Friday, January 22, 1–2 p.m.
This year’s MMA Annual Business Meeting will feature Gov. Charlie Baker as the special guest.
A frequent speaker at MMA Annual Meetings, Baker has been serving as the 72nd governor of Massachusetts since Jan. 8, 2015. First elected in November 2014, he was re-elected in November 2018.
Since taking office, Gov. Baker has implemented a “get stuff done,” bipartisan approach to state government. He had the highest approval rating of any governor in the country from early 2017 through late 2019.
Baker became undersecretary of Health and Human Services under Gov. Bill Weld in 1991 and was appointed secretary a year later. He later served as secretary of Administration and Finance under Weld and his successor, Gov. Paul Cellucci.
He then became CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care for 10 years, where he turned a company on the brink of bankruptcy into the nation’s highest-ranked health care provider for member satisfaction and clinical effectiveness for six straight years.
Raised in Needham, Baker attended Massachusetts public schools and earned a bachelor’s degree at Harvard University. He went on to earn a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he met his wife, Lauren.
After graduating, Baker served as corporate communications director for the Massachusetts High Technology Council.
He served one term as a selectman in Swampscott from 2004 through 2007.