Governor Charlie Baker today signed an Executive Order re-establishing the Governor\u2019s Task Force on Hate Crimes and was joined by Secretary of Public Safety and Security Daniel Bennett to swear-in members of the commission.\u00a0 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.\n\n\t\t\t\u201cOur administration is committed to making Massachusetts a safe and welcoming place with zero-tolerance for hate or violence,\u201d said Governor Charlie Baker. \u201cWe 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.\u201d\n\n\t\t\tMembers 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.\n\n\t\t\t\u201cThe Commonwealth is comprised of 351 cities and towns with diverse populations that proudly celebrate their diversity,\u201d said Lt. Governor Polito. \u201cI 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.\u201d\n\n\t\t\tThis 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.\n\n\t\t\tThe 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.\n\n\t\t\tIn 1991, Governor Bill Weld initiated the Governor\u2019s 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\u2019s statewide commitment to fighting hate crimes and supporting victims and impacted communities.\n\n\t\t\t\u00a0\n\n\t\t\tTask Force on Hate Crimes\n\n\t\t\tSecretary Daniel BennettSecretary, Public Safety and Security, Commonwealth of MassachusettsCo-Chair\u00a0\n\n\t\t\tJosh KraftCEO and President, Boys and Girls Clubs of BostonCo-Chair\n\n\t\t\tAnthony GulluniDistrict Attorney, Hampden County\n\n\t\t\tAna M. JavierPresident, Merrimack Valley Project\n\n\t\t\tDr. Robert E. JohnsonChancellor, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth\n\n\t\t\tMichelle Jones-JohnsonVice President for Talent Strategy and Chief Diversity Officer, Worcester Polytechnic Institute\n\n\t\t\tJody D. KasperChief of Police, Northampton Police Department\u00a0\n\n\t\t\tDara KaufmanExecutive Director, Jewish Federation of the Berkshires\n\n\t\t\tIsraul MarreroPolice Officer, Boston Police Department\n\n\t\t\tGenevieve NadeauChief, Civil Rights Division at the Office of the Attorney General, Massachusetts\n\n\t\t\tDr. Nawal NourDirector, Ambulatory Obstetrics at Brigham and Women\u2019s Hospital\n\n\t\t\tKelly A. NeeDirector of Public Safety \u0026 Chief of Police, Boston University\n\n\t\t\tNan M. SauerCo-Chair, Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association\n\n\t\t\tEmily TodiscoState Trooper, Massachusetts State Police\n\n\t\t\tRobert O. TrestanExecutive Director, Anti-Defamation League, New England Regional Office\n\n\t\t\tYusufi S. ValiExecutive Director, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center\u00a0\n\n\t\t\tDeborah WilliamsStudent, Amherst College\n\n\t\t\t\u00a0\u00a0\n\n\t\t\tGubernatorial Appointee Bios:\n\n\t\t\tJosh Kraft\n\n\t\t\tJosh Kraft serves as President and CEO of the Boys \u0026 Girls Clubs of Boston (BGCB). Prior to accepting his current role in 2008, he was the Founding Executive Director of BGCB\u2019s 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.\u00a0 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.\u00a0 He serves on the boards of Beaver Country Day School, Brigham and Women\u2019s 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\u2019s from Williams College, and his Master\u2019s in Education and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.\n\n\t\t\tAnthony Gulluni\n\n\t\t\tAnthony Gulluni serves as District Attorney of Hampden County.\u00a0 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.\u00a0 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. \n\n\t\t\tAna M. Javier\n\n\t\t\tAna 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. \u00a0She attended the Burdett School of Business in Boston and now resides in Lawrence, Massachusetts.\n\n\t\t\tRobert E. Johnson\n\n\t\t\tRobert 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.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 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. \n\n\t\t\tMichelle Jones-Johnson\n\n\t\t\tMichelle 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 \u2013 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\u2019s Degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Business from Syracuse University. She resides in Worcester. \n\n\t\t\tJody D. Kasper\n\n\t\t\tJody 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. \u00a0As 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\u2019s 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.\n\n\t\t\tDara Kaufman\n\n\t\t\tDara 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 \u2013 Amherst with a Bachelors of Business Administration. She resides in Pittsfield. \n\n\t\t\tIsraul Marrero\n\n\t\t\tIsraul 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. \n\n\t\t\tGenevieve Nadeau\n\n\t\t\tGenevieve Nadeau is the Chief of the Civil Rights Division at the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. \u00a0Nadeau\u2019s experience in the Attorney General\u2019s 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\u2019s Office, Nadeau served in the General Counsel\u2019s Office of the United States Department of Homeland Security as Attorney-Advisor. Prior to that, Nadeau was an Associate at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler \u0026 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.\n\n\t\t\tNawal Nour \n\n\t\t\tDr. Nour is a board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and is the Director of the Ambulatory Obstetrics Practice at the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women\u2019s Hospital in Boston, MA. She is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. She also established the African Women\u0027s 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.\u00a0 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\u0027s Hospital, Boston, MA in 1998.\u00a0 She received the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Health Policy where she obtained her MPH at Harvard School of Public Health in 1999.\u00a0 She has received honorary degrees from Bowdoin College and Williams College for her community work and outreach.\n\n\t\t\tKelly A. Nee\n\n\t\t\tKelly 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\u2019s 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. \n\n\t\t\tNan M. Sauer\n\n\t\t\tNan Sauer is a domestic relations attorney at Roberts \u0026 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 \u0026 Sauer LLP, she was an associate at the preeminent domestic relations boutique firm, Lee \u0026 Rivers LLP. Prior to that, she served as a Law Clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Probate \u0026 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 \u201cSuper Lawyer\u201d (2016) and a \u201cRising Star\u201d (2008-2012) by Boston Magazine\u2019s and Law \u0026 Politics\u2019 Super Lawyer publication. Sauer received her Bachelors from the University of Notre Dame before graduating magna cum laude from New England Law. \n\n\t\t\tEmily Todisco\n\n\t\t\tEmily 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.\n\n\t\t\tRobert O. Trestan\n\n\t\t\tRobert 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\u2019s Eastern States civil rights counsel since 2005. Prior to working at the ADL, Trestan served as the Boston Housing Authority\u2019s 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. \n\n\t\t\tYusufi S. Vali\n\n\t\t\tYusufi 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.\n\n\t\t\tDeborah Williams\n\n\t\t\tDeborah Williams is currently an undergraduate student at Amherst College. She intends on majoring in Spanish and has an anticipated graduation date of May 2020.\u00a0 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.