State Permit Ombudsman/Director, Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office
Larry Field was appointed the Massachusetts Permit Ombudsman in June 2014. He is the Director of the Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office and Chair of the Interagency Permitting Board. Larry supports the MassWorks Infrastructure Grants Program, oversees the implementation of the 43D and 43E Expedited Permitting Programs and leads regional planning initiatives on land use, zoning and public infrastructure in support of new housing development and job creation. Prior to his appointment, Larry worked for nearly three years in the Undersecretary’s office at the Department of Housing and Community Development. As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Larry was the day-to-day manager of the Commonwealth’s “Housing that Works” initiative, including the goal of producing 10,000 multi-family homes through 2020. He will continue with that role at EOHED.
Before coming to state government, Larry practiced law for 22 years and managed a real estate partnership. He graduated from Harvard Law School and studied economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Director, MassWorks Program
Erica Kreuter was appointed Director of the MassWorks Program in June 2014. A graduate of Colby College, Erica joined the Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office in June of 2011. As Senior Project Manager for three years, Erica worked with over 20 MassWorks Infrastructure Grant recipients to ensure the projects are completed on-time and on-budget, assisted communities through the 43D Priority Development Site designation process, and worked on the 495/MetroWest Development Compact Planning Study.
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 also works 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. Starting in June 2014, Victor has also worked with communities seeking 43D Priority Development Site designations. 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.
Project Manager, MassWorks Program
George joined the Massachusetts Permit Regulatory Office in July of 2014. As a Project Manager, he is responsible for working with MassWorks Infrastructure grant recipients to ensure that projects are completed on-time and within the scope of their budget. George assists in the implementation of the Commonwealth’s Planning Ahead for Growth initiative and provides support for the Brownfields Support Team .
Prior to joining MPRO, George worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Most notably, he served as the Program Coordinator in the Office of the Mayor | Economic Development for the City of Nashua, New Hampshire, and was the Urban Planning and Development Manager for Sustainability Guild International. George is a graduate of Northeastern University’s Masters in Urban and Regional Policy program and holds a B.S. in Regional Planning and Environmental Science from Westfield State University.