Catherine Chester is an attorney with the law firm of Hellman Shearn & Arienti LLP in Great Barrington, MA, where she specializes in the areas of real estate, zoning and permitting, and corporate formation and transactions. She grew up in the Berkshires and returned to the area after living and working in New York City, most recently as an associate with Shearman & Sterling LLP. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in International Relations and French Studies and earned her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Catherine is actively involved in the community, currently serving on the boards of the Stockbridge Land Trust and the Olga Dunn Dance Company and volunteering for many local organizations including the Literacy Network of South Berkshire, the Berkshire United Way and the Stockbridge Library. She is also a 2014 graduate of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce’s “Berkshire Leadership Program” which further inspired her to make the Berkshires an attractive area for young people and their businesses. Catherine recognizes that the economy and culture of the Berkshires sits at a critical juncture due to dwindling population and job growth and sees BerkShares as a unique and creative effort to assist in reversing that trend and achieving economic sustainability in the region.