Kurt N. Schwartz
Undersecretary for Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Kurt N. Schwartz serves as the Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). Mr. Schwartz, who was first appointed as an Undersecretary in 2007, provides strategic leadership to the Massachusetts National Guard, the Department of Fire Services, the Commonwealth Fusion Center, and EOPSS's Homeland Security Division. Mr. Schwartz also serves as the Director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency where he oversees a staff of 108 people and an $8M operating budget. Mr. Schwartz also serves as the state's Homeland Security Advisor and member of the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council under the umbrella of the National Governors Association.
Prior to serving as the Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Mr. Schwartz served as the Undersecretary for Law Enforcement and Fire Services, where he provided strategic leadership to the Massachusetts State Police, Department of Fire Services, Office of Grants & Research, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Municipal Police Training Committee and Department of Public Safety. In this role, Mr. Schwartz also focused on policy and legislation in the areas of law enforcement, fire services, and emergency management.
Prior to his appointment at the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security in 2007, Mr. Schwartz served for eight years in the Office of the Attorney General as an Assistant Attorney General. For five years, he was Chief of the Criminal Bureau where he supervised a staff of prosecutors, investigators and state troopers and oversaw a number of large-scale, complex criminal investigations including the theft of $12 million from the Treasurer's Office, the year-long grand jury investigation of child sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, and the multi-agency investigation into the ceiling collapse of the I-90 Connector Tunnel.
Prior to his employment in the Office of the Attorney General, Mr. Schwartz served for twelve years as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, including eight years as Chief of the Special Investigations Unit where he supervised a unit comprised of 20 assistant district attorneys, troopers, civilian investigators and support staff that focused on long-term investigations of organized crime, drug trafficking, corruption, murder-for-hire, insurance fraud, and other forms of economic crime.
Mr. Schwartz has also worked as a full-time police officer in Massachusetts, and as an emergency medical technician.
He is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Wesleyan University.
Curtis M. Wood
Undersecretary of Forensic Science and Technology
Mr. Wood has served as the Undersecretary for Forensic Science and Technology since April 2011. In that role, Mr. Wood is responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight to the State Crime Lab and Forensic Services Group of the State Police, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, the State 911 Department and the Office of Technology and Information Services. Additionally, he has been charged with directing the development and implementation of statewide justice information sharing strategy and the state's participation in the National Public Safety Broadband Network.
Prior to his appointment to EOPSS, Mr. Wood served as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services and as the Executive Director of the former Criminal History Systems Board, overseeing the state's law enforcement information systems, Criminal Offender Record Information System and the Firearms Records Bureau. He also served as the Secretariat Chief Information Officer for EOPSS during this time. Before being appointed Commissioner, Mr. Wood served as the Deputy Director of the CHSB since 2002. While in these roles, he has held several national leadership roles, including representing Massachusetts at the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Advisory Policy Board (APB) and was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS): the International Justice and Public Safety Justice Information Network. He also serves as the Governor's appointment to SEARCH Inc., the national justice and information statistics organization.
Mr. Wood began his public safety career in 1975 with the Massachusetts Department of Correction, serving in multiple roles during his 23 years at DOC, including correction officer, Deputy Chief of Investigations, Commanding Officer of the Department's Fugitive Apprehension Unit and Chief Information Officer for the department. He has also participated in and led numerous fugitive and gang task forces with the State Police, US Marshal's Service and FBI.
He has also worked in the private sector as a senior business and technology consultant leading large public safety and justice information technology engagements across the United States. Mr. Wood graduated from Salem State College with a BS in Communications and from Anna Maria College with a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Mr. Wood continues to teach at local colleges.
Sandra M. McCroom
Undersecretary of Criminal Justice
Ms. McCroom was appointed the Undersecretary of Criminal Justice in March of 2010. In that role, Ms. McCroom supervises the functions and provides strategic leadership for the Department of Correction, the Parole Board and the Sex Offender Registry Board.
Ms. McCroom served as the Senior Development Coordinator in the Attorney General's Office under Attorney General Scott Harshbarger and returned to public service in 2008 when she was named the Executive Director of the Office of Grants and Research (OGR) at EOPSS. That office serves as the State Administrative Agency for federal and state criminal justice, homeland security, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, violence against women, and highway safety funds. Additionally, OGR is the home of the agency's Research and Policy Analysis Division, which uses research and evaluation to promote public safety in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by informing criminal justice and public safety policy. In that position she managed a staff of 50 employees that administer state and federal grants totaling more than $150 million. Ms. McCroom was responsible for overseeing the dissemination of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding allocated for public safety in the Commonwealth.
Before joining the EOPSS, Ms. McCroom served as the Executive Director of Roxbury Youthworks, Inc., a grassroots non-profit agency that combats juvenile delinquency in inner city neighborhoods. McCroom became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand after graduating from Spelman College.
Anne P. Powers
Undersecretary for Law Enforcement
Anne P. Powers, Esquire serves as the Undersecretary for Law Enforcement within the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). In that role, Undersecretary Powers is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the Massachusetts State Police, the Municipal Police Training Committee, the Office of Grants and Research and the Department of Public Safety.
Prior to her appointment to EOPSS, Ms. Powers was the Chief of Staff in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office for seven years where she was policy advisor to the Sheriff and second in command of the largest Sheriff’s Department in New England. Anne had general oversight of all Department operations and divisions. Before becoming Chief of Staff, she was the Sheriff’s Office General Counsel for three years where she managed the Office of General Counsel and the Inmate Legal Services Division. As General Counsel, Anne provided legal advice to the Sheriff and Senior Management on topics including employment and labor law matters, internal policies and procedures, and state and federal rules and regulations and litigation. An attorney since 1989, Anne’s public service also includes 10 years in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO), where she served as an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) and Deputy Division Chief and two years in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office (DAO) as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA).
During her tenure in the AGO, Anne was an AAG and the Deputy Chief of the Fair Labor and Business Practices Division (FLBPD). The FLBPD is a civil and criminal law enforcement unit. Anne was responsible for the direct management and supervision of all division staff, including Assistant Attorneys General, paralegals, investigators and legal support staff. Anne’s responsibilities also included oversight of all cases in litigation and management of ongoing significant pre-litigation investigations. As an AAG in the Torts Division of the Government Bureau, Anne represented the Commonwealth and various state agencies in a wide variety of civil matters. She also served as a line prosecutor in both the Narcotics and Special Investigations and Special Investigations units of the Criminal Bureau and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, where she prosecuted narcotics cases and “white collar” crimes as well as Medicaid and health care fraud and crimes against the elderly. While at the AGO and the DAO, Anne participated in numerous federal and State task forces responsible for investigating large scale larceny schemes, securities fraud and political corruption.
Ms. Powers graduated from Boston State College with a degree in Law Enforcement and received her law degree from New England School of Law.