Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works Gubernatorial Appointments Finalized
Secretary of Transportation and Public Works Bernard Cohen announced today that Luisa Paiewonsky has been reappointed as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Highway Department and Anne L. Collins has been reappointed as Registrar of Motor Vehicles.
"Luisa and Anne are passionate, experienced, and highly-skilled professionals, who have earned the respect of their peers," said Secretary Cohen. "Both are important members of my team and they have my strong support. Anne has been a national leader representing the states' interest regarding the challenges of implementing the Real ID Act and a strong advocate for improving Massachusetts traffic safety. Luisa brings leadership and a commitment to continually improving MassHighway's ability to plan and deliver projects."
During Collins' tenure thus far as Registrar, she has worked hard to reduce teen fatalities through her public advocacy for improved driver training, her revised written driving exam and enhanced penalties under the Junior Operator Law. In addition, Collins has reached out to law enforcement and implemented new facial recognition technology to help prevent identity fraud and aid in the identification of criminal suspects.
Prior to becoming Registrar, Collins served as the Director of the Division of Professional Licensure, where she supervised 29 professional licensing boards that provide consumer protection. She has also served as Deputy Director and Chief of Staff of the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation, and as Deputy Registrar of Motor Vehicles where she was part of the management team that dramatically reduced customer wait times at branches, and implemented the new driver license system and new vehicle inspection program.
"I'm honored to be invited to join the Patrick team. It is a privilege for me to work with such a dynamic Administration and to lead the efforts of the outstanding men and women of the RMV," said Collins.
As Commissioner, Paiewonsky has overseen the state's largest-ever road and bridge construction plan to address the Commonwealth's aging infrastructure. In addition, she has been a leader in advocating for highway and employee safety, and she oversaw the completion of the nationally-recognized Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan. She spearheaded the development of the Massachusetts Project Development and Design Guide, which has won six national awards since it was released in 2006.
Paiewonsky, who served in the Peace Corps from 1986 to 1989, has worked in transportation since 1989, when she first joined MassHighway. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, she served as Assistant Secretary of the Executive Office of Transportation, Deputy Commissioner of MassHighway, Director of the Bureau of Transportation Planning and Development, and Manager of the Public-Private Development Unit. She is the past President of the Boston Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar ("WTS"), and is active in the Transportation Research Board, where she has served on numerous panels and committees.
"As someone who has spent her career in government and transportation, I am proud to work with the Patrick Administration, which places such a high value on public service," said Paiewonsky. "I look forward to working with Secretary Cohen to implement the state's transportation agenda."