SHNS Personnel File: New NEC Board Members
As originally appearing in State House News Service

… The chief government affairs expert for state marijuana regulators is headed to the Midwest … Two legislative committee staffers are making the leap over to the Baker administration … The Malloy Group drew from Beacon Hill to add to a new associate … And one of New England’s leading business groups has new board members, including executives from Orsted, Ocean Spray and Beth Israel Lahey Health … All of this and more in the Personnel File …

Sen. Nick Collins’ chief of staff CEFERINA MURRELL has moved to Gov. Baker’s office as the governor’s new deputy director of legislative affairs. Longtime Collins aide LEO STELLA, most recently policy and communications director, was promoted to succeed her. Murrell also served as chief of staff and communications director for Collins’ predecessor, Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry. A Holy Cross graduate, Murrell was Greater Boston field director for Juliette Kayyem’s campaign for governor in 2013 and 2014.

TOM STATUTO of Wilmington is leaving the Legislature to join the Baker administration as deputy legislative director in the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. On Beacon Hill, Statuto was chief of staff and legal counsel to the Joint Committee on Public Service for the past 18 months and previously worked for two years as legal counsel to the Joint Committee on Federal Affairs. He also previously worked as a parts sales manager at AutoZone in Medford and was a law clerk in the Senate counsel’s office in 2014 and 2015. Statuto graduated from Suffolk Law School in 2014 after earning a master’s degree from Suffolk University in 2011 and a bachelor’s degree from Suffolk in 2010 in government and philosophy.

The New England Council has added an array of new members from three states to its board of directors, electing six new directors at its most recent board meeting to join the non-profit alliance of business, academic and health organizations. The new directors from Massachusetts include LAUREN BURM, the head of public affairs and communications at the offshore wind company Orsted North America, CHRIS FERZLI, director of global corporate affairs and communications for Ocean Spray, and MALISA SCHUYLER, vice president of government affairs at Beth Israel Lahey Health. The other new directors are Salve Regina University President KELLI ARMSTRONG from Rhode Island, SANDI HENNEQUIN, vice president of government affairs at Liberty Utilities in New Hampshire and RAYMOND LONG, senior vice president of external affairs for the Clearway Energy Group in Connecticut.

House Speaker Pro Tempore Patricia Haddad’s legislative director, RICHARD BRANCA, recently left the House to join Beacon Hill government affairs firm The Malloy Group as an associate. Before he was in Haddad’s office, Branca worked for Reps. Rhonda Nyman and Josh Cutler and spent three years as communications and policy director to Sen. Mike Brady, who co-chaired the Revenue Committee at the time. Branca holds a master’s degree in public policy from UMass Dartmouth and an undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island.

DAVID LAKEMAN, the Cannabis Control Commission’s first point-person on Beacon Hill, has left his job as director of government affairs and was hired by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to lead its cannabis division, which regulates the cultivation centers, craft growers, transporters and infusers in Illinois. Lakeman now oversees that state’s medical and recreational marijuana industries, and the state’s hemp program. Before joining the CCC in March 2018, Lakeman was a legislative analyst at the Massachusetts Municipal Association. At the MMA, Lakeman served on the Cannabis Advisory Board as a statewide policy expert on the new marijuana law at the state and municipal level, a role in which he was responsible for writing parts of the CCC’s regulations. Lakeman previously worked in legislative affairs for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Illinois Department of Corrections. He graduated from the University of Evansville with a degree in history and political science.

Real estate and investment management firm JLL brought on GRAHAM ALLISON as a senior vice president. Allison will join JLL’s Downtown team, specializing in helping tenants develop and execute real estate strategies across the greater Boston region. He has more than 12 years of commercial real estate experience, most recently as a senior principal at T3 Advisors. Before that, he held roles at the Hyatt Corporation and Paradigm Properties.

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