Press Release: MassFiscal Adds Two New Directors

For Immediate Release

Press Release

Contact: Paul Craney
January 18, 2018
MassFiscal Announces Two New Directors
BOSTON – Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, the Commonwealth’s leading non-profit advocating for fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability in state government, is proud to announce two new additions to their staff heading into 2018.

Anne J. Bresnahan, an entrepreneur and well-known political and nonprofit fundraiser with broad national and international experience, began serving as Finance Director in December of 2017. An alumna of Peter Torkildsen’s (R-MA6) successful campaign for US Congress, she also managed Bob Maginn’s campaign for MA State Treasurer and served on the Mitt Romney for U.S. President Massachusetts Finance Committee.

Her international experience includes almost a decade living and working in Africa, where she served as Country Director in South Africa and Nigeria for the International Republican Institute and conducted political campaign skills and executive-legislative relations training. In South Africa, she instituted the country’s first ever political debate in KwaZulu-Natal and was instrumental in strengthening communications between elected officials and administrators in the post-apartheid era.

In her role as Finance Director, Bresnahan will oversee the non-profit's fundraising operations and assist with strategic partnership and outreach. A graduate of Northeastern University, Bresnahan is a resident of Danvers and enjoys spending time with her family, playing golf and tennis.
Paul D. Craney, Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance Spokesperson, stated, "Anne's extensive fundraising career, both in Massachusetts and abroad will be a tremendous asset as we continue to grow our robust fundraising operations."

Additionally, Paul F. Gangi joined the staff as Program Director beginning on January 16, 2018. A seven-year veteran of the State House, Gangi oversaw the operations of the Office of State Representative Jim Lyons (R-Andover) from 2011 until 2018. While at the State House, Paul worked extensively on policy issues related to government reform, reducing state spending, and the state budget.

Gangi has been involved with over a dozen state and local campaigns across New England, and has extensive experience working to elect fiscally responsible candidates at all levels of government. He has held senior leadership positions in Representative Lyons’s campaigns since 2010, when Lyons defeated Barbara L’Italien, the then Vice-Chair of Ways & Means Committee and the highest-ranking legislator to lose office that cycle.

In his role as Program Director, Gangi will work closely with current staff, as well as the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance Board of Directors, to further the organization's mission of advocating for fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability in state government and increasing economic opportunity for the people of our Commonwealth.
"Paul brings a wealth of institutional knowledge to the table," commented Craney. " His unique political and legislative background will provide an invaluable perspective and make us a more effective organization."
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MassFiscal re-elects Mark Cohen to Board Chairman

Last week, the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance Board of Directors convened their annual meeting and unanimously re-elected Mark Cohen as Chairman. Mark first began serving as chair in September of 2017, after having served on the MassFiscal Board since 2012.

An entrepreneur and businessman, Mark is the current CEO of OPRSystems, Inc., which he co-founded in 1989. The company is now one of the largest independent commercial recyclers in New England, with its 76,000-sq. ft. plant in Wilmington, MA. In addition, he also co-founded Waste Focus LLC 14 years ago, now a leader in the waste minimization industry, managing thousands of facilities’ trash and recycling across the U.S.

Mark brings a wealth of business knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit to his role as Chairman. MassFiscal was able to close out an impressive year of growth and success in 2017.

You may read more about Mark and MassFiscal's leadership team here.

Former Sen. Joyce Arrested

Former Sen. Brian Joyce has been arrested by federal authorities. Joyce, once Assistant Majority Leader in the Senate, faces more than 100 charges of racketeering, extortion, money laundering, and embezzlement in an appearance later today before the US District Court in Boston. 

The 104-page federal indictment details bribes and kickbacks in exchange for influence.

You might remember back in February of 2016, the IRS and the FBI raided Joyce's home and office, and MassFiscal called on Joyce to resign. We implored then-Senate President Stan Rosenberg to stand with us against Joyce's corruption.  At the time, Joyce dismissed MassFiscal’s calls for him to resign as a partisan witch hunt, and Rosenberg chose to let the spectacle play out, with Joyce retaining his cushy chair in the Senate chamber. 

Since when has demanding decency and integrity from our public servants been a partisan issue? 

It's been a rough couple of weeks for the Boston political elite, with scandals galore, ranging from sexual assault to raiding schoolchildren's field trip money.

Yet, Joyce isn’t the only former lawmaker under investigation. Former state Rep. Garrett Bradley (D-Hingham) who as the chair of the Elections Committee, passed laws aimed at MassFiscal, is under investigation for orchestrating the country’s largest straw donor campaign finance scheme. Many of Bradley’s beneficiaries have returned or donated much of the dirty money, except for the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

Never has it been more important to be a Beacon Hill watchdog.

We'll keep you posted.


Former Sen. Brian Joyce. Photo Credit The Boston Globe

Former Senator Brian Joyce. Photo Credit Boston Globe Staff


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