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Governor Charlie Baker

Charlie Baker, Governor

Charlie Baker was inaugurated on January 8th, 2015 as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Secretary Stephanie Pollack

Stephanie Pollack, Secretary & Chief Executive Officer

Stephanie Pollack has worked on transportation policy, finance and equity as Associate Director for Research at the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University since 2005, where she has also served as an adjunct professor sharing her skills and experience with the next generation of public policy leaders.

Stephanie has also provided over a decade of strategic consulting on transportation issues to the public and private sectors including the Boston Transportation Department and Massachusetts Port Authority, following a distinguished career at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston. She has been active in public policy issues affecting transportation, development and sustainability nationally and locally, serving on numerous boards and advisory bodies including MassDOT's Transportation Advisory Committee and chairing the Transportation Advisory Committee in her hometown of Newton.

Board of Directors

The MassDOT board is comprised of seven members who are all appointed by the Governor with one designated as the chair.  Each member is required to fulfill a specific criteria with expertise in transportation, finance and engineering.  The Secretary of Transportation also serves on the board.  The Mass DOT board serves as the governing authority for both the Mass DOT and the MBTA and oversees all MassDOT operations including the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Highway, Mass Transit, Aeronautics, the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), Office of Planning and Programming and the Office of Performance Management and Innovation.

Ruth Bonsignore (Chair) has over 30 years of professional consulting experience in transportation planning and design, systems analyses and operations, and policy for federal, state and regional public agencies and private sector clients throughout the east coast. Ruth earned her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Massachusetts and her Master’s in Transportation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Most recently, Ms. Bonsignore served as Senior Vice President and Transportation Practice Area Leader at the Massachusetts-based consulting firm VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

Robert Moylan, Jr. served the last 21 years as the Commissioner of the Department of Public Works and Parks for the City of Worcester, overseeing a $90 million operating budget, $45 million capital budget and 400 employees responsible for the city’s water, traffic, maintenance, waste, engineering and recreational activities. During that time he was selected as a Top Ten public works official from over 26,000 public works professionals. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Moylan held various other technical and managerial roles in the Department. Moylan is a Registered Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor, receiving a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts in addition to postgraduate work at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Stephanie Pollack was appointed Secretary of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in 2015.

Dominic Blue is the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and a previous member of the Mass DOT board. Prior to his current position, Blue gained nine years of legal experience at two firms in Boston where he represented and advised numerous companies, funds, and government organizations. He has been involved in his community through leadership roles on associations and boards in the Commonwealth, most recently as a board member of the Greater Springfield YMCA. Blue received his M.B.A. and J.D. from Boston College in 2002.

Brian Lang currently serves as President of UNITE HERE Local 26, Boston’s hotel and food service union. Lang has spent a total of seventeen years representing the union’s 7,000 members, starting as organizing director and eventually being elected as president in 2011. Before joining the UNITE HERE Local 26 team, Lang was already involved as a community organizer for SEIU Local 285. His previous work experience as a meatpacker and a bellman has given Lang a strong understanding for the needs of hotel and food service employees that he uses to advocate for workers' rights.

Steve Poftak is executive director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard Kennedy School. Poftak was Director of Research and Director of the Center for Better Government at the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. He has led research projects and authored a number of papers on transportation policy, government efficiency, municipal finance, and job creation. Previously, Poftak 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.

Betsy Taylor is the former Director of Finance and Treasury at Massachusetts Port Authority, where she played a critical role in budgeting, financial planning, treasury management, and project financing for over 35 years. Taylor established the Massport Treasury Department, prepared major authority-wide financing strategy, and led Massport’s re-entrance to the bond market. She previously worked in budget management and administration at University of Massachusetts, Smith College, and Lesley College. Taylor earned her BA graduating cum laude from Oberlin College, and her MBA from Stanford University.

Mission and Values

Our Mission:

Deliver excellent customer service to people who travel in the Commonwealth, and to provide our nation's safest and most reliable transportation system in a way that strengthens our economy and quality of life.

We are one transportation organization focused on customer service and safety.

Our Values:

Dedication - We will provide service around the clock and under all circumstances.

Respect - We will treat the public as our valued customer, and treat one another how we would like to be treated.

Innovation - We will improve and integrate transportation services using creative thinking and best available practices and technology, while minimizing disruption to the public.

Diversity - We will promote an inclusive workforce and a culture that serves employees and customers fairly.

Honesty - We will provide the public accurate information that is understandable and accessible.

Aeronautics Division

Christopher Willenborg
Administrator, Aeronautics Division
Massachusetts Department of Transportation


Christopher Willenborg serves as the Administrator of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Aviation Division. He is responsible for coordinating aviation policy in the Commonwealth and overseeing the 37 public use general aviation airports throughout the Commonwealth in maintaining and enhancing safety, security, infrastructure, and economic viability for their communities.

Chris has a long and dedicated career in Massachusetts aviation. From January 2009 to October 2009 Chris served as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission. He previously served as the airport manager at Westfield-Barnes Airport in Westfield, MA where he was responsible for the day to day business operation and administration of the airport. He was responsible for overseeing the design and construction of the new 17,000 square foot airport administration building. This 6.3 million dollar project has significantly improved and enhanced the landside facilities for the airport tenants, users and general public at Westfield-Barnes Airport. Numerous building tenants include a new FBO, flight school, rental car company, flight surgeon, and airport restaurant.

Chris has also worked in airport operations at the Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey, Montauk Airport in New York, Orange Municipal Aiport and Fitcburg Municipal Airports. Chris was President of the Massachusetts Airport Manager's Association from October 2002 until September of 2005. During his tenure as President, Chris organized and coordinated MAMA "On the Hill Day" at the Massachusetts State House.

The airport managers, as a whole are highly skilled and dedicated individuals. Chris Willenborg stands out among this elite group; while no longer the President of the Massachusetts Airport Management Association he continues his service as a member of MAMA’S Executive Board. In 2008, Chris was recognized as Airport Sponsor of the year by the New England Region FAA given annually to the one airport manager in the six state region for their excellence in airport management. In 2008, he was an Aero Club of New England MA State Award winner given to an individual who positively impacted aviation in the Commonwealth.

Chris graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in April of 1992 with a Bachelors of Science in Aviation Business Administration. He and his wife Taryn reside in Southwick, MA with their two children, Luke and Amelia.
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