Ed & Barbara

Ed and Barbara live in a suburb of Boston with their two teenage children. They met in the early 90s when Barbara was a Vice President Account Supervisor at Digitas and Ed was a Vice President at Wellington Management. 

While Barbara is a life-long Bostonian (with a 4-year hiatus in Vermont to pursue her Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration at The University of Vermont), Ed hails from Los Angeles. Ed moved east to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1986 and then earned an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management in 1990.

Ed moved permanently to Boston in 1990. Following seven years at Wellington, Ed was a Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager at PAR Capital Management, Inc., a $5 billion Boston-based investment management firm, where he remained until 2016.


Ed has been Chairman of Global Eagle Entertainment (provider of inflight entertainment and connectivity) since its formation in January 2013 and a director of United Airlines since April 2016. He serves on several non-profit boards including Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, The Undergraduate Executive Board of the Wharton School, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, The Rashi School, and Social Finance.  He is also president of his private investment company, The Shapiro Investment Company, LLC.

Barbara retired from her career in 2000 after the birth of their son in order to devote time to their family and volunteer in the community. Barbara serves on the boards of Horizons for Homeless Children, Jewish Family Services of Metrowest & their children's school. She is a 2014 graduate of CJP’s Acharai leadership development program. Barbara has been a classroom volunteer at Horizon's for Homeless Children since 2008. She serves as an admissions ambassador at their children's school and works with Syrian refugee families that have been resettled in the Boston area. 

At the end of 2016, Ed followed Barbara's lead and retired from PAR Capital Management in order to devote his attention to their family and this foundation.

Ed and Barbara are both trustees of this Foundation and are actively involved with nonprofits including UNICEF, The International Rescue Committee, Partners in Health, HIAS, Horizons for Homeless Children, Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, Temple Beth Elohim, IsraAID and MOAS.

Ed and Barbara are honored to make this next chapter count by serving the most vulnerable and ensuring their philanthropy is as impactful as possible.