Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
Tom was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care in September, 2013 after serving as Acting Commissioner of the department since March. Prior to his appointment, he served as Undersecretary at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education, where he oversaw budget and finance, legal, legislative affairs, information technology, policy, communications, and general administration in furtherance of Governor Patrick’s education agenda. Tom also served as the Secretary of Education’s principal advisor for early education and care as well as his designee to the Board of Early Education and Care. Additionally, Tom was responsible for formulating and implementing strategies leading to the Achievement Gap Law of 2010 and the community college reforms of 2012. Previously, Tom worked as Legislative Director at Strategies for Children/The Early Education for All Campaign, Director of Community Partnerships at the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly, Deputy Research Director at the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC), Assistant Director of Government Affairs at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and Senior Issues Manager at the Office of United State Senator John F. Kerry. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School. Tom is a native of Lynn, MA and currently lives in Reading, MA with his wife, Sarah, and their two children.