Who is a member?
Our members are the local governments of Massachusetts and their elected and appointed leadership.
Geoffrey Beckwith, MMA Executive Director and CEO
Geoff Beckwith is the Executive Director & CEO of the Massachusetts Municipal Association. In this post, Beckwith is also the President/CEO of the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), the MMA’s municipal insurance program.
Prior to assuming his position at the MMA in February 1992, Beckwith was:
• Director of Work Environment, Environment and Technology Policy at UMass Lowell (1991-1992)
• Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1985-1991), where he served as Vice Chair of the Government Regulations Committee, and as a member of the committees on Taxation, Natural Resources and Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development
• Campaign Manager of the Campaign for Massachusetts’ Future (1990)
• Lecturer in Political Science at Emmanuel College (1990)
• Assistant to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Commerce and Development (1983-1984)
• Administrative Assistant to the Reading Board of Selectmen (1982-1983)
• Legislative Assistant in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1979-1982)
Beckwith chairs the Audit Committee for the National League of Cities, has served on the NLC Board of Directors three times (2020-2021, 2009-2011 and 1995-1997), was appointed to serve as a member of the NLC Executive Committee for 2021, and was a member of NLC’s Advisory Council from 1999 to 2001. He served as chair of the State Municipal League Directors Steering Committee in 2011 and is a past Board member and chair of NLC-RISC, the NLC-sponsored consortium of municipal insurance programs in more than 30 states.
In 2020, Beckwith was elected as a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration, the national academy of 850 practitioners and academics chartered by the U.S. Congress to promote excellence in government administration and leadership. He also holds an appointment as a Mentor/Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, advising teams in the Global Organizations Lab capstone course for Executive MBA students.
During his tenure in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Beckwith authored the nation’s first Toxics Use Reduction Act, and was named Environmental Legislator of the Year in 1989 and Energy Legislator of the Year in 1988.
Beckwith has an MBA degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College, graduating magna cum laude with Honors in Political Science. He lives in Reading with his wife, Drucilla Wood-Beckwith, a speech pathologist; they have two adult children, Calley and Sam, who also work in nonprofit organizations. While their family’s high-country wilderness backpacking trips are behind them, Geoff and Dru enjoy planning hiking excursions to connect to nature and explore new places.