One day before she is to be sworn into office, Gov.-elect Maura Healey continued to flesh out her Cabinet. Here are the appointments she made on Wednesday:
Yvonne Hao, Healey's pick to lead the Executive Office of Economic Development, co-founded and held top roles at the investment firm Cove Hill Partners and was an operating partner at Pillar Ventures. She also served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer for PillPack, an online pharmacy that was acquired by Amazon in 2018, and previously worked at Bain Capital and McKinsey & Company.
In an anticipated reorganization proposal, Healey plans to split the existing Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development into two distinct Cabinet posts, and on Wednesday said that Hao will be the first woman and person of color to lead the state's chief economic development secretariat.
Hao has been active in the Bay State business community, serving on the boards for CarGurus, Flywire, Gentherm, ZipRecruiter and Bose. She is also vice chair of the board of trustees of Beth Israel Lahey Health, and is a trustee emerita for Williams College, her alma mater. Hao lives in Williamstown and Cambridge.
Jason Snyder, tapped Wednesday to run the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security, has spent about 10 years at Harvard University, serving as its chief technology officer since 2015. He has some familiarity with state government, though — he was chief technology officer for Massachusetts throughout Gov. Deval Patrick's two terms in office, the Healey team said.
Before that, he worked 13 years at CSC Consulting Group. Snyder graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and lives in Reading.
Mary Beckman, a Beacon Hill veteran who recently served as the chief of the Health Care and Fair Competition Bureau in Healey's attorney general office, will run the largest secretariat in Massachusetts on an interim basis until a more permanent secretary of health and human services is named, Healey's team announced Wednesday afternoon. Once Healey appoints her long-term secretary, Beckman will shift into the role of senior advisor at HHS.
Marylou Sudders, the secretary of health and human services for all eight years of the Baker administration, is going to serve as a temporary advisor to the incoming Healey administration to help arrange a smooth transition at the executive office that says its services "directly touch the lives of slightly more than 1 in 4 residents in the Commonwealth — some of our most vulnerable children, youth, adults, and elders."
Beckman, a Milton resident, has led the attorney general's Health Care and Fair Competition Bureau since March 2015 and had led the office's Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division under Attorney General Martha Coakley starting in August 2011. Before joining the AG's office, Beckman worked as a compliance officer and legal counsel at Children's Hospital Boston, specializing in conflict of interest issues, compliance with documentation and billing rules and industry relations.
Jillian Fennimore, a former editor of the Somerville Journal and the Watertown Tab who has worked in press roles at the attorney general's office since 2012, was named Healey's communications director. It's the same role she filled for Healey at the attorney general's office.
Karissa Hand, who has spoken for numerous advocacy groups during her time at Melwood Global, will make the jump from press secretary to Healey's gubernatorial campaign to press secretary for the Healey administration.
April English, who worked about 20 years in the attorney general's office including as an assistant attorney general and chief of organization development and inclusion during much of Healey's time as attorney general, will be the administration's chief secretary. The chief secretary oversees an administration's efforts to fill positions on boards and commissions throughout state government.
Healey also announced Marcony Almeida-Barros, who previously worked as chief of the Community Engagement Division of the attorney general's office, as deputy chief of staff for access and engagement; Alicia Rebello-Pradas, a former chief of the Policy & Government Relations Division at the AG's office, as deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs; Cecilia Ugarte Baldwin, a former deputy director of policy and cabinet affairs and deputy legal counsel for Gov. Deval Patrick, as deputy chief of staff for policy and cabinet affairs; Kristian Hoysradt, previously federal programs manager for the National Association of REALTORS, as deputy chief of staff to Lt. Gov.-elect Kim Driscoll; and Driscoll's 2022 campaign manager Juan Gallego as assistant deputy chief of staff to Driscoll.