Chris Gabrieli is an entrepreneur across the fields of business, nonprofits and public policy.
Following the success of GMIS, the healthcare software company he co-founded, Chris joined Bessemer Venture Partners. Throughout his 15 years as a partner with Bessemer, Chris has worked to help other entrepreneurs start and grow their companies. Chris' firm has invested over $1 billion in start-up high-tech and biotechnology companies, helping to create more than 100,000 new jobs. Chris remains active as a Senior Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, focused on biotechnology. He recently retired as Chairman of the Board of Epix Pharmaceuticals.
Chris is a committed participant in the civic life of Boston and Massachusetts. In 2000, he co-founded Massachusetts 2020, an educational nonprofit focused on expanding the economic and educational opportunities for children families across Massachusetts. He was the founder and Chairman of Boston's After-School for All Partnership, a $25 million collaboration of the City of Boston and twelve foundations, universities and corporations aimed at expanding and improving after-school opportunities for children. Due in large part to the Partnership's work, Boston has doubled the rate of participation of children in after-school programs. Chris now serves as Chairman of Boston After School & Beyond, the permanent public-private partnership aimed at the same goals.
Chris' further committed himself to public service when he became Chairman of the Springfield Finance Control Board in June of 2007, after being asked to serve in that position by Governor Deval Patrick.
In addition, Chris serves on numerous civic and university boards in Massachusetts. In 2002, he won the Democratic primary for Lt. Governor and he came in second in the Democratic primary for Governor of Massachusetts in 2006.
Chris and his wife Hilary live in Boston with their five children.
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