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Press Release Governor Baker Appoints Two New Members to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Farzana Mohamed, an author and management consultant, and Tricia Canavan, CEO of Tech Foundry, joined the Board
For immediate release:
7/27/2022
  • Executive Office of Education
  • Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Media Contact for Governor Baker Appoints Two New Members to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Colleen Quinn, Communications Director, Executive Office of Education

MALDENGovernor Charlie Baker today appointed two new members to serve on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and work to strengthen the Commonwealth’s K-12 public education system: Farzana Mohamed, an author and management consultant, and Tricia Canavan, CEO of Tech Foundry.

Ms. Canavan is a senior executive and former community college adjunct faculty member who currently serves as the chief executive officer of Tech Foundry, an economic development nonprofit which focuses on connecting underserved and underrepresented adults to training and placement in the information technology sector. She has provided leadership to education, workforce development and community projects in the Springfield area for many years, including serving as the co-chair of Springfield Business Leaders for Education. She was also a member of the “Portrait of a Graduate” strategic planning initiative for Springfield Public Schools.

Previously Ms. Canavan was an executive vice president of corporate relations and advocacy at United Personnel Services/Masis Staffing in Springfield. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and conducted graduate studies in American history at Boston University.


Ms. Mohamed has focused much of the last decade on coaching students and young professionals, and is the author of “How to Negotiate Your First Job,” which aims to help college graduates and young professionals negotiate the terms and conditions of their employment.  Ms. Mohamed is also a management consultant to global clients with expertise in negotiation, process improvement, and corporate governance. Previously, she was the chief of staff and director of strategic planning at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham where she was on the hospital’s senior management team with primary responsibility for organizational governance. Ms. Mohamed holds a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has served in a variety of leadership roles, including youth education and sports programming, as well as clergy functions, in the Shia Ismaili Muslim community.

 “Both Ms. Canavan and Ms. Mohamed bring a unique combination of management expertise and experience in the education sector that will benefit the Commonwealth’s schools and the students they serve,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are grateful for their commitment to help create strong educational starts for children and families in schools throughout Massachusetts.”

“Ms. Canavan and Ms. Mohamed have developed strong community partnerships and have engaged businesses to help strengthen educational progress in their communities,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We are very pleased they will now bring their experience and commitment to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.”

Ms. Canavan and Ms. Mohamed replace board members Amanda Fernandez and James Morton, who completed their five-year terms on June 30.

 “James and Amanda have been outstanding contributors to our work by providing hands-on leadership across a range of critical policy issues, and more importantly they always put the interests of children and equity front and center, for which I am truly grateful,” said Education Secretary James Peyser. “We welcome Tricia and Farzana to the Board and look forward to working with them.” 

The Board will meet on Monday, August 15 at 12 p.m. at DESE headquarters in Malden.

 

Updated on 7/28/2022.

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Media Contact for Governor Baker Appoints Two New Members to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Executive Office of Education 

From pre-school to post-secondary education, the Executive Office of Education works to connect all Massachusetts residents with an education that creates opportunities.

While Massachusetts' students rank first in the nation on many educational measures, the Executive Office of Education strives to strengthen the foundations of education reform, empower schools and educators, and develop pathways to college and careers so all students in the Commonwealth can succeed, regardless of their zip code.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 

ESE oversees the education of children grades pre-k through 12 in Massachusetts, striving to ensure that all students across the Commonwealth succeed.
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