Press Release

Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Re-Establishes Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes

For immediate release:
11/06/2017
  • Governor Charlie Baker | Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
  • Daniel Bennett, EOPSS Secretary

Media Contact

William Pitman

Governor Baker with members of the Governor's Task Force on Hate Crimes.

BOSTON — Governor Charlie Baker today signed an Executive Order re-establishing the Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes and was joined by Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett to swear-in members of the commission.  The Task Force will advise the Governor on issues relating to the prevalence, deterrence and prevention of hate crimes in the Commonwealth and the support of victims of hate crimes.

“Our administration is committed to making Massachusetts a safe and welcoming place with zero-tolerance for hate or violence,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We look forward to working with this diverse group of qualified members who represent different backgrounds and parts of our state to enhance our commitment to inclusive and tolerant communities.”

Members of the Task Force include gubernatorial appointees with expertise in community advocacy, law enforcement, health care, law, government and education and represent a group diverse in gender, race, industry, region, age and education. Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett and CEO and President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston Josh Kraft will serve as co-chairs.

“The Commonwealth is comprised of 351 cities and towns with diverse populations that proudly celebrate their diversity,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “I thank the members of this Task Force for their commitment and willingness to serve the Commonwealth and help all our residents feel safe from hate and violence.”

This task force will meet at least quarterly and submit a formal written report annually that addresses the mission of the Task Force, targeted objectives, options and recommended actions and metrics to measure the effects of the recommendations on hate crimes in Massachusetts to the Governor.

The Task Force will promote full and effective coordination among law enforcement agencies in order to improve prevention, investigation and prosecution of hate crimes. The Task Force will encourage and assist agencies in safe reporting of hate crimes pursuant to the Hate Crime Reporting Act, as well as analyze and publicize hate crime reports pursuant to the Hate Crime Penalties Act. This group will develop best practices related to technical assistance for school districts that may seek to incorporate hate crime education into their curricula.

In 1991, Governor Bill Weld initiated the Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes by letter, coordinating and giving priority to state implementation of the Hate Crimes Reporting Act. From 1994 to 1996, the Task Force led the successful legislative effort to amend the Hate Crimes Penalties Act to expand its scope and increase penalties for those who commit hate crimes. In 1997, Governor Paul Cellucci formalized the Task Force through Executive Order 401. The reconstitution of the Task Force reinvigorates the Commonwealth’s statewide commitment to fighting hate crimes and supporting victims and impacted communities.

 

Task Force on Hate Crimes

Secretary Daniel Bennett
Secretary, Public Safety and Security, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Co-Chair 

Josh Kraft
CEO and President, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston
Co-Chair

Anthony Gulluni
District Attorney, Hampden County

Ana M. Javier
President, Merrimack Valley Project

Dr. Robert E. Johnson
Chancellor, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

Michelle Jones-Johnson
Vice President for Talent Strategy and Chief Diversity Officer, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Jody D. Kasper
Chief of Police, Northampton Police Department 

Dara Kaufman
Executive Director, Jewish Federation of the Berkshires

Israul Marrero
Police Officer, Boston Police Department

Genevieve Nadeau
Chief, Civil Rights Division at the Office of the Attorney General, Massachusetts

Dr. Nawal Nour
Director, Ambulatory Obstetrics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Kelly A. Nee
Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police, Boston University

Nan M. Sauer
Co-Chair, Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association

Emily Todisco
State Trooper, Massachusetts State Police

Robert O. Trestan
Executive Director, Anti-Defamation League, New England Regional Office

Yusufi S. Vali
Executive Director, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center 

Deborah Williams
Student, Amherst College

  

Gubernatorial Appointee Bios:

Josh Kraft

Josh Kraft serves as President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB). Prior to accepting his current role in 2008, he was the Founding Executive Director of BGCB’s Gerald and Darlene Jordan Club in Chelsea. For 15 years, he led the after-school program from the basement of a public housing development, until the current state-of-the-art building could be built.  Concurrently, Kraft is the President of New England Patriots Charitable Foundation where he oversees numerous initiatives, such as Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership, the Community MVP Awards and Celebrate Volunteerism.  He serves on the boards of Beaver Country Day School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Camp Harbor View Foundation as well as the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and is an Overseer for Lasell College. He received his Bachelor’s from Williams College, and his Master’s in Education and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Anthony Gulluni

Anthony Gulluni serves as District Attorney of Hampden County.  Gulluni previously served as Assistant District Attorney in Hampden and Assistant City Solicitor for Springfield. Prior to that, Gulluni worked in the private sector as Assistant to the General Counsel for Scapa North America and started his career as Program Coordinator/Counselor for the Salvation Army in Springfield.  He is a board member on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, Springfield Corps. District Attorney Gulluni is also a member of Kiwanis International and the New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut Bar Associations. Gulluni received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Western New England University. He resides in Springfield.

Ana M. Javier

Ana Javier currently works as a Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator and Family Support Advocate for the Lawrence Methuen Community Coalition. Previously, Javier worked for the Lawrence Youth Team as a faith-based liaison where she worked as part of a city-wide team and developed community service programs in city churches. Prior to that, she worked in the Lawrence Public Schools. Javier is the President of the Merrimack Valley Project, an organization focused on uniting religious, labor and community organizations in the fight for social justice in the Merrimack Valley. She co-founded the faith-based support group Time for Change and volunteers at New Challenge and Daybreak shelter in Lawrence.  She attended the Burdett School of Business in Boston and now resides in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Robert E. Johnson

Robert Johnson, Ph.D., currently serves as Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. He previously served as president of Becker College, leading and managing all elements of the organization as the Chief Executive Office. Dr. Johnson has an extensive career in higher education, serving as Senior Vice President at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio from 2006 to 2010, and before that as Vice-President for Enrollment Management at the University of Dayton. Prior to that, he spent nine years as Vice Provost at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He began his career in education at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio as Executive Director of Admissions, Marketing and Enrollment manger in 1986. He is currently a member of the American Antiquarian Society, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, the Council on Competitiveness and the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts. He also serves on a number of boards, including the Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, is chair of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute Advisory Board, a board member of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, vice chair of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and vice chair of the New England Collegiate Conference.    Dr. Johnson obtained his Bachelor of Economics from Morehouse College, went on to earn his Masters of Education from the University of Cincinnati, and graduated with his Doctorate of Education from Touro University. He resides in Worcester.

Michelle Jones-Johnson

Michelle Jones-Johnson currently serves as Vice President for Talent Strategy and Chief Diversity Officer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Prior to that, she worked as Senior Human Resources Partner for Aetna and before that as Talent Management Director for the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She was Director of Human Resources for the Dayton Metropolitan Housing Authority and Regional Manager of Human Resources and Recruiting at RWD Technologies in Michigan and Director of Human Resources at Equifax – Direct Marketing Solutions, before relocating to Dayton. She began her career in Human Resources at the Eastern Michigan University Department of Social Work as an admissions and recruiting coordinator, followed by a working at Dickinson Wright PLLC as a human resources generalist and then as a human resources specialist at SMITHGROUP. Jones-Johnson is also the founder and president of UnVeiled Leadership Coaching, LLC, a consulting firm designed to inspire professionals and guide organizations in creating intentional and meaningful transformations. Jones-Johnson earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Business from Syracuse University. She resides in Worcester.

Jody D. Kasper

Jody Kasper serves as the Northampton County Chief of Police. In 2015, she became the first female police chief in Northampton County. Chief Kasper worked her way up in the Northampton Police Department, starting as a patrol officer in 1998. She was promoted to Detective in 2001, became a Patrol Staff Sergeant in 2007, a Patrol Lieutenant in 2011, a Detective Lieutenant in 2013 and Captain of Operations in 2014.  As Chief of Police, she has already implemented a number of new programs to strengthen the relationship between the Police Department and the people of Northampton. Chief Kasper is a member of the Western Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the International Chiefs of Police Association, the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, and she is Commissioner of the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission. She serves on the Governor’s Task Force on POST Training and the Executive Board of the Hampshire Heroin/Opioid Prevention and Education Coalition. Chief Kasper received her Master of Criminal Justice and her Master of Public Administration from Westfield State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Westfield State University graduating summa cum laude after previously receiving her Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from Greenfield Community College.

Dara Kaufman

Dara Kaufman serves as Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires where she directs all aspects of non-profit operations including fundraising, finance, human resources, program development grant making, endowment investment and community relations. Kaufman previously worked as Director of Member Services for the Berkshire Visitors Bureau. Prior to that, she served as a Hebrew and Judaic Studies Teacher. She also spent time in Tel Aviv, Israel working in advertising for The Jersualem Report. Kaufman currently serves on the Berkshire County Task Force on Race. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst with a Bachelors of Business Administration. She resides in Pittsfield.

Israul Marrero

Israul Marrero is a law-enforcement professional with a focus on community relations. Marrero has served as a Police Officer with the Boston Police Department since 2002. Through the Boston Police Explorers program, which is overseen by the Boy Scouts of America, he works with high school students interested in law enforcement. Marrero spent almost a decade serving as a soldier in the United States Army where he rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He is now a member of VFW Post 1018.

Genevieve Nadeau

Genevieve Nadeau is the Chief of the Civil Rights Division at the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Nadeau’s experience in the Attorney General’s office includes serving as Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division and then Deputy Chief of the Civil Rights Division. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Nadeau served in the General Counsel’s Office of the United States Department of Homeland Security as Attorney-Advisor. Prior to that, Nadeau was an Associate at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro and then at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker. In 2016 she was named one of Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Nadeau received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics, graduating summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and received her law degree from Stanford University.

Nawal Nour

Dr. Nour is a board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and is the Director of the Ambulatory Obstetrics Practice at the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. She also established the African Women's Health Center which provides appropriate health and outreach programs to the African community in Boston. In 2008, Dr. Nour became the Director of the Global Obstetrics and Gynecology Division at BWH. Born in the Sudan and raised in Egypt and England, Dr. Nour came to the United States to attend Brown University.  She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1994 and completed a chief residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA in 1998.  She received the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Health Policy where she obtained her MPH at Harvard School of Public Health in 1999.  She has received honorary degrees from Bowdoin College and Williams College for her community work and outreach.

Kelly A. Nee

Kelly Nee is an experienced law enforcement executive currently serving as the Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police at Boston University. She previously served as the Deputy Superintendent of the Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis of the Boston Police Department where she, and her team of 250 detectives, worked on crafting the city’s marathon planning after the 2013 bombings alongside federal law enforcement. She rose to this post after a thirty-three year career with the force starting as a cadet in 1983 and then as a patrol officer in 1985. She rose through the ranks becoming a Sergeant in the Bureau of Field Services, and then Sergeant Detective for the Youth Violence Strike Force and Drug Control Unit. In 2008 she became Sergeant Detective for the School Police Unit and then Deputy Superintendent for the Bureau of Investigative Services. Chief Nee graduated with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice from Western New England College and continued her education at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Series.

Nan M. Sauer

Nan Sauer is a domestic relations attorney at Roberts & Sauer LLP, which she co-founded in August 2016. As a practitioner, she assists clients in a wide range of family law matters, including divorce, child custody, prenuptials, postnuptials, adoptions, removal cases, and unmarried partnership matters. Prior to forming Roberts & Sauer LLP, she was an associate at the preeminent domestic relations boutique firm, Lee & Rivers LLP. Prior to that, she served as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Probate & Family Court, working on a variety of family law, probate, and equity matters. During law school, she served as an intern to the Honorable Judith G. Dein, Federal Magistrate, and also as a law clerk to an appellate criminal defense attorney in Boston. Prior to becoming an attorney, she had extensive experience as a management and technology consultant to Fortune 1000 firms, both in the United States and abroad. She has been recognized as a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” (2016) and a “Rising Star” (2008-2012) by Boston Magazine’s and Law & Politics’ Super Lawyer publication. Sauer received her Bachelors from the University of Notre Dame before graduating magna cum laude from New England Law.

Emily Todisco

Emily Todisco is a law enforcement professional currently serving as a State Trooper in Holden. Previously, Todisco worked as Detective Unit Assistant at the Malden Police Department, working with domestic violence victims, recovering evidence through video recording systems and assisting with ongoing investigations. Prior to her work at the Malden Police Department, Todisco worked as a secretary in the Law Office of John Todisco where she organized court documents and assisted clients. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies from the University of New Hampshire. She resides in North Reading, Massachusetts.

Robert O. Trestan

Robert Trestan has been Executive Director of the New England Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) since 2013. He has also served as the ADL’s Eastern States civil rights counsel since 2005. Prior to working at the ADL, Trestan served as the Boston Housing Authority’s Director of Civil Rights from 1996 to 2005. He began his career in the Office of the Public Defender in Naples, Florida as an Assistant Public Defender. Trestan earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science at Trent University and then graduated from University of Miami School of Law. Robert Trestan is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, and the Florida Bar.

Yusufi S. Vali

Yusufi Vali is the Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. Previously, Vali served as an associate organizer at the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization. He worked as a field organizer in Minneapolis for Obama for America 2008. After graduating from Princeton University, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to research and study in Damascus, Syria. He then received a Marshall Fellowship to pursue two Masters Programs in the United Kingdom. He received his Masters in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and his Masters in Islamic Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Vali resides in Boston.

Deborah Williams

Deborah Williams is currently an undergraduate student at Amherst College. She intends on majoring in Spanish and has an anticipated graduation date of May 2020.  Williams currently interns with Amherst College and previously interns for the Office of the Public Advocate in New York City this past year. She attended the Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts.

###

Media Contact

Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito 

Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, and members of their administration are committed to making Massachusetts the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security 

EOPSS is responsible for the policy development and budgetary oversight of its secretariat agencies, independent programs, and several boards which aid in crime prevention, homeland security preparedness, and ensuring the safety of residents and visitors in the Commonwealth.

Feedback

Tell us what you think