Boston – January 31, 2018 –RIZE Massachusetts (RIZE) announced today two key hires in development and programming to help carry out its ambitious agenda to fight the Commonwealth’s opioid epidemic:
• Mark Walsh, Director of External Affairs and Philanthropy
• Anne Marie Boursiquot King, Senior Program Officer
“We’re thrilled to have these two highly talented and experienced professionals join the RIZE team” said Julie Burns, Executive Director. “Together, they will manage the collaboration of business and civic leaders, health industry and medical experts, and public health stakeholders assembled by RIZE to address the urgent challenge of ending the opioid crisis.”
Mark Walsh leads development in his new role. RIZE plans to raise $50 million over the next several years and invest in proven and innovative opioid treatment, prevention, and educational programs. In addition to development, Mr. Walsh will manage outreach efforts, including donor and corporate relations. He brings extensive government and nonprofit experience to the organization. He served as Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States from 2011 to 2017, overseeing visits of international dignitaries for the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State and engaging in several Department of State public/private fundraising initiatives. Prior to that, Mr. Walsh worked as the Vice President of Development for AIDS Action, as National Director of LGBT Outreach for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 Presidential Campaign, and co-founded Rafanelli Events. Mr. Walsh received his JD from Boston University and practiced law for several years before working in the public sector.
“RIZE will bring philanthropy to a level that matches the urgency of the crisis, and will support programs making lasting impacts. Mark and Anne Marie will be tremendous assets to RIZE in our mission to turn the tide on this epidemic” said Dr. David Torchiana, CEO of Mass General Brigham and Chair of the RIZE Board of Directors.
As Senior Program Officer, Anne Marie Boursiquot King oversees the RIZE portfolio of grants and programs, managing overall grant operations, and will provide direction to the board of directors and advisors on program strategy, evaluation, and governance. She comes to RIZE from her own consulting practice focused on improving nonprofit capacity and foundation and funder impact. Prior to that, Ms. Boursiquot King was Managing Director of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation where she helped launch the organization in 2008, led several statewide initiatives, funded collaborations, and granted nearly $20 million to more than 350 organizations during her tenure. Ms. Boursiquot King holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Bentley College Graduate School of Business.