The Portal Advisory Board gathers together individuals in leadership positions who are integral to setting high-level communication and business strategy for their organizations. The purpose of the Portal Advisory Board is to:

  • Advise Mass.Gov on strategy, policy and priorities and serve as a forum to advocate for specific Mass.Gov improvements;
  • Serve as a vehicle for Mass.Gov to keep customers up to date on major Mass.Gov initiatives;
  • Serve as a vehicle for agencies to keep each other and Mass.Gov up to date on major e-Gov initiatives, and as a forum for agencies to identify common interests and opportunities for collaboration.

Members of the Board from the Executive Department are expected to further the Administration's goal of increased adoption of Mass.Gov, and using the web to increase civic engagement, improve service to citizens, and decrease the cost of government, through strong leadership within the Executive Offices or Agencies they represent.

The Board is currently chaired by Geoffrey Kula, Mass.Gov Director, Information Technology Division and Brendan Ryan, Communications Director, Office of Governor Deval Patrick. It meets on a bi-monthly basis.

Meeting Schedule

Where: One Ashburton Place, 801 Main Conference Room
When: Bi-monthly from 1:30-3:30 unless otherwise noted

The Portal Advisory Board consists of the following members:


Co-ChairsAgency/Executive OfficeTitle
Geoffrey KulaInformation Technology Division (ITD)Mass.Gov Director
Brendan RyanOffice of the GovernorCommunications Director


MembersAgency/Executive OfficeTitle
Marcie Desmond
Alternate: Edward Peters/DOR
Administration & Finance (EOAF)Secretariat Chief Information Officer
James BurkeMassachusetts Sheriffs Association (MSA)Deputy Director
Brian Silvia
Alternate: David Quinlan
Public Safety (EOPSS)Deputy CIO - EOPSS - OTIS
David GiannottiEthicsChief, Public Education & Communications Division
Eileen GlovskyMassachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC)Director of Administration
Sue Wunderlee
Alternate: Diane Nawrocki
MassDOTInterim Online Communications Manager
Prudence Lange
Alternate: Kevin Kroner/DOI
Housing & Economic Development (EOHED)Information Center Coordinator
Yean-Ai LongLabor & Workforce Development (EOLWD)Director, Customer Outreach
Aaron KravitzAttorney General (AGO)Director of New Media and Publications
Sharon WrightEducation (EDU)Secretariat Chief Information Officer
Joan SheaComptroller (OSC)Deputy Comptroller
Deb QuinnEnergy & Environmental Affairs (EOEEA)Secretariat Chief Applications Officer
Peggy Kraft
Alternate: Paulette Song
Health & Human Services (EOHHS)Web Team Lead
Paul McLaughlinState Auditor's Office 
Kevin O'LearyState Treasurer's OfficeChief Information Officer
Tony ParhamAdministration and FinanceGovernment Innovation Officer