MASC/MASS 2019 Conference

06/11/2019 - 09/11/2019 • 35 Scudder Ave, Barnstable, MA 02601





  • 06 November
  • 07 November
  • 08 November
  • 09 November

Jeffrey Riley

Commissioner of Education
Jeffrey C. Riley was appointed Massachusetts’ 24th commissioner of elementary and secondary education in early 2018 and began serving as commissioner on April 5, 2018. A Massachusetts native, Mr. Riley’s experience spans urban and suburban districts and includes teaching in Baltimore, Md., being principal of Tyngsboro Middle School, and being principal of Boston’s Edwards Middle School. In January 2012, Commissioner Riley was appointed superintendent/receiver of the Lawrence Public Schools. During his more than six years there, he led a team that brought major improvements by shifting more resources and autonomy to the school level, expanding the school day, increasing enrichment opportunities, and ensuring all schools had great leaders and teachers.

Commissioner Riley lives in Boston and holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Pomona College in California, a master’s degree in counseling from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland and a master’s degree in school administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University.

06 November

Norman Ornstein

Policy Scientist / Resident Scholar
American Enterprise Institute
Norman Ornstein is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies politics, elections, and the US Congress. He is a cohost of AEI’s Election Watch series, a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic, a BBC News election analyst, and the chairman of the Campaign Legal Center.

He previously served as codirector of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission. A longtime observer and analyst of American politics and the US Congress, he has been involved in political reform for decades, particularly campaign finance reform and the reform of Senate committees. He has also played a part in creating the Congressional Office of Compliance and the House Office of Congressional Ethics.

His many interviews have been aired on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NPR, and “PBS NewsHour,” among others. His articles and opinion pieces have been published widely, including in Politico, The New York Times, NY Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
His books include the bestsellers One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported, with E. J. Dionne and Thomas E. Mann (St. Martin’s Press, 2017); and It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism; The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, with Thomas E. Mann (Oxford University Press, 2006); and The Permanent Campaign and Its Future (AEI Press, 2000). He received a Ph.D. and a master’s in political science from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota.

07 November

Maura Healey

MA Attorney General
MA Office of the Attorney General
Maura Healey is serving her second term as Massachusetts Attorney General, continuing a career spent fighting for justice and equal rights by serving as the “People’s Lawyer.”

After Maura’s historic victory in her first-ever run for office, she has spent her time in office focusing on the issues that matter to our residents and our communities. Her top priority has been confronting the devastating opioid epidemic, including by suing Purdue Pharma and its executives for their role in creating this crisis. She and her team have also led efforts to pass common sense reforms to prevent gun violence, reduce health care and energy costs, and advance women’s reproductive rights and economic freedom. Importantly, the office manages to do all of this work while serving as a revenue generator for the state: last year alone, the Attorney General’s Office saved or recovered $800 million – a 17 to 1 return on taxpayers’ investment.

Prior to her election, Maura worked in private practice as a junior litigation partner at the law firm WilmerHale and then helped lead the Attorney General’s Office, including as head of the Civil Rights Division. During this time, she led the first successful state challenge to the discriminatory federal Defense of Marriage Act (known as DOMA). After college, she also spent two years as a starting point guard on a professional basketball team in Europe. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the Northeastern University School of Law.

08 November

Derrick Gay

Diversity Consultant
Derrick Gay is an internationally recognized consultant to businesses, educational, arts, and philanthropic organizations around the world on issues of Diversity and Inclusion, and Global Citizenship. In this capacity, he partners with organizations, domestically and abroad, to promote empathy, cultivate cultural competency, and deepen inclusion.
Dr. Gay’s approach draws from 20 years of experience working on issues of Diversity and Inclusion, and Global Citizenship with diverse organizations spanning multiple sectors. A graduate of Oberlin College, Oberlin Conservatory, the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University, and The University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Gay’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, NPR, and on

Fluent in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese, his work extends beyond the US. Most recently, he delivered keynotes in French at La Mission Laique’s annual conference in Deauville, France. Previously, he delivered keynotes and facilitated workshops at L’Association des Ecoles Francaises d’Amérique du Nord in Palm Springs, the 50th Annual Conference for Association for the Advancement of International Education, and EF Global Leadership Summit in Lima, Perú, to name a few. Future work includes partnerships in France, Canada, Morocco, and Colombia.

08 November

Jay Kaufman

President, Former MA State Representative
Beacon Leadership Collaborative
Jay Kaufman is the founding president of the Beacon Leadership Collaborative. He has taught and consulted on public and non-profit sector leadership for the past three decades. He helped launch the Initiative for Diversity in Civic Leadership, has served on the National Conference of State Legislature’s leadership development faculty for courses in this country, Europe and Africa, served as founding director of Northeastern University’s Center for Leadership and Public Life and, before that, served as founding director of the Massachusetts Bay Consortium, an association of 18 colleges and universities. In addition, he experimented with and experienced leadership successes and failures as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he served for twenty-four years, from 1995 to 2019. He chaired the legislature’s Committee on Public Service and Committee on Revenue and was part of the House leadership team. His “OPEN HOUSE” monthly public policy forum was recognized with the prestigious Beacon Award as the nation’s best televised government relations series.

07 November

ElizaBeth Branham

National School Boards Association
ElizaBeth Branham, 2019 President of the National School Boards Association, will bring greetings from NSBA to the Wednesday Night Keynote Dinner guests at the conference. 

A native of South Carolina, where she lives and is a practicing attorney (having begun her career as a high school English teacher), she is a 19-year member of the Lexington County School Boards Association. Beth also has close ties to Massachusetts, having attended Boston University where she received her B.A. in English. 

06 November


Claire Abbott

PK-12 Educator Effectiveness Manager

07 November


Sara Ahern

Franklin Public Schools

08 November


Margaret Albright

School Committee Member
Newton Public Schools

06 November


Brian Allen

Chief Financial & Operations Officer
Worcester Public Schools

06 November


Thomas Anderson

New Bedford Public Schools

07 November


Pamela Angelakis

Swampscott Public Schools

08 November


Lauren Ansong

School Outreach Coordinator
Project Here

07 November


Skip Avery

Transition Coordinator
LABBB Collaborative

08 November


Anthony Azar

Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District