For Immediate Release - February 22, 2008


BOSTON- Friday, February 22, 2008 - Continuing to bring new and diverse citizens into public life, Governor Deval Patrick today announced a series of appointments to boards and commissions including the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Massachusetts Lottery Commission and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA)

Mo Cowan, Barbara Capuano, and Darryl Settles will become new members of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), the authority responsible for the operation of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, The MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA and the Boston Common Garage.

Cowan brings to the MCCA years of experience in civil and criminal litigation in federal and state courts, including serving as a Special Assistant District Attorney with the Middlesex District Attorney's Office in 2001. Cowan is a past president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and the Northeastern University School of Law Alumni Association.

Cowan has served as a director/and or trustee of several non-profit organizations, including the Roxbury Preparatory Charter School, Project STEP, the Boston Bar Association, the Boston Bar Foundation, the Boston Lawyers Croup, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, and the New England Minority Purchasing Council, Inc.

Capuano, a Somerville resident and Babson College alumni will also join the MCCA. She is a Certified Public Accountant at Raphael and Raphael, LLP. She is a member of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce and the Somerville High School Scholarship Fund and serves on the Board of Directors of the Boston Harbor Alliance. She is also a member of the Children's Hospital Community Health Board.

Settles, an active member of the Boston community, brings a long record of community service to the MCCA. A former owner of Bob the Chef's Restaurant, Settles was able to capitalize on the restaurant's success to give back to the community. In 2001, he started a neighborhood block party that has grown into what is now called the BeanTown Jazz Festival.

In addition to his charitable work, Settles served with the Metropolitan District Commission as an Associate Commissioner for eight years, and has been involved in a number of civic community organizations throughout Massachusetts. He lives in Newton with his wife and two children.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)

Governor Patrick reappointed Frank Chin and Willie Davis, and named Grace Shepard and Darnell Williams to serve on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

Chin has been active in the Chinatown community of Boston for more than 30 years, working tirelessly to build affordable housing, provide support to City Hall, and promote Asians in the police force, as well as other initiatives to improve the working and social lives of Chinese immigrants in Boston.

A former aide to Mayor Kevin White and former city purchasing agent for Boston, Chin now runs Cathay Corner, a Chinese ornament shop in the heart of Boston's Chinatown, with his wife, Kay.

Shepard has been an integral part of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council Executive Committee for the past 13 years, holding multiple positions including President, Secretary, Treasurer, and chairs of several other committees within MAPC. A graduate of Vassar College and Harvard University, Shepard has been actively involved with the Museum of Fine Arts Education Department and currently serves as a Gallery Instructor Associate.

Active in public service, Shepard was a Sherborn selectman for 10 years, serving on several committees including; advisory committee, historical commission, cable television select committee, groundwater study and protection committees, Bay circuit and open space committees, as well as currently serving on the personnel board.

Davis is a practicing attorney at Davis, Robinson, and White, L.L.P, with extensive experience in state and federal law. Before joining the firm, Davis served as a United States Magistrate Judge in Massachusetts and was an assistant US Attorney and Assistant Attorney General. Davis serves as chairman of the board of trustees of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, his alma mater, as well as chairman of the board of directors for the Committee for Public Counsel Services for Massachusetts.

Williams is President and CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, providing guidance, leadership, management and fiduciary accountability of the League. Prior to the League, Williams was a manager of recruitment and development at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has also served as a diversity consultant and a consultant for Health Services for the Homeless in Springfield.

State Lottery Commission

Governor Patrick appointed Derek Davis, a business attorney with Greenberg Trauring, LLP to the State Lottery Commission. His significant legal experience covers a broad spectrum of corporate transactional matters, including venture capital financings, private placements of securities, mergers and acquisitions and public project finance.

He is actively involved in professional organizations, serving as a member of the Boston Bar Association and American Bar Association, a member of the Boards of Trustees of Cambridge College, the USS Constitution Museum and the Massachusetts chapter of the Arthritis Foundation among many others.