For Immediate Release - July 20, 2007

Secretary Kirwan Names New Agency Leaders

Anne Margulies tapped as CIO, Shelly Taylor to Head DALA

Boston-Friday, July 20, 2007-Secretary of Administration and Finance Leslie Kirwan today announced her selection of Anne Margulies as Assistant Secretary for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer and her selection of Shelly Taylor as Chief Administrative Magistrate of the Division of Administrative Law Appeals.

Anne Margulies joins the Patrick administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was the executive director of OpenCourseWare, a large scale web-based initiative that provides free, world-wide access to MIT's course materials. There she managed the development of the project from startup into a permanent department at MIT.

From 1988 to 1998, Margulies held information technology positions at Harvard University, serving as assistant provost and executive director for Information Systems in her last three years. Before joining MIT, Margulies was chief operating officer at FH-GPC, a government relations, public affairs and communications consulting firm.

In addition to CIO, Margulies will serve as an assistant secretary for Administration and Finance, demonstrating the priority the Patrick administration places on delivering a more efficient and accessible state government to its citizens through a strategically designed and coordinated information technology system that stretches across the state system.

"I'm excited to have Anne join our team," Kirwan said. "I look forward to her steady hand and strategic approach to making decisions."

Margulies received her B.A from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She lives in Weston.

The first woman to hold the position, Shelly Taylor joins the Division of Administrative Law Appeals (DALA) from the Massachusetts Port Authority, where she has served as Senior Legal Counsel for Litigation since 2003. Taylor has extensive legal experience in state government, having served as Deputy General Counsel in the Office of the Treasurer and as Assistant Attorney General in the Government Bureau of the state Attorney General's Office.

She has also worked for the Boston law firm Peckham, Lobel, Casey, Prince &Tye, LLP as an associate for Employment and Litigation Groups.

"Shelly has an impressive record of litigation success that will be invaluable to assuring the Commonwealth a fair and efficient forum for conducting our administrative hearings," said Kirwan.

DALA is an independent hearing agency that conducts adjudicatory hearings of appeals to or from certain state agencies, or as a result of a notification of intended state agency action. DALA's objective is to provide for speedy hearings and the issuance of timely, legally-competent decisions.

A resident of Cambridge, Taylor received her B.A in Government from Harvard University and her J.D from Northeastern University School of Law. She is a member of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and trustee emeritus of the Phillips Brook House Association Board of Trustees at Harvard.

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