PERSONNEL FILE - WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31, 2018
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
.... A former legislator is leaving the Baker administration for a western Massachusetts health system .... The former manager of Rasky's Washington office is starting his own D.C. firm with an eye on Massachusetts clients .... Framingham's new mayor has hired Treasurer Goldberg's constituent services director .... The Department of Developmental Services' new commissioner is a 20-year veteran of the agency ..... MassDEP's chief of staff has moved into a new role ....
MICHAEL KNAPIK is leaving his post as director of Gov. Charlie Baker's Western Massachusetts Regional Office to become Baystate Health's new vice president of government and community relations. Knapik, a Westfield resident, starts his new job on Feb. 19. A former state lawmaker, he served two terms in the House and 10 in the Senate. He has also worked as executive director of advancement, alumni and university relations at Westfield State University. In his new role, he will be charged with formulating and advancing the Springfield-based health system's legislative and community agenda, as well as overseeing its community benefits program.
Longtime Gov. Baker fundraiser and former Rasky Partners managing director DAVID TAMASI has formed a new bipartisan government relations and public affairs firm with two partners that he hopes can be the "go to firm for Massachusetts companies seeking Washington help with a Bay State presence." Tamasi is starting CHARTWELL STRATEGY GROUP with MATT EPPERLY and OSWALDO PALOMO. The D.C.-based firm plans to have a Massachusetts office. Tamasi has been a member of Gov. Charlie Baker's finance team since his first run for governor in 2010 and served as finance chair for the Trump Victory Fund. He previously ran Rasky's Washington, D.C. office. JAMES SEGEL, who was once special counsel to former Congressman Barney Frank, and CHRISTOPHER SMITH, former chief of staff to Treasury Secretary John Snow, will serve as senior counsel for the firm. Strategic advisors include DANIEL BLUMENTHAL, the previous head of Pacific Solutions; MARK HANNAH, of Edelman's in New York; and BRIAN MILLER, former national security advisor to Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana and Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire.
JACQUETTA VAN ZANDT was hired by Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer as her senior advisor of external relations. Van Zandt was director of constituent services and community engagement for Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. NADIA ULLMAN was hired by Spicer to be senior policy advisor. Ullman was a member of Framingham's Town Meeting, where she served on the Standing Committee on Ways and Means, and has a master's degree in government from Harvard University with a background in immigration policy. "I am looking forward to working with both Ms. Van Zandt and Ms. Ullman in building bridges and relationships with our local, state and federal partners," Spicer said in a statement.
Department of Developmental Services Interim Commissioner JANE RYDER has been given the permanent job by the Baker administration. Ryder has been working as the interim commissioner since July, and has been with the agency since 1995. Prior to taking over the top post, Ryder was deputy commissioner, and, according to the administration, focused on waiver enrollment, promotion of shared living and self-direction, and improvement of consistency in practice across the state. Before she joined DDS, Ryder worked for Community Teamwork Inc. in low-income serving low-income residents. She graduated from Holy Cross and has advanced degrees from the University of Massachusetts and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg announced STEPHANIE COOPER as the department's new deputy commissioner for policy and planning. MassDEP's chief of staff since 2015, Cooper previously served as assistant secretary for land protection and park development at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and as the Department of Conservation and Recreation's chief of staff and director for operational analysis. Before coming to Massachusetts, she worked on transportation, environmental protection and capital construction issues for the city of New York.
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