More than 110 local officials from communities across Massachusetts serve on the MMA policy committees, which advise the MMA Board of Directors, staff, and MMA members on legislative, regulatory and public policy issues.

The committees also draft resolutions for the MMA’s Annual Business Meeting, municipal best practices for the MMA’s Best Practices series, and bills (biannually) for the MMA’s legislative package.

Each committee has a regular schedule of meetings, usually one per month, at the MMA office. Additionally, committee members may be asked to read legislative summaries, bill text, and/or position papers to prepare for meetings.

Each committee is assigned an MMA staff member to assist with its research, consideration of issues, and administrative functions.

Each committee has 23 members, including mayors, select board members, councillors, city and town managers/administrators, and finance committee members, plus five “presidential appointees” and five technical appointees. Presidential and technical appointees serve one-year terms, while the other members serve three-year terms.

The MMA president names the chair and members of the committee, subject to approval by the MMA Board of Directors.

The following are descriptions of the MMA’s current policy committees and a listing of the members who are serving during 2022:


Fiscal Policy Committee

This committee considers all municipal finance issues. Legislation that has a fiscal impact is referred to this committee from other committees as well. This committee also develops a policy framework for local government financing in the future.

Mayors
Domenic Sarno, Springfield
Arthur Vigeant, Marlborough
Michelle Wu, Boston

Select Boards
Terri Ackerman, Concord
Jennifer Constable, Hull
Christina Hein, Holliston

Councillors
Lisa Blackmer, North Adams
Jonathan Chines, Wakefield
Andrew Steinberg, Amherst

Managers
Thomas Ambrosino, Chelsea, Chair
John Coderre, Northborough
Connor Read, Easton

Finance Committee
Brian Boyle, Bolton

Presidential
David Davison, Assistant Town Manager, Needham
Alicia Greco, Selectman, Newbury
Charles Kennedy, Select Board, Wrentham
Ryan McLane, Town Administrator, Hubbardston
Sandy Pooler, Deputy Town Manager, Arlington

Technical
Marilyn Bernardo, Finance Director, Brewster
Carolyn Kosnoff, Assistant Town Manager, Lexington
Mary MacKinnon, Chief Financial Officer, Bellingham
Ira Miller, Finance Committee, Sharon
Paul Sagarino, Town Administrator, Burlington


Policy Committee on Energy and the Environment

This committee formulates policy in the following areas: water quality, water supply, air quality, solid waste and recycling, hazardous waste, wetlands, coastal areas, wastewater treatment, renewable energy and energy conservation.

Mayors
Mike Cahill, Beverly
Scott Galvin, Woburn
Jon Mitchell, New Bedford

Select Boards
Laurie DiDonato, Wendell
Andrew Gottlieb, Mashpee
Mark Sandeen, Lexington

Councillors
Emily Norton, Newton
Michael Ossing, Marlborough, Chair
Julie Smith-Galvin, Wakefield

Managers
Steve Bartha, Danvers
Evan Brassard, Grafton
Julie Jacobson, Auburn

Finance Committee
Jonathan Harris, Weston

Presidential
Susan Bunnell, Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Wilbraham
Nancy Goulart, Stormwater Committee, Dighton
Melanie Hamblen, Town Council, Franklin
Geraldine Herlihy, Select Board, Holden
Neil Rhein, Select Board, Mansfield

Technical
Alison Brizius, Commissioner of Environment, Boston
John Drobinski, Partner, Environmental Resources Management
Robert Goober, Weston & Sampson
John Giorgio, attorney, KP Law
Janet Hartke Bowser, Conservation Commission, Dover


Policy Committee on Municipal and Regional Administration

This committee considers issues that relate to the organization, structure, efficiency, and productivity of local and regional government and the relationships between the two levels of government. Issues include housing and zoning, procurement, economic development, regulation of marijuana, open meeting law and public records law, public health and safety, and licensing.

Mayors
Brian Arrigo, Revere, Chair
Nicole LaChapelle, Easthampton
Linda Tyer, Pittsfield

Select boards
Dottie Fulginiti, Easton
Yolanda Greaves, Ashland
Edward McManus, Harwich

Councillors
Lisle Baker, Newton
Mandi Jo Hanneke, Amherst

Managers
Stephen Maio, Wakefield
Ari Sky, Lakeville
Shaun Suhoski, Athol

Finance Committee
Kevin Sullivan, Hanson

Presidential
Robert Dean, Director of Regional Services, Franklin Regional Council of Governments
Andrew Hogeland, Selectman, Williamstown
Geoffrey Kravitz, Town Administrator, Sunderland
Christopher Senior, Town Manager, Cohasset
Brendan Sweeney, City Council, Beverly

Technical
Stephanie Danielson, Director of Planning and Economic Development, Easton
Catherine Goldrick, Board of Health Chair, Holbrook
Tristan Israel, Commissioner, Dukes County
Jennifer Raitt, Planning and Community Development Director, Arlington
Michael Richards, Director of A&F and Infrastructure Management, Somerville


Policy Committee on Personnel and Labor Relations

This committee considers issues in the following areas: collective bargaining, civil service, employee benefits, and pension reform.

Mayors
Jeannette A. McCarthy, Waltham
William Reichelt, West Springfield

Select Boards
Paul DeRensis, Sherborn
Mary Jane Mastrangelo, Bourne
Arden Sonnenberg, Sterling

Councillors
Rick Lipof, Newton
Brad Riley, Easthampton
Jeovanny Rodriguez, Lawrence

Managers
James Boudreau, Scituate
Paul Cohen, Chelmsford
Anthony Mazzucco, Norwood, Chair

Finance Committee
Mary McBride, Billerica

Presidential
Jennifer Breaker, Assistant Town Manager, Danvers
Denise Casey, Deputy Town Manager, North Andover
Scott Lambiase, Town Manager, Abington
Mary Lauria, Finance Director, Grafton
Michael Mullen, Town Administrator, Dighton

Technical
Dolores Hamilton, Assistant Town Administrator, Stow
Sheila Keady-Rawson, Personnel Director, Cambridge
Rachel Lopes, Treasurer and Collector, Wellesley
Michelle Pizzi O’Brien, Human Resources Director, Newton


Policy Committee on Public Works, Transportation and Public Utilities

This committee considers issues that relate to regional and metropolitan transportation, transportation planning, the relationship between local governments and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the question of local control in joint state-local public works programs.

Mayors
Ted Bettencourt, Peabody
Paul Brodeur, Melrose
Carlo DeMaria, Everett

Select Boards
Heather Hamilton, Brookline
James Lovejoy, Mount Washington, Chair
Joseph Pato, Lexington

Councillors
Nathan Boudreau, Gardner
Andreae Downs, Newton
John McLaughlin, Waltham

Managers
Paul Bockelman, Amherst
William Caldwell, Becket
Fidel Maltez, Reading

Finance Committee
Jeremy Marsette, Medfield

Presidential
Brutus Cantoreggi, Director of Public Works, Franklin
Eric Johnson, Selectman, Sherborn
Rob Scherer, Select Board, Ashland
Alan Slavin, Selectman, Wareham

Technical
Richard Benevento, Parking and Traffic Commission, Beverly
Alan Cathcart, Water and Sewer Superintendent, Concord
Joseph Flanagan, Public Works Director, Dedham
David Knowlton, City Engineer, Salem
William Scully, Kimley-Horn & Associates

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