Geoffrey G. Why
On June 15, 2009, Geoffrey Why was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable. From October 2007 until his appointment, Mr. Why was the General Counsel for the Department. Previously, Mr. Why worked as a civil and criminal litigator. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Why was an assistant attorney general in the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division, where he specialized in telecommunication and cable cases. In addition, he was a co-chair of the Attorney General's Diversity Committee from 2003-2007. In 2006, Mr. Why was presented the Edward J. McCormack Jr. Award for Excellence by the Attorney General for his work on behalf of Massachusetts consumers. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Why was an assistant district attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Appellate Division. From 2002 to 2005, he was a first-year legal writing instructor at Boston University School of Law.
Mr. Why has been active in a number of community groups. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts since 2003 and the board of the Massachusetts Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights from 2006 to 2008. He is currently a Commissioner of the Massachusetts Asian-American Commission. Mr. Why graduated from Boston College in 1988 and Boston College Law School in 1998. Mr. Why is married to Annamarie Why and they have two sons. They currently live in Watertown, MA.