The following is a press release from the Governor’s office submitted to SOURCE.
BOSTON – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker appointed Warren Fields, Chief Investment Officer and founding partner of the Pyramid Hotel Group to the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board of Directors.
Fields brings over two decades of experience in hospitality, business development, acquisitions and operations.
“Warren Fields’ decades of experience in operations, development and asset management will serve the Massport Board of Directors well in implementing Massport’s strategic goals and governance,” said Governor Baker. “We are grateful to Duane Jackson for his leadership and guidance on the Board, especially across the seafood industry and through his work with diversity and inclusion. We thank him for his public service and wish him well.”
“We are pleased to appoint Warren Fields to the Massport Board of Directors where he will play an instrumental role in guiding the operations and direction of Massport,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Duane Jackson has been an asset to the Board and we are appreciative of the expertise and experience he brought to the job.”
“I would like to thank Duane Jackson for his years of service and welcome Warren Fields to the Board,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “Warren Fields has a record of leadership and experience in financial management and the hospitality industry and his expertise will be beneficial as the Massport Board makes decisions impacting the airports, real estate and the Authority’s marine interests.”
Fields’ appointment comes as L. Duane Jackson, Managing Member of Alinea Capital Partners, fulfills his seven-year term on the Board, most recently serving as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Real Estate and Strategic Initiatives committee for the past four years.
He supported the Authority’s maritime mission, particularly in regard to advancing the seafood cluster industry in South Boston and preserving those jobs for the local workforce and helped to define Massport’s diversity and inclusion initiative, which made diversity and inclusion an equally weighted criteria in development projects.
“Duane has been a passionate member on the Massport Board, and his expertise in various areas has helped shape the Authority’s strategic plan,” said Acting Massport CEO John Pranckevicius. “His experience as both an architect and a developer has provided Massport with a unique set of skills to guide its real estate and asset management program. Additionally, he has been a true champion for the investment and revitalization of the working Port of Boston, and helping Massport to create a vision for Logan Airport.”
The Massachusetts Port Authority Board is a seven-member group that oversees Massport, a financially independent authority which owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, the public container and cruise terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field, Worcester Regional Airport as well as real estate holdings and public parks in South Boston and East Boston. Board members are not paid for their service.
Other Board members include Board Chair Worcester Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, Patricia Jacobs, John Nucci, Sean O’Brien, Laura Sen and Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack.
Fields currently serves as Chief Investment Officer of Pyramid Advisors, LLC. Fields began his career Beacon Hotel Corporation, rising to become Vice President of development for Guest Quarters Hotels from 1994 to 1997 and later, Doubletree Hotels. In 1999, Fields formed Pyramid Hotel Group. As Chief Investment Officer and Founding Partner of Pyramid, Fields has overseen the growth of Pyramid’s portfolio of over 70 hotels through development, acquisitions, third-party management and asset management for over 11 years. Fields earned his BS from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in 1985.
Jackson is currently a Managing Member of Alinea Capital Partners, LLC, a real estate development and investment company specializing in urban and emerging markets in the Northeast. Jackson is the former Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Migliassi/Jackson & Associates, Inc., an architectural firm specializing in new construction and rehabilitation of residential, commercial, institutional and infrastructure projects. There, Jackson was involved in the design and construction of over $800 million in affordable, therapeutic, special needs and equity housing throughout Boston and Massachusetts. Jackson has diverse experience in community based initiatives and has represented numerous tenant groups, providing technical advice for over 1,500 public housing and affordable units in the City of Boston. Jackson was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is a founding board member of the Mass Mentoring Partnership a statewide organization providing research, technical and financial assistance, policy and political advocacy for organizations which promote youth mentoring. He is a graduate of Hampton Institute and earned his Master of City Planning and Master of Architecture from MIT.