MMHR Overview

The Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources association (MMHR) is a member group representing the municipal/public sector human resource management profession across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The MMHR’s mission is to empower municipal human resources professionals through professional development, resource sharing, networking and collaboration; maintaining high standards of excellence in innovative, equitable and ethical human resources practices. As such, the MMHR embraces and commits to diversity, equity and inclusiveness as association core values. We promote, recognize, support and value the inclusion of diverse groups and views in all parts of our programming and resources. We further recognize the strength and improved decisions that result from the participation of diverse individuals in our association programs, leadership, networking and committees. MMHR began as the Massachusetts Municipal Personnel Association in 1956, and the name was changed in 2019 to reflect the evolution of the field.

MMHR Commitment to Equity (adopted by the membership June 17, 2021)
As human resources professionals, it is our responsibility to ensure discrimination does not occur in the workplace, to call it out when we see it, and to do what is right, even when no one is looking. The MMHR is committed to supporting a diverse, inclusive community that welcomes the membership, active involvement and different perspectives that individuals bring, which include, but are not limited to:

• Age
• Culture
• Ethnicity
• Gender
• Gender identity or gender expression
• National origin
• Physical ability
• Race
• Religion
• Sexual orientation
• Socio-economic status
• Veteran status

We will demonstrate our commitment by providing time and space for ongoing dialogue, ensuring that any partnerships that we engage in mirror our values, and providing advocacy and support for all.

MMHR DEI Resource Folder (password protected)
For issues with accessing the folder, please contact MMA Member Services Coordinator Isabelle Nichols at

The Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources association is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management to offer Professional Development Credits for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP (certified professional or senior certified professional).

Bylaws of the Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources Association

How do I join?

Admission to membership requires an application and certain qualifications. Learn more

MMHR officers for fiscal 2023

Vanessa Hale
Assistant Town Administrator, Southborough
MMHR Chair
Dolores Hamilton
Human Resources Director, Wellesley
MMHR Vice Chair
Molly Fitzpatrick
Assistant Town Administrator/HR Director, Westwood
MMHR Treasurer
Jen Breaker
Assistant Town Manager and Communications Director, Danvers
MMHR Secretary

Denise Casey, Deputy Town Manager, North Andover (past president)
Mary Beth Bernard, retired (past president)
Karen Bratt, Human Resources Director, Franklin
Marie Buckner, Human Resources Director, Sandwich
Stephanie Duggan, Assistant Town Administrator/Human Resources Director, Maynard
Gregory Enos, Assistant Town Administrator/Human Resources Director, Wrentham
Joanne Faust, Human Resources Director, Burlington
Caitlyn Julius, Assistant Human Resources Director, Springfield
Michelle Pizzi O’Brien, Human Resources Director, Newton
Michael Taylor, Human Resources Director, Pittsfield

MMHR Benchmark Salary Survey

MMHR offers a system to provide comparative salary and benefits information for 75 benchmark positions in more than 200 member communities across Massachusetts.

Supervisory Leadership Development Program

Each year, the Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources association offers a three-day Supervisory Leadership Development Program for local government managers and employees. The interactive learning opportunity is for municipal employees interested in developing or strengthening their supervisory and management skills. Learn more

MMHR Emil Skop Award Information

The Massachusetts Municipal Human Resources association’s Emil S. Skop Award is awarded each year to a human resources professional who has made outstanding contributions to the field of municipal human resources management and made a positive impact on the MMHR and its members. Learn more

MMHR Listserv

The MMHR association provides a listserv to help members share information. Listserv goals include the circulation of useful resources, building a network among members, and the development of a library of information for members. Learn more

Contact us

Have a question about the association, the role of HR professionals, or town government? Contact Membership and Project Assistant Amanda Brangwynne using this form.

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