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Gov. Maura Healey has made key appointments to her team, recruiting state government policy veterans, including from her former Office of the Attorney General.
Matt Gorzkowicz has been named as secretary of Administration and Finance, an office that plays the lead role in the development of the governor’s state budget proposals and includes the Division of Local Services, a key office for municipal officials.
Gorzkowicz, a Winthrop resident who has served for more than a decade as associate vice president for administration and finance at UMass, has previously held two roles in the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, as undersecretary (2009-2012) and as assistant secretary for budget (2007-2009). He has also worked in the Department of Mental Health, as chief financial officer at the Massachusetts School Building Authority, and as budget director in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
Healey has also named former Lynn schools Superintendent Patrick Tutwiler as secretary of Education, Gina Fiandaca as secretary of Transportation, Rebecca Tepper as secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Melissa Hoffer as a new Cabinet-level climate chief.
Most recently, Tutwiler was a senior program officer for the Barr Foundation, where he developed new models for high school education.
Fiandaca, who had been serving as assistant city manager in Austin, Texas, is also a former commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department.
Tepper had been working in Healey’s former office as chief of the Energy and Environment Bureau, serving as chief advisor on energy and environmental policy and heading the AG’s energy transition and climate-related affairs.
Hoffer had been the principal deputy general counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Healey is splitting the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development into two distinct Cabinet posts.
Healey said that Yvonne Hao, her choice to lead the Executive Office of Economic Development, will be the first woman and person of color to lead the state’s chief economic development secretariat. Hao previously co-founded and held top roles at the investment firm Cove Hill Partners, was an operating partner at Pillar Ventures, and has been active in the Bay State business community. She lives in Williamstown and Cambridge.
Mary Beckman, who recently served as the chief of the Health Care and Fair Competition Bureau in Healey’s AG office, was named acting secretary of Health and Human Services — the largest secretariat in Massachusetts. Once Healey appoints her long-term secretary, Beckman will shift into the role of senior advisor at HHS. Marylou Sudders, the secretary of Health and Human Services for all eight years of the Baker-Polito administration, will serve as a temporary advisor to the incoming Healey administration.
Beckman, a Milton resident, was a deputy legal counsel to both Gov. William Weld and Gov. Paul Cellucci.
Jason Snyder has been chosen to run the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security. He has served as chief technology officer at Harvard University since 2015 and was chief technology officer for Massachusetts under Gov. Deval Patrick from 2007 through 2015. Gov. Charlie Baker created the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security in 2017 based on the former Massachusetts Office of Information Technology. The secretariat plays a lead role in cybersecurity issues, including support for municipal programs.
Healey named First Assistant Attorney General Kate Cook as chief of staff and Gabrielle Viator, chief deputy attorney general, as her senior advisor. Jillian Fennimore, a former newspaper editor who worked in press roles at the AG’s office, will serve as communications director.
As of Jan. 5, Healey had not yet named her secretaries of Housing, Public Safety and Security, and Labor and Workforce Development.