Brighton- Today, Governor-elect Charlie Baker named former director of fiscal policy for Administration and Finance, Kristen Lepore, Secretary of Administration and Finance. In addition to her time serving Governor Cellucci, Kristen Lepore’s experience spans the local, state, federal and private sectors, with key positions working with fiscal policy, economic development and education. Lepore joins former undersecretary of A&F Steve Kadish, now chief of staff to Baker in the Baker-Polito administration.
“Having held this position, I know what it takes to get the job done and Kristen Lepore’s breadth of experience at the local, state and federal levels of government, combined with her private sector experience makes her the right choice to head up this important role,” said Baker. “Protecting the people’s tax dollars while investing wisely in the programs and agencies that work will make Massachusetts great everywhere, and I look forward to Kristen’s leadership in getting the job done.”
“I am honored to join the Baker-Polito administration’s growing team of bipartisan, experienced public servants as we work to carry out Governor-elect Baker’s ambitious agenda,” said Lepore. “Crafting the next fiscally responsible budget while investing in the people and services instrumental to making Massachusetts great is the administration’s top priority and a duty I am humbled to take on.”
About Kristen Lepore:
Kristen Lepore served Governor Paul Cellucci as deputy chief of staff and director of fiscal policy for the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. Kristen has worked for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) since 2012 as Vice President of Government Affairs. AIM is the state’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan association of Massachusetts’ employers. As Vice President, Kristen is responsible for AIM’s health care agenda and also works on education and workforce development issues on behalf of the association.
Prior to joining AIM, Lepore served as policy director to Baker’s 2010 campaign and previously served as assistant executive director of the Massachusetts Port Authority. She was also appointed by President George W. Bush as the New England regional representative for the U.S. Department of Education where she was honored with the Miles Romney Achievement Award and the Excellence in Government Award for creating the Furniture for Schools program in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to provide federal surplus furniture to schools impacted by the hurricane. At the local level, Kristen worked with the Salem Partnership to promote economic development in the city. Kristen holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Suffolk University and a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk’s Sawyer School of Management.