Alex Goldstein founded 90 West in 2016 with a commitment to help the highest impact and most innovative companies, organizations, and leaders make a greater impact on the world. Prior to founding 90 West, Alex served for eight years in numerous key leadership roles with former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, including as senior advisor and executive director of Governor Patrick’s political committee, as press secretary and spokesman for the Patrick-Murray administration from 2011-2012, and as press secretary on Governor Patrick’s successful 2010 reelection campaign.
In early 2016, Alex spent 3-months in Israel where he served as a strategic advisor to Boston-based MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator as they launched a full-scale accelerator in Jerusalem. Immediately prior to founding 90 West, Alex worked for three and a half years as Vice President at the strategic communications firm Northwind Strategies.
Alex also served in 2009 as press secretary for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, and as spokesman for the Massachusetts Democratic Party in 2008. Alex is a regular commentator on Massachusetts and national politics for New England Cable News, and is a contributor to Politico and Boston Magazine.
Alex currently serves on the boards of the New England Israel Business Council, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, and the Anti-Defamation League. Alex has also served on the adjunct faculty at Emerson College, Northeastern University, and is past a lecturer at MIT’s Global Founders’ Skills Accelerator.
Last but, as he would tell you, most certainly not least, Alex is the founder and President of Boston Maccabi Rugby, a Division III competitive rugby team in the Boston area.
Emma-Jean Weinstein joined 90 West as vice president in 2016. She came from the world of public media, taking on various roles at WBUR, Boston’s NPR station.
Most recently, she was a producer at Radio Boston, the station’s flagship daily local program. She supervised and managed the show’s web and social media presence, served as arts editor, planned the show’s weekly segments on health news, covered Boston’s food and restaurant scene and traveled to New Hampshire to cover the presidential primaries. The team’s coverage of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev case earned the team the Public Radio News Director, Inc. Award for first place in the call-in program category.
Before joining Radio Boston, Emma-Jean produced for NPR’s national daily news magazine, Here & Now and NPR’s daily talk show, On Point. She also managed WBUR’s homepage and social media output, and developed a long-format multimedia piece in 2013 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. She also worked with America’s Test Kitchen to produce several episodes of their radio program.
Emma-Jean graduated summa cum laude from the Emerson College honors program. She volunteered as an editorial mentor at Teen Voices, a magazine written by at-risk teenage girls in Boston. She enjoys yoga and running, cooking and eating, seeing live music and is still extraordinarily fond of public media.
Harry Shipps joined 90 West as a vice president in 2017. For the past five years, he has provided research, policy, and communications support to organizations and political candidates at the local, state, and Federal level.
Before joining 90 West, Harry worked at Penn Hill Group, a leading bipartisan lobbying and consulting firm in Washington, D.C., specializing in education and workforce issues. In his role at Penn Hill Group, he supported a diverse set of business and non-profit clients by providing relevant information and guidance on Federal activity and legislation, generating both internal and external communications materials, and engaging in direct advocacy efforts with Members of Congress and key staff, among other responsibilities. He helped several clients achieve key objectives as part of the successful reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the primary Federal legislation related to K-12 education. He also helped clients engage on issues related to the annual appropriations process, Head Start Act, Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, Higher Education Act, and numerous Federal rules and regulations
Prior to his time in D.C., Harry was the Policy and Research Director for Attorney General Martha Coakley’s 2014 campaign for Governor of Massachusetts. In that role, he helped develop and articulate statewide policies focused on a range of issues, including education, the environment, economic development, and health care. He worked closely with other senior staff – including the Campaign Manager, Press Secretary, and Finance Director – to refine and advance the campaign’s messaging and agenda. He also led research efforts on the campaign and helped Attorney General Coakley prepare for speeches, public meetings, forums, and debates.
Before his time on the campaign, Harry worked primarily as a political researcher, where he helped local, State and Federal candidates and officeholders create and execute strategic policy and opposition research plans.
Originally from West Newbury, Massachusetts, Harry holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brandeis University.
Alon Handler joined 90 West as an associate in 2017. He is a junior at Northeastern University, majoring in Political Science and Business Administration.
Prior to joining 90 West, Alon was a fellow at The Blue Lab, a political incubator that specializes in supporting first-time candidates. He supervised over 20 associates, and managed projects across several successful campaigns. In addition to providing strategic recommendations, Alon assisted campaigns with social media, policy research, and debate prep.
Additionally, Alon completed a co-op at Liberty Square Group as a projects assistant. He was responsible for tracking and researching various pieces of legislation across Massachusetts. He also drafted press releases, op-eds, and policy memos for clients on local, state, and federal issues.