Thomas L. Weber
Tom Weber was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care in September, 2013 after serving as Acting Commissioner of the department since March, 2013. During his tenure, the Department has expanded early education and care services for eligible families in need, advanced an agenda for higher program quality and increased workforce supports, adopted a series of health and safety improvements and initiatives including a differential licensing model that uses enhanced risk assessment tools and practices for monitoring programs, strengthened the Department’s licensing and background record check Information Technology (IT) systems, implemented a single system for issuing payments to state-subsidized child care programs, and with the support of the legislature provided the largest rate reimbursement increase for those programs in a decade. Commissioner Weber led the Commonwealth's successful application for a federal Preschool Expansion Grant, which provided $60 million over four years to support free, high-quality preschool in five communities across the state, and he oversaw the implementation of the Commonwealth's $50 million Federal Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Grant, which supported numerous program quality improvement initiatives.
Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Weber served as Undersecretary at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education where he oversaw budget and finance, legal and legislative affairs, information technology, policy, communications, and general administration. During his tenure at the Executive Office of Education, he served as the Secretary of Education’s principal advisor for early education and care and designee to the Board of Early Education and Care, and was also responsible for formulating and implementing strategies leading to the Achievement Gap Law of 2010 and the community college reforms of 2012.
Previously, Commissioner Weber worked as Legislative Director at Strategies for Children/The Early Education for All Campaign, Director of Community Partnerships at the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, Deputy Research Director at the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC), Assistant Director of Government Affairs at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and Senior Issues Manager at the Office of United State Senator John F. Kerry.
Commissioner Weber is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School. He is a native of Lynn, MA and currently lives in Reading, MA.