his B.A. in government from Clark University.

Matthew Growney ('00)                                                                                    

Mr. Growney has become a well-known and successful investor for both his understanding of new technologies as well as his ability to build compelling new businesses for the commercial marketplace. In September 2007, he launched Rudyard Partners, a specialized venture capital firm, as an investment vehicle to deliver new consumer products and solutions to both mass market and specialized users alike.

Whether on a device or a network, Mr. Growney explores technologies that implement or integrate content and software so that consumer expectations with new innovations can be surpassed. He is focused on the monetization of old and new media and its interface with various combinations of bits and atoms. He is founder & CEO of Isabella Products, a revolutionary new consumer electronics company that launched its first product, Vizit™, in spring 2009.

Prior to creating Rudyard Partners, Mr. Growney was co-founder and managing director of Motorola Ventures (MV), the corporate venture capital arm of Motorola, Inc. Matthew was directly responsible for building investment offices in Boston, Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, and Beijing. He co-managed a $350M portfolio of 70+ companies. Matthew created the investment program in 1997 and established it as one of the premier corporate venture practices in the world. He developed MV’s investment thesis around monetizing both strategic and financial returns. He focused on emerging networks (3G, 4G, Wireline, Cable), new media, mobile devices, Web 2.0, enterprise software, and material science. He was responsible for making investments in innovative companies like E Ink, A123, Xanboo, Airclic, Cedarpoint Communications, Snaptrack, Camero, Ocean Broadband, and Netomat. He has also served on both the Investment Committee and the Board of Directors for Shanghai NewMargin Ventures, one of the leading domestic venture capital firms in China.

Mr. Growney serves on the board of advisors for Sigma Capital Partners, a specialized private equity firm in New York. He is also a board advisor to Collective IQ, a corporate venturing firm in Atlanta focused on providing Fortune 2000 companies with strategic investment advisory and business development services.

Mr. Growney serves as chairman of the advisory board for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship in New England, a non-for-profit focused on developing entrepreneurship criteria for low-income high school students. He is also involved with the Ad Hoc Technology Committee for the Boston Children’s Museum. In November 2005, Mr. Growney was named one of Boston’s “40 under 40″ by the Boston Business Journal for his professional achievement and community contributions in New England. He has been a featured speaker around the world and contributed to several books both on innovation and venture capital.

Mr. Growney graduated from Michigan State University (B.A.) and the New England Law | Boston (JD). He has also studied software at Harvard University and civil law with Loyola University-New Orleans in Costa Rica. Matthew is fluent in French, speaks Japanese, and is learning Mandarin.

Kelly Kneeshaw-Price ('09)                                                                                        

Ms. Kneeshaw-Price graduated from New England Law | Boston in 2009. During her third year she served as the student fellow for the Center for Business Law and helped organize academic programs, conducted legal research, and coordinated student projects. She also served as a research assistant for Professor Susan Finneran. In addition, after her first year, she interned with Volunteer Legal Services in Washington state. This organization coordinates pro bono legal services for low income individuals.

Ms. Kneeshaw-Price received her B.A. and B.F.A. degrees from the University of Washington. She was admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar in December 2009.