Patrick to host town hall on the pandemic and police

A conversation about a moment of profound change in America

On Tuesday, June 16, at 5:00 p.m., CommonWealth will host a virtual town hall with former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.


The Pandemic and the Police: A Conversation About a Moment of Profound Change in America will explore the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, as well as the systemic racism and violence against Black citizens by police. Hosted by former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, the town hall will feature several prominent experts, with an opportunity to answer audience questions.



Myechia Minter-Jordan, MD, MBA, president and CEO, DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement and Catalyst Institute

As CEO, Myechia Minter-Jordan oversees research and grantmaking activities focused on improving oral health, integrating oral health and overall health through medical/dental collaborations, moving toward a value-based payment model, and guiding a growing research and data portfolio. She has formed partnerships with world-class institutions, including Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Partners HealthCare to advance person-centered care.

Juana Matias, chief operating officer, MassINC, former State Representative

Juana Matias joined MassINC in 2019, as Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, Juana oversees the internal operations, performance, growth, development and marketing efforts of the organization. Prior to joining MassINC, Juana served as the state representative for the 16th Essex District, becoming one of the first Latina immigrant women elected to the Massachusetts State House.


Dr. Lee Pelton, president, Emerson College


Lee Pelton is the 12th president of Emerson College in Boston. He is a nationally and internationally known speaker and writer on the value of a liberal education and the importance of leadership development, civic engagement, and diversity in higher education. He came to Emerson on July 1, 2011, after serving for 13 years as the president of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.