GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES CABINET SECRETARIES FOR SECOND TERM
Commends Secretary Bowles and Departing Senior Staff; Appoints Mo Cowan Chief of Staff and Sydney Asbury Deputy Chief of Staff; Mark Reilly to serve as Chief Legal Counsel
"This Cabinet is unrivaled in the depth of their experience, their grasp of the issues, and their passion for public service," said Governor Patrick. "I am proud that Massachusetts is first in the Nation in health care coverage for our residents and student achievement, and is creating jobs faster than nearly every other state. This is the team to help finish what we started."
The members of the Cabinet for the second term are:
Greg Bialecki, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development
Secretary Bialecki continues as the Governor's point person on growing economic and housing opportunities through a growth strategy that emphasizes commercial and industrial innovation. He has been the architect of the Administration's Growth Districts Initiative, overseen the implementation of the Life Sciences Initiative and the Massachusetts Opportunity Relocation & Expansion (MORE) Jobs capital program, and helped cut health care costs for small businesses and individuals through the Division of Insurance.
JudyAnn Bigby, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Dr. Bigby's broad range of experience as a primary care physician, professor, researcher, and health policy expert gives her unique insights into how state government can better serve its citizens. Since her appointment in 2007, Secretary Bigby has successfully implemented the Commonwealth's landmark health care reform law, insuring over 98 percent of our residents and making Massachusetts first in the Nation for health care coverage. In addition, she has led adoption of the state's first Olmstead Plan to address the long term needs of elders and persons with disabilities in community settings and championed the creation of the Office of the Child Advocate to improve the state's child welfare system.
Joanne Goldstein, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development
Secretary Goldstein works to assure safe working conditions at fair wages for Massachusetts workers, and to develop training and support services for the unemployed. For her entire career as a labor attorney and public servant, she has advocated tirelessly to promote the rights of workers to good jobs, living wages, and safe workplaces. Since her appointment in 2009, during one of the greatest economic crises in generations, she has worked to ensure that resources from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are being utilized effectively to create training opportunities for unemployed and underemployed workers to help get people back to work.
Mary Elizabeth Heffernan, Secretary of Public Safety and Security
Secretary Heffernan plays a critical role in crime prevention, homeland security preparedness, emergency and disaster response, and ensuring the safety of residents and visitors in the Commonwealth. Since her appointment she has led the Governor's effort to reform the Probation Department by merging it with Parole under the Executive Branch, as well as reform of the Criminal Offender Record Information system and sentencing reform. Her secretariat has successfully managed the responses to ice and storm events, flooding, hurricanes, and the water main break in Eastern Massachusetts last spring.
Jay Gonzalez, Secretary of Administration and Finance
Secretary Gonzalez has led the Governor's budget team through strategies to close a cumulative $12.5 billion budget gap caused by a global economic collapse and the sharpest drop in revenue in living memory. He accomplished this while maintaining the Governor's commitment to support public schools, health care, and our job creation efforts. His fiscal management has resulted in consistently strong reviews from the independent bond rating agencies, including the first-ever triple-A rating this week for Commonwealth bonds. He has also been, and will continue to be, the Governor's point person on several government reforms, such as pension reform.
Jeffrey Mullan, Secretary of Transportation and CEO of MassDOT
Secretary Mullan was a key architect of the reform plan to create MassDOT, a new unified transportation organization focused on customer service and safety. Since becoming Secretary in 2009, he has developed its first strategic plan for transportation, setting measurable performance objectives, and working to improve customer satisfaction and workplace culture. He has helped secure several significant federal grants to expand and improve commuter and high speed rail, including aspects of the South Coast Rail project and Amtrak service north and south along the Connecticut River, and oversees the largest reinvestment in our public transportation infrastructure in Massachusetts history. Secretary Mullan has been involved in transportation issues for more than 20 years, as the Executive Director of the former Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, and as Undersecretary, Chief Operating Officer, and General Counsel of Transportation.
Paul Reville, Secretary of Education
As a teacher, policy analyst, researcher and one of the architects of the Commonwealth's game-changing education reform initiative in 1993, Secretary Reville is steeped in education issues in Massachusetts and around the country. For the last several years, he has served as the Governor's top advisor on education -- pre-K through college -- and helps shape the Commonwealth's continuing agenda to strengthen public schools and colleges. He played a central role in drafting and passage of the Achievement Gap Act of 2010 - the most sweeping education legislation since the landmark Education Reform Act of 1993. In addition, at the Governor's direction, he led the Commonwealth's Race to the Top effort that resulted in Massachusetts finishing first among all states and receiving $250 million in federal funds to advance our school reform efforts. He also serves as the Governor's point person on several education boards, including the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Board of Early Education and care, the Board of Higher Education, and the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts.
Rick Sullivan, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Secretary Sullivan takes charge of the most significant clean and alternative energy agenda of any state in America. His assignment includes implementation of the Governor's solar, wind, biofuels and energy efficiency initiatives, the largest land preservation initiative in the Commonwealth's history, and enforcement of the state's environmental laws and regulations. He comes to this post after managing a highly successful turnaround of the Department of Conservation and Recreation in the first term. Secretary Sullivan, 49, was mayor of the City of Westfield from 1994 to 2007 and chairman of the Westfield School Committee. He is a past president of the Massachusetts Mayors Association, past chairman of the Turnpike Advisory Board, and a past member of the Governor's Local Advisory Committee. He also served as founding president of the Winding River Land Conservancy, which has protected 1,700 acres in western Hampden County. Secretary Sullivan is a graduate of Bates College and Western New England Law School.
Ian Bowles, who has served for the last four years as Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, leaves the Administration to pursue other opportunities in the private sector. He was the first secretary named to the new post and is universally credited with the successful integration of the agencies reorganized under him and the enactment of a standard setting array of new green legislation.
"Ian has been a star in this Administration over the last four years," said Governor Patrick. "He has been a terrific partner in our efforts to create a clean energy hub in Massachusetts, saving money for consumers, increasing our energy independence, and creating jobs in a vital industry of the future. I will miss his passion, his energy, and his leadership."
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Governor Patrick also announced key members of his senior staff:
William "Mo" Cowan, Chief of Staff
Cowan succeeds Arthur Bernard who will be stepping down early next year after serving the Administration for over two years as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Governor. Before being named the Governor's Chief Legal Counsel in October of 2009, Cowan was a partner at Mintz Levin in Boston. He is a graduate of Duke University and Northeastern University School of Law.
Sydney Asbury, Deputy Chief of Staff
Asbury rejoins the staff after serving as Campaign Manager of the Governor's successful re-election campaign. Asbury served in the Administration previously as Senior Advisor to the Governor and Chief of Staff in the Executive Office of Education. She also served as Issues Director in the Governor's first campaign from 2005 to 2006. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College.
Mark Reilly, Chief Legal Counsel
Reilly has served as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel since 2009 and as a member of the Governor's legal staff since 2007. Before entering public service, he was an attorney at Foley Hoag LLP and Sally & Fitch, and served as a law clerk to Judge William G. Young of the United States District Court. He is a graduate of Davidson College and Boston College School of Law.
Secretary of Cabinet Affairs Liz Morningstar, Communications Director Kyle Sullivan and Senior Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Patricia Wynn will leave their current positions for other appointments in the Administration or in the private sector, to be announced later. Morningstar has worked with the Governor - at his political committee and in the Governor's Office - since 2005. Sullivan served as the Governor's Press Secretary for the first three years of the Administration before being appointed Communications Director in November 2009. Wynn joined the Governor's Office in November 2009 after three decades of experience working both inside and outside of state government.
"Arthur, Liz, Kyle, and Patricia are dear friends who selflessly served in demanding roles during the first term," said Governor Patrick. "They gave their all, and it made a difference. I am deeply grateful. I understand and reluctantly accept their decision to move on to new challenges and I look forward to building on the strong foundation they all helped to build."
Over the coming weeks, Cowan will announce additional members of the Governor's senior team and the Cabinet will announce agency heads and their own senior staff for the new term.