Elyse Cherry has served since 1997 as the Chief Executive Officer of BlueHub Capital, a community finance institution that has made more than $2 billion in investments in underserved communities since its founding in 1984. Under Cherry’s leadership, BlueHub has grown from its Boston roots into an organization with national reach, becoming a model for community investment in the United States.
Cherry is a member of the Board of Trustees of Eastern Bank and the Board of Directors of the Forsyth Institute. She has served on the boards of directors of more than a dozen privately held companies, including Zipcar. She is a past chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council; served as a member of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s statewide transition team; and chaired the board of Mass Equality during that organization’s historic fight for marriage equality in the Commonwealth.
The Financial Times and OUTstanding named Cherry one of the world’s Top 100 LGBT Executives. In 2014, the White House named her a Solar Champion of Change for her pioneering work to bring the benefits of solar energy to low-income communities. The Boston Business Journal has named Cherry to its Power 50 list of influential Bostonians. The Boston Globe and the Commonwealth Institute have recognized BlueHub as one of the Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts.
Cherry is an attorney and a former partner at the law firm of Hale and Dorr, now Wilmer Hale. Early in her career, she served as a field examiner for the National Labor Relations Board and as a VISTA volunteer in rural Tennessee. Cherry is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Northeastern University Law School. She received Wellesley’s Alumnae Achievement Award – the college’s highest accolade – in 2017.