• Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Lunch with Steve Poftak, General Manager of the MBTA


    The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance's Advisory Committee is honored to host a round-table discussion with Steve Poftak, the General Manager of the MBTA. Lunch will be served. Throughout the year, members of the Advisory Committee get to hear from distinguished local and national speakers throughout the year. Typically, the Advisory Committee hosts four events a year. This event will be held in downtown Boston and the location will be provided upon RSVP. If you are a member of the Advisory Committee, or would like to become a member, and RSVP to this event, please contact Anne Bresnahan by clicking here.




    Effective January 1, 2019, Steve Poftak joined the MBTA as General Manager. General Manager Poftak, who previously served as the Vice Chair of the Fiscal and Management Control Board and as a Director of the MassDOT Board since 2015, comes to the T from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was Executive Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

    Previously, Poftak was Research Director and Director of the Center for Better Government at the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. Prior to that, he worked at the Commonwealth's Executive Office for Administration and Finance, where he managed the $1.3 billion capital budget, prepared the state's quarterly cash flow reporting, and monitored non-tax revenue receipts. Other experience includes service on the Commonwealth's Finance Advisory Board and Zero-Based Budget Commission.

    Poftak holds an MBA from the Olin School at Babson College and a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College. He is a Boston resident and has children who attend the Boston Public Schools.​​

  • Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Past Events

    Some of Our Past Events in 2018 Include:

    -Lunch with Howard Kurtz of Fox News Sunday

    -lunch with Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review

    -Lunch with Maine Governor Paul LePage


    Some of Our Past Events in 2017 Include:

    -Reception with Arizona Senator Jeff Flake

    -Lunch with WSJ Journalist Kimberley Strassel

    -Lunch with Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson

    -Round table Policy Discussion with Maine Congressman Bruce Poliquin


    Some of Our Past Events in 2016 Include:

    -Reception with Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson

    -Lunch with FEC Commissioner Lee Goodman

    -Brunch Reception with Governor Scott Walker


    Some of Our Past Events in 2015 Include:

    -Reception with Ohio Governor John Kasich

    -Lunch Reception with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York

    -Lunch Reception with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington

    -Reception with Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin

    -Reception with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

    -Reception with Carly Fiorina, former CEO and Chairman of HP


    Some of Our Past Events in 2014 Include:

    -Panel discussion with Baruch Feigenbaum, of the Reason Foundation and State Representative Geoff Diehl

    -AFF + IHS networking event in Boston

    -Forum at the Joseph Martin Institute for Law & Society at Stonehill College

    -Lunch reception with the Honorable Kelly Ayotte, United State Senator of New Hampshire

    -Reception with Tom Woods, author

    -Panel discussion with Michael Saltsman, research director at the Employment Policy Institute and State Representatives Jim Lyons and Lenny Mirra


    Some of Our Past Events in 2013 Include:

    -Citizen watchdog training & panel discussion on the repeal of the tech tax

    -Professor Casey Mulligan discussion of his book, "The Redistribution Recession: How Labor Market Distortions Contracted the Economy"

    -Panel discussion with Michael Tanner, senior fellow from the Cato Institute and State Representative Shaunna O'Connell

    -Lunch reception with George Donnelly, editor of the Boston Business Journal

    -Reception with Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review

    -Lunch reception with State Senator Bruce Tarr

    -Reception with Jeff Kuhner, WRKO & columnist for the Washington Times

    -Breakfast reception with Dave Andelman, CEO of Phantom Gourmet


    Some of Our Past Events in 2012 Include:

    -Lunch reception with David Frum, former White House Advisor, Wall Street Journal editorial page editor & columnist for Forbes

    -Reception with the Honorable Trey Grayson, head of Harvard's Institute of Politics and former Secretary of State of Kentucky

    -Reception with the Honorable Karyn Polito, former State Representative

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