PERSONNEL FILE - WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2018
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
... Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts has a new CEO ... There's change at the top of the Mass. Budget and Policy Center ... Social Venture Partners Boston has a new executive director ... A Massie campaign official has joined WGBH ... And the governor's press office has a new member with Washington ties ...
MICHAEL McDONAGH, general counsel and director of government affairs for the last six years at the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, was named CEO of Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts on Wednesday. He succeeds CARRIE CILIBERTO, who announced her decision to leave ASM in May. McDonagh is a graduate of Providence College and the New England School of Law, where he served as an editor of the New England Law Review. He lives in Easton. "We are so pleased to welcome Michael to the Association. His experience and reputation are stellar and in keeping with the solid reputation of our organization whose members proudly employ thousands of trade workers across the state," ASM President Sue Mailman said in a statement.
NOAH BERGER, president of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center for the past 15 years, plans to leave the organization Sept. 30 and will be succeeded as president by MARIE-FRANCES RIVERA, currently deputy director of MassBudget. "For 15 years, Noah has been dedicated to building MassBudget into a strong, vibrant, and successful organization," MassBudget Board Chair Carol Kamin said in a statement. "His leadership has had a profound impact on creating important research that helped drive critical public policy debates, especially those that affected the lives of lower- and middle-income Massachusetts residents." Berger, who was a top aide to former Senate President Thomas Birmingham, has not decided on his next job. "After 15 years in one position, it's been fun to think broadly about what I want to do next. I plan to take the time to explore all kinds of opportunities both in Massachusetts and at the national level. I look forward to a next chapter of finding new ways to contribute to making life better for everyone in our communities, particularly those who face the greatest challenges," he said. Rivera, a native of New Bedford who is of Afro-Boricua descent, joined MassBudget in 2014. She earned a master's degree in law and public policy from Northeastern University and has an undergraduate degree in business management from Babson College. At the Hyams Foundation, she helped create a racial justice and public policy grantmaking initiative.
Social Venture Partners Boston on Wednesday appointed JESSIE CRONAN as its new executive director. The organization is a "community of leaders supporting high-potential nonprofits through engaged philanthropy." Cronan previously served as executive director of Gardens for Health International, a Boston-based nonprofit that works to combat malnutrition in Rwanda. She also served as the executive director of the Child Relief International Foundation, which supports early-stage nonprofits working in Africa. "Jessie brings the ideal combination of experience, vision and passion that is crucial to our organization as we seek out new partners and solidify our role as the leading catalyst for positive social impact in Boston," said David Ferreira, Chairman of the SVP Boston Board of Directors. A Winchester native, Cronan lives in Boston's South End. She plans on Sept. 25 to launch SVP Boston's "Citywide Day of Skilled Service" in partnership with Common Impact and Impact 2030.
Gov. Charlie Baker's press office has hired OLIVIA LEATHERWOOD as press assistant. A native of Hanover, N.H., Leatherwood previously worked in Washington, D.C. for Sen. Richard Burr during his 2016 re-election campaign. She also interned for Jeb Bush's presidential campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. In 2016, Leatherwood graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor's degree in political science and communications.
ARJUN SINGH began work Tuesday as a production assistant at WGBH's "Boston Public Radio," the station told the News Service. In a pre-primary, Labor Day email, Singh announced he was leaving Democrat Robert Massie's gubernatorial campaign where he had handled press relations.
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