Former LG Murphy assisting Treasurer-elect Goldberg

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STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, NOV. 18, 2014…..Treasurer-elect Deborah Goldberg has tapped four residents of her hometown of Brookline for her transition team, including Evelyn Murphy, who was lieutenant governor to Gov. Michael Dukakis.

“As we plan a robust agenda for the Treasurer’s office, I am honored to have such talented, diverse, and innovative leaders help launch our transition,” Goldberg said in a statement.

Chris Keohan, who was a senior advisor and took over management of Goldberg’s successful campaign during the summer, will be the executive director of the transition team.

Murphy will be co-chairwoman of the transition team with Ruth Ellen Fitch. Benaree Pratt Wiley and her husband Fletcher “Flash” Wiley will serve as senior advisors.

Keohan, a North Reading resident, said Goldberg will soon assemble a larger transition committee of roughly 20 to 30 members that will represent a “broad cross section” of the state.

Murphy was lieutenant governor from 1986 through 1990. She dropped out of the governor’s race late in the 1990 campaign, endorsing Francis Bellotti who came up short against John Silber in the Democratic primary.

Murphy is the founder of The WAGE Project, which aims to eliminate gender disparity in pay, and is a director of both Citizens Energy Corporation and SBLI USA Life Insurance Company.

A Harvard Law School graduate, Fitch directed the METCO program in Brookline and led the Dimock Center in Roxbury.

Now an attorney at Bingham McCutcheon, Fletcher Wiley was a captain in the U.S. Air Force, graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1965, according to the school. He has served in leadership roles in several businesses, including TJX, and in 1984 he founded the Governor’s Commission on Minority Business Development. Fletcher Wiley is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School, and is a founding member of those schools’ black alumni organizations, according to his Air Force Academy bio.

Benaree Wiley is a principal at a firm concerned with “strategy, talent management, and leadership development and retention,” according to the announcement. She was previously president of The Partnership, which aims to increase the representation of African Americans in leadership positions in Greater Boston. She is also a director of Howard University, her alma mater, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. She graduated from Harvard Business School.

The Wileys were the co-chairpersons of Goldberg’s campaign, according to Keohan.

Goldberg set up a website at where job-seekers can submit resumes.

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