Economic Development Planning Council

The council will provide input on and oversight of an economic development plan to guide economic policy over the next four years.

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Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito with members of the Economic Development Planning Council.

The Economic Development Planning Council will provide input on and oversight of an economic development plan that will be presented to Governor Baker by the end of the year. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy will serve as co-chairs of the council.

The new council brings a diversity of experience and perspective, including representation from every region of the Commonwealth. The council includes appointees of the House, Senate, relevant Executive Secretariats, and municipal leaders, along with small business owners and entrepreneurs, leaders from key business sectors and higher education.

The council and process are guided by Section 16G of Chapter 6A of the Massachusetts General Laws, which requires a new economic development plan formulated and signed by the governor within the first year of a new administration. Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Polito and Secretary Kennealy, the council will embark on regional engagement sessions across the state to obtain public input in the development of a new economic development plan, which the council will approve and present to Governor Baker to guide economic policy over the next four years.

  • Rosalin Acosta

    Labor and Workforce Development Secretary

  • Patricia Begrowicz

    Owner and President, Onyx Specialty Papers

  • Stephen Boyd

    CEO, Boyd Technologies

  • Cheri Butts

    Associate Director - R & D, Biogen Inc.

  • David Crouch

    Founder and Owner, Ten24

  • Carlos DaCunha

    Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer, St. Anne's Credit Union

  • Kim Driscoll

    Mayor of Salem

  • Pamela Everhart

    Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments

  • Brian Fairbank

    Chairman, The Fairbank Group

  • Ann-Margaret Ferrante

    State Representative, Fifth Essex District

  • Leslie Gould

    Executive Director, Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce

  • Leslie Greis

    Owner/Director, Kinefac Corp

  • Judy Herrell

    Owner and CEO, Herrell's Ice Cream

  • Karl Hetzler

    President, H & S Tool and Engineering

  • Wendy Hudson

    Co-founder, Cisco Brewing

  • Michael Lauf

    President and CEO, Cape Cod Health Care

  • Eric Lesser

    Senator, First Hampden and Hampshire District

  • David Lucchino

    Co-Founder, President and CEO - Frequency Therapeutics

  • Sal Lupoli

    CEO, Lupoli Companies

  • Marcos Marrero

    Director of Planning and Economic Development, City of Holyoke

  • Dani Monroe

    Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Partners HealthCare

  • Derek Oliver

    Director of Government and Industry Affairs, Wayfair

  • Luis Pedraja

    President, Quinsigamond College

  • Stephanie Pollack

    Secretary of Transportation

  • Pam Randhawa

    Founder and CEO, Empiriko

  • Dan Rea

    Executive VP, Real Estate Development, Pawtucket Red Sox

  • Jody Rose

    President, New England Venture Capital Association

  • Ruben Salinas

    Founder, President and CEO, Parsagen Diagnostics

  • Dorothy Savarese

    President, Cape Cod Five Bank

  • Katie Theoharides

    Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs

  • Todd Trapp

    Chief Financial Officer, Abiomed

  • Jean VanderGheynst

    Dean, UMass Dartmouth

  • Robin Ward

    Secretary, Homebuilders and Remodelers Association, Mid-Cape Home Centers

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