The MassEquality PAC stands with, develops, and elects candidates who outspokenly champion justice and equality for all LGBTQ people across Massachusetts. Since 2004, the PAC has consistently researched, interviewed and endorsed pro-equality candidates for both state and local offices. The six-member board works tirelessly to ensure that these candidates have the platforms to advocate for equality for all members of the LGBTQ community. MassEquality is working on a broad range of issues this year, from advocating for non-discrimination protections for members of the transgender community to providing services for homeless youth to ensuring that LGBTQ elders age with the dignity and respect they deserve and have access to competent health and social services.
The MassEquality PAC is governed by an independent Board of Directors.
Current board members include:
Valerie Fein-Zachary is a radiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Breast Imaging, and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. In addition, Valerie was a co-founder and former president of the Freedom to Marry Coalition of Massachusetts and is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and Women in Medicine, a national lesbian physician organization.
Marc LaCasse: In January 2012, Marc established his own law practice, building on his 25 years of professional experience as an attorney in Boston. LaCasse Law, LLC specializes in real estate development and transactions including zoning and permitting of commercial and residential projects; Boston Redevelopment Authority approval processes; Boston Landmarks District Commission process; Public Improvement Commission process; neighborhood association review; and all aspects of land use permitting in the City of Boston and other cities and towns. LaCasse Law also represents individuals, businesses and institutions in the purchase and sale of real estate and serves as general counsel to condominium Boards of Trustees. Marc also serves as general counsel to small businesses and non-profit institutions. His litigation practice includes matters in the Superior Court and appellate advocacy before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Appeals Court where he has appeared more than 45 times in the past 20 years.
Neal Minahan (Chair) is an attorney and compliance officer in the healthcare sector. He also serves as President of the Board of BAGLY, Inc., which supports and advocates for the LGBTQ youth of Massachusetts. In his legal practice, Neal won a series of significant pro bono cases that advanced the civil rights of LGBTQ and institutionalized persons in Massachusetts. For this work, the American Bar Association gave him their 2012 Pro Bono Publico Award. Neal was also recently honored as one of the country’s “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40” by the National LGBT Bar Association and an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Neal is a regular public speaker on a variety of issues, including healthcare, diversity, prison issues, and LGBTQ rights. In 2013, he presented on LGBTQ issues to the Senate Democratic Caucus at the U.S. Capitol. Over the years, Neal has been a featured legal expert for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, USA Today, and CNN’s “OutFront with Erin Burnett.”
Bianca Sigh Ward is an experienced professional with unique insight into the Boston art community. After working at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, (MFA) raising corporate funds for the institution she went on to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) to work with emerging artists where her passion for relationship-building grew. She currently works as a paralegal at Nystrom Beckman & Paris LLP, a boutique litigation firm in Boston’s Fan Pier. In addition to serving on the MassEquality PAC Board, Bianca is also a member of the Mass Humanities board. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History. Bianca and her husband, John, reside in Beacon Hill.
Stan Zanarotti (Treasurer) is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Dimensional Insight, a small business intelligence software company, since 1989. He has previously served as President of MIT BGALA, MIT’s LGBT alumni affinity group.