Ms. Watson's company has been investing in commercial and residential real estate projects in the Boston and Paris markets for the past 13 years.
She began her tenure as an Advisory Board member for SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc. in March 2006 and became a member of the Board of Directors of SBLI in March 2008. Ms. Watson has held a variety of positions in both the public and private sectors. As the General Manager for the Massachusetts Port Authority, she was responsible for leasing commercial properties held by Massport, for the construction and leasing of the Massachusetts Transportation Building at Park Plaza, and for the redevelopment of the historic Commonwealth Pier Five, which became the World Trade Center Boston. Ms. Watson was a Vice President at The Gunwyn Company, a real estate development firm in Cambridge Massachusetts, where she specialized in historic rehabilitation and reuse projects in the Boston and Washington, DC markets. Ms. Watson is one of eight founders of New England Women in Real Estate, and a Director at American Express Bank, FSB.
She is a trustee of several organizations including the Dreyfus/Laurel Mutual Funds, and the Hyams Foundation. Until recently she was also a trustee of the National Osteoporosis Foundation in Washington, D.C. Ms. Watson's awards include the Woman of Achievement award from the Boston Big Sister Association, the Boston Black Achiever award from the Boston YMCA, and the Working Woman of the Year Award from Working Woman Magazine. She is a graduate of Simmons College and has a master of science in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, where she was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.