BOSTON – Sunday, December 17, 2006 – Continuing to fill out his cabinet with leading talent, Governor-elect Deval Patrick today announced his selection of Dr. JudyAnn Bigby as Secretary of Health and Human Services and Dan Bosley as Special Advisor to the Governor for Economic Development.
“We are entering a very exciting and important time in Massachusetts in health and human services,” Governor-elect Patrick said. “We are preparing to implement a groundbreaking health insurance reform law that will affect every single citizen in the Commonwealth, and to rejuvenate our human services delivery systems. I am delighted that Judy is joining our administration to lead these and other initiatives.”
About Bosley’s appointment, Governor-elect Patrick said, “Dan is a well-respected leader in economic development matters and the ways that government can help support business and job growth. He shares my commitment to ensure that Massachusetts remains strong and competitive in the coming years, and I look forward to his advice and council.”
Bosley will coordinate the Governor’s “Development Cabinet,” which will consist of the secretaries of Housing and Economic Development, Labor and Workforce Development, Energy and Environmental Affairs, and Transportation and Construction, and which will develop and execute specific strategies to expand business and job growth throughout the Commonwealth.
Also today, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary-designate Ian Bowles selected Ann Berwick as his undersecretary of energy, adding another leader to the administration who will work to achieve smarter energy outcomes and protect our environment.
“Ann is exactly the kind of thoughtful public policy entrepreneur the Patrick Administration needs to put Massachusetts on a balanced new path for energy resources,” Bowles said. “She has far-ranging experience in the public and private sectors – she has served in major leadership positions in government, but has also played a key strategic advisory role with numerous energy companies on issues like climate change.”
Dr. Bigby, 55, is the Medical Director of Community Health Programs at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. She is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Harvard Medical School Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, where she focuses on the health care of low-income and minority women, including breast and cervical cancer and infant mortality.
Dr. Bigby has spent her career addressing health care disparities and the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. She has published a number of studies and participated in conferences and forums across the country related to these issues. She also edited a book about how health issues present themselves in different racial-ethnic-cultural populations. Dr. Bigby is nationally recognized for her pioneering work in substance abuse education for primary care physicians.
Dr. Bigby serves on the Public Health Commission for the City of Boston (since 1996), Teen Voices, and the Medical Foundation. She was also a member of the Institute of Medicine’s committee Assuring the Health of the Public in the 21st Century and the Minority Women’s Health Panel of Experts for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. Dr. Bigby served on the Council of Graduate Medical Education from 1994-1999.
“In this state, where the word reform is on everyone’s lips, there are great opportunities for implementing innovations that will improve the health and well-being of all residents of the Commonwealth,” Dr. Bigby said. I look forward to serving the Governor because he understands the relationships between health and social conditions and the environment. I am equally excited to be a member of the wonderful team he has assembled.”
Dr. Bigby holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. She lives in Jamaica Plain.
Bosley, 53, is currently serving in his 10th term as the State Representative of the First Berkshire District. Bosley, who was recently reelected to his 11th term in the House, has served as a committee chairman for the past 14 years. Presently, Bosley serves concurrently as a both a member of the Speaker’s House Leadership Team and as the House Chairman of the influential Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.
In his first term as the House Chairman of Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, Bosley has proven to be a key leader in the areas of fiscal policy and economic development. He was the principal House architect of the Commonwealth’s precedent-setting stem cell research statute, which has been cited as a national model for such legislation and was instrumental in crafting the recently enacted $347 million economic stimulus legislation, designed to encourage and support the growth and development of business and improve the state’s economy.
In addition to his duties as chairman, Bosley founded the Legislature’s Literacy Caucus, which was instrumental in securing the first ever budget appropriation for adult basic education and literacy.
“I am honored to be invited to join this administration and excited about the prospect of working to increase our economic opportunities,” Bosley said. “For the past 20 years, I have been working on legislation to increase our economic base in the Commonwealth. I look forward to continuing this work with a governor who has made it clear that a healthy and growing economy is one of his top priorities.”
Bosley is also a former National Chairman of the Council of State Governments (2004) and has served as Chairman of the Council’s Eastern Regional Conference (CSG/ERC), its Export Promotion Task Force and as Chair of the Electric Deregulation Task Force.
Bosley holds a bachelor of arts in history and political science from North Adams State College and a master of arts in public policy from the University of Massachusetts. He also holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He lives in North Adams with his wife Laura and his daughter, Stephanie.
Berwick, 59, is a senior Environmental Consultant at M.J. Bradley & Associates, Inc., in Concord. There, she manages the Clean Energy Group, a coalition of major electric generating and distribution companies that advocates for progressive positions on air pollution, energy, and climate policy. Berwick also manages projects concerning air pollution and energy issues for other clients, including the Environmental Integrity Project, the National Association of Clean Air Agencies, and the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management.
From 1991 to 1996, Berwick served as Chief of the Environmental Protection Division in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office under Scott Harshbarger, where she also exercised joint oversight of the Massachusetts Environmental Strike Force.
Prior to joining the Attorney General’s office, Berwick was a partner in the litigation department at Goulston & Storrs.
“I am thrilled to be helping to move Massachusetts into a position of leadership nationally on the crucial issues of renewable energy and energy efficiency,” she said. “The time is right for the Commonwealth to increase its reliance on clean sources of energy, and to support the industries and jobs that will lead Massachusetts and the country into a sustainable future.”
Berwick holds a B.A. from Radcliffe College and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives in Newton with her husband, Don. They have four grown children, Ben, Dan, Jessica, and Becca.