Friday, January 19, noon-1:30 p.m.
Ballroom C, 3rd floor, Hynes Convention Center

Andrea Cabral

​Former Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral, whose career in public service spans three decades, was the first woman to be elected as Suffolk County sheriff, serving in that role from 2004 to 2013.
Cabral can be heard regularly as a contributor on WGBH’s “Boston Public Radio” with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan and as co-host of “BPR Weekend.” She is also a frequent guest on WGBH-TV’s “Greater Boston.”
Cabral described her view of public service in a 2014 interview with Suffolk University Law School, from which she graduated in 1986.
“You will never be sorry that you took the time to become a public servant,” she said.
As public safety secretary under former Gov. Deval Patrick, Cabral oversaw 14 state public safety agencies, including the Massachusetts State Police, the Department of Correction, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the Parole Board, and the Massachusetts National Guard.
Previously, Cabral, 58, spent a decade as the Suffolk County sheriff, overseeing the county House of Correction, the Suffolk County Jail and the Civil Process Division. Cabral was lauded for reforming prisoner re-entry programs and modernizing the county’s correctional facilities.
A past president of the Massachusetts Sheriffs Association, Cabral also worked as a Suffolk County assistant district attorney, where she co-founded and served as chief of the office’s first major felony Domestic Violence Unit. During that time, she also served as the senior prosecutor for all civil rights cases and chief of District Court and Community Prosecutions. She authored the state’s first continuing legal education manual on domestic violence restraining orders.
Cabral previously worked as an assistant state attorney general and assistant district attorney in Middlesex County. She also worked as the director of the Roxbury District Court Family Violence Project.
A graduate of Boston College, Cabral is an Eisenhower Fellow and served as one of 18 national experts appointed to the Science Advisory Board by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College, the editorial board of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and the Governing Board of the Mass Mentoring Partnership.