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Charlie Baker Names Leaders for Transition Team

November 14, 2014

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With January 1st rapidly approaching, Governor-Elect Charlie Baker is preparing to take office by appointing a transition team, which Lieutenant Governor-Elect Karyn Polito will chair. This week, Baker named the individuals who will lead the transition team’s seven committees. They include experienced business leaders and public servants from a wide variety of backgrounds, and reflect the Governor-Elect’s campaign promise of bipartisanship. Several of the choices are veterans of the William Weld administration, demonstrating Baker’s desire to maintain leadership a style similar to that of the former Governor.

The committee focused on Jobs and the Economy will be chaired by Jay Ash, Chelsea City Manager and Baker’s incoming Secretary of Housing and Economic Development; Karen Kaplan, CEO of Hill Holiday; and Roger Crandall, President and CEO of MassMutual.

The State of the State Committee will be led by Linda Carlisle, former Commissioner of the Department of Social Services under Gov. Weld; Richard Taylor, chairman of Taylor-Smith Companies and former Secretary of Transportation under Weld; and Michael O’Brien, Executive VP of WinnCompanies and former Worcester City Manager.

The Human Resources Committee will be chaired by Deb Hicks, Senior VP and Chief HR Officer at the Dana Farber Institute; and Dan Henry, Chief HR and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at Bright Horizons.

The Better Government Committee will be led by Stephen Goldsmith, professor at Harvard Kennedy School and former Mayor of Indianapolis; and Steve Poftak, executive director of the Rappaport Institute at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The Community Committee will be led by Chrystal Kornegay, President and CEO of Urban Edge; and Robert Lewis, founder of nonprofit The BASE.

The Schools Committee will be chaired by Marty Meehan, Chancellor of UMass Lowell; and Beth Anderson, founder and CEO of the Phoenix Charter Academy Network.

The Healthcare Committee will be chaired by Deb Enos, President and CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan; and Keith Hovan, President and CEO of Southcoast Health System.

Additional committee members will be announced in the coming weeks.

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