As a high school student in Needham, where he became involved with The Charles River Arc (now the Charles River Center), Brian Cusack had no reason to suspect that years later he would become a member of The Arc of Massachusetts’ Board of Directors.
Brian now has a personal interest in the work of The Arc, as his brother-in-law has Down syndrome. Though he currently lives in Springfield, he sometimes stays with Brian and his family in their Marblehead home.
Brian is Industry Director for Health Care at Google in Cambridge. In this role, he works with several national teams that support the digital marketing and advertising programs for a wide range of organizations and companies in the Health Services industry – including hospitals, behavioral treatment centers, vision and dental providers, weight loss and fitness marketers, and medical device manufacturers.
In addition to supporting these organizations’ advertising and marketing programs, Brian and the teams he works with also work to introduce innovation to these companies, utilizing Google’s array of products and services. He has been with Google for more than 12 years and is actively involved in Boston’s professional community, as past president of the Boston Interactive Media Association, as a board member of the Boston Ad Club, and as a board member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Among Google’s initiatives focused on accessibility is a global initiative called Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities. The program advances ideas and emerging technologies that increase independence and opportunity for people with a broad range of disabilities. The company has pledged $20 million in grants to 29 nonprofit organizations that are using technology to take on various accessibility challenges – and one of those organizations is The Arc of the United States.
Brian and his wife, Michele, have two children: Morgan, a recent graduate of Mt. Holyoke College, and Liam, a student at Boston University. Rounding out the family is a large Newfoundland dog. A graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in Economics, Brian’s leisure activities include reading (especially history and current affairs), theater-going, and presiding over the family’s grill.