meet the team

Executive Director

Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard is a Consultant, retained for more than 23 years as the Executive Director of The Boston Lawyers Group, and 13 years as the Executive Director of The Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity, Inc. in Connecticut. She is supporting both organizations in their efforts to identify, recruit, advance and retain attorneys of color. She is spearheading a work force diversity movement that is recognized nationally as one of the most innovative approaches to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. She is often called on as a trainer, speaker and executive coach on issues of access and equity for people of color.

Ms. Hebsgaard is actively engaged in action initiatives in Boston and Connecticut and holds leadership positions in many professional associations, civic organizations and community groups. Ms. Hebsgaard has been honored by many Boston and Connecticut organizations. In the mid-90’s, Ms. Hebsgaard was named one of 25 Influential People to watch by the Boston Business Journal and more recently with the 2011 Constance Baker Motley Trailblazer Award by the New Haven, CT. NAACP at Yale University and the Citizen In the Law Award presented by the Connecticut Bar Association.

Ms. Hebsgaard, is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Middlesex County Chapter of The Links, Inc., a Founder of Divas Uncorked, Inc. and is a graduate of Delaware State University.

Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard

Executive Director

Executive Committee

Committee Members

Peter Rosenblum, Esq.- Chairman Foley Hoag LLP
Marijane Benner Browne, Esq. Ropes & Gray LLP
Edward K. Duch, III, Esq. MassMutal Financial Group
Timothy A. French Fish & Richardson P.C.
Jeffrey Jonas, Esq. Brown Rudnick LLP
Diane Patrick, Esq. Ropes & Gray LLP
E. Macey Russell, Esq. Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
Andrew Urban, Esq. Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.
Thomas Vangel, Esq. Murtha Cullina LLP

Program Manager

Aaron Barnes is an innovative marketing professional with experience in business establishment, hospitality, and startup initiatives. Aaron studied communications at Lynn University, and also took a year abroad to study business at Lethbridge College, in Alberta, Canada. Prior to joining BLG, Aaron served as Executive Assistant to the late Dr. Frances Burke — Founder of Integrity International. While at Integrity International, Aaron fundraised and caucused for various local and national political campaigns. He also served on the Planning Board, implementing the 'Nesta M. Gallas' award — in honor of the first female President of the American Society of Public Administration. The award was created to recognize gender equality, diversity, and inclusion. It honors those who take exemplary action to further the efforts that uphold legal and ethical standards, both locally and globally.

As Operations Manager, he was apart of the founding team at ‘Hello Alfred’. There, working with Marcela Sapone and Jessica Beck, he gained experience in customer outreach, securing vendors, implementing new ideas and developing strategic relationships.

Aaron enjoys travel, watching golf, playing tennis, sailing, and running 5K’s.

Aaron will bring boundless energy and enthusiasm to the staff at BLG. He is looking forward to advancing the BLG mission; to support the efforts of our member organizations, and legal community partners that create a more diverse and inclusive legal community for Boston. Please join me in welcoming Aaron to the Boston Lawyers Group!

Aaron can be contacted at (617) 988-6183 or

AAC: The Attorney Advisory Committee Members

The Attorney Advisory Committee (AAC) of the Boston Lawyers Group (BLG) is organized to advise BLG leadership of ways in which the BLG’s programs and initiatives can maintain relevancy for, and to, its constituents – lawyers of color and the member organizations to which they belong. The BLG is a collaborative consortium of more than 40 legal organizations that include law firms, corporate law offices, and government agencies. The AAC has a concerted commitment to creating stronger representation and retention of practicing lawyers of color in Boston’s legal community. The BLG is currently seeking appointments of committee members from member organization leaders.

The current co-chairs of the AAC represent the BLG’s constituent base of law firms, corporate law offices and government entities. The co-chairs are Trevor T. Moore and Brandon Rios.

Advisory Committee

Committee Members

Matthew C. Berntsen Fish & Richardson P.C.
Angela Gomes Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Kanasha Herbert Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Marcus Hughes City of Boston Corporation Counsel
Todd Marabella Goodwin Procter LLP
Trevor T. Moore National Grid
Madeleine Rodriguez Foley Hoag LLP
Brandon Rios Attorney General’s Office