For Immediate Release - March 29, 2012

Perez Appointed Executive Director of the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust

Will Oversee Water and Sewer Project Financing Throughout the Commonwealth

Treasurer Steven Grossman today announced the appointment of Susan Perez as the new Executive Director of the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust (MWPAT).  The Trust, overseen by the Treasury, provides subsidized loans to cities and towns across the Commonwealth to undertake clean water and drinking water infrastructure projects.

“Sue is a proven leader, and her substantial expertise in the public and private sectors will be invaluable at the Trust,” said Treasurer Grossman.  “Her keen entrepreneurial sense, strong management skills, and ability to work collaboratively with municipalities made her the clear choice to oversee this critical agency.”

Perez has worked for the MWPAT since September of 2009 as the Chief Compliance Officer.  In this position, her deep accounting and management background was also leveraged, as she served simultaneously as Internal Auditor for the Office of the Treasurer.

”I am honored by the confidence of Treasurer Grossman and the Board of Trustees,” said Perez.  “There are few services more critical than supplying fresh water to our cities and towns, and I am excited at playing a leadership role in the Trust’s ongoing work with communities all over the Commonwealth.  Our focus remains on ensuring that our borrowers are able to continue providing these truly vital services at affordable and sustainable levels.”

“We appreciate the important work performed by the Water Pollution Abatement Trust and know how critical our relationship with the trust is to the success of the State Revolving Fund program, clean water and environmental protection,” said Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. “We look forward to the continued success of the program under Sue Perez’s leadership.”

Prior to serving at the MWPAT, Perez worked for eight years as Senior Director of Finance at BearingPoint, a $3.4 billion global management and technology consulting firm.  At the company, she was responsible for the Corporate Accounting Group consisting of 60 professionals and helped oversee a $60 million government accounting system implementation.  Before that, Perez worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, during which she received her CPA.

Perez, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Boston University School of Management, resides in Foxboro with her husband, Rolando, and her two children, Julia who is eleven and Sam who is eight.  She is pursuing a black belt degree in karate and is a commissioner for the Foxboro Housing Authority.