The 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston

By Alexandra Hall | Boston Magazine |




Barbara Lynch

Chef & Restaurateur

Power demo:  Changing the very fabric of every neighborhood where she opens a new restaurant.



Carolyn Lynch

Philanthropist, President/Chairman, The Lynch Foundation

Power demo:  Heading up (after cofounding) the Lynch Foundation, which has given upward of $50 million to more than 200 organizations.


Mary Anne Marsh

Principal,The Dewey Square Group; Political Analyst, Fox News

Power demo:  Strategizing for both Fortune 500 companies and political players like John Kerry and Treasurer Shannon O’Brien.


Linda Mason

Chairman/Cofounder Bright Horizons; Cofounder Horizons for Homeless Children

Power demo:  Providing childcare services to more than 80,000 families in 703 facilities across the state.


Jill Medvedow

Director, The Institute of Contemporary Art

Power demo:  Building the ICA’s $51 million home on Fan Pier, replacing (and tripling the size of) its former quarters in a Back Bay Victorian.


Carol Meyrowitz

President/CEO, TJX Companies

Power demo:  Steering the off-price retail giant safely through credit-card disasters and economic plunges alike.


Cathy Minehan

Managing Director, Arlington Advisory Partners; Chair, MGH Board of Trustees

Power demo:  Driving MGH’s Campaign for the Third Century of MGH Medicine — the largest campaign in the hospital’s history…and, you know, her 13 years as head of Boston’s Federal Reserve Bank.


Therese Murray

Chairman, Global Corporate Practice; President, Massachusetts Senate

Power demo:  Authoring the 2008 bill that stopped doctors from getting paid by Big Pharma to push drugs onto patients.


Beth Myers

Principal, The Shawmut Group

Power demo:  Acting as Mitt Romney’s gubernatorial chief of staff, and as his campaign manager and closest aide during the 2008 presidential race.


Diane Paulus

Artistic Director, America Repertory Theater

Power demo:  Reviving theater in Boston with cutting-edge, immersive productions like The Donkey Show and Sleep No More.

  • Lesley

    Doesn’t United States Attorney General trump Massachusetts Attorney General? Where is Carmen Ortiz? You’ve overlooked an amazing woman with an inspirational story of achieving the American dream.

  • Doug

    Not only did you miss Carmen Ortiz but how is first Lady Diane Patrick who is also a partner at Ropes and Gray not on this list?