GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW SECRETARIES FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AND LABOR
Praises Secretary Kevin Burke and Interim-Secretary Nancy Snyder for their service
Mary Elizabeth Heffernan
Mary Elizabeth Heffernan joins the Governor's cabinet after serving since 2007 as the Undersecretary for Criminal Justice at EOPSS, working extensively on vital administration issues such as criminal justice reform and crime prevention, and brings with her more than 20 years of criminal justice and governmental affairs experience. She currently oversees the Department of Correction, the Massachusetts Parole Board, the Sex Offender Registry Board, and is the Liaison to the Massachusetts Sheriffs.
"Mary Beth is exactly the right person to pick up where Kevin has left off," said Governor Patrick. "With more than two decades of criminal justice and governmental affairs experience, she is exceptionally well-qualified and will bring her knowledge to bear on our work to reform and strengthen our CORI system, sentencing and supervision guidelines and firearm regulations."
"I approach this new assignment with both sadness and excitement. Having served as Undersecretary for Criminal Justice under Kevin Burke, I clearly understand how much his thoughtful dedication to all phases of public safety for the citizens of the Commonwealth will be missed", said Mary Beth Heffernan. "I, however, look forward to the challenges ahead in difficult fiscal times and the opportunity to continue the missions and visions created by this administration".
Prior to joining EOPSS, Heffernan served as the Associate General Counsel and Director of Intergovernmental and Regulatory Affairs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She has also served as the Corporate Director of Government Relations for CareGroup Health Care Systems, and as Executive Director for the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association
Undersecretary Heffernan is a member of the Framingham State College Board of Trustees (her alma mater). She is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and Suffolk University School of Management, where she received her Masters in Public Administration.
Governor Patrick also praised the work of Kevin Burke, who has been serving as Secretary since 2007.
"Kevin leaves behind an impressive record of accomplishment, and has worked day-in and day-out to make our Commonwealth safer," said Governor Patrick. "Thanks to his efforts, we have strengthened coordination among all of our public safety stakeholders, saved the jobs of more than 300 police and fire officials and made important progress on our comprehensive crime prevention package. I thank Kevin for his leadership and wish him all the best in the future."
"I want to thank the Governor for the privilege of being part of his cabinet", said Secretary Kevin M. Burke. "The Governor has been and continues to be unfailingly supportive of EOPSS efforts to improve the delivery of public safety service to the people of the Commonwealth and I am personally grateful for that support. It has also been a great honor to work with the dedicated professionals who staff the Commonwealth's public safety agencies. The quality of their work as well as the work of the local public safety officials whom they support has my great admiration."
Among his many achievements during his time as Secretary of Public Safety and Security, Burke filed cutting-edge legislation on criminal justice reform, criminal sentencing and supervision, firearms, saved or created jobs for over 230 fire fighters and 85 police officers, and provided exceptional emergency response to such incidents as the December 2008 ice storm.
Joanne Goldstein joins the Governor's cabinet after serving since 2007 as chief of the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division, where she was responsible for enforcement of the wage and hour laws of the Commonwealth. In her role, she oversaw a 50 person team of attorneys, investigators, and staff, and worked closely with key stakeholders, including labor unions, employers, trade associations, and immigrant advocacy groups. Goldstein will assume her new role in mid-January.
"Joanne has spent years advocating on behalf of working families in the Commonwealth and across the nation to ensure that their rights are protected on the job," said Governor Patrick. "At this critical time for our workforce, Joanne's experience in working with labor unions and employers alike will be a tremendous asset to our cabinet, and I am thrilled to welcome her on board. I also want to express my gratitude to Nancy Snyder, who in short time has made an exceptional contribution to our efforts on behalf of Massachusetts workers."
"I am deeply honored to serve in the Governor's cabinet to ensure that all of our workers, as well as the unemployed and under-employed, are given every resource possible to support their families and reach their full potential in the days to come," said Goldstein. "I look forward to building upon the efforts of the Patrick-Murray Administration to support a vibrant and strong workforce system in Massachusetts, with a concentration on strengthening regional economies and bridging the skills gap."
"It has been a pleasure serving in an interim capacity, and I thank Governor Patrick for the opportunity to see up close the tremendous work being done by his dedicated Administration in the areas of workforce development, unemployment, and worker safety. As I return to Commonwealth Corporation, I look forward to partnering with Joanne Goldstein, in her new role," said Interim Secretary Snyder.
In her time at the Attorney General's Office, Goldstein was also a lead member of the Governor's Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employer Misclassification, working with the officials in the Patrick-Murray Administration and across state government to combat workplace fraud, and protect exploited workers. As Secretary, Goldstein will continue the agency's efforts to support workforce training and education, provide services and resources to the unemployed, and ensure workforce safety across the state.
Prior to serving in the Attorney General's Office, Goldstein worked for over a decade as the General Counsel for the Utility Workers Union of America AFL-CIO (UWUA), where she oversaw all union legal matters and spearheaded national union policy on issues including workforce development, health care, safety issues, and training.
Goldstein was a recipient of the Women's Bar Association 2009 Women of Justice Award, as well as the AFL-CIO Achievement Award. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and received her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law.