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Press Release Steven A. Florio Appointed Commissioner of Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

For immediate release:
12/19/2018
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services
  • Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Media Contact for Steven A. Florio Appointed Commissioner of Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Elissa Snook, Media Relations Manager

BostonSteven A. Florio has been named Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) effective February, 2019.  Since 1986, MCDHH has provided accessible communication, education, and support to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened and deaf blind.  

“Steven is a respected leader with a national and local reputation for managing organizations, developing policy and programs and building partnerships,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. “He is an advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing population and his work will continue to build on the strong efforts of retiring Commissioner Heidi Reed and the MCDHH team.”   

Mr. Florio is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and skilled in partnering with organizations and agencies to enhance service delivery to the deaf and hard of hearing community.  For the past 16 years, Mr. Florio has served as the Executive Director for the Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  Prior to that, he was an Accounting Financial Specialist at J.P Morgan Chase in Newark, DE.  He currently serves as Treasurer and the Co-Founding Board Member at the National Association of State Agencies of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  

Mr. Florio has a B.S. in Accounting from Gallaudet University, and a M.S. in Leadership from Northeastern University. He also has a Certificate in Planning and Functional and Access Needs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Mr. Florio and his family live in Franklin, Massachusetts.

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Media Contact for Steven A. Florio Appointed Commissioner of Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Executive Office of Health and Human Services 

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is the largest secretariat in state government and is comprised of 12 agencies, in addition to 2 soldiers’ homes and the MassHealth program. Our efforts are focused on the health, resilience, and independence of the one in four residents of the Commonwealth we serve. Our public health programs touch every community in the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 

MCDHH provides accessible communication, education, and advocacy to consumers and private and public entities so that programs, services, and opportunities throughout Massachusetts are fully accessible to persons who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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