John Chapman serves as the Undersecretary for the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. OCABR is made up of five agencies that include the Division of Insurance, Division of Banks, Department of Telecommunications and Cable, Division of Professional Licensure and the Division of Standards. John is responsible for implementing Governor Charlie Baker’s agenda on consumer protection and business regulation policies.
John started his career in the Reagan White House, in the Office of the Counsel to the President and continued in that office during the George H.W. Bush Administration. From there John went on to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he led investigations into Wall Street corruption and financial fraud. He previously served in state government, as an Agency Commissioner and Undersecretary of Economic Development under Governor Romney.
John has held private sector positions as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Tucker Anthony Incorporated, a financial services firm, and as a partner at the law firm of Duane Morris LLP, where he advised corporate clients on enforcement and compliance issues, corporate governance and regulatory matters. Also, he served in the non-profit sector as General Counsel for the Joslin Diabetes Center, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where he provided general and legal advice to the CEO/President, the governing boards, leadership and staff of Joslin.
Before his recent post in the Baker Administration, John was the Republican nominee and candidate for U.S. Congress in the 9th Congressional District.
John graduated with a B.A. in political science from Kenyon College and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.