(Boston) – March 8, 2016 – Boston Medical Center (BMC) has named Anita Bekenstein and Richard “Dick” Marks to its Board of Trustees, effective immediately. Bekenstein manages a private family fund, which supports non-profit organizations focused primarily on health, education, the environment and the arts, and Marks is a partner at WS Development, a commercial real estate company based in Chestnut Hill and one of the largest privately-owned retail development firms in the country.
“Both Anita and Dick bring unique skills and experience to the BMC Board of Trustees,” said Ted English, board chairman. “Their combined business and philanthropic efforts in healthcare and in services that support low-income individuals and families make them ideally suited to serve on our board. We look forward to working together to further support and guide BMC in its mission to provide high-quality healthcare and continue to develop innovative approaches to address issues impacting vulnerable patients.”
Bekenstein currently serves as a trustee on several non-profit boards including Upstream USA, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Teach for America MA and Partners in Health. She is an overseer at the New England Aquarium and is a member of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers Visiting Committee at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. After receiving her Master’s degree from the Boston School of Occupational Therapy at Tufts University, she worked at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital where she specialized in neurology and pediatrics. Bekenstein and her husband, Josh, who are BMC 2016 Gala co-chairs, live in the Greater Boston area and have five children.
At WS Development, Marks is involved in all aspects of the company’s business and participates in the planning and evaluation of the strategic direction of the company. Prior to joining WS Development, he served as senior partner with the Boston law firm of Goulston & Storrs, focusing his legal practice on real estate development and finance. Marks is past-president and a current member of the Board of Directors of Greater Boston Legal Services, which provides free legal assistance to low-income families dealing with issues such as domestic violence, emergency shelter, and loss of income and medical benefits. Marks, who resides in Brookline, is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School.