State Permit Ombudsman/Director, Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office
Victoria Maguire was appointed the Massachusetts Permit Ombudsman by Governor Deval Patrick in April 2011. She is the Director of the Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office and Chair of the Interagency Permitting Board. As Director of the Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office, Victoria administers the MassWorks Infrastructure Grants, oversees the implementation of the 43E Expedited State Permitting Program and leads regional planning initiatives on land use, zoning and public infrastructure in support of new housing development and job creation.
Prior to her appointment, Victoria was a Project Manager for the Permit Regulatory Office where she worked on large scale economic development projects throughout Massachusetts. From 2002 through 2006, Victoria worked in the House of Representatives as a research analyst for the Judiciary Committee and in the Committee on Homeland Security. Prior to the Permit Regulatory Office, Victoria worked for Concord Square Planning & Development, Inc., a firm specializing in smart growth zoning and development in Massachusetts. Victoria holds a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the McCormack Graduate School at University of Massachusetts Boston, and a Masters in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics.
Senior Project Manager
A graduate of Colby College, Erica joined the Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office in June of 2011. As Senior Project Manager, Erica works with over 20 MassWorks Infrastructure Grant recipients to ensure the projects are completed on-time and on-budget. Erica also assists economic development projects throughout Massachusetts navigate the permitting and regulatory process and works on 495/MetroWest Development Compact Planning Study. Erica also works with communities that have received MassWorks Infrastructure Grants and assists communities through the 43D Priority Development Site designation process.
Erica comes to MPRO with experience in the non-profit and private sectors. Upon graduating Colby, Erica worked closely with the Director of Public Policy at the Home for Little Wanderers to draft legislation and testimony and monitor bills of relevance. Prior to joining MPRO, Erica worked for the Dewey Square Group, where she worked on projects for the Group's clients, ranging from local non-profits to Fortune 500 companies.
Steve joined the Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office in February 2013. As Finance Director he manages the financial side of the MassWorks Infrastructure Program and his responsibilities include managing all program reimbursements, annual reporting and financial analytics related to the program. Steve will also work on other MPRO financial projects and initiatives.
For the previous three years, Steve worked in the Massachusetts House of Representatives at the Committee on Ways and Means where he served as a Budget Analyst and then Revenue Director. In these positions he formed annual budget recommendations of over 100 various departments and state programs for the Chairman of Ways and Means. He managed the evolution of those budget recommendations as they progressed through the annual, legislative budget cycle. Steve also monitored state revenue collections and how they would impact the state’s ability to fund annual and supplemental budgets. Steve is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College where he received a B.S. in American Studies and Accounting.
Regional Planning Manager
A graduate of Harvard University’s Master in Urban Planning program, Victor joined the Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office in August 2013. As Regional Planning Manager, Victor works with partners from MassDOT, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Regional Planning Agencies and municipalities to implement the Commonwealth’s Planning Ahead for Growth Initiative by identifying Priority Development Areas across the state. Victor comes to MPRO with experience in the private for-profit, private not-for-profit, and public sectors. Upon completing his undergraduate studies, Victor worked for four years as a manager in the transportation services industry. He has interned at Planetizen, Boston Rising and the City of San Fernando Community Development Department. Victor is also a Preventive Medicine Specialist in the US Army Reserve.