For Immediate Release - December 03, 2007

Ethics Commission Announces New Executive Director

The Massachusetts State Ethics Commission announced the appointment of Karen Nober as its new Executive Director. As Executive Director, Ms. Nober will oversee the administration and enforcement of the conflict of interest and financial disclosure laws and will manage a staff of 23.

Ms. Nober is presently the Deputy Chief Legal Counsel of the Massachusetts Port Authority. She has been at Massport for 14 years and, during that time, has managed ethics and corporate governance matters for the Authority, and has advised the Board, CEO and senior staff on a range of issues related to Massport's mission. Before joining Massport, Ms. Nober served as Assistant General Counsel for the Executive Office of Economic Affairs and, prior to that, worked for the City of Boston for several years. Ms. Nober will join the Commission in January, 2008.

"After a careful search, we are pleased to announce that Ms. Nober will be leading the Commission," said Judge E. George Daher, who serves as Commission Chairman. "She brings to the job a breadth of experience and a depth of knowledge about the application of the conflict of interest law that will serve the Commission and the Commonwealth well."

"I look forward to joining the Commission," said Ms. Nober. "Over the years, I have worked closely with the Commission on a number of issues, and I am excited to have the opportunity to continue to work with such a committed and talented staff."

Ms. Nober, 46, a resident of Hull, is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Brandeis University. She replaces Peter Sturges who left the Commission last summer.