ESO Staff

Angela is an HR/DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) professional with over 30 years of experience in the field. She currently serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer at Berkshire Bank. While Berkshire is headquartered in Pittsfield and Boston, MA, Angela is based in the Capital Region of Upstate New York, where Berkshire also has a significant presence. In addition to ensuring that DEI is embedded into all aspects of Berkshire’s lines of business, she is responsible for providing oversight to a Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship initiative (known as Reevx), powered by Berkshire Bank. Angela’s own stint as an entrepreneur was as CEO/Founder of Dixon Consulting II, in 2019, a management consultancy focused leadership development, strategic planning and DEI. In June 2023, Angela joined to Lever Board of Directors.

Founders are everywhere, but resources aren’t.

That’s a shame, because the next big idea could come from anywhere.


The Massachusetts Founder Network aims to bridge the gap, giving startup founders equitable access to resources that will help their companies grow.


We support MA founders no matter where they come from, their company’s stage, or their business sector. We want to democratize access to the resources that will help them accelerate—and excel. All founders are welcome to find resources and community at MFN while creating connections, expanding their networks, and learning from one another.

About MFN

The Massachusetts Founders Network is a central hub for all things startups, fostering innovation and collaboration across the state. MFN offers valuable networking, resources, mentorship, and community for startup founders in Massachusetts. 


MFN is produced by Lever, a startup accelerator based in North Adams. Our work is supported by funding from and collaboration with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, based in Westborough.


We’ve been advising and connecting with entrepreneurs for years, and we’re using that knowledge and network to launch something new, with the help of an advisory board of successful founders and major players in the startup ecosystem. 

We plan to launch the Massachusetts Founders Network in summer 2023. Sign up for our newsletter to get alerts about our launch, new features, and MFN events!