Mr. Kirk is a retired partner of the law firm of Sullivan & Worcester, LLP of Boston, MA. He was a member of the firm from 1977 through 1990. He also serves as chairman and CEO of Kirk & Associates, Inc., a business advisory and consulting firm. He previously served on the boards of directors of Rayonier, Incorporated (a real estate investment trust listed on the New York Stock Exchange) (from 1994 to 2011), and Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (from 1995 to 2014 (both excluding his term in the United States Senate)), ITT Corporation (from 1989 to 1997) and Bradley Real Estate, Inc. (from 1991 to 2000), a real estate investment trust that was subsequently acquired by Heritage Property Investment Trust, Inc. Mr. Kirk was a founding director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and served as its chairman from 1992 to 2009. He was a founding director of the Commission on Presidential Debates and served as its co-chairman from 1987 to 2009 and a founding director of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, serving from 2007 to 2009. From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Kirk served as chairman of the Democratic Party of the United States, and from 1983 to 1985 as its treasurer. He is Chairman Emeritus of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs whose board he chaired from 1990 to 2000. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Kirk is past Chairman of the Harvard Board of Overseers’ Nominating Committee and of the Harvard Board of Overseers’ Committee to Visit the Department of Athletics, and is an honorary member of Harvard College’s Phi Beta Kappa. A retired Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, he has received many awards for civic leadership and public service, including honorary doctors of law degrees from Stonehill College and the Southern New England School of Law.