State House News Service — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh tapped the co-founder of Blue State Digital, JASCHA FRANKLIN-HODGE, as City Hall’s new chief information officer. Franklin-Hodge, who starts on July 28 and lives in South Boston, will replace JUSTIN HOLMES, who served as interim CIO. In 2004, Franklin-Hodge co-founded Blue State Digital and runs the firm’s Boston technology office. The firm’s clients have included President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, One Fund Boston, the Democratic National Committee, Google, SEIU, U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren. Franklin-Hodge also worked for Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign and AOL’s digital music division. “Jascha has directed large, high-profile technology operations, and I know he comes well-equipped to help Boston continue its leadership as a world-class tech city,” Walsh said in a statement. A Walsh spokeswoman said Holmes, who handled constituent services under former Mayor Thomas Menino, will oversee the transition over the next month, and he is exploring several job options, including the possibility of continuing to work in City Hall in a new role.
Legislative aide RAFFI FREEDMAN-GURSPAN is leaving the 34th Middlesex House office to coordinate the Racial and Economic Justice Initiative for the National Center for Transgender Equality in Washington D.C. Freedman-Gurspan was an aide to former Rep. Carl Sciortino from July 2011 until his departure this April, and she said all future constituent matters this session will be handled by Sen. Patricia Jehlen’s office. Freedman-Gurspan was the LGBT coordinator for the City of Somerville, worked on legislation for the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and was a course and research assistant at Boston University’s Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program. Freedman-Gurspan was adopted from Intibuca, Honduras, and grew up in Brookline, graduating from St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
Executive director for the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health BERNIE CAREY will retire on June 30, 2015. Carey has been the executive director for MAMH since 1975. Deputy director TIM O’LEARY, who has worked at MAMH for the past 22 years, will start working part-time effective July 1, and plans to retire no later than June 30, 2015. Former MAMH board president DANNA MAUCH has agreed, subject to a vote of the MAMH board, to become MAMH board president at their annual meeting in November. She will additionally head a small committee to search for a new executive director.
The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) on June 23 announced that BILL WALCZAK has been elected chairman of the board of directors. Walczak is currently vice president for external relations at Shawmut Design and Construction and has been a MBAE board member for eight years. Walczak is founder of the Codman Square Health Center, a multi-service center where he was CEO from 1980-2011, and founding president of the Codman Academy Charter School. He was also a founder of the Edward Kennedy Health Careers Academy and was president of Carney Hospital. In 2013, he was a candidate for the Mayor of Boston.
Candidate for lieutenant governor Mike Lake on June 12 announced the hiring of JOE CAIAZZO as his campaign manager. A Stoneham native, Caiazzo is a principal and co-founder of Knox Consulting, and previously worked for Sen. Elizabeth Warren and ran her get-out-the-vote operation. Lake on Wednesday announced the hiring of SHEILA LALWANI as his communications director. She previously worked as the communications chief for Joseph Avellone, who ran for governor but fell short of the 15 percent threshold to compete in the primary. Lalwani is a graduate of the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She also interned under the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy.
The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center has announced the election of three members to its board of directors: GLENN PARKER, CAROLYN VILLERS and IVETTE LUNA. Parker is a retired software engineer and is a founder and trustee of the Parker Family Foundation. Villers is the executive director of the Massachusetts Senior Action Council, which is dedicated to empowering seniors. Luna is the organizing director of Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts.
ISO New England has announced that vice president of market operations KEVIN KIRBY will retire at the end of July. ROBERT ETHIER will replace Kirby and assume the new role of vice president of market operations. Ethier is currently vice president of market development and has worked for ISO New England since 2000. He received his bachelor’s from Yale University and his master’s and Ph.D. in resource economics from Cornell University. MARK KARL has been promoted to vice president of market development and will be taking on Ethier’s current position. Karl has also worked for ISO New England since 2000, and has held a number of positions including manager of market development and director of market development and integration, and currently, senior director of resource adequacy. He received his bachelor’s degree and M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.
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