More than 100 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 2021:


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
Martin Walsh, Boston

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

Councillors
Lisa Blackmer, North Adams
Alisa Brewer, Amherst
Charles Tontar, Newburyport

Managers
John Coderre, Northborough
Adam Gaudette, Northbridge
Connor Read, Easton

Finance Committee
Allan Tosti, Arlington

Presidential
Thomas Ambrosino, City Manager, Chelsea, Chair
David Davison, Assistant Town Manager, Needham
Mary MacKinnon, Chief Financial Officer, Bellingham
Sandy Pooler, Deputy Town Manager, Arlington
Ari Sky, Chief Financial Officer, New Bedford

Technical
Alicia Greco, Selectman, Newbury
Carolyn Kosnoff, Assistant Town Manager, Lexington
Ira Miller, Finance Committee, Sharon
Marilyn Spahr, Finance Director, Brewster


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
Jon Mitchell, New Bedford
Yvonne Spicer, Framingham
Sefatia Romeo Theken, Gloucester

Select Boards
Andrew Gottlieb, Mashpee
Nancy Goulart, Dighton
Mark Sandeen, Lexington

Councillors
Wilfred Mbah, Somerville
Emily Norton, Newton
Michael Ossing, Marlborough

Managers
Evan Brassard, Grafton
Austin Faison, Winthrop

Finance Committee
Louise Miller, Needham

Presidential
Janet Hartke Bowser, Conservation Commission, Dover
Susan Bunnell, Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Wilbraham, Chair
Kerry Mackin, Select Board Member, Ipswich
Neil Rhein, Select Board Member, Mansfield
Karen Ribeiro, PV Squared Solar

Technical
Alan Cathcart, Water and Sewer Division Superintendent, Concord, and Massachusetts Water Works Association
Laurie DiDonato, Select Board Member, Wendell
John Drobinski, Partner, Environmental Resources Management
John Giorgio, attorney, KP Law
Robert Goober, Marketing Director, Weston & Sampson


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
Donna Holaday, Newburyport
Linda Tyer, Pittsfield

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

Councillors
Lisle Baker, Newton
Mandi Jo Hanneke, Amherst
Benjamin Lamb, North Adams

Managers
Stephen Maio, Wakefield
Christopher Senior, Cohasset
Tanya Shallop, Middleton

Finance Committee
Kevin Sullivan, Hanson

Presidential
Richard Brown, Town Administrator, Somerset
Robert Dean, Director of Regional Services, Franklin Regional Council of Governments, Chair
Andrew Hogeland, Selectman, Williamstown
Geoffrey Kravitz, Town Administrator, Sunderland
Shaun Suhoski, Town Manager, Athol

Technical
Stephanie Danielson, Director of Planning and Economic Development, Easton
Tristan Israel, Commissioner, Dukes County
Jennifer Raitt, Director of Planning and Community Development, Arlington
Michael Richards, Director of Administration and Finance/Infrastructure and Asset Management, Somerville
Hannah Woit, Senior Advisor for External Affairs, Framingham


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
Melinda Collins, Milton
Paul DeRensis, Sherborn
Arden Sonnenberg, Sterling

Councillors
Jeovanny Rodriguez, Lawrence

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

Finance Committee
Mary Jane Mastrangelo, Bourne

Presidential
Jennifer Breaker, Assistant Town Manager, Danvers
Denise Casey, Deputy Town Manager, North Andover
Victor Garofalo, Finance Director, Dracut
Scott Lambiase, Town Manager, Abington
Rachel Lopes, Treasurer and Collector, Wellesley

Technical
Dolores Hamilton, Human Resources Director, Framingham
Brian Higgins, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Andover
Sheila Keady-Rawson, Personnel Director, Cambridge
Michelle Pizzi O’Brien, Human Resources Director, Newton
Evelyn Rivera-Riffenburg, Director of Human Resources, Chicopee Public Schools


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
Thomas Bernard, North Adams
Paul Brodeur, Melrose
Carlo DeMaria, Everett

Select Boards
Heather Hamilton, Brookline
James Lovejoy, Mount Washington, Chair
Michael Suprenant, Sturbridge

Councillors
John McLaughlin, Waltham
Charles Ryan, Braintree

Managers
Paul Bockelman, Amherst
William Caldwell, Becket
Ryan Ferrara, Boxborough

Finance Committee
Mary McBride, Billerica

Presidential
Brutus Cantoreggi, Director of Public Works, Franklin
Eric Johnson, City Engineer, Framingham
Jeremy Marsette, Public Works Director, Natick
Joseph Pato, Select Board Member, Lexington
Alan Slavin, Selectman, Wareham

Technical
Richard Benevento, Parking and Traffic Commission, Beverly
Nicolas Bosonetto, Public Works Commissioner, Fitchburg
Joseph Flanagan, Public Works Director, Dedham
David Knowlton, City Engineer, Salem
William Scully, Vice President, Green International Affiliates

+
+