For Immediate Release - March 15, 2007



BOSTON-Thursday, March 15, 2007-Governor Deval Patrick today announced a number of changes to the Governor's senior staff designed to facilitate implementation and coordination of the Administration's policy priorities, including promoting progress on key elements of its budget, upcoming education initiatives, and programs to create jobs and grow the state's economy.

David Morales, now a senior aide to Senate President Robert Travaglini, will join the governor's staff as Senior Advisor, reporting to the Governor and Chief of Staff Joan Wallace-Benjamin. Morales will advise on policy and strategic planning, in collaboration with the Governor's entire team.

Joe Landolfi, a communications specialist who currently works with Secretary of Administration and Finance Leslie Kirwan and has managed the communications needs of several high-profile state agencies, will serve as Senior Communications Advisor to the Governor. He will work with the press team to communicate with the media and the public about the Governor's initiatives and policies.

"There is a lot of work to be done to deliver on the people's expectations for change - including a government that is more responsive to their needs," Governor Patrick said. "These individuals have the skills and experience to help us get there. I look forward to their working with our existing team to implement my ambitious agenda for Massachusetts."

"David and Joe will help us manage and implement the Governor's aggressive legislative and fiscal agenda," said Chief of Staff Joan Wallace-Benjamin. "We look forward to having them on our team."

In addition, Amy Gorin, chief of staff to the First Lady, has resigned. "At this time, I want to be as helpful as I can to Diane as a friend and I feel that I can best accomplish that outside of the Executive Office," she said.

"On both a personal and professional level, I appreciate Amy's service. She will continue to be a valued advisor and friend to me and Diane," Governor Patrick said.