- Jeff Wulfson, Chairman, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Steven Grossman, State Treasurer
Nicola Favorito, State Treasurer’s designee
Suzanne M. Bump, State Auditor
Joannah M. Quinn, State Auditor’s designee
Karen Ann Mitchell
Dennis J. Naughton
Richard L. Liston
Chairman, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Designee of Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education since October 31, 2007
Jeff Wulfson is currently the Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He has been with ESE since 1995, previously serving as the Department's Chief Financial Officer and as Associate Commissioner for School Finance and District Support. Prior to joining ESE, Jeff was the director of administration for the Department of Revenue's Division of Local Services, where he also served as chairman of the finance control boards for the cities of Brockton and Lowell. He is a member of the American Finance Association and a past president of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. Jeff holds undergraduate and MBA degrees from Dartmouth College and an MPA degree from New York University.
Steve Grossman brings to the office of Treasurer and Receiver General a family heritage of public service, a lifetime dedicated to helping others, and years of experience as a hard-working businessman with a sense of responsibility for the well-being of his colleagues and his community.
He is committed to using the full potential of the Treasurer's office to protect the public's money, help create jobs, boost small businesses, and bring new standards of transparency and disclosure to state government. Throughout his career he has had an unshakable commitment to recruiting, hiring, and retaining the most qualified people, based on merit, and that principle will guide his new administration.
Steve has spent the last 35 years creating jobs, managing money, dealing with crises, and finding commonsense solutions to problems as CEO of Grossman Marketing Group in Somerville, a 100-year-old, fourth-generation family business. He grew the company's revenues eightfold, entering new markets and repositioning the company to meet the challenges of an evolving economy. Steve knows what it's like to meet a payroll and to keep a business going in tough times, and he brings that expertise and commitment to public office.
He is a leading figure in numerous charitable organizations. Steve serves as a trustee of Project Bread, an advisory board member of the Women's Lunch Place, and chairs the advisory board of Cambridge College. He was a founding board member of Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC), a former campaign chair of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and a founding board member of the Lenny Zakim Fund.
As chairman of both the Massachusetts and national Democratic parties, Steve established a track record as a reformer and builder—working aggressively to implement effective management and financial controls while at the same time empowering more activists to participate in political life.
He was elected Treasurer in 2010.
Steve is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School. His wife, Dr. Barbara Wallace Grossman, a theater historian, author, and director, is a professor at Tufts University and serves as Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. They have three sons, David, Ben, and Josh.
Mr. Favorito serves as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Retirement Board which administers the State Retirement System on behalf of more than 50,000 retired and 83,000 active members. As an attorney, Mr. Favorito previously practiced in the areas of public employee retirement law, education, and municipal law. Mr. Favorito is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Harvard College and Suffolk University Law School.
Suzanne M. Bump
Suzanne M. Bump was sworn in as the 25th State Auditor of Massachusetts on January 19, 2011. As the first new Auditor in 24 years, Auditor Bump will lead her administration to be a catalyst for making state government work better by elevating standards of transparency, accountability, and performance.
Prior to her election as State Auditor, Bump was appointed in 2007 by Governor Deval Patrick and served for 3 years as Secretary of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. As a cabinet Secretary, she led the reorganization of the Commonwealth's public sector labor relations agencies, depoliticizing and professionalizing management and establishing an oversight panel. She also launched an initiative to identify the workforce needs of businesses in each region of the state and to create data tools to better plan, manage and measure the effectiveness of strategies to close persistent skills gaps.
Auditor Bump, a native of Whitman, Massachusetts, has a long history of public and community service. She was a member of the House of Representatives, serving for eight years in the Legislature on the Commerce and Labor Committee, including two as Chairman. She served as counsel to companies large and small and has also held positions on the boards of several non-profit organizations.
Auditor Bump is personally and professionally dedicated to creating opportunities and achieving excellence. She has been honored by numerous organizations over the years, including awards bestowed in 2009 Boston Archdiocese's Labor Guild, the Women’s Bar Association and the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers.
Auditor Bump earned an A.B. in English from Boston College and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Joannah M. Quinn
State Auditor’s designee
Chief Legal Counsel, State Auditor’s Office
Appointed April 2012
Joannah Quinn is Chief Legal Counsel for the Office of the State Auditor, Suzanne M. Bump. Prior to working for the State Auditor, Ms. Quinn was corporate in-house counsel where her work focused on contracts, intellectual property and employment related matters. Ms. Quinn earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from Regis College and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.
Karen Ann Mitchell
Elected by the Membership
Term expires December 31, 2015
Elected to the Board in December 2007, Ms. Mitchell has taught 7th and 8th grade reading in the Plymouth Public Schools since 1986, and was awarded National Board Certification in 2000. Throughout her career, she has been active in union organizations at both the local and state levels. A longtime member of the Education Association of Plymouth and Carver, she has served as that group's president, vice president and secretary. Ms. Mitchell has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, having been elected to three terms. She holds an associate’s degree in psychology from Cape Cod Community College, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of South Alabama, and a master’s degree in education from Bridgewater State College. Ms. Mitchell resides in Plymouth.
Dennis J. Naughton
Dennis Naughton was elected to the Board in December 2011. He began his career as a public school educator in the Millis Public Schools in 1968, where he served as a high school social studies teacher for 33 years, as well as social studies department head and golf coach. During that time he served on New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) evaluating teams at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, Manchester High School (now Manchester Essex High School) in Manchester-by-the-Sea, and University Park Campus School in Worcester. He served as principal of Millis High School from 2001 to his retirement in 2004.
From 1977 to 1997, Mr. Naughton served as president of the Millis Teachers Association. He also served several terms on both the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Teachers Association. Since his retirement, he served as interim assistant principal at Norton High School in 2005-2006, and as interim principal at Douglas High School in 2009.
Mr. Naughton is actively involved as a retired life member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Educational Association. He holds an A.B. in History from Saint Anselm College and an M.A.T. in History from Assumption College. Mr. Naughton resides in Foxborough.
Richard L. Liston
Appointed by the Board
Term expires January 31, 2016
Appointed to the Board in January 2012, Mr. Liston was a special education teacher in the Everett Public Schools for 40 years and served as the president of the Everett Teachers Association for 27 years. He currently represents retired members of the Massachusetts Teachers Association on the MTA Board and is co-chair of the MTA Retired Members Committee. Mr. Liston holds a B.A. and M.A. in special education from Fitchburg State University.
Appointed by the Governor
Term expires April 18, 2014
Anne Wass, former president of the 107,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association, is a champion of students, public schools and public higher education.
Mrs. Wass has spent all of her adult life in public education and has served in many leadership positions. She taught sixth grade at the Hanover Middle School for 31 years. She has served on the MTA Board of Directors and state Executive Committee, and she has been president of her local association in Hanover at two different times. Mrs. Wass was MTA president from 2006 until 2010. Before taking office as president, she served as the association vice president for four years.
Teaching is Mrs. Wass’ passion, and she has won a number of awards honoring her abilities as a teacher. These awards include the Bristol County Educators' Association Kathleen Roberts Human Relations Award, the Plymouth County Education Association's Honor Award and the Loretta Quinlan Award, the highest honor bestowed by the PCEA. She also won the first MTA Friend of Labor Award and the Louise Gaskins Lifetime Civil Rights Award. She received the Salem State University Friend of Education Award in 2010.
Mrs. Wass continues her commitment to education and students by serving on the Massachusetts Early Childhood Educators Union Advisory Board.