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Personnel File - Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 .: The State House News Service

Personnel File - Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019

... Two familiar faces have earned promotions within the Governor's Council office ... lots of personnel moves at Wynn Resorts in Boston, including the departure of president Robert DeSalvio ... Massachusetts has a new undersecretary of climate change ... Mass Equality's former political director has joined U.S. Sen. Ed Markey's reelection campaign as deputy political director ... and the MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy has a new executive director ... Please enjoy the Personnel File ...

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced two promotions within the Governor's Council office on Wednesday. VALERIE McCARTHY, who has served for years as the council's executive secretary, has been promoted to take on the role of administrative secretary. That post was held for decades by former Councilor George Cronin, who died in July at 81 after a brief illness. With McCarthy's promotion, SONIA ALTAMIRANO will take over the role of executive secretary. Altamirano previously held the title of administrative assistant for the council. When Polito announced the promotions during Wednesday's council assembly, the councilors gave McCarthy and Altamirano a standing ovation. "George is looking down at this moment and he is very happy," Polito said. "What a team, what a force."


ROBERT DeSALVIO, the president of Encore Boston Harbor, is stepping down after leading Wynn Resorts' Boston-area enterprise from its earliest days through the first few months of operations at the Everett casino. He will be replaced by BRIAN GULLBRANTS, previously the head of all hotel and food and beverage operations at Encore. Gullbrants worked to launch Wynn casinos in Las Vegas and spent 20 years with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company before joining the gambling company. Encore Boston Harbor also announced the addition of JENNY HOLADAY, a former senior marketing officer for all Caesars Entertainment casinos in Atlantic City, as executive vice president of operations and ERIC KRAUS, a former head of global corporate communications and public affairs for The Gillette Company, as senior vice president of communications and public affairs.


Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides has named Conservation Law Foundation senior attorney DAVID ISMAY as undersecretary of climate change, the position Theoharides held before she was promoted to secretary following Matthew Beaton's departure. At CLF, Ismay specialized in state energy and climate policy and New England's wholesale electricity and gas markets, according to the energy secretariat, and before joining CLF, he was a senior associate at Farella Braun + Martel LLP in San Francisco. Ismay earned a bachelor's degree in history from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master's in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a law degree from Berkeley Law School. Before law school, Ismay served both as a surface warfare and as special warfare officer in the U.S. Navy. Ismay has also worked as an adjunct lecturer in energy law and policy at Northeastern University School of Law and a senior advisor to the U.S. Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project.


SATHYA MANDJINY joins U.S. Sen. Ed Markey's reelection campaign as deputy political director. Mandjiny most recently served as political director for the LGBTQ rights group Mass Equality, and she will now oversee Markey's campaign and community outreach work with advocacy groups. A Quincy native, Mandjiny holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Chapel Hill and a master's degree from Boston College.

MassLive, the statewide digital arm of The Republican newspaper, has two new reporters on its Boston staff. BENJAMIN KAIL will lead MassLive's federal politics coverage, and TANNER STENING is a general assignment reporter focusing on transportation and education. Kail, a 2003 Northeastern grad, comes to Boston from Connecticut where he reported for The Day in New London. Stening was most recently with the Cape Cod Times.


The Independent Women's Forum in late September announced the launch of a new Independent Women's Law Center, which will be led by JENNIFER BRACERAS. According to the forum, the center will advocate in the courts, Congress, and in the media for equal opportunity, individual liberty, and freedom of association and "push back against attempts to convince the public that constitutionalist, originalist judges are a threat to women's rights." In a statement, Braceras, a former commissioner of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, said, "For decades, progressive women's groups have occupied the legal field, urging courts to enact their agenda by judicial fiat and smearing nominees to the federal bench who are committed to applying the law as written. With the launch of Independent Women's Law Center, these groups will no longer be able to claim to speak for all women." Braceras is a Boston Globe contributing columnist, a Harvard Law School graduate, and earlier in her career practiced labor and employment law with the Boston law firm Ropes & Gray. In addition to serving as a UMass trustee, she has taught courses on civil rights and constitutional law at Boston College Law School and Suffolk University Law School. Before becoming a lawyer, she worked as a staff assistant in Vice President Dan Quayle's office. ERIN HAWLEY, senior fellow at the University of Missouri's Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, will serve as the center's senior legal fellow.

The MIT Sloan School of Management has appointed EDWARD GOLDING as executive director and senior lecturer at the MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy. A former head of the Federal Housing Administration, Golding will help lead the Golub Center in its mission to support governments in their role as financial institutions and regulators of the financial system. Prior to serving as FHA head from 2015 to 2017, Golding was a senior advisor in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He was also an executive at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) from 1989 to 2012. Most recently, Golding served as a visiting fellow in the Housing Finance Policy Center at the Urban Institute and as an adjunct professor of finance at Columbia Business School.


UTEC, the 20-year-old organization formerly known as the United Teen Equality Center, has hired ANITA MOELLER as its new chief program officer. Moeller started her career in Lowell as a community organizer with the Coalition for a Better Acre. From there, she became the founding executive director of Acre Family Child Care (AcreFCC), a non-profit early education and women's economic development organization in Lowell. After 15 years at AcreFCC, she became the Head Start State Collaboration Director at the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, where over the past four years she has served as deputy commissioner for program administration.

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation has added LISA SILVA of Worcester as a commercial loan officer, responsible for helping small businesses in the MetroWest, Worcester and western Massachusetts regions. Silva is a graduate of Salem State University. She joins MGCC from TD Bank, and has served on the boards of the Alzheimer's Association of Cape Cod, Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce and the Centerville Historical Museum.

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