Penny Blaisdell, a resident of Marblehead, was appointed to the Commission by MA Speaker of the House, Robert A. DeLeo in 2014. She is a member of the Legislative and Policy and Program and Planning Committees. She earned a BA degree in Political Science from The University of Maine in Orono. Her commissioner priorities include: healthcare reform, the advancement of women in leadership roles, gender equality, empowering women in the workplace, and improving the quality of family life.
She has had an extensive career serving as a Healthcare Advocate in her practice, HealthCareSOS, as well as serving as a patient advocate for the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and the American Association of Cancer Research. She also serves as a Consumer Reviewer/Consultant for the US Department of Defense (DOD), Breast Cancer Research Program. Her goal is to empower patients to make informed decisions about their healthcare choices and to provide guidance and resources to those who have encountered healthcare challenges. Because of the dramatically rising drug abuse issues in Massachusetts, she has become an advocate for explicit pain care management by hospitals and doctors to ensure patients understand the challenges and potential addiction of using opioid medications. She is a member of the National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants (NAHAC) and The Alliance of Professional Health Advocates (APHA).
Prior to her healthcare career, she held many executive Marketing, Public Relations and Corporate Communication positions in the high technology and higher education industry including AT&T, Arthur D Little, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Comverse Technology. She is active in the Boston community serving on the nonprofit board committee of The Boston Club, a member of the bylaws committee at the The College Club of Boston, was a Trustee of Family Service of Greater Boston and served on the executive committee of The Corinthian Yacht Club.