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New Secretary of A&F to Speak at Chamber Event

November 13, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., November 9, 2017  -  Michael Heffernan, who was recently appointed as Secretary of Administration and Finance by Governor Charlie Baker, makes his Western Massachusetts debut as the speaker for the Springfield Regional Chamber Pastries, Politics and Policy event, December 12, 2017, from 9 – 10 a.m. at the UMass Center at Springfield, second floor of Tower Square, 1500 Main Street. The event is sponsored by CWM Retirement Plan Services.

Secretary Heffernan joined Governor Charlie Baker's cabinet as Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance in August 2017.  In his role, Secretary Heffernan is in charge of formulating the governor's budget plan, providing guidance on the economy, and implementing the state government's $40 billion operating and $2 billion capital budgets.  Secretary Heffernan also manages numerous state administrative agencies including the Department of Revenue (tax administration and economic forecasting), the Human Resources Division (talent recruitment and management), the Group Insurance Commission (employee and retiree health insurance), the Operational Services Division (procurement), and the Department of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (state facilities).

He previously served as Commissioner of the Department of Revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where he was responsible for administrating tax, revenue collection, child support, and municipal finance laws.

Following his campaign for Massachusetts state treasurer in 2014, Secretary Heffernan served on Governor Charlie Baker's transition team and was appointed to the boards of Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board (PRIM) and the MBTA Retirement Fund in early 2015.

In the private sector, Secretary Heffernan spent nearly two decades in increasingly senior roles at Citigroup and its predecessor firm, Salomon Brothers, as a managing director in its markets and banking division. He previously served as a Vice President in capital markets at NatWest Markets and EF Hutton & Co.  Most recently, he co-founded the Massachusetts tech startup Mobiquity in 2011.

Secretary Heffernan has been involved with a number of non-profits focused primarily on education and healthcare. He holds an MBA in finance from New York University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor's degree in economics from Georgetown University where he sits on the Georgetown College Board of Advisors and chairs the Georgetown Library Board.

The Pastries, Politics and Policy series provides attendees the opportunity to hear directly from legislative leaders and policy experts on the issues of the day in an informal roundtable setting.

 

Reservations are $18 for members ($23 at the door), $25 for general admission ($30 at door) and include continental breakfast.  Reservations may be made online at www.springfieldregionalchamber.com or by emailing events@springfieldregionalchamber.com.

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