Deval Patrick/Tim Murray Announce Transition Working Groups and Members

Groups to Meet With Residents Across the State, Two Deputy Chiefs of Staff Named
November 29, 2006

Mass. Gov.-elect Deval Patrick has appointed WPI President Dennis Berkey to serve as co-chairman of the pre-K-12 Education working group as part of the Patrick Transition Committee. Berkey’s panel is one of 15 that will shape the new gubernatorial administration’s policy agenda as Patrick prepares to take office in January. The working groups will conduct a series of Community Meetings across the state to seek public input.


Richard Chacon

Libby DeVecchi


Boston, Mass. - Governor-elect Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor-elect Tim Murray announced today the creation of 15 Transition Committee issues working groups that will help shape the new administration’s policy agenda as it prepares to take office on Jan. 4, 2007.

Continuing in their grassroots outreach, Patrick and Murray also announced that the working groups would conduct a series of Community Meetings across the Commonwealth over the next several weeks to seek public input for their agenda.

"During the campaign, Tim Murray and I made it very clear that we will be seeking good ideas from Democrats, Republicans, Independents and anyone else, and we will listen to those ideas and pick the best ones to help move our Commonwealth forward. These Community meetings are the first step in the process," said Patrick.

The meetings will be convened by the co-chairs of the working groups and will include the members of those groups and will be open to the public. The findings from each working group will be filed as a report and delivered to the Governor- and Lt. Governor-elect by December 15th.

For residents unable to attend the public meetings, each group will be reviewing ideas submitted via the Patrick/Murray Transition Committee website. Final reports will be closely examined by Patrick and Murray as they shape their priorities for the Administration.

"This series of Community Meetings is just the beginning of our effort to bring people back into civic life, to re-engage their interest and to get some fresh, new ideas about how we tackle challenges and take advantage of opportunities," Patrick added.

The Patrick/Murray Transition Committee today also announced the appointments of two new Deputy Chiefs of Staff, David M. Simas and Brendan Ryan. Simas and Ryan will report directly to Chief of Staff Joan Wallace-Benjamin in the Patrick Administration.

Simas, a life-long resident of Taunton, Massachusetts is a 1992 graduate of Stonehill College and a 1995 graduate of Boston College Law School. Previous to taking the post as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Patrick Administration, Simas served on the Taunton School Committee, the Taunton City Council, worked as Deputy General Counsel to the Massachusetts House of Representatives Post Audit and Oversight Bureau, and aided the Mayor of Taunton as a Special Policy Advisor.

"I am honored to have this opportunity to serve," said Simas. "I believe that my experience at the local, county and state levels will assist the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor to view the operations of state government from varied perspectives."

Brendan Ryan, a native of Foxborough, worked for the Patrick campaign as Deputy Finance Director and later as Trip Director and Chief Aide to the Candidate. Ryan is a graduate of St. Sebastian’s School and Vanderbilt University and worked previously as a reporter for the Gardner News.

"I am honored and excited to be a part of the Governor-elect’s office. With the leadership of the Governor and Lt. Governor, we have an incredible opportunity to deliver real change."

Co-chairs and members of the Transition Committee working groups include:

Budget and Finance

  • Chair, Steven Crosby, Dean, McCormick Graduate School of Policy Studies UMASS-Boston
  • Chair, Michael J. Widmer, President, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
  • Charles Baker, CEO, Harvard Pilgrim
  • Martin Benison, Comptroller, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Jack Buckley, former Secretary of Administration and Finance
  • Katherine Craven, Executive Director, Massachusetts School Building Authority
  • Henry Dormitzer, Managing Director, UBS Bank
  • Jay Gonzalez, Partner-Public Finance Department, Edwards, Angel, Palmer and Dodge
  • Paul Haley, Senior Vice President, Lehman Brothers
  • David Shapiro, Senior Policy Advisor, Holland and Knight
  • Lisa Signori, CFO, City of Boston
  • Eric Turner, former Executive Director Massachusetts State Lottery

Economic Development

  • Chair, Andrea Silbert, Co-Founder & Former CEO, Center for Women and Enterprise
  • Chair, Dorothy Terrell, CEO, Initiative For a Competitive Inner City
  • Mara G. Aspinall, President, Genzyme Genetics
  • Allan W. Blair, CEO, Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts
  • Elliot Carr, Cape Cod Business Roundtable
  • William H. Davis, Founding Chairman and CEO, ZE-gen, Inc.
  • Mark Farber, Founder and Vice President of Strategic Planning, Evergreen Solar, Inc.
  • Peter V. Forman, CEO, South Shore Chamber of Commerce
  • David P.Forsberg, President, Worcester Business Development Corporation
  • George M. Gendron, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Clark University, Kauffman Foundation
  • Carlos Gonzalez, CEO, Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce
  • Norm Gorin, CFO, Analysis Group
  • Robert J. Haynes, President, MA AFL-CIO
  • John Jenkins, President, West Insurance Agency of Massachusetts
  • Jim Klocke, Executive Vice President, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  • Alvaro Lima, Director of Research, Boston Redevelopment Authority
  • Mark E. Reilly, Vice President for Government and Community Relations, Comcast Corp
  • Jim Segel, Founding Partner, Smith, Segal, & Sowalsky
  • Robert Smyth, CEO, Citizens Bank of Massachusetts
  • Micho Spring, Chair, Weber Shandwick Company
  • Dave Tibbetts, Co-Founder, Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council Inc.
  • Susan Whitehead, Vice Chair, Whitehead Institute
  • Michael Wilcox, CEO & Founder, Alford Associates, Inc.

Education, pre-K-12

  • Chair, Tom Payzant, Former superintendent, Boston Public Schools
  • Chair, Dennis Berkey, President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Margaret Blood, President & Campaign Director, Early Education for All
  • Dr. Charles Conroy, Executive Director, Doctor Franklin Perkins School
  • Chris Gabrieli, Co-founder and Chairman, Mass 20/20
  • Jim Marini, Superintendent, Winchester Public Schools
  • Neil McKittrick, Director, Goulston & Storrs
  • Janet Palmer Owens, Elementary Principal, Mason School
  • Paul Reville, Executive Director, Rennie Center for Education Research
  • Henry M. Thomas III, President & CEO, Urban League of Springfield
  • Ethan d'Ablemont Burnes Policy Director, Boston Plan for Excellence

Higher Education

  • Chair, Jackie Jenkins Scott, President, Wheelock College
  • Chair, Margaret McKenna, President, Lesley University
  • John Bassett, President, Clark University, Worcester
  • Phil Clay, Chancellor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Michael Collins, Chancellor, UMASS-Boston
  • Dan Esquino, President, Mount Wachusett Community College
  • Mary Field, President, Bunker Hill Community
  • Nancy Harrington, President, Salem State College
  • Dana Mohler-Faria, President, Bridgewater State College
  • Mahesh Sharma, President, Cambridge College
  • Alan Solomont, CEO, Solomont Bailis Ventures
  • Richard Freeland, Visiting Professor of Higher Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Fernando Reimers, Director, International Education Policy Program Harvard University

Energy and the Environment

  • Chair, Jim Gomes, President, Environmental League of Massachusetts
  • Chair, Sue Tierney, Managing Principal, Analysis Group, Inc.
  • Kathy Abbott, Former DCR Director, Conservation and Recreation Campaign
  • Ann Berwick, Attorney, M.J. Bradley & Associates
  • Ian Bowles, President, MassINC.
  • John DeVillars, Environmentalist, Bluewave Strategies
  • Vivian Li, Boston Harbor Association
  • Susan Nickerson, Executive Director, Alliance for Nantucket Sound
  • Amy Perlmutter, Environmental Consultant
  • Andy Savitz, President, Sustainable Business Strategies
  • Nick Stavropolous, Executive Vice President, Keyspan Corporation
  • Greg Watson, Vice President for Sustainable Development and Renewable Resources, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
  • Henry Yoshimura, Manager of Demand Response, ISO New England Inc.
  • Joe Nolan, Senior Vice President, NSTAR
  • Joe Newman, Vice President of Massachusetts Public Affairs, National Grid

Health Care

  • Chair, Tom Glynn, COO, Partners Health Care
  • Chair, Cleve Killingsworth, CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Chair, Jim Hunt, President and CEO, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
  • Dr. Margarita Alegria, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Carol Dilliplane, CNO/Vice President, Patient Care Services, Jordan Hospital
  • Charlie Goheen, Vice President and CFO, Fallon Community Health Plan
  • Phil Johnston, Chairman of the Board, Mass Health Policy Forum
  • Melissa Shannon, Policy Coordinator, Health Care for All
  • Mark Tolosky, President, Bay State Health
  • Dr. M. Idali Torres, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, UMASS-Amherst
  • Tom Traylor, Vice President of Federal, State, Local Programs, Boston Medical Center
  • Bill Walczak, Executive Director, Program Codman Square Health Center
  • Sue Windham Bannister, Managing Vice President, Abt Associates
  • Richard Charette, President, UFCW Local 1445
  • Christine Schuster, President & CEO, Emerson Hospital
  • Jim Roosevelt, President and CEO, Tufts Health Plan
  • Dr. Robert Master, Founder, Urban Medical Group


  • Chair, David Abromowitz, Senior Partner, Goulston and Storrs
  • Chair, Patrick Lee, Trinity Financial
  • John Barros, Executive Director, Dudley Street Initiative
  • Barry Bluestone, Dean, School of Social Science, Urban Affairs and Public Policy, Northeastern University
  • Mark Cregan, President, Stonehill College
  • Aaron Gornstein, Executive Director, CHAPA
  • Dennis Kanin, Principal, New Boston Ventures
  • Jenny Netzer, Principal, MMA Financial
  • Stephen Teasdale, Executive Director, Main South Community
  • Mark Erlich,Executive Secretary-Treasurer, New England Regional Council of Carpenters Joe Feaster, Attorney, McKenzie and Associates PC
  • Ana Luna, Executive Director, Arlington Community Trabajando

Human Services

  • Chair, Reverend Richard Richardson, President Emeritus, Children's Services of Roxbury
  • Chair, Marylou Sudders, President & CEO, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  • Randall Rucker, Executive Director, Family Services of Greater Boston
  • Sue Marsh, Executive Director, Rosie’s Place
  • George Bachrach, Attorney & Professor, Boston University
  • David Wizansky, President, Specialized Housing
  • Lauren Smith, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine and Medical Director - Legal Partnership for Children, Boston Medical Center
  • Jerry Desilets, Director of Planning, SMOC
  • Maurice Boisvert, President and CEO, YOU, Inc.
  • Frank Ollivierre, Former Secretary of Elder Affairs
  • Mark Edwards, Managing Partner, Edwards and Co.
  • Milton Little, President & CEO, United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimac Valley
  • Deborah C. Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay
  • Robert P. Dwyer, Executive Director, Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging
  • Charles Carr, Executive Director, Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc.

Local Government

  • Chair, Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston
  • Chair, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Somerville
  • Chair, Mayor Clare Higgins, Northhampton
  • Mayor John Barrett, III, North Adams
  • Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, Salem
  • Mayor Edward Lambert, Jr., Fall River
  • Mayor Scott Lang, New Bedford
  • Mayor William F. Martin, Jr., Lowell
  • Mayor Michael J. McGlynn, Medford
  • Mayor Robert G. Nunes, Taunton
  • Mayor Gerald E. St. Hilaire, Gardner
  • Mayor Richard K. Sullivan, Jr., Westfield
  • Mayor Kenneth E. Reeves, Cambridge
  • Mayor James M. Ruberto, Pittsfield
  • Mayor Nancy Stevens, Marlborough


  • Chair, Charles SteelFisher, New Media Director, Deval Patrick Committee
  • Chair, Richard Rowe, CEO, Rowe Communications
  • Brian Burke, Microsoft
  • John Cullinane, Principal, The Cullinane Group
  • Louis Gutierrez, former State CIO and Director of ITD
  • Keith Parent, CEO, Court Square
  • David Lewis, Private Consultant
  • Larry Weber, Chairman, W2 Group

Public Safety and Security

  • Chair, Gary Gemme, Chief of Police, Worcester
  • Chair, Don Stern , Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP
  • Mark Robinson, Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP
  • Paul Joyce, Superintendent, Boston Police
  • James Alan Fox, Lipman Family Professor of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
  • Reverend William Dickerson, Tabernacle Church
  • Ben Thompson, Director of Computing Services, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Bill Scoble, Chief of Police, Westwood
  • Josh Wall, Suffolk County District Attorney
  • Juliette Kayyem , Lecturer in Public Policy , Kennedy School of Government Harvard
  • Brandyn Keating, Executive Director, Criminal Justice Policy Coalition
  • Hugh Cameron, President, MassCops
  • Minister Don Mohammed , Nation of Islam, Boston


  • Chair, Jane Garvey, Executive Vice President, APCO-Transportation Division
  • Chair, Stephanie Pollack, Senior Research Associate, Northeatern University Center for Urban and Regional Policy
  • Joseph Aiello, Senior Vice President, DMJM+Harris
  • Fred Salvucci, Senior Research Associate, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics
  • Dan Wolf, President and CEO, Cape Air
  • Robin Chase, Co-founder, Zipcar
  • Richard Dimino, President and CEO, A Better City
  • Margo Fenn, Executive Director, Cape Cod Commission
  • Young Park, President and Principal, Berkeley Investments, Inc.
  • Peter Picknelly, CEO, Peter Pan Buslines

Civic Engagement

  • Chair, Gail Snowden, Vice President for Finance and Operations, Boston Foundation
  • Chair, David Kravitz, Moderator and Co-founder,
  • Alan Khazei, CEO, City Year
  • Nancy O’Connor Stolberg, Field Director, Deval Patrick Committee
  • Ron Bell, Deputy Campaign Manager, Deval Patrick Committee
  • Mardee Xifaras, Community Activist, Marion
  • Dick Glovsky, Partner, Prince, Lobel, and Glovsky
  • Tripp Jones, Senior Vice President, The Mentor Network
  • Bishop Walter Weekes, Suffragan Apostolic Church
  • David Roach, Superintendent, Millbury Schools
  • Maureen Curley, CEO, Civic/Brown
  • Eric Schwartz, CEO, Citizen Schools
  • Harris Gruman, Director, Neighbor 2 Neighbor
  • Cam Kerry, Attorney, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
  • Carlos Ferre, Principal, Melton Ferre Associates LLC

Workforce Development

  • Chair, Andrew Sum, Director, Northeastern University Center for Labor Market Studies
  • Chair, Paul Harrington, Associate Director, Northeastern University Center for Labor Market Studies
  • Carole Cowan, President, Middlesex Community College
  • Beverly Edgehill, President and CEO, Partnership, Inc.
  • Robert J. Haynes President, MA AFL-CIO
  • Gunnar Hexum, President, Massachusetts School of Infotech
  • Gary Kaplan, Executive Director, JFY Networks
  • Debi Kenney, Business Administrator, Diman Regional Vocational School
  • George Noel, Business Manager, IBEW Local 1505
  • Cathy Minehan, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Dorothy Stoneman, Director and Founder, Youthbuild USA
  • Gary Sullivan, President, Utility Workers Local 369
  • Michael Taylor, President, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
  • Robert Thomas, President and CEO, Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center

Creative Economy

  • Chair, Jill Medvedow, Director, Boston Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • Nancy Brennan, Executive Director, Rose K. Fitzgerald Greenway
  • John Delova, President and CEO, Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Ron Druker, Owner, Colonnade Hotel
  • Barbara Grossman, Chair, Drama and Dance Department, Tufts University
  • Sheila Martinez Pina, Executive Director, Bristol Tourism Council
  • Beverly Morgan Welch, Executive Director, Museum of African American History
  • Wendy Norcross, CEO, Cape Cod Chamber, West Barnstable
  • Jim Rooney, CEO, MCCA
  • Helen Spaulding, North Shore Arts Activist
  • Joe Thomas, Publisher, Spinner Magazine
  • Joe Thompson, CEO, Mass MOCA
  • James A. Welu, Director, Worcester Art Museum
  • Jan Del Sesto, General Director, Boston Lyric Opera
  • Katherine Sloan, President, Massachusetts College of Art