Paul Saner was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) in August 2013. He will serve as the seventh commissioner for the agency. Saner was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) at an unusually young age of 4, and was declared legally blind in 1991. His personal experiences, extensive volunteer efforts, and advocacy work, make him a strong leader and ambassador for the 30,000 legally blind residents of the Commonwealth.
Saner started his professional career in Boston with a small real estate company and later joined Bank Boston (now Bank of America) as a managing director. More recently, he was the co-founder of Boston’s Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, while also serving as the board chair. He was able to use his 25 years of experience in real estate investment and development finance to support the Museum’s mission and its overall institutional needs.
Saner has substantial non-profit management experience. His advocacy work on many critical issues surrounding the blindness community has led to numerous leadership roles, including The Foundation Fighting Blindness, The Carroll Center for the Blind, Perkins Braille and Talking Book Library Consumer Advisory Board, and MCB’s Rehabilitation Council. He also served as a trustee of the Brookline Community Foundation, is a Brookline Town Meeting Member and is co-chair of Brookline’s Economic Development Advisory Board.
Born and raised in Northampton, Massachusetts, Saner is a graduate of Trinity College (Connecticut) and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Rochester. A passionate fan of Boston professional sport teams, he and his wife, Sandra, have two adult daughters, Katelyn and Jennifer. Saner is often seen with Phoenix, his German Shepherd guide dog.
This information is provided by the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.