As a member of the senior management team at BankBoston and FleetBoston Financial, the nation's eighth-largest financial holding company, Dan Salera has had primary responsibility for establishing and directing the company's $10 million community relations and corporate sponsorship portfolio.
As the first Director of Community Relations and Sponsorships at BankBoston, Salera helped create title sponsorships and position the company as a catalyst for grassroots activities. Among his accomplishments is the attainment of FleetBoston Celebrity Series sponsorship, New England's premier presenter of the world's foremost artists, and the development of the FleetBoston Pavilion, Boston's waterfront performance venue. Under Salera's direction, Fleet was the first corporate sponsor of the Boston Gay Men's Chorus, now in its sixth season.
Salera also oversaw the first corporate grant, and subsequent leadership grants, to The Shared Heart Initiative, an educational grassroots program that educates about LGBT youth through art. Additionally, Salera manages Fleet's sponsorship of, and employee participation in, AIDS walks, including a 10-year sponsorship of the Boston AIDS Walk.
Salera also provides internal counsel to the company's president on LGBT issues, including the continued focus on Employment Non-Discrimination legislation and the shaping of the company's domestic-partner benefits program.
He is responsible for Fleet's 6-year sponsorship of the New England Human Rights Campaign Dinner, which he chaired last year, setting new records by raising over $260,000 in net income. Salera also serves on the HRC National Board of Governors, and co-chairs the New England HRC Steering Committee, most recently working with HRC's national staff on the development of corporate partnership strategies.
He is one of the 2001 gfn.com 25, a listing by the Gay Financial Network of the 25 most influential out gay and lesbian executives in corporate America.